Flower soul

Today we will create a very interesting concept using artistic nude and a pair of pink roses. You will learn how to retouch images, manage one element for more complex results, use different adjustment layers, increase image depth and image sharpness for better quality.

Final result

Source materials:

Let’s get started.

Let’s start by creating a new document with dimensions to your discretion (sizes 1600 x 1000 will do, later you will be able to crop the image).

STEP 1. Open the “nude model” image, select the entire image (CTRL + A), copy it (CTRL + C) and paste the copied image into our document.

STEP 2. Let’s go Filter – Other – Color Contrast (Filter> Other> High Pass) and apply a radius value of about 2.2 px and click OK. In the layers palette (F7), set the blending mode Overlap(Overlay). Next, go Layer- Merge visible (Layer> Merge Visible) or by pressing CTRL + SHIFT + E. This simple effect will give the image a bit of contrast.

STEP 3. Choose a tool Pen (Pen Tool (P) and gently select the girl’s body, but do not select the head and hair, only the body. For the pen, do not forget to set the option in the top settings panel Contours (Paths). Once you have closed the contour, right-click on the contour and select To form a selected area (Make Selection). Click OK.

STEP 4. Next, select the tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), right-click again and select Copy to new layer (Layer Via Copy). We need a copy of the skin with which we will work. Choose a tool Stamp (Clone Stamp Tool (S), ALT + click on a clean skin area, and then click on a skin area where there are flaws. Do not forget to select areas in the same color scheme with areas where you apply the Stamp.

STEP 5. Let’s go Filter – Blur – Blur on the surface (Filter> Blur> Surface Blur) and apply settings like mine. You can correct a little, but do not overdo it, otherwise it will look like it was smeared with paint. This effect will smooth the surface while maintaining the original texture.

STEP 6. Let’s go Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter> Noise> Add Noise) and set the value to 1%. Click OK. This effect will give an excellent touch to the skin, the skin will look silk.

STEP 7. Next we go Layer – New Adjustment LayerSelective Color Correction (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Selective Color). We apply the settings as in the screenshot below for different shades. This effect will reduce the warmth of the skin and give a more model look.

STEP 8. Go to the layer with the original image. Let’s go Layer – create duplicate layer (Layer> Duplicate Layer (CTRL + J). Select a tool Brush (Brush Tool (B), go to Quick Masks (Quick Mask mode (Q) and paint the girl’s hair. To paint loose hair, use a small soft brush. Place this layer, which you duplicated, on top of all layers.

STEP 9. Once you are done, exit. Quick Mask (Quick Mask mode (Q), let’s go Selection – Inversion (Select> Inverse (CTRL + SHIFT + I)), then in the lower settings palette press the button Add layer mask (Add Layer Mask).

STEP 10. Let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Levels (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Levels). Apply the settings as in the screenshot below. Next, hold the ALT + key and click on the layer mask of the layer below and drag it over the adjustment layer (this way you copy the layer mask). When the replace layer mask pops up, click OK.

STEP 11. Open the “lightning” image, select the entire image (CTRL + A), copy the selected image (CTRL + C) and paste it onto our document. Let’s go Editing – Free Transformation (Edit> Free Transform (CTRL + T) and scale the image. Hold the ALT key to keep the proportions while scaling and place as in the screenshot below. Press Enter to exit the mode Free Transformation (Free Transform mode).

STEP 12. Standing on the same layer, press CTRL + G to place the layer inside the group of layers. Next, in the layers palette (F7), double-click on the layer to rename it and name the layer “lightning.” Next we go Editing – Transform – Warp (Edit> Transform> Warp) and deform the image as in the screenshot below, press Enter.

STEP 13. In the lower settings palette, click Add layer mask (Add Layer Mask). Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool (B), set Rigidity (Hardness) the brushes to 0%, set the foreground color to pure black (# 000000) and paint over the leather texture of the zipper, leaving only the metal part and the area where the zipper diverges.

STEP 14. Choose a tool Pen (Pen Tool (P), in the pen settings, set Contours (Paths) and highlight the metal part of the zipper. We need to make a small correction, to make this part brighter.

