We get out of our shell in Photoshop

Today we will create a monochromatic composition, which is based on the idea that a person lives “locked up in his shell”, that you need to learn to see the world beyond our own borders.

For this we need stock images, a bit of imagination, and of course Photoshop. The lesson describes in detail the actions that are accompanied by pictures.

In addition, we will learn:
– use channels to create a selection;
– apply corrective tools;
– combine different tools;
– create light shadows;
– apply blending modes;
– use adjustment layers;
– adjust shades;
– create a clearer image;
– use hot keys for easier operation;
– tips for creating compositions

I will explain why we use certain commands, because it is very important to be aware of what you are doing. Therefore, you will be able to create your own style, which each designer strives for – this is originality.

Starting materials:

Final result

STEP 1. Create a new document. File – New (File> New …) 1680 x 1050 px in RGB color mode with a resolution of 72 dpi. I use these dimensions because it provides a good quality final image.

STEP 2. Load images in Photoshop. Open the model image Window – Various ___ 1_by_mjranum_stock.jpg (Window> Various ___ 1_by_mjranum_stock.jpg). Double click on the model layer to unlock the layer, click OK. Unlocking the layer allows correction through Channels (Channels).

Translator’s Note: The author offers to download all stock images in Photoshop, and then, in the process, open images through Window –Window.

STEP 3 Next, turn on the bookmark Channels (Channels) through WindowChannels (Window> Channels), go to the Channels tab and select Bluechannel(Blue channel), right-click on the layer and select Createduplicatechannel (Duplicate channel). You will have copyBluechannel (Blue copy channel).
Of all the channels, the Blue Channel represents the highest contrast between the model and the background.

STEP 4. Choose a tool Frame (Crop Tool (C) and crop the image as in the screenshot below without selecting the right part.
(Translator’s Note: after selection tool Frame (Crop Tool (C) go in Image – Crop (Image – Crop).

STEP 5. Choose a tool Pen (Path Tool (P), in the top settings panel set Contours (Paths) and roughly scroll hair. Since all the shades in the channel are different, we will process parts of the image to bring to one shade.

A little hint: when you use stock images, they are mostly a bit blurred, so when you cut objects, scale the image until you see the pixels. You can cut by pixels the actual color of the object, and not by the transition of pixels between the object and the background.

STEP 6. When you have finished the selection (make sure you close the contour), right-click on the contour and select To form a selected area (Make Selection). Next, go Image – Correction – Curves (Image> Adjustments> Curves (CTRL + M). Apply the settings as in the screenshot below and click OK.

STEP 7. Let’s go Image – Correction – Levels (Image> Adjustments> Levels (CTRL + L). Apply the same settings as in the screenshot below and click OK.

STEP 8. Repeat Steps 6-7 until you get a strong contrast between the hair and the background.

STEP 9. Let’s go Selection – Inversion (Select> Inverse) and apply Image – Correction – Curves (Image> Adjustments> Curves (CTRL + M) and Levels (Levels (CTRL + L) to get maximum contrast.

Translator’s Note: 1. after the inversion there will appear running ants 2. the author does not mention which values ​​to apply for the curve, apply the same values ​​as in step 6.

STEP 10. Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool (B), set Rigidity (Hardness) 100% and paint the light areas on the hair .. Use the “[“ and “]” keys to adjust the size of the brush. Next, go Selection – Deselect Selection (Select> Deselect (CTRL + D).

STEP 11. Choose a tool Dimmer (Burn Tool (O) and darken the tips of the hair, but do not overdo it. Use Brush (Brush Tool (B) to paint over any flaws.

STEP 12. Come again Image – Correction – Curves (Image> Adjustments> Curves) and apply the settings shown below. This will help remove extra light shades. Choose a tool Brush(Brush Tool (B), press the X key and paint over the remaining gray tones, mostly on the body. It should look like in the screenshot below.

Translator’s Note: the author does not mention which values ​​to apply for the curve, so experiment, the author applies correction through curves several times to create the maximum contrast for a more precise selection.

STEP 13. CTRL + click on the copy window. Blue channel (“Blue copy” channel), then go to the tab Layers (Layers), select the layer with the model and copy the selection (CTRL + C). Next we go Window – Untitled-one.psd (Window> Untitled-1.psd) and paste the model into our document, which we created in the first step (CTRL + V).

STEP 14. Open the image with the egg Window – Egg_on_White_by_thermwox.jpg (Window> Egg_on_White_by_thermwox.jpg). Choose a tool Pen(Path Tool (P) and circle the egg. Once you have closed the path, click on the path and select To form a selected area (Make Selection), copy the selection (CTRL + C), return to our document Window – Untitled-one.jpg(Window> Untitled-1.jpg) and paste the copied image (CTRL + V).

