We create space manipulation in Photoshop

You can turn your selfie into a real work of art! Plus, creating illustrations from your portraits is a great way to learn more about Adobe Photoshop.

Today you will learn how to create this space manipulation using my photo and a couple of stock images from Pixabay.

1. How to take a picture for manipulation

I always wanted to do a photo manipulation with one of my photos. And, after ten years of work in Photoshop, I finally decided!

This work was inspired by my great love for space. A long time ago I drew a space illustration with a fairly simple scheme, so I decided to use it as a source of inspiration, which would also serve as a kind of guide to creating a new job.

Plan your photographing in advance, think up what you will wear and what angle you will take. I never liked my profile photos, so I wanted to step over myself and do it.

For this shooting, I used my Samsung NX3000 mirrorless camera. It is equipped with a very convenient LCD-display, thanks to which I can see myself in the frame. You can use your phone and take a selfie, or ask a friend to take a couple of shots. Just make sure that where you are taking a photo of enough light!

Take a few pictures to achieve the best result. Usually I take pictures in my most successful angles, but knowing such angles, you are not afraid to take risks, this can give you strength and lead to amazing results!

To create the manipulation, we use photo # 2.

You can really create photo manipulation from scratch, having only an idea and a couple of stock images in your arsenal! Remember that this illustration was originally created for fun, so you can easily add any details to your selfie.

Let’s start!

2. How to make manipulation with your photo

I allow you to do whatever you want with my photo. I promise that I will not take anything to heart, so use this snapshot like any other stock image.

This photo has already been slightly edited to increase clarity and improve hair (and preserve my precious ego, of course). But I will show you how to make your hair more voluminous to add style.

I wanted to collect a voluminous, stylish bunch, but I didn’t have enough hair to create it in a natural way, and then it was time to use the tool. Liquify (Plastic) to achieve amazingly stylish results.

If you work with your own snapshot, just skip this step, or edit your photo as you like.

Open my or your picture in Photoshop.

Next, click Filter> Liquify (Filter> Plastic).

Use a combination of tools. Bloat (Bloating) (b) and Forward Warp (Warp) (W) to stretch the hair. Increase the brush size so that it is wide enough for this.

Continue to stretch the beam until it reaches the size of my head.

Often, stylists slightly pull the hair out from under the beam so that the hairstyle seems more fluffy.

Let’s do the same!

With the tool Forward Warp (Deformation) (W) Pull the bottom of the hair to the right. You can make the shape of a hairstyle more balanced to create a natural look, or invent something crazy and create a fashionable “nest”!

Before and after.

We turn to the manipulation!

3. How to add other images

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop. The size of my illustration is 1262 x 1410 pixels.

Illustrations with proportions of 1: 1 or close to them will look great in Instagram and more!

Fill the background with black using the tool Paint Bucket (Fill) (B). Then copy and paste the processed image into the document. Place the photo in the center of the canvas.

Step 2

Let’s remove the background from my photo!

Add a layer mask to my image. Click on it, and then draw with a hard round brush (to get clear, neat lines, increase the stiffness to 100%) of black color over the mask to hide the background.

Step 3

With the help of the command Free Transform (Free Transform) (Control-T) reduce the size of the photo. Position it so that it seems to float in the black space.

Continue to change the shape of the mask.

Hide most of the clothes and trim the edges of the hair and body.

Remember my work that I showed a little earlier? I want to achieve the same effect of the “portrait-bust”. An abstract figure like this will help us more effectively position the portrait in space.

Right click on the layer mask and click Apply Mask (Apply a layer mask).

Step 4

Now let’s add the rest of the images, starting with the photos of the planets.

Separate images of Mars, Earth and Moon from the background. To do this, use any convenient tool (I had this tool Elliptical marquee (Oval region) (M) and with its help select the planets, and then copy and paste each to a new layer.

Arrange the layers as shown below (translator’s note:bottom up: a layer with Mars, photo of the author, a layer with the Earth and a layer with the Moon). Be sure to put a layer with Mars under the main image – it should be located behind me. This will create a sense of depth.

4. How to create a space image

Step 1

Add some stars!

