Girl under an umbrella in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a beautiful autumn scene in Photoshop. You will learn how to combine stock images to create a single picture, as well as how to retouch models, how to create rain, including working with groups and much more.

Final result

Source materials:

Step 1

Create a new document 1200? 1000 px in Photoshop, fill it with white color (you can choose the size of the document and the fill color at your discretion). Open the stock image ‘Forest’. Using tool Move (Move Tool (V), move the image of the forest to our working paper, as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 2

To change the color of the forest, add an adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance). Being on a layer with the forest, we go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Color Balance (Layer> New Adjustment layer> Color Balance):

Being on the layer mask of the adjustment layer Color Balance (Color Balance), using a soft black brush with an opacity of about 40-90%, process part of the forest image to hide the effect of the adjustment layer. In the screenshots below, you can see the result of my processing on a layer mask, as well as the final result of processing:

Step 3

Next, add an adjustment layer. Photo filter (Photo Filter) to add a bit of light yellow to our picture:

Being on the layer mask of the adjustment layer Photo filter (Photo Filter), process the upper part of the image with a soft black brush to hide the correction in the fog area:

Step 4

To enhance image contrast, add a new adjustment layer. Curves (Curves):

Switch to the layer mask of the adjustment layer. Curves (Curves), and then using a soft black brush, process the central part of the forest:

Step 5

Open the stock image of the model. First, you can use any technique for selecting objects, in particular, separating the model from the background (we will correct the hair later). Copy the selected image of the model to a new layer (did I call this layer “layer 1?”). Create a new layer between this layer and the layer with the background (the layer that contains the original image of the model), fill the new layer with a warm yellow tint (just use any colors you like) (‘layer 2’).

Step 6

In this step, we will make the umbrella laces transparent.

For this we go Selection – Color Range (Select> Color Range):

We created a selection for the light areas of the image:

Press the keys (Ctrl + J) to copy the selection to a new layer (‘layer 3’). Go to ‘layer 1’, through the bottom toolbar, add a layer mask to this layer.

While on the layer mask ‘of the 1’ layer, hold down Ctrl + click on the thumbnail of the 3 ’layer to load the selection (light areas):

Using a black brush with an opacity of about 60-70%, paint over the active selection (only inside the umbrella area) to remove dark areas of the background on the lace of the umbrella, not including the head area. The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 7

Create a new layer on top of all other layers. Set the brush size to 4 px, brush color # 221819. Press the key (F5) to change the settings of the brush (remember that these settings are applicable only if you work with the tablet):

Using a brush, draw small curls of hair near the model’s face:

Create another new layer. Set the brush color # 3d2827 to paint the hair curls as shown in the screenshot below:

If you have no desire to paint hair curls, then instead, you can apply already prepared hair brushes.

Step 8

Turn off the visibility of the original layer with the model and ‘layer 2’. Go to the topmost layer, press the keys (Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E) to merge all the visible layers (‘layer 1’, ‘layer 3’ and the hair curled layer).

Next, move the merged layer with the model to our working paper, placing the model on the road:

Step 9

Create a new layer below the model layer. Using a soft brush, brush color # dad6c6, paint over the central part of the image (foggy part) to enhance the lighting effects. Change the blending mode for this layer to Hard light (Hard Light), layer opacity is 100%. (I temporarily turned off the visibility of the model layer so that you can clearly see the scope of the brush):

Step 10

Turn on the visibility of the model layer. Create a new layer on top of the model layer as a clipping mask:

Choose a tool Finger (Smudge Tool), set the value Intensity (Strength) about 28%, brush your face, shoulders, arms and back of the model without touching the contours of the image.

Step 11

Create a new layer as a clipping mask for the model layer. With a brush opacity (opacity) and by pushing (flow) approximately 40%, brush color # d2ad9e, lighten some dark areas on model’s hands:

Step 12

To darken the model image, add an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask:

On the layer mask of the adjustment layer Curves (Curves), apply a soft black brush to reduce the effect of shading around the head and body.

Step 13

Add adjustment layers to the model layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and Photo filter (Photo Filter) to reduce reddish hues and add greenish / yellowish hues to the model image:

Step 14

Next, add an adjustment layer. Selective color correction (Selective color) to slightly change the color of the umbrella:

On the layer mask of the adjustment layer Selective color correction (Selective Color), apply a black brush with an opacity of 30-40%, around the top of the umbrella.

