This work brought the author so many positive emotions that he happily shares with you the secret of creating this wonderful effect.
But do not forget that each photo is unique, and that your paintings may need a slightly different approach to get a similar effect.
This lesson should only show you the methods that the author uses to move you in the right direction.
This is the final result of the work.
And this is the original photo on which the author worked.
An ordinary portrait, with a soft light falling from the window on the right side.
The background is a bit dark, the author decided to lighten it and the shadows on the left side of the face to reduce the contrast.
Let’s get started!
Select Tool Lasso (L) and select the areas in the background that need to be brightened. Then, using Select – Feather (Selection Feathering) Blur lightly the selection. Select the value based on the size of your photo. The smaller the size, the smaller the value Feather (Feathering). Try several different settings to figure out which number is best suited.
Create a new adjustment layer. It can be created in two ways. The first way is by pressing the icon on the layers palette and choose from the list Curves (Curves).
The second way is to execute the command:
Layers – NewAdjustmentLayer – Curves (Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Curves)
For this dark background, the author has added the following settings for the curves.
Keep in mind that a lighter background may need only be adjusted with middle tones or does not need it at all.
Deselect CTRL + D. Along with the background, the hair on the photo was also brightened.
Now the author decided to lighten the collar of a sweater, the contrasting colors of which steal attention from her eyes. But pink colors favorably emphasize the tenderness of the girl’s skin, so they must be left.
The author used the same technique as described above, use Lasso Tool (L) and Feather (Feathering).
Then Layers – NewAdjustmentLayer – Levels(Layer – New adjustment layer – Levels).
This menu can also be accessed by clicking on the icon on the layers palette and selecting from the list Levels(Levels)
Deselect CTRL + D. Pay attention, it looks much lighter, and turtleneck has gotten softer color.
Now lighten the shadows on the left side of the girl’s face.
Use a lasso, as shown and Layers – NewAdjustmentLayer – Curves (Layer – New adjustment layer – Curves) with the following parameters:
Again CTRL + D, to deselect.
Now the photo looks much better, and if you are satisfied with the result, you can stop. If you want to add more additions, then continue!
Create a new adjustment layer Layers – NewAdjustmentLayer – Hue/Saturation(Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Hue Saturation) with these parameters:
Reduce the transparency of this new layer to 40%, set the blending mode Overlay (Overlap).
Create a new adjustment layer. Layers – NewAdjustmentLayer – Curves (Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Curves) and tick Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask (Use the previous layer to create a clipping mask).
Use the following parameters:
The skin has acquired gentle transitions of tone. Press key D, to set the default colors and X, to swap them. Create a new adjustment layer by clicking on the icon. on the layers palette, or by running the command Layers – NewAdjustmentLayer – GradientMap(Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map). The photo will turn black and white.
Reduce the transparency of the add-on layer to 75%.
Take a soft black brush, set the transparency to about 20-30%.
Draw on the gradient map layer to return the color on the necessary areas of the photo. Add color to your eyes, lips, cheeks and sweater collar. Adjust the size of the brush, do not use the brush several times in the same place.
The author wanted to make a soft white frame around the girl’s face. To do this, he added a new layer and used a white brush with which he painted white areas in the corners and sides.
And then with the help Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) Blurred this layer heavily.
When all this was done, the author felt that her eyes were darkish, and used the Tool Lasso, to select an area around both of her eyes.
Be sure to click (Add to selection).
Highlight an eye area and blend a little. Select – Feather (Selection – Feather). The author set the value to 30 pixels, and then created Layers – NewAdjustmentLayer – Levels(Layer – New adjustment layer – Levels) with the following settings:
Deselect CTRL + D
The final result!
The author hopes that this lesson helped you get some insight to achieve a similar effect.