STEP 15. When you have finished selecting the contour, right-click on the contour and select To form a selected area (Make Selection), then, without removing the selection, select the tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and right-click on the contour and select Copy to new layer (Layer Via Copy). This operation will create a new layer containing your selection, place this layer on top of the current layer.

STEP 16. Let’s go Image – Correction – Discolor (Image> Adjustments> Desaturate (CTRL + SHIFT + U). Next, go Image – Correction – Brightness / Contrast (Image> Adjustments> Brightness / Contrast). Apply the settings, as I have, or set the settings on your own.

STEP 17. Go to the layer that is below your current layer and become Fill (Fill) up to 44%.

STEP 18. Open the image of the “bouquet”. Choose a tool Pen (Pen Tool (P) and select the flowers as in the screenshot below, using the same technique as when highlighting the girl’s body. Right-click on the contour and select To form a selected area (Make selection), then select the tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and right click on the contour and select Copy to new layer (Layer Via Copy).

STEP 19. Hold down the CTRL + key and click on the thumbnail of the newly created layer to load the selection, copy the selection (CTRL + C) and paste it onto our document (CTRL + V).

STEP 20. Reduce the size as in the screenshot below. Hold down the SHIFT key to keep the proportions.

STEP 21. Let’s go Layer – create duplicate layer (Layer> Duplicate Layer (CTRL + J) and so several times, place the copies so that they make up the bouquet, as in the screenshot below. Place the copies over the zipper and do not worry about accuracy, we will create a layer mask to hide unwanted areas .

STEP 22. Select all layers with colors and press CTRL + G to group them all together. Next, double-click on the group name and name the group “Roses 1”.

STEP 23. Open the pink rose image and cut out the flower using the technique described in STEPS 18-20.

STEP 24. Also make multiple copies and arrange them in a scattered order. Feel free to scale, rotate and reflect the flowers at your discretion.

STEP 25. Also select all these layers and press CTRL + G to group them together. Name the group “Roses 2”.

STEP 26. Create a new layer on top of these two groups (“Roses 1” and “Roses 2”). Set the blending mode for this layer to Darkening basics (Color Burn).

STEP 27. Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool (B), set Rigidity (Hardness) brushes to 0%, set the foreground color to dark red and Opacity (Opacity) by about 40%. Make sure the value Pressure (Flow) is set to 100%. Next, draw over some dark areas of the roses. This layer will add more depth to the floral bouquet. This is what my layer looks like after staining.

STEP 28. Select the Roses 1 and Roses 2 groups and press CTRL + G. Turn off the visibility of the newly created group (click on the “eye” in the layers palette). Next, we will create a layer mask for the bouquet of roses.

STEP 29. Hold the CTRL + key and click on the layer with the lightning, then go Selection – Inversion (Select> Inverse). Select the “group 1” (I called it “Roses”) and in the lower settings palette press the button Add layer mask (Add Layer Mask). You can also use the tool Pen (Pen Tool (P) to create a selection.

STEP 30. Stand on a layer mask, select a brush, set the foreground color to pure black (# 000000) and paint some areas where the roses are close to the lightning. Through this operation, we will create an illusion, as if some rose petals looked out over lightning.

STEP 31. Repeat step 31 to create several falling petals and several petals that lie on the ground.

STEP 32. Go to the layer with the original image of the girl and then go Layer – create duplicate layer (Layer> Duplicate Layer (CTRL + J). Next, let’s go Filter – Other – Color Contrast (Filter> Other> High Pass), apply a value of 2.2 px, click OK, then set the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay).

STEP 33. Go to the skin layer of the girl. Create a new layer CTRL + SHIFT + N, set the blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply) and Opacity (Opacity) by 35%. Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool (B), set the foreground color to dark brown and draw shadows on top of the girl’s body. Since we have new elements on the image, the lighting will also change.

STEP 34. Go to the topmost layer group. Let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer Exposure (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Exposure). Apply the settings as in the screenshot below or as approximate.

STEP 35. Let’s go Layer New Adjustment Layer – Black and White (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Black White). Apply my settings or apply your settings at your discretion.

STEP 36. Go back to the layer with the original image of the girl, duplicate it again and go Filter – Blur – Blur on the surface (Filter> Blur> Surface Blur). We apply very low settings, this effect will clean the image a bit and preserve textures.

Done!


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Posted by: Doink

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