Step 15

Next, add an adjustment layer. Levels (Levels) to darken the dress of the model a little:

On the layer mask of the adjustment layer Levels (Levels), process the model’s head, upper body, as well as the outline of the dress with a soft black brush. these areas should not be too dark:

Step 16

Create a new layer as a clipping mask for the model layer, change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay), 100% layer opacity, and also fill 50% gray (50% gray):

Choose a tool Clarifier / Dimmer (Dodge and Burn Tool (O), in the settings set Range (Range) Mid tones (Midtones), Exposition (Exposure) approximately 15-20%. With this tool, add details on the skin of the model, on the model’s dress, lighten the eyelids of the model. In the screenshot below, you can see the brightening / darkening areas in the blend mode. Normal (Normal) and result in blend mode Overlap (Overlay):

Step 17

To add lighting effects to the model image, create a new layer as a clipping mask for the model layer. Choose a brush opacity (opacity) and by pushing (flow) about 25%, brush color # ded7cd. Next, paint over the brush along the contour of the model’s image (where the lighting falls from the background):

Step 18

On top of all layers, add a new adjustment layer. Gradient Map (Gradient Map):

Reduce the opacity of this adjustment layer. Gradient Map (Gradient Map) up to 20%:

Step 19

To change the color of the whole picture, add a new adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance):

Step 20

On top of all layers add a new adjustment layer. Vibration (Vibrance):

Being on the layer mask of the adjustment layer Vibration (Vibrance), using a black brush, hide the effect of vibration on the dress:

Step 21

The lips of the model do not look very good, so we fix it. Create a new layer, select brush, brush color # 978678, paint over the model’s lips area with a brush.

Step 22

Open stock image with leaves. Select foliage, as well as individual leaves, placing them around the model, as well as on the road. Use the transformation tools (Ctrl + T), Distortion (Skew), Deformation (Warp …), as well as a layer mask if necessary, to create the effect of an arbitrary scatter of leaves. I used 35 layers to create this effect. Place large-sized leaves to the fore:

Step 23

For large leaves in the foreground, apply Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) to create the depth of field of the whole picture. Being on layers with these leaves, we go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur), set a blur radius of 3 px:

Step 24

Apply Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), the blur radius is 0.5 px to separate other leaves, if they look too distinct (we have the same scene in the fog!).

Step 25

To add shadow to the leaves in the hand area, we use the layer styles option. Shadow (Drop Shadow). Double click on layers with leaves to activate the option. Overlay options (Blending Options):

Step 26

To change the color of all the leaves together, select all the layers together, and then press the keys (Ctrl + G) to group all the layers with leaves in one group. Layers with leaves, I called from 1 to 35. Change the blending mode for the layer with the group with the mode Skip (Pass Through (group default mode) to mode Normal (Normal), 100%. Inside the created group, being on layer 35, we go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Hue / Saturation (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Hue / Saturation):

Step 27

Next, add an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) to darken the leaves:

On the layer mask of the adjustment layer Curves (Curves), apply the brush, processing some leaves that have become too dark after this step.

Step 28

Right-click on the layer with the group with leaves and in the appeared window select the option Duplicate group (Duplicate Group). Next, once again right-click on the layer with the duplicate group and in the appeared window select the option Combine the group(Merge Group). So, we got a combined layer with leaves, which will be useful to us in the next steps (do not forget to turn off the visibility of this layer).

Step 29

Create a new layer on top of all layers, fill it with black color (Shift + F5). Right-click on this layer and in the window that appears, select the option Convert to Smart Object (Convert to Smart Object). Next, go Filter- Noise – Add Noise (Filter> Noise> Add Noise):

Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur):

Filter – Blur – Blur by Gauss(Filter> Blur> Gassian Blur):

Change the blending mode for this layer to Lightening (Screen), 100%:

Use a layer mask to reduce the intensity of rain in some areas, as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 30

Duplicate this layer and apply the layer mask again:

Step 31

Merge the layers with the rain into one group, change the blending mode for this layer with the group to Lightening (Screen), 100% (it is very important to keep the effect as it was before grouping). Inside the created group, add a new adjustment layer. Levels (Levels) to enhance the effect of rain:

Step 32

In this step, we will add a fog effect to the foreground. Create a new layer on top of all other layers. Set the foreground and background color to # cfd8d1 and # 3d262a respectively. Let’s go Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter> Render> Clouds):

Reduce the layer opacity to 50% and using a layer mask, reduce the fog intensity as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 33

Create another new layer on top of all other layers. Choose a brush opacity(opacity) and by pushing(flow) approximately 16-20%, brush color #cedfdb. Paint over the model’s face and hands to add some light highlights to these areas:

Step 34

Create another new layer, load the combined layer with leaves (duplicate layer with leaves). See Step 6 if you forgot how to make a match. Using the same brush to match the leaves (the leaves should be lit from the background). You need to vary the opacity of the brush to get a more natural look:

And we have completed the lesson!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

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