Create a mysterious portrait in Photoshop

In this lesson you will learn how to create a mysterious portrait of a girl from ordinary portrait photography! You will also learn about skin retouching, adding makeup, creating a cloak for the main character and adding other interesting effects.

Final result

Source materials:

Step 1

Open the model image in Photoshop. Double-duplicate (Ctrl + J) this image. You can name duplicate layers as you like. Personally, I called duplicate layers: a copy of the background and an inverted copy of the background 2.

NOTE: The original image of the model is too large in size 2304 x 3456 at a resolution of 300 pixel / inch (px / inch). We can reduce the image size to 768 x 1152 with a resolution of 100 pixels / inch (px / inch). In the psd file of this tutorial, which you can download here, the image size is reduced to the above dimensions. Also, the settings of some filters will be slightly changed due to the reduction in size, it can be seen in the psd file.

Step 2

While on the ‘inverted copy of the 2’ background, press the keys (Ctrl + I) to invert the image.

While still on the same layer, let’s go Layer – Smart Objects – Convert to Smart Object (Layer> Smart Objects> Convert to Smart Object). This option converts the layer to a smart object, in the lower left corner of the layer thumbnail, you can see the smart object icon that appears.

Next, change the blending mode for this layer with the smart object to Overlap (overlay), layer opacity is 100%.

The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Step 3

In this step we will apply the filter Colour contrast (high pass) to the layer with the smart object, for this we go Filter – Other – Color Contrast (Filter> Others> High Pass).

Apply the settings for the filter Colour contrast (high pass), which are shown in the screenshot below. After you apply the filter, a thumbnail of the white filter mask appears below the layer with the smart object. Note: the radius of contrast, which is shown in the screenshot below, is intended for images with original dimensions (2304 x3456 px at a resolution of 300 pixel / inch (px / inch). If we reduced the resolution to 100 pixel / inch (px / inch, third from 300), then we have to set the radius of contrast to 11.5 px (third from 34.5). So you get the same result.

Add a layer mask to the layer with the smart object by activating this option through the bottom toolbar.

Next, on the layer mask of the layer, process the eyes, nose, lips, as well as the upper part of the hair. In the screenshot below, you can see the treatment areas, which are highlighted by a dotted line. For processing, use a soft black brush with an opacity of 20%.

Next, go to the filter mask thumbnail. Colour contrast (high pass) and also treat the model’s face and hair.

The result, which should turn out.

Step 4

Choose a tool Oval area ( elliptical marquee tool), set the value Feathering (feather) for this tool 10 px.

Next, go to the ‘copy of the background’ layer. Using tool Oval area (elliptical marquee tool), create a selection around the model’s pupil. Hold down the keys (Shift + Alt).

Once you have created a selection, press the keys (Ctrl + J) to duplicate the selection to a new layer. I called this layer the ‘right eye’. Now we need to move this layer to the top. To do this, hold down the layer with the mouse button + drag this layer to the highest position in the layers palette (placing an inverted copy of the background 2 ’over the layer). Finally, transform the layer with the right eye into a smart object.

On the ‘right eye’ layer, go Image – Correction – Options (Image> adjustments> variations).

Let’s proceed to color correction of the eye, by choosing the color option. Try to give the pupil more blue shades by pressing the option. More blue (More blue) several times. Add some greenish tones by clicking on the option More green (More green) several times. Finally, add light shades by clicking the option Lighter (lighter). After you have selected the appropriate color, save the color options in any folder on your computer, and then click OK.

Next, we need to reduce the opacity of the color shades of the eye to combine with the entire image. Right-click on the ‘options’ layer of the smart filter and in the window that appears, select the option Editing parameters
smart filter information (Smart Filter Blending Option). Set the opacity to 40%

Result.

Do the same color correction for the other eye. Use the settings for the ‘options’ options that you have stored in your folder by simply loading the saved color settings.

Step 5

Create a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N). I called this layer “skin retouch”.

Choose a tool Finger (smudge tool) in the toolbar.

Install a soft round brush. Set the value Intensity (strength) 52, and also put a tick in the box Sample of all layers (sample all layers).

Using tool Finger (smudge tool), start retouching the facial areas of the model, the retouching areas are highlighted in the screenshot below:

The result that I got.

Step 6

In this step, we will create eye makeup to enhance the expressiveness of the girl’s eyes. Choose a tool Pen (pen tool (P). Start creating a contour from the corner of the eye by clicking near the eye to set the reference point. To create a curve, simply click + hold + drag the reference point. When you close the contour, right-click on the created contour to A settings window has appeared. In the window that appears, select the option To form a selected area (Make Path Selection), this option converts the path into an active selection.

