Romantic portrait in Photoshop

Create a warm and romantic scene by combining several images, as well as adding the effect of warm tones. In this lesson you will learn the technique of working with a quick mask, color correction, including lightening and darkening.

Final result

Starting materials

Step 1

Open the stock image of the model.

Step 2

In this image below, you can see the photographer’s personal sign. In this step, we will remove this marking! Choose a tool Stamp (Clone Stamp Tool). Hold the (ALT) key and click next to the cloning area. Next, with the tool Stamp (Clone Stamp Tool), paint over the clone area.

You need to do this several times to completely remove the marking. Do not forget to hold Alt + click the mouse button next to the cloning area or the result will not look realistic.

Step 3

Next, let’s select the image of the model and tree. I used the tool Fast selection (Quick selection tool), but you can use any selection tool you prefer to work with.

Step 4

The created selection is not perfect, therefore, we will improve the edges of the selected area. Press the button Quick Masks (Quick Mask), you can see the location of this button in the screenshot below.

Step 5

In the screenshot below, you can see what happened. The excess areas are red. Now, we will improve the edges of the selected area with a regular brush. Paint over with a black or white brush directly in the image. By painting over with a white brush, we exclude the areas that we painted over from the selected area. Painting the black brush, we include additional areas to the selected area. Once you are happy with the selection, press the button again. Quick Masks (Quick Mask), and you get the perfect selection.

Step 6

Now, you need to add a layer mask to hide the extra area. To do this, just click Add layer mask (Add layer-mask) in the bottom toolbar

Hint: for the background to be transparent, remember that you must unlock the model layer or you will get a painted background.

Step 7

Now, you need to do the same to remove the extra area in the model’s foot area, as well as at the bottom of the tree. Switch to the layer mask, which we added to the model layer and using a black brush, paint over the extra areas!

Step 8

I do not like the lower part of the image, because, this part attracts the eye of the observer; instead, I want the observer’s eye turned to the model. Therefore, being on the layer mask of the original image with the model, I painted it with a white brush over the bottom area, which became visible again. Next, with the tool Stamp (Clone Stamp Tool), I cloned the site, just like we did in Step 2.

Step 9

Open the stock image of the Forest, move this image to our working paper, placing it below the model layer. Place the image with the forest in the upper right corner of the working document (I slightly stretched this image).

Step 10

Let’s continue to create our scene. Open the stock image of the Falls. Move this image to our working paper, placing it on top of the forest layer. Position the image of the waterfall, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 11

Next, we need to combine the image of the waterfall with the whole scene. To do this, add a layer mask to the waterfall layer. While on a layer layer mask, paint over with a black brush, as shown in the screenshot below to create a smooth transition.

Tip: use a 100% opacity brush at the edges of the image, and then, reducing the opacity of the brush, paint over where you want to create a smooth transition with a forest image.

In the screenshot below, we can see how the layer mask is processed with a black brush and the result of the processing.

Step 12

After we have combined the images, we need to correct light and shade and color shades, because colors are too greenish, and the image itself is too bright.

To correct chiaroscuro, apply a correction layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) (light correction applies only to the image of the waterfall). Apply the following settings:

Everything (Master) 0 0 -44
Yellow (Yellows) 0 14 -26
Blue (Cyans) 0 -35 -100

Apply an adjustment layer to correct colors. Color Balance (Color Balance) (color correction applies only to the image of the waterfall). Apply the following settings:

Shadows (Shadows) 6 -1 -10
Mid tones (Midtones) 2 -10 -8
Sveta (Highlights) 0 -7 -12

Step 13

Open the stock image Autumn Forest, which we will need to complete our scene. Move this image to our working paper, placing it on top of the waterfall layer and the adjustment layers.

Step 14

This image also needs to be combined with the rest of the scene. Use the same mating technique that you did before. To the autumn forest layer, add a layer mask. While on the layer layer mask, paint over with the black brush over the registration area to hide the extra areas and create a smooth transition. In the screenshot below, you can see my layer mask and processing result.

Step 15

Next, let’s make a correction of light and shade and color correction of the autumn forest. Create an adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation) to the autumn forest layer as a clipping mask. Apply the following settings:

Everything (Master) 0 0 2
Red (Reds) 0 -31 17
Yellow (Yellows) 0 -19 -8
Greens (Greens) 0 -12 -58

For color correction, add an adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance) as a clipping mask. Apply the following settings:

Shadows (Shadows) 7 4 1
Mid tones (Midtones) -4 0 -5
Sveta (Highlights) 0 3 -5

Step 16

So, our scene looks complete, except for the image of the model. Let’s correct the image of the model! Add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation) as a clipping mask for the model layer. Apply the following settings:

Everything (Master) 0 -26 -17
Green (Green) 0-40 -40

For color correction, add an adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance) as a clipping mask. Apply the following settings:

Shadows (Shadows) 12 0 -10
Mid tones (Midtones) 20 0 -16
Sveta (Highlights) 9 0 -20

Step 17

So, all the details are fixed! Let’s add more energy to our scene. Create a new adjustment layer. Gradient Map (Gradient Map) on top of all layers. Change the blending mode for this adjustment layer to Soft light (Soft Light) and then set the value Opacity (Opacity) and Fillings (Fill) at 80%.

