In this lesson you will learn how to create an emotional photo manipulation. You will learn how to retouch your skin, how to create a soft blue tint, and you will also learn how to add feathers to the background and much more.
Position the image with the Background as shown in the screenshot below.
Let’s go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> gaussian blur) and select the desired blur value.
Add adjustment layers:
Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) 0 -38 0
Color Balance (Color balance) 0 -20 0
It’s time to work with the model.
Place the image with the model where it will be convenient for you, or position it as shown in the screenshot below.
Choose a tool Pen (pen tool) and using this tool, select the model. You can use any other selection tool that is more convenient for you, and do not forget to always use a layer mask to the original image.
Sometimes, I use a graphic tablet, because I think this is the best way to select a model, and also use an eraser to separate the model from the background.
Apply adjustment layers to the model layer as a clipping mask.
Hint: To create a clipping mask, simply press the Ctrl + Alt + G keys or simply hold the Alt + key and click between 2 layers in the layers palette.
Make sure adjustment layers are created in the same order (Curves – Curves, Color Balance – Color balance, Hue / Saturation Hue / saturation).
The result should be as in the screenshot below.
Select the layer with the model, then go Layer – Layer Styles – Inner Shadow (layer> layer style> Inner shadow) and apply the values that are shown in the screenshot below.
The result should be as in the screenshot below. You can also try to apply Internal glow (inner glow). These two options will help soften the hard edges of the model image.
Convert the model layer into a smart object, to do this, right-click on the model layer and in the window that appears, select the option Convert to smart object (convert to smart object).
Do not worry, you can at any time cancel any action performed by simply double-clicking on the layer and then changing the settings.
Next, to the image with the model, apply a blur on the surface, go Filter – Blur – Blur on the surface (Filter> Blur> Surface blur), Blur radius (Radius): 10 and value Threshold (Threshold): 30.
Next, select a mask. Smart Filter (smart filter), (white rectangle) and fill the mask with black color (See screenshot 9a).
Tip 1: If the white color was set as the background color, and black as the foreground color, then press the keys Alt +backspace If the given colors were set opposite, then click accordingly. Ctrl +backspace
Tip 2: To set the default colors (Black and White), press D. To switch the foreground color to the background color, press the keys Shift +X
Choose a tool Brush (brush tool) white and with a brush, paint over the model’s hands and face. Using a brush, a blurring effect will appear on the surface, so the skin will become softer (9b). Be careful not to blur the mouth, the edges of the nose and eyes, so as not to lose detail.
The result should be as in the screenshot below.
Using a graphics tablet, I traced the white edges on the arms and shoulders of the model. Also, I painted a light pink color on the cheeks of the model and reduced the fill and / or opacity, depending on your desire.
Most masters use Lightening and dimming (dodging burning) for the model’s face, body and clothes, but I use a regular brush to create light and shadows. Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N), name it “chiaroscuro”.
Choose a tool Brush (brush tool (or press B). Rigidity (Hardness) of the brush should be 0%, the size of the brush will depend on the area where you will work, brush opacity (opacity) 30% and Pressure (Flow) 20%.
Hint: In order to quickly change the size of the brush, use the hot keys “[“ and “]”, and to change the stiffness of the brush, use “Shift + [” and “shift +]“
We use black to create shadows and white to create highlights. Change the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (soft light).
To further highlight some areas (for example, cheeks, hair, etc. …) create another layer, apply a white brush. Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap(overlay).
You can always play with opacity and shading to get the desired result.
Add the volume to the girl’s hair with the help of ready-made brushes. Hair or paint the hair yourself.
Next, we will add the wings, position the image with the wings below the model layer, positioning it at your discretion or, as shown in the screenshot below.
Since in our case, the image of the wings in PNG format, then we will not have to cut them out or fix any edges.
To create a second wing, select the layer with the first wing and press Ctrl + J (to create a duplicate of the wing layer). Next, press Ctrl + T, and then right-click on the document, and in the window that appears, select the option Flip horizontally (Flip Horizontal), press Enter. Position on the opposite side, as shown in the screenshot below.
Combine both layers with wings in one layer, as soon as you are satisfied with the position of the location of the wings. Name the combined layer “Wings”.
Hint: In order to merge several layers, select several layers that you want to merge, while holding down Ctrl, then click Ctrl + E, to merge selected layers together.
Add adjustment layer Color Balance (color balance) as a clipping mask for the “Wings” layer. Settings for the adjustment layer: -23 -15 +50.
Select the “Wings” layer, and then go Layer – Layer Styles – Inner Shadow (Layer> Layer style> Inner shadow) and apply the settings shown below.
Create a new layer, name this layer “shadows on the wings”. This layer should be located between the model layer and the wing layer. Select a black brush with a stiffness of 0% and paint over the shadow of the model on the wings. If the shadow is not too noticeable, then play with opacity and / or fill.
Next, add an image with a crown. Place the crown layer on top of the model layer. Apply scaling to the image with the crown. Place the crown on the model’s head, tilting it slightly.
The image of the crown is also in PNG format, so there is no need to separate it from the background or hide the background using a mask. In order to create the feeling that the crown is wearing a model’s head, gently brush the bottom of the crown with a soft brush.
Create a new layer, name this layer “Glare”. Fill the new layer with black. Next, go Filter – Rendering – Blick (Filter> Render> Lens flare). Set the values to your taste and click ok.
In the screenshot below, I created 2 highlights. I placed one flare in the neck area of the model, and the second flare on the crown. You can create one flare, then simply duplicate the flare layer and change the flare size accordingly. Place a small highlight on the crown, then combine both layers with highlights.
Select a merged layer with highlights and change the blending mode for this merged layer to Lightening (screen). The result should look like the screenshot below.
Create a new layer, name this layer “Fog”. Make sure that this layer is located on top of all layers. Choose a tool Brush (brush tool) white. Use a large brush with a stiffness of 0%, an opacity of 70% and a pressure of 40%. Apply several single strokes to create the desired mist.
Create a new layer, name this layer “Feathers”. Place the feather layer below the model layer and below the wing layer.
After you have downloaded the Pens brushes, select a white brush, right-click the document, and then select a brush, then draw the pens in a random order.
For a better result, draw each feather on a separate layer so that you can easily apply scaling, then go Filter – Blur – motion blur (Filter> Blur> Motion blur). Once you have blurred the feathers, and you are satisfied with the result, you can combine all the layers with feathers into one layer.
In conclusion, we will conduct color correction to all layers.
Let’s go Layer – New – New Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map (Layer> New adjustment layer> Gradient map), then click ok. The gradient type should be black to white. Change the blending mode for this adjustment layer to Multiplication (multiply), layer opacity 20%
Add another adjustment layer. Gradient map (gradient map). Let’s go Layer – New – New Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map (Layer> New adjustment layer> Gradient map), then click Ok. Go to the gradient settings and apply those settings that are shown in the screenshot below.
Change the blending mode for this adjustment layer to Soft light (soft light), layer opacity 30%. Do not forget to put a tick in the box Inversion (Reverse).
Let’s go Layer – New – New Adjustment Layer – Vibration (Layer> New adjustment Layer> Vibrance) and set the value Vibrations (vibrance) +40. These 3 adjustment layers together will give the result, as in the screenshot below.
Finally, create a new layer and press the G key to select the tool Gradient (Gradient tool). Make sure the foreground color is white. Go to the lower right corner of the image and draw a gradient in the form of an inclined line from the outside of the image, as shown in the screenshot below.
Hint: To better control this action, zoom out your image. (Ctrl + -) and it will be easy for you to draw a line with the mouse.