STEP 15. Double-click on the text and name the layer “eggshell”. Do the same with the model layer: name the layer “model”.

STEP 16. Select model layer and activate free transform. Editing – Free Transformation (Edit> Free Transform (CTRL + T) click and drag the square in the corner. Hold down the SHIFT key to keep the proportions. To exit the free transformation mode, press Enter. Do the same for the egg shell.

STEP 17. Next, use the image of the eggshell Window – Stock_205_Egg_Shell_by_pink_stock.jpg (Window> Stock_205_Egg_Shell_by_pink_stock.jpg), select the tool Pen (Path Tool (P) and select the part of the broken shell. Click on the contour with the right mouse button and select To form a selected area (Make Selection), copy selection (CTRL + C), return to our document. Window – Untitled-one.psd (Window> Untitled-1.psd) and paste the copied image (CTRL + V).

STEP 18. Next, apply the free transform. Editing – Free Transformation (Edit> Free Transform (CTRL + T), scale the image and expand as in the screenshot. Press Enter.

STEP 19. Next, go Layer- Duplicate Layer (Layer> Duplicate Layer (CTRL + J). And apply a free transformation (Edit> Free Transform (CTRL + T), expand and place as in the screenshot below, and then press CTRL + “[“ to arrange for the original.

STEP 20. Next, use the image with the beach. Window – Beach_by_Cherry189.jpg (Window> Beach_by_Cherry189.jpg), select the entire image (CTRL + A), copy the selected image (CTRL + C), return to our document Window – Untitled-one.psd(Window> Untitled-1.psd) and paste the image (CTRL + V).

STEP 21. Press CTRL + T to switch to Free transformation (Free Transform mode), scale the image size to the size of our document and press Enter. Next, press CTRL + SHIFT + ”[“ to move the beach image to the background. In the bottom toolbar, click the icon Add vector mask (Add Vector Mask) (gray rectangle with a white circle in the center).

STEP 22. Choose a tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and select the sky. Next, select the tool Brush (Brush Tool (B) and paint over the selection area. We hide this flat and dull sky on a layer mask and add a more interesting sky with mountain scenery.

STEP 23. Further. use the image of the sky with a mountain landscape go Window – Place117c_by_mdreamer_stock_by_mdreamer_stock.jpg. (Window> Place117c_by_mdreamer_stock_by_mdreamer_stock.jpg). Choosing a tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and select the sky and mountains, copy the selection with CTRL + C, go back to our document Window – Untitled-one.psd(Window> Untitled-1.psd) and paste the copied image into our document CTRL + V.

STEP 24. Let’s go Editing – Free Transformation (Edit> Free Transform (CTRL + T) and scale our sky to the size of the previous gray sky of the previous layer. It doesn’t have to be exactly the same. Right-click on the transformation selection, select Flip horizontally (Flip Horizontal), press Enter and press CTRL + SHIFT + [.

STEP 25. Next, we use an image with a cracked eggshell. Window – Stock_205___Egg_Shell_by_pink_stock.jpg (Window> Stock_205 ___ Egg_Shell_by_pink_stock.jpg) and cut a piece of the shell, as in the screenshot below. We copy and paste into our document. Place a piece of the shell, as in the screenshot below.

STEP 26. Go to the layer with the “model”. Next, go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Color Balance, Levels, Brightness / Contrast and Black and White (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Color Balance, Levels, Brightness / Contrast and Black White). We apply the settings for each individual adjustment layer, which are shown in the screenshots below. Do not forget to tick Use previous layer to create clipping mask. (Use previous layer to create clipping mask). I used various adjustment layers to more precisely adjust color shades.

STEP 27. Once again go to the layer with the “model” and duplicate the layer Layer- Duplicate Layer (Layer> Duplicate Layer (CTRL + D) and place a copy of the layer with the model over all adjustment layers. For this layer, set the blending mode Lightening (Screen) and Opacity (Opacity) layer 27%.

STEP 28. Select the “eggshell” layer. Apply the vector mask to the “egg shell” layer, in the bottom panel click the icon Add vector mask (Add Vector Mask). Now go to the layer with the broken shell part and select it with the tool. Pen (Path Tool (P) area, as shown in the screenshot below. Select the outer edge of the shell. Then right-click on the contour and select To form a selected area (Make Selection).

STEP 29. Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool (B) and paint over the selected area. Do not forget to paint over while standing on the layer mask.