Install Shading radius (feather radius) 2 for the selection created.

Step 7

After we created the selection, go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Hue / Saturation (Layer> New Adjustment Layers> Hue / Saturation).

In the layers palette adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) will be with a layer mask. Apply the settings for this adjustment layer, which are shown in the screenshot below.

Finally, change the blending mode for the adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) on Overlap (overlay), layer opacity 44%.

Step 8

Create another selection around the eye.

As in the previous step, add an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to the created selection. Apply the settings shown in the screenshot below.

Change the blending mode for this adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) on Overlap (overlay), layer opacity is 100%.

Step 9

In the same way, add makeup to the other eye.

Result.

Step 10

Select all adjustment layers and then press keys (Ctrl + G) to group them into one group. I called this group ‘eye makeup’. Add a layer mask to the created group.

Next, being on the layer mask of the layer with the group, using a black brush, hide the part of the makeup that is applied to the model’s hair.

Step 11

In this step, we will add eyelashes to the eyes of the model. Install Eyelash brushes in Photoshop. Create a new layer. Choose a tool Brush(brush tool), set the eyelash brush. Brush size to fit the size of the eyes.

Set the brush color to black. Draw eyelashes for the model’s eye on the new layer created. With the help of free transformation, turn a few eyelashes so that the eyelashes fit under the eyelid of the eye. I called this layer of eyelashes.

Being on the layer with the eyelashes, activate Layer styles (layer style) through the bottom toolbar.

Give lashes Internal glow (inner glow):

Step 12

Duplicate the eyelashes layer. Next, being on a duplicate layer, go Editing – Transformation – Flip Horizontal (edit> Transform> Flip Horizontal). Find the position of the eyelashes under the eyelid.

Step 13

Create a new layer below the previous layers with eyelashes. Choose another brush with eyelashes. On the new layer, draw black eyelashes.

Reduce the opacity to 50% for this eyelash layer.

Step 14

Do the same with the other eye.

Step 15

Next, create another new layer. Choose a brush with eyelashes for the lower eyelid. On the new layer, draw the cilia on the lower eyelid.

Reduce the opacity to 66% for this layer with cilia.

Duplicate the eyelash layer for the lower eyelid. Flip duplicate horizontally. Position the cilia in line with the lower eyelid line. Blend mode Normal (normal), layer opacity 76%.

Step 16

Next, we move on to retouching the model’s lips. We will apply the same technique we used for the color correction of the eyes in the previous steps 7 and 8. Apply the settings for the adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (hue / saturation), which are shown in the screenshot below. The blend mode for this adjustment layer Normal (normal), opacity 50%.

Next, duplicate the adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (hue / saturation) twice. Change the blending mode for the first duplicate to Overlap (overlay), opacity 73%, for the second duplicate on Overlap (overlay), opacity 30%. The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 17

Open the stock image ’Cape Cape. Select tool again Pen (pen tool), using this tool, create an outline around the model image, adding anchor points along the edge of the image. When you close the contour, right-click on the created contour so that the settings window appears. In the window that appears, select the option To form a selected area (Make Path Selection), this option converts the path into an active selection. Once you have created the active selection, press the keys (Ctrl + J) to duplicate the created selection to the new layer.

Hide the model’s face.

Step 18

Move the selected image of the cape cloak to our working paper. We need to apply scaling to fit the cloak in size to our model. For these purposes, use the tool Free Transformation (free transform tool) by pressing (Ctrl + T) to activate this tool. When scaling, hold down the (Shift) key + pull the anchor point.

Click on the warp icon to activate the tool. Deformation (Warp tool), and then deform the shape of the cloak that cloak fit under the model’s head.

Result at the moment.

Step 19

We need to fix the top of the raincoat. To do this, cut the upper part of the cloak and using deformation, change the shape of the selected part of the cloak.

To the layer with the top of the cape, add a layer mask and on the layer mask hide the extra areas of the cloak, as shown in the screenshot below.

The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Step 20

Duplicate the layer with the top of the raincoat, flip the duplicate image horizontally. Arrange the duplicate image as shown in the screenshot below.

Using a layer mask, hide the extra areas on the duplicate layer. Finally, select all layers with a cape, and then press the keys (Ctrl + E) to merge them all into one layer. I called the new layer ‘combined cape’. The screenshot shows the result of how the model should look at the moment.

Step 21

We need to add shadows under the cape. Create a new layer below the ‘combined cape’ layer. Choose a tool Brush (brush tool). Set a soft round brush with an opacity of 10-20 px, brush color is black. While on a new layer, draw the shadows with the help of strokes, brush strokes over the area indicated by the red arrows in the screenshot below.

