It is not necessary to resort to complex graphics to get an image with meaning. In this work, freelance artist Tom Starley used basic colors, shapes and brushes to create a well-balanced, euphoric mood with a hint of the theme of the life of the embryo. Technically, this is not a complicated picture – most of the work is done by the photograph itself, but graphic additions reinforce the emotions that are hidden in the original.
Lesson technicians will learn to skillfully apply the filter Overlap (Overlay) and tool Selective color correction (Selective color) to change the mood of a photo. You will also learn how to place shapes to maintain an abstract visual style, how to use brushes to get the effect of movement and can add depth to the foreground. We will also use an excellent trick to highlight hair.
First download the In The Moment brush set and install by double clicking on it.
We will need a snapshot of the model, preferably with a limited palette of tones. I took a naked shot with iStock.
Note: When choosing a photo, you can use the recommendation of the author or independently make color correction of the image, for example, using the Gradient Map.
Double click on the background layer, unlocking it. Create a new layer in Photoshop, drag it under the photo. Fill the layer with white. It’s simple.
Now we need to cut the model and paste it on a new layer, while maintaining the background. Select a photo, zoom in to 300% (Ctrl + “+”) then click R, choosing a tool Pen (Pen tool). Carefully create a contour around the model, ignoring disheveled strands of hair – do not regret it, we will still return them later.
After you have created a contour around the model’s body, right-click inside it and select Generate a selection (Make Selection). Click OK. We will divide the photo into two layers. Click Ctrl + X, to cut and Ctrl + V, to insert a selection on a new layer. Cut down opacity (Opacity) background layer up to 64%.
Now you can return the disobedient strands of hair. Turn off all layers except the model. Choose a tool Finger (Smudge tool), use brush size 1 or 2, set Intensity (Strength) at 95%, then tick Sample from all layers (Sample All Layers) on the panel Of options (Options bar).
Redraw strands that could not be cut earlier. Moving in the direction of the hair, brush the mouse or digital pen along the trimmed ends, redrawing the hair (the more, the better). When done, turn the layers back on.
In this step, we will add color using blending mode. Overlap (Overlay) – it can be found either in the drop-down menu of the palette Layers (Layers palette) or in the menu Layers> Layer Style> Blending Options (Layer> Layer Style> Blending Options). Create a new layer, fill it with yellow (# ffff00), cut opacity (Opacity) up to 16% and set the blending mode Overlap (Overlay). Mmm, a beautiful yellow tint.
Create a new layer and use the tool. Brush (Brush), adding scattered soft touches of pink (# ffe02b1). Reduce the opacity to 37% and set the blending mode Overlap (Overlay). Repeat the process, filling the model’s body with a blood-red tint, adjusting the opacity accordingly. Also select Overlap (Overlay). Group the layers and place them at the top of the document.
Now that we’ve finished the background and added colors, abstract brushes and shapes can be floated. Instead of giving precise instructions on how and where to place these effects, the following steps and tricks will tell you about the basics you need to build on in your work.
Take one of the paintbrush brushes found in the lesson materials. Create a new layer above the model and add a couple of sprays around her back. I chose white, but you can use any color you like.
Using brushes from the folder with materials, add more splashes and shapes around the model, aesthetically positioning them. Vary the color, duplicate or rotate them, deform the brushes to fit the contours of the model’s body. Be sure to create a new layer for each brush – this will provide maximum control. Also, this trick will remove any brush in the future.
Now add a layer under the model and repeat the previous steps, experimenting with brushes. Try not to overdo it with the effects – the smaller the better. The main subject of the composition is the model, so make sure that it does not drown in the effects. Don’t worry about getting an exact resemblance to my example, experiment and have fun.
If you do not like the result, stop. Take a break, think, go back to work later and experiment until you get the desired effect. Personally, relaxing music helps me to tune in the right way. Try and make your elements smooth, as if they really are in the photo.
Now that color and shapes have been added, you need to create circles of light that look like highlights on the lens. Create a new layer above the model and set its blending mode to Overlap (Overlay). Choose one of the spherical brushes, set a fairly large size, then just click in different places in the document.
Repeat the following steps with smaller brushes. This is a very simple but effective way and it is great for creating a sense of depth. Many of these effects are easy to apply, but they work great.
You have added everything you need, and now the work looks great, but it would be nice to make the image stand out more strongly. It may seem that some colors could be brighter, and some are not visible at all. In this case, use the panel Corrective layers (Adjustment Layer panel) and add a layer Selective color correction (Selective color) over all others. It can be found in the menu. Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Selective Color Correction (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Selective Color).
Set the Selective Color Correction layer to affect all layers below. This will make it easy to change each color – go through the settings and adjust them to get the desired result. And now everything is ready. Save your work, brag to your friends and share it in the comments.