The power of intelligence in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a surreal and conceptual photo manipulation. You will learn the technique of manipulation, retouching, working with a layer mask using a brush, as well as blending modes and much more.

Final result

Source materials:

STEP one

Create a new document and fill it with white. We can use the dimensions of the document at our discretion, but the width should be greater than the height (my document dimensions are 1300 × 1000 px).

Duplicate the background layer. Next, go Filter – Distortion – Distortion Correction (Filter-Distort-Lens Correction):

STEP 2

In this step, we will create a slatted floor. You can use the Brushes Grid or the default Photoshop tools, but I used a stock image for this purpose. Choose a tool Rectangular area (Retangular Marquee Tool), press the M key to activate this tool to create a rectangular selection on the image with the floor (select the area closer to the foreground), as shown in the screenshot below:

Using tool Move (Move Tool (V), move the selected area to our main document. Apply scaling and transformation to this image using the transformation tool (Ctrl + T):

After scaling, press Ctrl + Shift + U to discolor the image:

Change the blending mode for the image with the floor to Overlap (Overlay) 100% layer opacity. To the image with the floor, add a layer mask and using a soft black brush (200-300 px) with low opacity, blur the edges of the floor in the background:

STEP 3

I added a light blue tint to the image using the adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance). Let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Color Balance (Layer-New adjustment layer-Color Balance):

STEP four

Select the girl from the original image and move the selected image to our document, apply scaling, placing the girl on the left side of the document:

Add shadows to the image with the girl, for this, create a new layer below the layer with the girl. Using a soft black brush with a diameter of about 20-25 px, draw shadows along the legs of the model, where they touch the background:

Name this layer, for example “Shadow 1 ?.

Add more shadows to the image of the girl on the floor, create a new layer (below the girl layer). Using tool Oval area(Elliptical Marquee Tool) create a selection under the girl, set the feathering value to 5:

Fill the selection with black:

Let’s go Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter-Blur-Motion Blur):

Reduce the layer opacity to 50%:

Name this layer “shadow 2 ?.

STEP five

Add a layer mask to the layer with the girl. On the created layer, using the tool Pen(Pen Tool), create an outline of the top of the model’s head. The contour must be larger than the contour of the head (but this is not so important):

Press Ctrl + Enter to create a contour selection:

On the layer mask of the layer with the girl, using a black brush with a hardness of about 90%, hide the image inside the selected area to remove the upper part of the head:

STEP 6

Create a new layer below the girl layer and below the shadow layer. Using tool Oval area (Elliptical Marquee Tool), create a selection of the upper part of the model’s head, and then fill the selection with the color shade # f9ba94 (This color shade is the shade of mid-tones from the model’s skin):

Name this layer “top of the head 1 ?.

Create a new layer and create a smaller selection inside the top of the head. Fill it with color # b68568:

STEP 7

I want to make a general correction to the model and to the upper parts of the head, therefore, I will group them together. Go to the layer with the girl, press Ctrl + G to create a group. Choose a tool Move (Move Tool) to move all layers to which we want to apply a correction to this new group.

Name this group, for example “girl”, also change the blending mode from Through (Pass Through (default group overlay mode) on Normal (Normal) 100% layer opacity:

I used several adjustment layers to match the shades of the model with the background. Being on a layer with a girl, we go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Hue / Saturation (Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Hue / Saturation):

Layer – New corrective layer – Curves(Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Curves):

Layer – New corrective layer – Color balance(Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Color Balance):

Since we changed the blending mode for the group to Normal (Normal), opacity is 100%, therefore, these adjustment layers will affect the layers within this group (the layer with the model and parts of the head):

STEP 8

In this step, we will add more hair to the model to create a natural look. Create a new layer on top of the “girl” group and switch the foreground color to black. It is very easy to draw hair using a tablet, but if you do not have a tablet, you can use brushes instead of a tablet.

Choose a hard brush with a size of 2 px, and then press the F5 key to display the brush settings window:

Draw some randomly waving hair where you think it is missing. You can look at the original image with a girl as an example. This is my result:

STEP 9

From this step, we will create a special coffee maker. Open stock image with machine details with hinges and rods. First, separate the details from the background, and then copy to a new layer, because We will use some parts in our work:

While on a new layer with a mechanism, select the sleeve, as shown in the screenshot below:

Using tool Move (Move Tool), move it to our document, placing it on top of the model’s head (apply scaling to match the size of the head):

To a layer with a sleeve, add a mask layer and using a black brush with high rigidity (80-90% otherwise the brush will leave soft unnatural edges) remove the top and bottom parts of the sleeve to create a look as if the sleeve is inside the head:

Name this layer, for example, “coffee maker part 1 ?.