  1. Copy and paste the image of the Milky Way on a new layer above the layer with a black background.
  2. Add a layer mask and then use a soft, round black brush to hide the edges of the image.

Step 2

Add a cosmic depth background.

  1. Hardness (hardness) 0%, Opacity (opacity) 60-100%) to draw in dark blue (# 081a40) and black colors on the layer-clipping mask. The result should be approximately similar to what I got above.
  2. Multiply (Multiply) and lower the opacity to 70%.

So at this stage, the result looks like:

Step 3

Create another new layer and once again make a clipping mask of it to the layer with the image of the Milky Way.

Add some light to the scene.

  1. Hardness (hardness) 0%, Opacity (opacity) 10-30%) draw in blue (# a8b7e3) on the left side of the canvas.
  2. Hard Light (Hard Light) and lower its opacity to 30%.

Step 4

Let’s do some more with the main snapshot.

For this step you can retouch your photo as much as you like.

Here I added some light to my face, neck and body with a stiff round brush (Hardness (hardness) 80-100%, Opacity (opacity) 10-25%) light tan colors (# efd2b7). Adjust the layer opacity if necessary.

Step 5

With the help of several adjustment layers, we can repaint the main photo.

Let’s start with Levels (Levels).

Click Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Levels (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Levels). Change the values ​​in the RGB channels, Red (Red) and Blue (Blue). Then right-click to trim the adjustment layer on the layer with my photo.

  • RGB:0, 0.90, 196; Output (Output values): 17, 210
  • Red (Red):0, 0.92, 255; Output (Output values):0, 191
  • Blue (Blue): 0, 1, 179; Output (Output values):35, 192

Below you see the result along with the layout of the layers.

Step 6

Add a snapshot more contrast and warmth.

Above the layer with the levels created earlier create a new adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) and crop it by layer with my picture.

Change the curves in RGB, Red (Red), Green (Green) and Blue (Blue) channels as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 7

You have everything, go on!

Let’s add stars to my photo.

Copy and paste the original photo with the Milky Way onto a new layer right above the last one. Make a clipping mask of it to the layer with my photo and with the help of the command Free Transform (Free Transform) (Control-T) Rotate the image counterclockwise.

  1. Arrange the stars so that they completely cover me.
  2. Change the layer’s overlay mode to Difference (Difference), and Opacity (opacity) lower to 70%. Next, add a mask to the layer to hide the stars on the face and body with a soft round brush.

Now we will create another layer and again make a clipping mask of it to the layer with my photo – we will need it to add shadows.

  1. Using a soft round brush (opacity 50-70%), paint in orange (# f3a279) on the right side of the hair and body. I imitate the light source from the original photo so that the whole shading matches it.
  2. Change the blending mode to Subtract (Subtraction) and lower the opacity to 50%. Edit the shadow a little more using the layer mask.

Step 8

We still need to correct the shading and color of the planets.

Let’s start with the Earth.

  1. As before, we create a new layer and make of it a clipping mask to the layer with the planet. Using a soft round brush (stiffness 0%, opacity 60-80%) draw a dark blue color (# 080e1b) over the right side of the planet.
  2. Change the blending mode of this layer to Color Burn (Blackout basics).
  3. On top of this layer, create another one and also make a clipping mask out of it. This time, draw an extra shade of dark red (# 120500).

Step 9

Let’s shade Mars.

Create two new layers and make them clipping masks to the Mars layer. Using a soft round brush, paint in bright red (# 1a010d) on the first layer and purple (# 14051b) on the second.

Step 10

Before we go to the shading of the moon, let’s begin by changing the colors of the illustration a little.

Add two adjustment layers above the layer with the Earth. Do not make them clipping masks.

To clarify the order of the layers, you can see below:

Start by creating a correction layer. Color Lookup (Search color).

Change the 3DLUT file to Fuji F125 Kodak 2395.

Blend mode of this layer change to Hue (Color tone).

Strengthen colors with an adjustment layer Levels (Levels).

Change the values ​​in the RGB channel to the following:

  • Input (Input values): 0, 1, 211
  • Output (Output values): 0, 255

Step 11

And now let’s go to the moon!