STEP 30. Repeat Steps 28-29 for the model’s legs, or simply move the layers with the egg shell over the layer with a copy of the model layer.
Just in the first case, you could practice working with layer masks and I would recommend it, until you get your hand filled.

STEP 31. In the layers palette, select the topmost layer. Let’s go LayerNewcorrectivelayerBlackwhite(Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Black White). Apply the settings as shown below. Next, block the layer.

Since we are creating a monotonous composition, this layer will remove any effect from color that we may encounter. We are only interested in tone, not color.

STEP 32. Next, we use an image with a cracked eggshell. Window – Stock_208___Egg_Shell_by_pink_stock.jpg (Window> Stock_208 ___ Egg_Shell_by_pink_stock.jpg). Choose a tool Pen (Path Tool (P) and select the part of the eggshell. As shown in the screenshot below. Copy the selection. Go back to our document Window – Untitled-one.psd (Window> Untitled-1.psd) and paste the copied image. Place below the “model” layer. Scale as in the screenshot below.

STEP 33. Choosing a tool Pen (Path Tool (P), in the top settings panel we set Layer layer (Shapes) and draw a shape, as in the screenshot below. Install Fill (Fill) 0%.
With Pouring (Fill) 0%, the figure will be invisible, but you do not worry, it is there!

STEP 34. Click the “fx” icon in the bottom toolbar and select Overlay options (Blending Options). And apply the settings as in the screenshot below.

STEP 35. Select tool again Pen (Path Tool (P) and draw a shape like in the screenshot below. Next, hold down the ALT key and drag the “fx” to the “Figure 2” layer. This will copy the effects you applied to the “Figure 1” layer , on a new layer “Figure 2”.

STEP 36. Your tool is still active. Pen (Path Tool (P), apply a layer mask to the “Figure 2” layer and set the top settings panel Subtract the figure area (Subtract Path From Area). Next, draw a pen like in the screenshot below.

STEP 37. Repeat STEPS 34-36 to create a similar shape, as in the screenshot below.

STEP 38. Place the “Figure 2” and “Figure 3” layers below the “eggshell” layer or move the “eggshell” layer over the above layers. If you wish, you can change the shape of the shape, select the tool Outline selection (Direct Selection Tool (A), CTRL + click on the shape, you will have anchor points, you can select any anchor point. By changing the direction of the anchor point, you change the shape of the shape.

STEP 39. Choose a tool Move (Move (V), put a tick in the box Ain the selection (Auto Select) and click on the sand. Create a new layer (CTRL + SHIFT + N) and set the blending mode for this layer. Multiplication (Multiply). Next, select the tool Brush (Brush Tool (B), set Rigidity (Hardness) at 0%, Opacity (Opacity) at 40% (or press the “4” key) and draw a shadow on the sand. The closer the body to the sand, the shade should be more intense. Do the same for other objects that drop shadow on the sand.

STEP 40. Repeat STEP 39 to create the remaining shadows. ALT + click between layers to create shadows only on individual objects. I didn’t like the mix of dark shades and I added Layer – New Fill Layer – Color (Layer> New Fill Layer> Solid color) below the layer with the Black-and-white layer blocked, the fill color is set to mauve and set the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light).

STEP 41. Select layer Black and white (Black White) and unlock it by double clicking on the layer. Move the “Red” slider to the left until you get beautiful dark tones on the model’s body. Click OK.

Why slider “Red” shade?
Because skin tones contain shades of red and yellow. If you black out Yellow, you will change the light on your body, and you will not give a shadow.

STEP 42. Next, go Layer – New Fill Layer – Color (Layers> New Fill Layer> Solid color). We apply the settings as in the screenshot.

As a final touch, I added a count of days for “5” chopsticks, as if to show how many days are left before birth.

STEP 43. Select the entire document (CTRL + A), copy the selection (CTRL + SHIFT + C) and paste it into our document (CTRL + V) here.

Translator’s Note: to create a merged layer on top of all layers. You can press CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + E.

STEP 44. Next we go Filter – Sharpness – Sharpness (Filter> Sharpen> Sharpen). Image sizes are quite large, and the image cannot be spoiled by such a simple filter. For smaller images, duplicate the layer (CTRL + J) and go Filter – Other – Color Contrast (Filter> Other> High Pass), set a radius of 1-2 px and set the blending mode Overlap (Overlay).

Is done!
Experiment a little, I want to note that the work also looks good without a correction layer. Black and white (Black White). Even after the fact that I achieved the desired result, which I wanted, I still want to try to apply different treatments and go further than I intended at the very beginning.

Feel looser, you can add a vignette effect using the same technique as when creating shadows or adjust soft tones as desired. Experiment – this is your key to knowledge!

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