Go back to the layer with the image of the mechanism. Select the hinge, and then move the selected image with the hinge to our document, placing the “coffee maker 1? Part” layer on top. Apply an option to the image. Flip horizontally (Flip Horizontal), let’s go Editing – Transformation – Flip Horizontal (Edit-Transform-Flip Horizontal):

Name this layer “part coffee maker 2 ?.

STEP ten

Select another part of the mechanism, place it on top of the two previous parts. Next, apply the option to this part of the sleeve. Flip horizontally (Flip Horizontal). Using the Transform Ctrl + T tool, slightly raise the sleeve:

To the third part layer, add a layer mask to remove part of the sleeve. As shown in the screenshot below (use a hard black brush):

Name this layer “part coffee maker 3 ?. Being on this layer with the tool Polygonal Lasso(Polygonal Lasso Tool (L), create a selection with a straight edge:

Press the Delete key to delete the selection:

STEP eleven

On the “3” coffee maker layer, select the sleeve and press Ctrl + C to copy the selection. Create a new layer below this layer, press Ctrl + V to paste the copied image of the sleeve onto the new layer. Using the Ctrl + T transform, apply a slight distortion to the part. Name this layer “coffee maker part 4 ?:

Once again, we return to the stock image with the mechanism. Using tool Oval area(Elliptical Marquee Tool), create a circular hinge selection:

Place the round hinge part on the coffee maker part 3 and name this layer “coffee maker part 5 ?:

STEP 12

Group all the parts of the coffee maker, just as we have grouped the layers with the girl, and don’t forget to change the blending mode to Normal (Normal), opacity is 100%. I used two adjustment layers as clipping masks to the part of the coffee maker 5 to change the color and brightness of the part. Being on the “detail of the coffee maker 5 ?, go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Curves (Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Curves):

Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation):

Apply several adjustment layers to all layers with the details of the coffee maker.

Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation):

Curves (Curves):

Using a soft black brush with an opacity of about 50%, process the sleeves so that they are not too bright:

STEP 13

Open the stock image with coffee beans. You can use your own images if you cannot download this image. Highlight the coffee beans inside the cup:

Place the coffee beans on the model’s head, and then apply the scaling to fit the size using the Transform tool (Ctrl + T):

Add a layer mask to the coffee bean layer and using a black brush with high stiffness, process the beans as shown in the screenshot below:

Name this layer “coffee beans 1 ?.

Create a new layer below the “coffee beans 1?” Layer. Using a black brush with opacity of about 60%, draw the shadows under these grains:

STEP 14

Copy a few grains, and then place them on coffee beans 1:

Add more grains to the floor, placing them together, next to each other. You can use the transformation so that the grains do not look the same. If you count, then to create this effect, I used 9 grains. Next, I grouped all the layers with grains, just like we did in the previous step:

To all the grains on the floor, I applied the blending options option Shadow (Drop Shadow):

STEP 15

Apply adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to grain layers to discolor them:

STEP sixteen

Open the stock image of a kettle with a cup. Select the teapot, copy / paste onto our document, placing it next to the bushing of the coffee maker. Using the transformation, flip the teapot horizontally, as shown in the screenshot below:

To change the direction of the light source reflected on the teapot, to match the background light, to the teapot layer, add a new layer as a clipping mask (as a reminder, see Step 12, where we created the layer as a clipping mask). Press G to activate the tool. Gradient (Gradient Tool) and select gradient type Linear gradient (Linear Gradient) with default color shades (black and white), the settings for the gradient are shown in the screenshot below. Drag the gradient from right to upper left:

Change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft light), layer opacity is 100%. Add a layer mask and remove the dark effect on the right side and the light effect on the teapot:

STEP 17

To further brighten the teapot, create a new layer as a clipping mask and using a soft white brush, paint over some dark areas of the teapot. Change the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay), layer opacity 50%:

Create another new layer as a clipping mask for the teapot layer. On a new layer, I used the brush, the color of the brush is # b0adad. Paint over the top of the kettle and change the blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply), the layer opacity is 50% so that the effect is more visible:

Change the color of the kettle using the adjustment layer Color balance (Color Balance layer), use this adjustment layer as a clipping mask:

STEP 18

Cut out the cup and place it on the right side of the image:

Create a shadow for the cup. For this, use two new layers, as we created the shadows for the girl. I reduced the opacity of the shadows on the floor to 60%:

Add two new adjustment layers to the cup layer to change its color.

Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation):

Curves (Curves):

STEP nineteen

Create two new layers and with a brush, brush color # 8e795f, paint over the hem and handle of the cup. Change the blending mode for these two layers to Darkening basics (Color Burn), layer opacity 100%. Name these layers “streams 1 ?,“ streaks 2 ?:

STEP 20

Open the stock image of a cup of coffee. Select the coffee surface inside the cup, copy / paste on our main document, apply scaling, placing on top of our cup:

Add a layer mask to hide part of the cup:

Name this layer “coffee surface”.

STEP 21

Let’s go back to the image with a kettle, from which coffee flows. Select the pouring part of coffee and paste it on our paper. Apply scaling and transformation (Ctrl + T) to make it look like in the screenshot below:

Using a layer mask, remove unwanted areas:

Name this layer “coffee 1 ?.

Duplicate this layer several times (I duplicated 4 times), apply the distortion, arranging them in such a way as if the coffee is pouring from the teapot into the cup. Using a layer mask, remove any unnecessary areas:

Name duplicates starting with “coffee 2? by “coffee 5 ?.

STEP 22

Group all the pouring coffee layers using the same technique as in the previous steps. For the very first trickle of coffee (“coffee 1?”), I used a new layer as a clipping mask and using a brush # baa068, I painted over the trickle of coffee so that it was darker. Change the blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply), 100%:

Add an adjustment layer to the coffee layers in this group:

STEP 23

Open stock image with coffee crema. Highlight the foam inside the cup:

Move the selected image with the foam to our document, and apply the transformation as usual. Using a layer mask, hide a part of the foam outside the edge of the cup:

Name this layer “coffee crema 1 ?.

Highlight the coffee creme again, and then copy / paste into our main document, but this time, placing it to the right of the cup. Using a layer mask, remove part of the foam that fell on the cup, and also treat the edge of the foam using a very small brush (brush size 6-7 px and brush hardness of about 70-80%) to look at spilled coffee:

Name this layer “spilled coffee”.

Once again, select a part of the coffee crema, position the foam along the right side wall of the cup. Using a layer mask, hide the extra areas to make it look like the coffee creamer spilled over the edge of the cup.

Name this layer “coffee crema 2 ?.

STEP 24

You may notice that the color of the froth and the spilled coffee is different from the rest of the image. Therefore, I grouped them and applied adjustment layers to them to change their color shades.

Curves 1 (Curves 1):

Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation):

Color balance (Color Balance):

Curves 2(Curves 2):

Result:

To the spilled coffee layer, I added a new layer as a clipping mask and used a brush, brush color # 5c4529, to add on top of the highlights. Change the blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply), the layer opacity is 20% and you will see that this part has become darker:

STEP 25

Open the stock splash image. I chose this image with the spray, because it is more suitable in color with a coffee tint (of course, you can use your own image). I used the tool Magic wand(Magic Wand Tool) to highlight the splash, and then move the selected splash image onto our document, placing it on top of the cup (as usual, apply scaling). Use a layer mask to get a great look:

Go back to the stock image with splashes, select / copy a few drops of spray, move the selected droplets to our document, reduce the size of the droplets, and then place the droplets to the left of the main spray:

Name these layers “spray 1 ?,“ spray 2 ?.

STEP 26

Group the splashed layers and change their color with a few adjustment layers.

Color balance(Color Balance):

Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation):

Curves (Curves):

STEP 27

We have finished adding all the elements of the composition. Now, it’s time for a general correction. Create two new adjustment layers on top of all layers.

Curves (Curves):

Color balance (Color Balance):

STEP 28

Create a new layer, select Radial gradient (Radiant Gradient), default gradient colors (black and white). Drag the gradient from the center down to make it look like in the screenshot below:

Change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft light), layer opacity 40%:

This step is used to create a vignette effect.

STEP 29

Create a new layer, select a brush, set the brush color to # aeb6bd. Paint over the top of the image and change the blending mode for this layer to Multiplication (Multiply), 50% layer opacity:

Create a new layer, select a white brush, paint over to the right of the model and to the left of the cup to lighten these areas. Change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft light), opacity 100%:

You can view the final result below. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and would love to hear your opinion on the technique of performance and the result.

Final result

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