Creating a romantic photo manipulation in Photoshop

In this lesson you will learn how to create a “Meeting” composition. Columns, railings and floor prepared from one image and can be loaded separately. Not everything is described in detail, as it is assumed that you have prior knowledge.

Final image

Starting materials

Step 1: Create a new document

Create a new document, place an image with the sky in it and scale it to the required size.

Step 2: Insert the floor

Open the image with the floor and paste it into the bottom third of the working canvas. Excess at the top of the hide later under the mask.

Now we transform the floor. Pressing Ctrl + T call TransformFree (Free Transform), then right-click on the transformation form and select in the context menu Perspective (Perspective), then pull the right corner and drag it to the right very far. The left corner will simultaneously move in the opposite direction.

Step 3: Railing and Columns

Next, place the image with the railing on the working canvas and place them in the center. Below are shown how the two columns are placed on the right and left, they should be located behind the railing.

Step 4: Rocks

Now place on the rock background. They should be visible above the railing. Give them the right location. The floor, which is still visible behind the railing, hide with a mask. Group in the floor and railings.

Step 5: Blur

Before the next step, merge the layers with Sky and Rocks into one group. To merge into a group, select one layer, press Ctrl and click on another layer, then press Ctrl + G. Rename the group to “background”. I always place all layers in groups for clarity. Then in the group, press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E. The result is that the two background layers merged into a new layer. Click on the layer with the right mouse button and select (Convert to smart object) in the context menu. This is so that the filter settings that will be applied to the layer can be adjusted. Next, go to the menu Filter-> Blur-> Gaussian Blur (Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian blur) with a radius of about 9.0. Then click on the smart filter mask, select linear Gradient tool (Gradient) and drag the black and white gradient from top to bottom, after which the bottom part will be blurred.

Step 6: Color Correction

Color correction of the image, of course, depends on the layers of which it is composed. I always use different methods. For a layer with a floor, apply a correction layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) in clipping mask mode. Set the following settings for it: Saturation (Saturation) -59, Lightness (Brightness) -59. Next, apply an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) and set the graph curve as shown below.

Step 7: Color correction of the parapet and columns

Apply adjustment layer to parapet Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) with Saturation (Saturation) -62 and Contrast (Contrast) -40. For columns, apply an adjustment layer. Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast) with Brightness (Brightness) -140 and Contrast (Contrast) 58. That’s what happened with me.

Step 8: Inserting the Moon

Place the image of the moon in the upper right corner of the canvas. LowerOpacity (Opacity) layer up to 31%. Apply a correction layer to the moon. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) with Saturation (Saturation) -83 and Lightness (Brightness) 54.

Step 9: Lighting

Light shines from the moon, so now you need to add rays of light, and also add light to the columns. The moon is on the left, so the right column should be slightly illuminated on the left. To do this, use the adjustment layer. Curves (Curves). Next, invert the mask and walk on it with a white soft brush, imitating moonlight.

Step 10: Rays of Light

Light rays should also pass through the railings, so we will create them and illuminate the necessary areas. To do this, apply a correction layer to the railing. Curves (Curves) and repeat the same steps as for the columns.

Step 11: Railing Lighting

Invert the adjustment layer mask. Curves (Curves), then go with a soft brush in the marked places. Do the same with the adjustment mask. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation), but do not invert it.

Step 12: Shadow

Where there is light, there is also a shadow. From the surrounding objects always fall shadows. In our picture the shadows will be located on the floor and on the sides of the railing. The bottom of the railing should be slightly darker.

Step 13: Insert Model

Separate the model’s figure from the background with PenTool (Pen) and place it on the working canvas. You can redraw her hair. Since I am not particularly good at doing this, there is no description for it. Further, the right side of the model should be darkened.

Step 14: Blackout

To do this, apply a correction layer. Curves (Curves), set it up as in the screenshot above. Invert the mask and use a soft brush to walk on the right (shadow) side of the girl. Create a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N) and go through the black soft translucent brush in some places of the girl’s dress, on the floor, under the dress.

Step 15: Inserting Plants

So, place the hanging plants in the picture in two columns, and the vase on the floor. Duplicate the vase layer (Ctrl + J) and set the blending mode for the top layer. Multiply (Multiplication). After that, set the appropriate shadows at the base of the vase and in other places.

Step 16: Plant Lighting

On the vase with the plant fall moon rays, therefore, it must be illuminated. Apply a correction layer to the vase layer. Curves (Curves) and set the settings shown in the screenshot below. Invert the mask of the adjustment layer and use a soft brush to wipe it over the upper leaves, which should be lit.

Step 17: Further Lighting

To the top layer with a vase that is set to blending mode Multiply (Multiply), add a layer mask, and go over the top leaves with a soft black brush, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 18: Darkening the picture

Now the whole picture except the girl will be slightly discolored and darkened with a correction layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation), set Saturation (Saturation) -55 and Lightness (Brightness) -22.

Step 19: Inserting the Bird

Now paste the image of the bird onto the working canvas as if, after searching, she finally found the girl. Since only one wing is visible on the original image, we will unceremoniously copy it and paste it on the other side. So, duplicate the right wing, flip it horizontally and adjust the size so that it looks as natural as possible. Apply a correction layer to the bird and wing. Curves (Curves), and configure it as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 20: Pearl

Place the pearl in the bird’s beak. Add glow and glare around it. Rays can draw either with PenTool (Feather), or using a star brush.

Step 21: Cat

Now put on the image of a kitten who looks at the bird. Correct the color with Levels (Levels). Also draw a shadow.

Step 22: Gradient Map

To create a uniform color for the image, create an adjustment layer. Gradient map (Gradient Map) on top of all layers. The gradient is from left to right: # 030303, # 2e597b, # 4d90b4, # 94cef1, # f2ffff. Create another new layer, fill it with 50% gray, set blending mode for it Soft light (Soft light). Take the tool Dodge /Burn (Brightener / Dimmer) small size with Exposure (Exposure) 10% walk on the image, darkening or lightening the right places. To enhance the sharpness of the picture, you can add a vignette effect.

Final image

Author: gestandeneFrau

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