Create a romantic photo manipulation in Photoshop

Today you will learn how to create a romantic photo manipulation with a loving couple using Adobe Photoshop. First we will work with the image of the station, delete the people, and then create the sky. After that we will create light effects and then add a couple. Finally, we finish the work with the help of corrective layers and select the desired contrast.

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Step 1

Open the station image in Photoshop. Select File> Open (File> Open) and open it.

Step 2

Go to Layer> New Layer (Layers> New Layer) to create a new layer, and then use the tool Clone stamp tool (Stamp) (S) to remove people from the station, as they interfere with our romantic scene.

Step 3

Go to Layer > NewAdjustmentLayer > Curves (Layers> New Adjustment Layer> Curves) and darken the station. Since I know that we are creating the sunset, it is obvious that we need to remove the light.

Step 4. Create the sky

The sky above the station looks gray and monotonous. There are no clouds and flowers on it. We will use two images with the sky to create a new one.

First place the image “sky 1” in the main document.

In order to properly mix the “sky 1” image with the station, we need to select the sky in the station image. For this you can use the tool PenTool (Feather) (P). Just make a selection of the edges of the station and activate the selection, and then add a layer mask to the layer with “sky 1” by clicking on the second icon at the bottom of the layers panel. This will hide the unnecessary part of the sky.

You can see the result in the image below.

Now just change the blending mode “sky 1” to Multiply (Multiplication).

Step 5

Similarly, I placed the image of “sky 2” in the work.

Placing it, hiding it under the layer mask using selection, and then just changed the blending mode to HardLight (Hard color) to blend it with the sky 1 layer.

Step 6

We finished the work with the sky, and it’s time to make a small adjustment. First, I increased the contrast with a correction layer. Curves (Curves). I create this layer and place it on top of all layers.

Step 7

Secondly, I used a correction layer ColorBalance (Color Balance) to add colors to the scene that I wanted. Adding colors at the initial stage lays the foundation for the final colors. Sometimes I add color just for the experiment, for example, how the color will look at this stage, and as always, if I do not like the color, then at the final stage I can change it according to how I want it to be.

Coloring also depends on the mood you are going to achieve, in my case I want to reach the mood of the sunset, so I added yellow tones to the composition.

Now take a look at the layers panel:

Step 8. Create a solar effect

To add the effect of sunlight in the composition, we will use highlights. Open the archive with highlights and select “optical flare 26”. Place it on the left side of the station, as shown below.

Change the blending mode to LinearDodge (Linear brightener) to get the effect of sunlight. Remember that blending mode LinearDodge (Linear brightener) does not save you from all edges and parts of the glare, you will need to remove them manually using a layer mask.

Step 9

Create an adjustment layer Hue/Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and use it as ClippingMask (Clipping mask) to change the highlight color from blue to red.

Step 10

I used an adjustment layer Levels (Levels) for flare.

I removed the effect of the adjustment layer Levels (Levels) in the lower left to maintain contrast.

Step 11

Create a new layer and fill it with black (press the D key on the keyboard, then press the ALT + BACKSPACE key combination to fill the layer with black). Now change the blending mode to ColorDodge (Lightening the basics). Use a soft round brush of white color and paint in the area shown in the figure below.

Create another layer and set its blending mode to Color (Chromaticity). Set the foreground color to # b84c12, then use a soft round brush and paint in the area of ​​the image where there is no yellow color. Basically, I painted on the right side and on the platform.

Step 12. Add a couple

Add a couple to the main document and flip them horizontally by selecting Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontal (Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontally). You can see how I added them to the work, in the same way you will need to do.

Step 13

As soon as I deleted the background, I started working on the color. They do not have such colors as we see in our composition. To fix this, I used a correction layer. ColorBalance (Color balance).

Step 14

Create a new layer and apply it as a clipping mask. Change the blending mode to Color (Chroma) and choose a rich orange color (I chose # 3e0d0c), and then paint over the pair.

Step 15

Create a new layer, fill it with black and change the blending mode to ColorDodge (Bleaching the base), also apply this layer as a clipping mask. I drew a glare on the pair, as it was in step 11.

Step 16

On a new layer, I added light using color # 5a311a, but this time I did not use the layer as a clipping mask.

I changed the blending mode to ColorDodge (Lightening the basics).

This is how the panel with layers looks like:

Step 17. Final Adjustment

Create an adjustment layer Curves (Curves) on top of all layers and reduce the brightness of the composition.


Step 18

I have drawn some highlights on the right side of the station (see the two yellow lines of the platform to the right of the pair), because I think this area was just missing. I used the same technique described in step 11.

I used brushes with birds to paint birds on the sky.

Step 19

For the final color correction I used a correction layer. ColorLookup (Search color). This will add a combination of green and blue tones to the composition.

Effect ColorLookup (Color search):

Step 20

I found that something was wrong with the contrast in the work. It seemed that the contrast was not balanced. You can also check whether the contrast is balanced in your work or not just by looking at your work in black and white. After viewing on a new layer, using color # 4d1d04, I painted them over the area where I noticed a strong contrast. Name this layer “contrast correct”.

You can see that I painted over almost the entire image.

I reduced Opacity (opacity) of this layer to 34%.

Step 21

I also noticed that the wires above the station partially disappeared, this is due to the layers of the sky. We have to draw the wires with the tool BrushTool (Brush) (B). Set the size of the brush to 1 pixel, and then using black color, draw wires. Simply zoom in on the composition, then take a small brush step, from where you want to add the wire, then hold down the shift key, and apply the brush where you want to finish the wire.

Here is the final result:

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