Leave your face in history

Good day to all.

Today we will learn to process photos in the style of Da Vinci.
We will not set ourselves a goal, just recreate the style of the artist, because it is impossible. Let’s just try to feel the mood of the Great Master.

Step 1.

First you need to find the right background. The lesson used texture, which you can find on www.sxc.hu

Open the texture in Photoshop, name the layer Background.
Choose colors: # ad8450 for foreground (foreground) and # 835136 for background (background).
We need them for the gradient (the Gradient tool, radial, from light to dark).

Create a new layer, name it Layer 1. Use the tool Gradient (Gradient). Blending Mode (overlay mode) set to multiply (multiplication) level of opacity – 64%

Step 2.

Create a duplicate texture, name it Background 2. Move it to the top of the layers palette. Apply to layer Image – Adjustment – Hue / Saturation (Image – Adjustments – Hue / Saturation). Adjust the slider Saturation at -25.

Step 3.

Choose a tool Erase (eraser) with soft edges, walk along the edges of the layer Background 2. Thus, the center will be highlighted, and the edges will be darkened.

This is what should happen:

Step 4.

Select a photo that will be processed. Separate the person from the background, using the selection tool that is most convenient for you, paste it onto the created texture, rename it to Portrait.

Step 5.

Create a duplicate portrait (Ctrl + J), name Portrait copy
Set colors: for foreground # 541d08 and forbackground # d3c18f

Go to menu Filter – Sketch – Graphic pen (Filrt – Sketch – Graphic pencil)

Stroke length (stroke length) – 15,
Light / dark balance (light and shade balance) – 58,
Stroke direction (stroke direction) – Right diagonal (right diagonal).

Step 6.

Duplicate (Ctrl + J) layer Portrait copy, name Portrait copy 2. On the layers palette, place it under the Portrait copy layer.
Now Filter – Sketch – Halftone pattern (Filter – Sketch – Halftone Pattern) Default Settings.

Step 7.

Install Blending mode (blend mode) for portrait copy layer Overlay (overlap) and opacity level 35%.

Step 8.

Merge layers Portrait copy and Portrait copy 2.
Choose a tool Eraser (eraser) of medium size and with soft edges. In the settings (on the panel below the main menu) lower the level Opacity (opacity) to 55%. Walk with an eraser on clothes, making this part of the portrait more transparent.

Step 9.

Using the tool Magnetic Lasso (Magnetic lasso), select the hair, right-click on the selection and in the drop-down menu select Layer via cut (cut to a new layer).

Layer with hair cut name Hair.
Change the brightness and levels to make the hair color lighter and softer.

Apply to this layer Image – Adjustment – levels (Image – adjustments – levels) Settings: (0 – 1.00 – 206)
Image – Adjustment – Brightness (Image – adjustments – brightness) settings to your taste.

Step 10.

We come to the most difficult part of the lesson: creating light and shade. It is possible that the first time you will not succeed, but do not despair. Before you begin to work carefully consider the original photo, mark for yourself the light and dark areas and transitional places
Create a new layer. Make sure that it is on the top of the layers panel.

Choose a soft brush with a low level of opacity. The colors you need for the face #d5c091, #bb865a, # 9a653b, #a77459, as well as color for arranging a few accents on hair and clothes # 663a17

Step 11.

Below is a layer with traced chiaroscuro.

Step 12.

Copy individual hairs (curls) to a new layer, duplicate several times using tools Move and Free transform (movement, free transformation), create the effect of “hair tousled in the wind”.

Step 13

As a result, you get this portrait in the style of Da Vinci.

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