The result that I got.

Step 22

Next, add a new adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (hue / saturation) to layer ‘combined raincoat’ as a clipping mask. Do not forget to put a tick in the box Use previous layer to create clipping mask. (Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask).

Apply the settings shown in the screenshot below:

Step 23

Create a new layer on top of the adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (hue / saturation). Convert this layer to a clipping mask. Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (overlay). Tick ​​in the box Fill in the neutral color of the Overlap mode50% gray (fill with overlay neutral color (50% gray).

Choose a tool Clarifier (dodge tool). In settings Range (range), set the option Sveta (highlight) with Exposure (exposure) approximately 15-20%. Install a soft round brush.

While on a new layer, start adding light highlights to the cape by adding strokes to specific areas of the cape. To create shadows, apply the tool Dimmer (burn tool):

Step 24

Now we need to remove the background of our scene. Create a selection around the background on the layer with a duplicate background, and then add a layer mask. Using a black brush, hide the extra areas of the background on the layer mask layer.

Step 25

Next, we need to add a new background to our scene. For these purposes, we use images of Cosmos. Move one of the images with space to our working paper, placing the space texture below the layer with a duplicate background. Using the free transform tool, apply scaling to the space texture according to the size of our document.

Next, duplicate the cosmos texture twice. Change the blending mode for the first duplicate layer to Multiplication (multiply), opacity 100%, for the second duplicate layer on Lightening basics (color dodge), opacity is 100%. The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 26

Add another texture with space, placing it on top of the other textures with space that you created in the previous step.

Using a layer mask, hide the extra areas of the second texture with space, change the blending mode for this layer with the space texture to Lightening (screen), layer opacity is 100%.

Step 27

In this step, we will perform a general correction of the entire scene by adding a new adjustment layer. Vibration (vibrance), placing below the layer with the shadow. Apply the settings for this adjustment layer, which are shown in the screenshot below. Blend mode Normal (normal), layer opacity is 100%.

Duplicate the adjustment layer Vibration (vibrance). Blend mode for duplicate layer Normal (normal), opacity is 100%. The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 28

Add another adjustment layer on top of the adjustment layer. Vibration (vibrance). This time we will add an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (hue / saturation). Apply the settings for this adjustment layer, which are shown in the screenshot below. On the layer mask of this adjustment layer, brush the area of ​​the model’s eyes and lips with a black brush. Blend mode Normal (normal), layer opacity is 100%.

Duplicate the adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (hue / saturation). Change the blending mode for duplicate layer to Multiplication (multiply), opacity 100%. Lightly hide some areas of the correction on the model’s face using a layer mask.

Finally, duplicate the adjustment layer again. Color tone / Saturation(hue / saturation). Change the blending mode for this duplicate layer to Lightening (screen), layer opacity 50%.

Step 29

Re-open the image with space (the image with space, which we used for the first time when creating the background). Place this image with space on top of all other layers in the layers palette. Apply scaling to the image with space. Next, position the image so that the luminous planet in the image is located on the chest levels of the model. Using a layer mask, hide the extra areas of the image. Change the blending mode for this layer with the glowing planet to Lightening (screen), layer opacity is 100%.

Duplicate the glowing planet twice. Change the blending mode for the first duplicate layer to Lightening (screen), opacity 100%, for the second duplicate layer on Overlap (overlay), opacity 100%. The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 30

Next, we will add two more adjustment layers to the entire scene. First, add an adjustment layer. Photo filter (photo filter). Apply the settings shown in the screenshot below. Blend mode Normal (normal), layer opacity is 100%.

Add the next adjustment layer Gradient map (gradient map). We use the default gradient that is available in the standard gradient set. Violet – Orange (Violet, Orange) gradient. Change the blending mode for this adjustment layer to Soft light (soft light), layer opacity 20%.

The result at the moment …

Step 31

Create a new layer on top of all adjustment layers. Choose a brush, set a soft round brush with an opacity of 75-80%. On a new layer, draw a white semicircle on the planet. I called this layer a sphere.

After the luminous semicircle closes the planet, the result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 32

Finally, press the keys (Shift + Ctrl + Alt + E) to create a stamp of all visible layers. Convert the merged layer to a smart object. Next, go Filter – Other – Ordered (Filter> Others> Custom). Apply the settings shown in the screenshot below.

Go to the filter mask thumbnail and use a soft black brush to process the background and parts of the model’s face to hide the filter effect Customized (custom). So, we have finished the lesson. The result is in the screenshot below:

Final result

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