Create a new layer and make a clipping mask of it to the layer with the Moon. Using a soft round brush (Hardness (hardness) 0%, Opacity (opacity) 50%) draw in black, depicting a shadow. Follow the direction of the arrow in the screenshot below.

5. How to complete the manipulation

Almost all!

Here is what the illustration looks like at the moment:

Next we will need to deal with the last elements of this illustration.

If you work with your photo, then change the lighting, colors and details according to your instincts.

Step 1

Let’s make the light more intense!

Create a new layer on top of all the others. Change its blending mode to Overlay (Overlap).

Using a soft round brush (stiffness 0%, opacity 60-90%), paint white all over the scene, adding more color to it. If adjustments are needed, add a layer mask.

Step 2

Orbits as objects, of course, do not exist, but they can become another cool element of our illustration.

  1. With the tool Ellipse (Ellipse) (U) create two orbits with a thickness of 2 pixels. Rasterize the layers with the shapes, and then merge them.
  2. Select a layer with orbits and click Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) and change the parameter Radius (Radius) by 15 pixels. Lower the layer opacity to 60% and hide the necessary parts of the layer using a layer mask.

Step 3

Add the last stock image.

Highlight some of the brightest areas of the image with space. I did it with a tool Rectangular marquee (Rectangular area) (M). Copy and paste these areas into new layers, evenly distributing them in the illustration.

Change the blending mode of the first two fragments (those on Earth and hair) to Hard Light (Hard Light), and the other two (those on the stars) on PinLight (Spot light). Adjust the opacity to your liking and use layer-masks to hide the extra parts of the space image.

Step 4

In the next step, we will need to create several adjustment layers.

I know you can’t wait to finish, right? Let’s try to do it as quickly as possible.

Add a new adjustment layer Color Lookup (Search color).

Change the 3DLUT file to FuturisticBleak.3DL.

Next, create an adjustment layer. Levels (Levels).

Change the values ​​in the RGB channels, Red (Red) and Blue (Blue) as follows:

  • Rgb: 27, 0.94, 240; Output (Output values): 20, 255
  • Red (Red): 0, 1.11, 204; Output (Output values): 0, 255
  • Blue (Blue): 29, 1.38, 226; Output (Output values): 51, 224

Step 5

Fill the new layer with neon green (# 76ff39). Lower Opacity (opacity) layer to 10% and change the blending mode to Divide (Divide).

Go on, everything is great!

Add adjustment layer Color balance (Color balance). Looking at the screenshots below, change the values ​​for Shadows (Shadows) (1 screenshot), Midtones (Mid Tones) (2 screenshot) and Highlights (Light) (3 screenshot) to make the tone blue. Then change the blending mode of the layer to Hue (Color tone).

Step 6

Now add an adjustment layer. Gradient map (Gradient map).

Select a gradient pattern Red, Blue, and Yellow (Red, blue, yellow) and lower the layer opacity to 10%.

And the last adjustment layer is Photo Filter (Photo Filter).

Change the filter to Violet (Violet), Density (Density) – by 52%.

Step 7

Now that we have adjusted all the colors, it remains only to slightly improve the lighting in order to improve the composition.

At this stage, you can also get rid of hard edges or mix them with shadows using a soft round brush. With the tool Brush (Brush) (B) Draw on these areas and hold down the Alt key to select the desired colors from the composition.

On a new layer with blending mode Overlay (Overlapping), add highlights on planets and hair, painting in purple (# c6a2d0) and white flowers. The brightest places should remain the same as with the current lighting.

Step 8

Clear highlights are also important in this composition. On the new layer, paint highlights around the planets, body and face. Be sure to add a highlight to each planet in the upper left part.

Continue to draw in areas that you would like to make more clear and do not forget to add white dots depicting the stars where you want.

On the finished work, you may notice a slight blur. I achieved this effect with a filter Tilt shift (Tilt-offset), but you may well not.

Now that your illustration is ready, you can hang it on the wall! With the help of the mocap, the link to which is given at the beginning of the lesson, you can find out how your illustration will look in a frame.

The final result can be seen below!

Done! Great job!

You can create stunning photo manipulations with your own photos. Slowly create your magic illustrations from scratch!

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