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You will learn how to control the light and adjust the mood of photo manipulation, as well as how to create a nightly atmosphere in Photoshop with the help of corrective layers and lighting techniques.

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STEP one

Create a new document 2200? 1500 px. Paste the image with the city on our document, apply scaling in accordance with the size of the document. Do the same with the image of the rocky shore. I used the quick selection tool to highlight the rocky shore.

STEP 2

Let’s start with the color correction of the image with the city. I used an adjustment layer Gradient map (Gradient Map), for this adjustment layer, apply the blending mode Hard light (Hard light), opacity of the layer is 37% and one more adjustment layer Color balance (Color Balance).

For adjustment layer Color balance (Color Balance), I used the following settings:

Sveta (Highlights): Red (Red) +48, Green (Green) +8, Blue (Blue) +17

Mid tones (Midtones): Red (Red) +2, Green (Green) +12, Blue (Blue) -22

Shadows (Shadows): Red (Red) +17, Green (Green) +12, Blue (Blue) -10

STEP 3

Also make a correction to the stony shore layer. Here, I used an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) to darken the image a bit as well as the adjustment layer Gradient map (Gradient Map), for this adjustment layer, apply the blending mode Multiplication (Multiply), 50% layer opacity, use both adjustment layers as a clipping mask.

STEP four

I applied another adjustment layer Gradient map (Gradient Map) for additional correction of both layers (therefore, do not use this adjustment layer as a clipping mask) and to create the final color cast. Apply blending mode for this adjustment layer. Soft light (Soft light), the opacity of the layer is 100%, the numbers of color shades are shown in the screenshot 4. Also, I added a light highlight, changed the blending mode for the layer with the light highlight to Lightening (Screen), changed Color tone (Hue) and applied a slight blur.

STEP 5

You can add a woman as shown in the screenshot below. For correction, I used adjustment layers. Color balance (Color Balance) and Levels (Levels). Settings for the adjustment layer Color balance (Color Balance):
(Translator’s Note: These adjustment layers are used as clipping masks, since The author applies correction only to the image with a woman).

Sveta (Highlights): Red (Red) -1, Green (Green) -2, Blue (Blue) -5

Mid tones (Midtones): Red (Red) -12, Green (Green) +31, Blue (Blue) +9

Shadows (Shadows): Red (Red) +1, Green (Green) +8, Blue (Blue) +13

STEP 6

Double click on the layer with the woman so that a window appears Layer styles (layer style), select the option Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay), gradient type ot Black to White (Black to White) blending mode Multiplication (Multiply), angle of 168º. (see video tutorial for more information). And also select the option Inner shadow (Inner Shadow), angle 135º, blending mode Lightening basics (Color Dodge), Colour (Color) # 817C48, Bias (Distance) 2 and The size (Size) 10.

STEP 7

Apply the tool Dimmer / Clarifier (Dodge / Burn tool) to enhance the image. I used this tool in order not to lose the picture quality, on a separate layer, filled 50% Gray (Gray) and changed the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay).

STEP 8

Add more adjustment layers to create a final color and contrast effect. I used adjustment layers Color balance (Color Balance) and Gradient map (Gradient Map), for this adjustment layer, change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft light), layer opacity set to 20%.

Settings for the adjustment layer Color balance (Color Balance):

Sveta (Highlights): Red (Red) +12, Wgreen (Green) +12, Blue (Blue) -17

Mid tones (Midtones): Red (Red) -10, Green (Green) -10, Blue (Blue) +2

Shadows (Shadows): Red (Red) -9, Green (Green) +9, Blue (Blue) -1

I hope you have your own ideas for creating your own works. You can get a different color effect just by changing the color shades on the gradient map. You can also create a depth of field using Gaussian Blur (Gaussian Blur), applying a blur to the background, but for more details, see the video tutorial.

Final result

Author: Andrei Oprinca

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