Lost Time and Photoshop

Welcome to the next lesson on manipulation, in which I will show how to create a simple and sad scene in Photoshop. I will show you how to use adjustment layers to create beautiful color effects and get a slightly unsaturated effect in your artwork.

Final result

Source materials:

STEP one

We will start with the Background image, so open this image in Photoshop.

STEP 2

Open the stock image of a man sitting on a pier. Using tool Pen (Pen Tool (P) or tool Magnetic Lasso (Magnetic Lasso tool), create a selection around the man and the pier to separate them from the original background. Next, copy the selected image, and then paste it on our document, on a new layer on top of the layer with the background, apply scaling if necessary. I called this layer “man“.

STEP 3 Combining a man with the background

In order to combine the man with the background, I used layer styles and adjustment layers. Let’s apply the layer styles first. I used the option Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay) to change the lighting, because I wanted to create more light at the top of the image and more shadows at the bottom, and also used the option Inner shadow (Inner Shadow) to simulate a little light around the edge of the image. See screenshot below.

STEP 4 – Perform color correction Images men

You may notice that the image of a man has too high color saturation compared to the background, so I used a couple of adjustment layers as clipping masks to reduce saturation, and also give the necessary color to the image of a man in order to combine the colors of the back background.

At the beginning, I used a correction layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) as a clipping mask. I reduced the value Saturation (Saturation) to -75%. Then, I used an adjustment layer. Gradient Map (Gradient Map), also as a clipping mask.

The color shades that were used to create the gradient are shown in the screenshot below. For layer Gradient Map (Gradient Map), set the blending mode Multiplication (Multiply), layer opacity is 90%. After you change the blending mode for a layer with a gradient map to Multiplication (Multiply), the back of a man will become too dark, so I used a soft brush.

Using a black brush with low opacity, I painted the correction layer on the layer mask over the back of the man, to weaken the effect a little.

STEP 5 We spend correction girls

So, we have combined the image of a man with a background. Now, let’s add an image of a girl to our document. Open the stock image of the girl, separate it from the original background with the tool Pen (Pen Tool) or using any other selection technique you prefer to work with. Add the highlighted image of the girl to our document, zooming as necessary. Position the image of the girl, as shown in screenshot 5.

You also need to apply adjustment layers to the image of the girl to combine it with the image of the background. At the beginning, I used a correction layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) as a clipping mask. I reduced the value Saturation(Saturation) to -40%. Then, I added an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask to darken the image of the girl a little.

Next, I used an adjustment layer. Gradient Map (Gradient Map), also as a clipping mask, and changed the blending mode for a layer with a gradient map to Multiplication (Multiply) for matching with the background color shades. Draw shadows on the ground under the girl, and also on the tree to create more realism.

STEP 6 – Falling Leaves

Open the stock image of a tree leaf, move this image to our document. I simply duplicated this image several times, then turned and distorted the leaves with the tool Free transformation (Free Transform tool) to add more variety.

Also, I applied a filter to some leaves. Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), a blur radius of a few pixels to create a sense of depth of field. The original image of a tree leaf has too high color saturation and contrast, therefore, with the help of an adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation), reduce saturation and brightness.

STEP 7

Next, I used the tool Clarifier / Dimmer (Dodge / Burn tool) on a separate layer, which I filled 50% Gray (50% Gray). The blend mode for this layer is set to Overlap (Overlay). In the screenshot below, you can see the sections that I brightened and darkened.

Lesson on the creation of light and shadow.

STEP 8 – Correction of the entire image

I decided to change the overall color of the whole scene, for this, I used corrective layers Gradient Map (Gradient Map) and Selective color correction (Selective color).

Set the blending mode for the adjustment layer. Gradient Map (Gradient Map) on Chromaticity (Color), the opacity of the layer is 20%, and for the adjustment layer Selective color correction (Selective color) on Normal (Normal), layer opacity is 50%. In the adjustment layer settings Selective color correction (Selective Color), I changed the settings only for channels Neutral (Neutrals) and Black (Blacks).

Final result

Author: Andrei Oprinca

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