Elegant photo manipulation in Photoshop

If you have just begun to study the program Photoshop, then today you will learn the useful technique of creating photo manipulations.

You will learn how to combine different images, apply adjustment layers, work with layer-masks, brushes, how to create lighting effects and much more.

Let’s get started!

Final result

Source materials:

Step 1

Create a new document (Ctrl + N), apply the following values ​​in the appropriate fields:

Width(Width): 2500
Height(Height): 2200

Step 2

Open the stock image Sky in Photoshop. Move this image to our working paper, name the layer with the sky “Primary Background”. Apply scaling to the sky. The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Step 3

Next, go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Color Balance (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Color Balance). In the window that appears, tick the option Use previous layer to create clipping mask. (Use previous layer to create a clipping mask).

When the adjustment layer window appears Color Balance (Color Balance), apply the following value:

Average tones(Midtones): +24, 0, -2
Sveta (Highlights): +13, 0, +6
Shadows (Shadows): 0, 0, 0

* Adjustment layers allow you to re-adjust without losing image quality and changing the main image data.

Next, go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Photo Filter (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Photo Filter). Convert this adjustment layer to a clipping mask on the sky layer and apply the following values.

Filter (Filter): Cyan
Density (Density): 25
Save glow(Preserve Luminosity)

To add cool shades, we will apply another filter. Let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Photo Filter (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Photo Filter).

Filter (Filter): Cooling Filter (LBB)
Density (Density): 13%
Save glow (Preserve Luminosity)

Result:

Step 4

Open the Space Set, select the image with the cosmic nebula. Using tool Move (Move Tool (V), move this image to our working document. Next, rename the layer with this image to “Background 2”. Apply scaling to the image with a space nebula, as shown in the screenshot below.

Change the blending mode for the nebula layer to Soft light (Soft Light). To combine this image with the image of the sky, go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Hue / Saturation (Layer> New Adjustment layer> Hue and Saturation) and apply the following values:

Color tone (Hue): -90
Saturation (Saturation): -86
Brightness(Lightness): +15

Result:

Step 5

Open the Model image. Let’s make a correction using a correction layer. Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast). Let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Brightness / Contrast (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Brightness / Contrast).

Contrast(Brightness): 5
Brightness(Contrast): -50

Using tool Pen (pen tool), highlight the model image.

Using tool Move (Move Tool (V), move the image with the model to our working paper. Apply scaling to the model as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 6

After the light correction, then go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Hue / Saturation (Layer> New Adjustment layer> Hue and Saturation) and apply the following values:

Color tone (Hue): +3
Saturation (Saturation): -29
Brightness(Lightness): -1

As you have noticed, the model’s shawl has become faded and in order to restore the bright shades, go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Selective Color Correction (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Selective Color). Convert this adjustment layer to a clipping mask and apply the following values.

Colors (Colors):
Blue(Cyan): +10
Purple(Magenta): -2
Yellow(Yellow): -51
The black(Black): -2

Result:

Step 7

After combining the model with the background, we move on to create a glow effect. Create a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N). Name this layer ‘Glow’. Place this layer below the model layer. Choose a soft white brush with an opacity of 20% and by pushing (flow) 100%. Gently paint over the model’s body until you get the result, as in the screenshot below.

Step 8

Create another new layer. Place this layer below the glow layer. Name this layer ‘Glow 2 ‘. Next, select the tool Brush (brush (B), set a soft white brush with an opacity of 5-10% and pressing 100%. Paint over the model’s body with a brush to create a more expressive glow effect. Result:

Group all the layers we created by selecting all layers and then pressing Ctrl + G. Once you have created a group, name this group “Model’ ”.

Step 9

Next, we will add curls of hair to the model’s hair. If you have a tablet, it will be very easy to draw curls of hair, but for those who do not have a tablet, they can use the technique of creating curls of hair, which will be very useful. Open the file with the painted hair, copy the hair lock # 8, and then paste it on our working paper.

Press Ctrl + T to activate the tool. Transformation (transform tool) to expand the curl of hair and choose the size of the curl.

