In this tutorial we will show you how to create a beautiful female portrait in Photoshop using simple elements. People always complicate things, so we decided to show you a simple way to create a picture. We will describe in detail all the actions of the lesson. We hope that you will learn something new from this lesson today. So let’s get started!
First, you must decide which source image you are going to use and what size your final result will be. Will you print your work in A3 format or are you going to use your creation on the Internet. In this lesson, we will create a large enough image that can be used on the Internet or printed out if necessary. Let’s continue, open the Photoshop program, then create a new document, for this we go File – New (File> New (CTRL + N). Apply the following settings to our working paper, which are shown in the screenshot below.
So, we have created a working paper, further, we will create a color basis for our design. Let’s go Layer – New Fill Layer – Gradient (Layer> New Fill Layer> Gradient), further, a window will appear with Gradient fill (gradient fill). Now double-click on the gradient to make the window appear. Gradient editor (gradient editor). Set the gradient colors to # 3c6c94 and # c0ecf8 (see screenshot below). Once you have created a gradient, click the OK button, then OK again and you will see a beautiful smooth gradient that will serve as a base.
Next, open the original image with the texture. I do not know the author of this texture, because It took a long time, as she appeared. Move this texture to our working paper. Change the blending mode for the texture layer to Overlap (Overlay), and then, hide certain sections of the texture that are superfluous in your opinion. Next, create a new layer. Layer – New – Layer (Layer> New> Layer (SHIFT + CTRL + N) and using a large soft brush, brush color # 6b6b6b, paint the entire image and then change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay).
Finally. Let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Gradient Map). Apply the default gradient map, black and white, and then change the blending mode for this adjustment layer to Multiplication (Multiply) and then, reduce the opacity of this adjustment layer to 76%. The result should be as in the screenshot below.
Now it’s time to add a model image to our working paper. I chose the original image of the model on the iStock Photo website. Open your original model image in Photoshop. Separate the model image from the background, if you do not know how to do this, then review the following lesson on the Media Militia website. Now that you have separated the model image from the background, you can move the model image onto our working paper. The result should be as in the screenshot below.
After we added the model image to our working paper, it’s time to work on the effects. Create a new layer, and then select a large black brush. Using this brush, paint over the bottom of the scene, just to add a sense of darkness to the bottom of the picture. The result should be as in the screenshot below.
In this step, we will add color effects to the model image. Create a new layer, fill it with black # 000000. Change the blending mode for this layer to Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge). Choose a soft brush, brush size about 960px. Start coloring the image using different colors to align the model image with the background, and add color effects to the background. I used the following color shades: blue # 005d7f, pink # 570033 # 970059; green; # 617c01; red; # 810007. I mixed together these color shades and finally, I used a hard brush of small diameter, brush color white #FFFFFF to add dots, as shown in the screenshot below. In the screenshot below, you can see the processing of different color shades under the mode Normal (Normal).
In the screenshot below, you can see the result when Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge).
You may notice that the picture becomes more complete. In this step we will repeat the same thing as in the previous Step 6, the only thing is to slightly change the color shades. Create a new layer, fill it with black # 000000, now change the blending mode for this layer to Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge). Next, choose a soft brush, brush size 700px, select the color of the brush at your discretion. I used the pink tint # 450627 and # 32041b, as well as the green tint # 1a1900, but you can use any color tint to your taste. See the application of color shades in the screenshot below.
Next, using a soft brush, add a pink spot in the upper left corner of our scene to balance the color of our composition.
Now, make sure that the blend mode for both layers is set to Linear Dodge (linear dodge). The result should be as in the screenshot below.
Now, it’s time to add abstract elements. In this case, we will add butterflies, stars, abstract circles. You can download abstract elements from the link at the beginning of this lesson. Add elements to our working paper, arrange abstract elements as you like. As for me, I first added abstract circles, then, for some layers with circles, I changed the blending mode to Overlap (overlay), just for a change.
Next, I added stars around the model, as shown in the screenshot below, but you can arrange the stars depending on your image and the scene you are creating.
Next, I added butterflies. I zoomed in some butterflies to add depth to the portrait. The result that I have at the moment.
In this step we will make a small image correction. Let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Brightness / Contrast (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Brightness / Contrast). Leave the value Brightness (brightness) at level 0, and the value The contrast (contrast) set at -20, now click OK to apply the changes. Next, go Layer- New Adjustment Layer- Curves (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Curves). Use RGB channel (RGB Channel). Using the curve, darken the image a little. The result should be as in the screenshot below.
So, it’s time to use abstract brushes. Go down in the layers palette, create a new layer below the model layer. Select one of the abstract brushes and using the selected brush, paint over the model layer, adding a magical feeling. I used 2 different brushes in this case so that all elements harmoniously combined. My result in the screenshot below.
In our final step, we will add some sharpness to our picture. First, create a new layer on top of all layers, for this we go Layer – New – Layer (Layer> New> Layer), then, go Image – External Channel (Image> Apply Image). Now that you have applied the external channel to the image, then go Filter – Other Color Contrast (Filter> Other> High Pass), set Radius (radius) 10px, and then click OK. Now, change the mode for the merged layer to Overlap (Overlay), and also reduce the layer opacity to 42% and we have completed the lesson.
We hope you enjoyed this tutorial.