Step 18

The light source is bright, but the illumination around the rays is not very. Therefore, we need to add a little glow. Create a new layer on top of all other layers, change the blending mode for this layer to Hard light (Hard Light). Set the color tint # d0a945, with a brush, paint the lighting effects. I used a soft round brush. In the screenshot below, you can see where I painted over with a brush. (black background on the screenshot – this is specifically made so that you have an idea where the brush was applied).

Step 19

I decided to give the scene a more dramatic expression. Therefore, I amplified the light source. Create a new layer. Set the tint color # d0a945, add lighting effects on top of the light source. I used a soft round brush with an opacity of 40%. Next, change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay), and then set the value Opacity (Opacity) and Fillings (Fill) at 80%.

Step 20

Now that the lighting has become intense, the shadows should also be more pronounced. So let’s add some shadows! First we will add shadows to the model image, and then to the rest of the background. Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to the model layer as a clipping mask (on top of the adjustment layer Color Balance (Color Balance). Pull the curve of the adjustment layer down (Output (Output) 78; entrance (Input) 151). Change the blending mode for this adjustment layer to Glow (Luminosity). The entire image of the model will become darker.

Step 21

We do not want the adjustment layer curve to affect the entire layer. Therefore, we paint over the black brush on the layer mask of the adjustment layer where we want to hide the dark areas.

Step 22

Shadow correction is not yet complete. We need to add more shadows. Create a new layer on top of the adjustment layer. Curves (curves) (convert this layer to a clipping mask for the model layer). Change the blending mode for this layer to Multiplication (Multiply). Set the tint color to # 2d1708, and then add shadows in the same area. I used a soft round brush with opacity between 20% and 40%. In the screenshot below, you can see where I colored the shadows.

Step 23

Now we need to fix the shadows in the background. Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) below the model layer, so this adjustment layer will only affect the background of our scene. Pull the curve down (Output (Output 111; entrance (Input 143). Change the blending mode for this adjustment layer to Glow (Luminosity). As before, the curve correction affects the whole scene. We have darkened the background, but we want only one part of the background to be darkened. Invert the curve, go Image – Correction – Inversion (Image-Adjustment – Invert). Inversion will hide the correction of the correction layer. Now, paint over the areas you want to darken with a white brush.

Translator’s Note: To perform an inversion of the curve, first click on the mask layer of the adjustment layer to make sure that it is active, and then press the keys (Ctrl +I) to carry out the inversion.

Step 24

So we created the shadows, now let’s add some light to the model. Create a new layer as a clipping mask for the model layer. (on top of the layer you created to create the shadows). Change the blending mode for this layer to Hard light (Hard Light) and then set the value Opacity (Opacity) and Fillings (Fill) 70%. I chose the color shade # f6d57b. Next, add lighting effects to the edges of the model image.

In the model’s legs, use a darker shade, because the light does not directly fall on them. (color approximately # ecb545). In the screenshot below, you can see where I added lighting effects. (since the layer is used as a clipping mask for the model layer, the created lighting effect does not enter the background. The screenshot is provided for clarity).

Step 25

It’s time to work on the scene. At the beginning, I want to focus the viewer’s attention on the model. Therefore, we will create a Vignette effect. Create a new layer on top of all other layers, fill this layer with 50% Gray (Gray), for this we go Editing – Run fill – 50% gray (Edit> Fill> 50% Gray). Change the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (Soft Light) and then set the value Opacity (Opacity) and Fillings (Fill) at 80%.

Our task is to darken the edges of the image and add more light in the center. Therefore, we paint over the black brush at the edges of the image and the white brush in the center. I used a soft round brush with an opacity of 50%. In the screenshot below, you can see my vignette and the result.

Step 26

Let’s add some warmer tones to the scene. Add adjustment layer Selective color correction (Selective color adjustment). Apply the following settings:

Red (Reds): 9 0 0 7
Yellow (Yellows): -7 2 ​​17 9
Black (Blacks) -6 0 4 -2

Step 27

Add more warm tones. Adding reddish tones would be more appropriate. Create a new layer, change the blending mode for this layer to Hard light (Hard Light), layer opacity 50%, value Fillings (Fill) 80%. Set the hue to # c45f25. Add a touch of red highlights. Use a brush with very low opacity. In the screenshot below, you can see my version of adding warm tones.

Step 28

Since we added a slight red glow, we have to compensate for this by adding shadows. Create a new layer, change the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (Soft Light) value Fillings (Fill) 56%. Choose a soft round brush with low opacity and with this brush, paint over the edges in black. In the screenshot below, you can see my processing and my result.

Step 29

Now add an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) to add more glow to our scene. Draw a curve so that you get the following values:

Output (Output) 140 and entrance (Input) 111

Step 30

Last adjustment layer Color Balance (Color Balance), which I added.
Apply the following settings:

Shadows (Shadows) -5 0 -3
Mid tones (Midtones) 0 0 0
Sveta (Lights) 0 0 -15

Step 31

If you want, you can add a bit of sharpness to the final image. Create a stamp of all layers by pressing the keys (Shift + ALT + CRTL + E). Next, go Filter – Sharpness – Contour Sharpness (Filter> Sharpen> Unsharp Mask). Apply the following settings:

Effect (Amount) 148%
Radius (Radius) 2
Threshold (Threshold) 0

Final result

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