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To change the shape of the hair locks, right-click on the document and in the window that appears, select the option Deformation(warp). Duplicate the hair curl a couple of times, expand the curls and use the eraser to create a volume of hair.

Step 10

Next, we will carry out the color correction of the hair locks. Combine all the layers with curls of hair, and then go Layer – New Fill Layer – Color (Layer> new fill layer> Solid Color). In the window that appears, tick the option Use previous layer to create clipping mask. (use previous layer to create clipping mask) and click OK. Next, a window will appear Palettes colors(color picker). Apply color shade, which is shown in the screenshot below:

Result:

Step 11

Create a new layer, change the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (Soft Light). Choose a tool Brush(brush (B), set the foreground color to # bb1a5a. Gently brush over the model’s lips.

Next, create another new layer. Gently brush the eyelid using a blue tint and cheek using a pink tint. The result is in the screenshot below.

Step 12

Create a new layer. Choose a soft brush, change the foreground color to black. Using a soft brush, paint over the area shown in the screenshot below.

Once you are done, the result should be like in the screenshot below.

Step 13

We return to the layer with the model. To the model layer, add a vector mask that you can create through the bottom toolbar. Install the ‘Ink and Paint’ brushes. Choose a tool Eraser (eraser tool (E) and randomly shawl edges. I used # 66 brush with 100% opacity and 100% fill.

Hint: do not use the same brush all the time. Change brushes and randomly process areas.

Result:

Step 14

Create a new layer. Name this layer ‘paint’. Select Paint Brush, opacity (Opacity) brush 100%, fill (fill) brushes 100%, brush color # 4468a1. Randomly apply the brush while changing the size of the brush. I used brush # 1821.

Result:

Step 15

Double click on the ‘paint’ layer to apply layer styles. When the settings window appears, apply the following values:

Result:

Step 16

Open the image Optical Highlights. Copy Flare # 2, then paste the copied flare onto our working paper. Place the highlight on the model’s shoulder.

Change the blending mode for the layer with the glare on Lightening (screen).

Next, go Image – Correction – Hue / Saturation (Image> Adjustment> Hue and Saturation) and apply the following values:

Color tone (Hue): 0
Saturation (Saturation): -65
Brightness (Lightness): 0

Remove the left side of the flare:

Group all the layers, name the group “Effects”.

Step 17

Let’s go Layer – New Fill Layer – Color (Layer> new fill layer> Solid Color).

Blend mode (Mode): Overlap (Overlay)
Opacity (Opacity): 30%
Translator’s Note: further, the author carries out the correction of the entire image.

Result:

Step 18

Let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Selective Color Correction (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Selective Color).

Colors (Colors): Blue (CYAN)
Blue (Cyan): -46
Purple (Magenta): +17
Yellow (Yellow): -15
The black (Black): 0

Colors (Colors): Blue (BLUE)
Blue (Cyan): +29
Purple (Magenta): -17
Yellow (Yellow): -20
The black (Black): 0

Result:

Step 19

Let’s go Layer– New layer-fill – Colour(Layer> new fill layer> Solid Color).

Blend mode (Mode): Soft color (soft light)
Opacity(Opacity): 100%

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 20

Go again Layer – New corrective layer – A photo Filter(layer> new adjustment layer> photo filter). Apply the following values:

Filter (Filter): Warming Filter (85)
Density (Density): 25%

Filter (Filter): Underwater
Density (Density): 10%

After applying the Photo Filter, the result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 21

Create a new layer. Choose a tool Gradient (Gradient Tool), apply the following settings for the gradient:

Drag the gradient in the direction of the red arrow, as shown in the screenshot below. Change the blending mode for the gradient layer to Soft light (soft light), layer opacity 40%. The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 22

In the final step, we will add an adjustment layer. Curves (curves). Let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Curves (layer> New Adjustment Layer> Curves).

Output (Output): 21
entrance (Input): 23

You can see the final result in the screenshot below. I hope you enjoyed the lesson, I will be glad to hear your comments on the technique of execution and the result.

Final result

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