Create a spectacular portrait with splashes in Photoshop

In this lesson, digital art master Pete Harrison explains how he uses pictures of colorful splashes to make a picture of a model more dynamic.

This lesson will show you how to use the tool. Pen (Pen), as well as color selection tools to isolate portions of the composition and then combine them. You will also learn how to create a grunge effect and add charm to the image. In the final part, Pete will show how adding a gradient map can completely change a photo.

All the images you need to work in the source files of this lesson, and remember: as always, you need to be creative and experiment.

Final image:

Step 1

Open the model photo in Photoshop (stock1.jpg). This is a good photo, but it takes a bit of retouching to make it just gorgeous.

Increase the contrast and darken the picture slightly using Image> Adjustments> Brightness / Contrast (Image – Correction – Brightness / Contrast). Adjust Curves(Curves) (Image> Adjustments> Curves) (Image – Correction – Curves) to your taste. Experiment with the image until you are satisfied with the result.

Step 2

Copy the background layer and set the copy blend mode to Multiply (Multiplication). This will reveal dark areas on the model and thereby highlight it a little. Opacity (Opacitya) set this layer to about 60%.

Combine the two layers (Cmd / Ctrl + E) and name the result “gray” (gray) (you will understand why in a minute).

Step 3

Next, using the tool Pen (Pen) (P), circle the model all the way around the contour. Once you close the outline, right-click on the model, and click MakeSelection (Select area). Install FeatherRadius (The radius of feathering) to 0 pixels, check the box Antialiased (Smoothing) and click OK.

Copy and paste the selection into the document, name the new layer “model2”.

Step 4

Now we need to edit the background so that the model remains only on the “model2” layer. Hide the “model2” layer. With the tool CloneStamp (Stamp) (S) on the “gray” layer, clone the background so that there is no model left on it.

Please note that I did not touch the area around the shoes, so as not to change the shadow near the legs of the model. You may have to restore the gradient in the background with the tool. Gradient (Gradient) (G).

Step 5

Download the splash image from the link at the beginning of the lesson. In the picture, select only black spray by clicking Select > ColorRange… (Selection – Color range …), and then clicking on any black place in the image. You can adjust how much black you want to highlight by changing Fuzziness(Scatter) (I set the Scatter to 150). Copy the selected area.

Step 6

Paste the spray into the composition under the “model2” layer. Copy the spray layer, click Edit > Transform > Scale (Edit – Transform – Zoom) and reduce the size of the image. Place the spray somewhere on the model.

And now is the time to experiment. Move the spray as you like; if you need more spray – copy the layer, rotate, resize. However, it is important not to overdo it with splashes.

Step 7

Open stock3.jpg, or you can use your own similar images. Paint color does not matter. Click again Select > ColorRange… (Highlight – Color range …) and select orange color (or that color of paint with which you work), setFuzziness (Scatter) at 100. Click on the pipette icon with a plus, it will add color to the sample, and click on a different shade of orange. Continue until all the colors you need are collected. Click OK.

Step 8

Copy the selected area and place it above the “model2” layer, name the new layer “paint”. Arrange the layer using the selection tool (for example, Lasso (Lasso)), remove parts of the paint that you think are unnecessary. Copy the layer “model2”, name it “model2 – original”, hide it. This is your safety net, then something goes wrong.

Step 9

Click on the “paint” layer and apply a layer style. ColorOverlay (Overlay color). Choose a bright red color (any bright color that does not appear on the original photo with the model will do). Right-click on the layer in the list of layers and select Rasterizelayerstyle (Rasterize the layer style). Press again Select > ColorRange (Highlight – Color Range …) and select red color, then click OK. Hide the “paint” layer, and go to the “model2” layer.

Step 10

Click Delete(Delete) this should remove some parts of the model. Repeat this process using the different parts of the spray image that you imported to work with different parts of the model. Some splashes you can transform and scale.

Step 11

Use the “paint” layer to create grunge elements — duplicate the splashes, change the Color Overlay color to black, and erase most of it, leaving only small splashes, as shown in the figure. Drag each layer of paint under the model’s layer, placing them in the composition so that it seems as if the splashes are located far from the model.

Step 12

Repeat Step 11, but use EditTransform (Editing – Transforming) and ImageImageRotation (Image – Rotation of the image) so that the splashes are varied. I placed the spray on the top of the model, and also to the left of it, so that it looked as if it almost exploded.

Step 13

Place more small splashes over the model layer to give the image a three-dimensional look, as if the paint is also on its body, and not just behind it. I also added splashes to areas that I did not erase in Step 10, such as my face and clothes.

Step 14

Click Layer > NewAdjustmentLayer > GradientMap (Layers – New Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map). I chose a purple-yellow gradient with a check mark in the graph Reverse (Invert) and set the layer opacity to 50%. You can choose other colors or opacity.

Our image is ready!

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