Create a Fantasy Moonlight Emotional Manipulation In Photoshop

In this tutorial I will show how to create a emotional Photo Manipulation in Photoshop. Learn how to create a Moon Night scene. We will work on lighting, shadows and highlight, Dodge & Burn and how to blend images properly by applying adjustment layer to get the desired scene and much more.

What you’ll be creating

You will learn how to create a emotional photo manipulation in Photoshop.First we create a foggy atmosphere by combining stock images.Then we will create a moon with brush tool and after that we will add the model. You will learn how to blend model to your desired scene by blending options, dodge and burn, creating shadow etc. Finally we will use adjustment layer for final touch and at the end I will show to how to create stars by applying filters . To follow this tutorial we will need CS5 or later.

final result

Tutorial Resources

Step 1

First of all download all the resources and keep them in a folder that makes easy to follow the tutorial.Now, start by making the new document, Go to file>New set the setting as shown in the image below or start by opening the foggy morning image

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Then place the foggy morning in the document.Go to file>place and select the foggy morning image.

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Apply mask to the image by clicking on add layer mask icon on layer Panel and activate the gradient tool by pressing G on the keyboard and set it to Linear and black to white. Holding the shift the key apply the gradient vertically.The result should be as shown in the image below:

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Now place the mad sky 4 image below the foggy morning

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Now click on the layer mask of the foggy morning and select brush tool by pressing (B),opacity and flow to 40% and start painting like as shown in the layer mask below and the result should be similar this.

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Now click on new adjustment layer icon on the layer Panel and choose Curves adjustment layer.Apply it to mad sky 4 as shown in the image below and result should be like this.

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Here is the result.

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Now create a new layer, create clipping mask for it by right clicking on layer and then choose create clipping mask and activate the clone stamp tool by pressing (S).Set the sample current and below on property bar,Sample the sticks on the ground and the result should be like this

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Step 8

Now apply Gradient map adjustment layer and choose color for shadow #20425a, for highlight #ff8809.set the blend mode to hard light and opacity to 63%.

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Result should be like this

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Now I applied a gradient fill adjustment layer by click on third button in layer panel. Select the second preset foreground to transparent.choose color#272f43 and change the blend mode to color. Take the brush tool by pressing (B), set the opacity to 50% flow as well and start painting on layer mask of the gradient fill adjustment layer as shown in the image.

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result on layer mask.

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Step 10

Then I applied two more adjustment layer to image.First Select the selective color adjustment to enhance the image color and set the adjustment as shown below,then set the blend mode to soft light and opacity to 41%.I also select the blue in selective color adjustment and only set the cyan to -10%.

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Result after applying Selective Color Adjustment

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Step 11

Select curves adjustment set it as shown below and then change the blend mode to soft light and opacity to 34%.

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Result should be similar to this.

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Now let’s create the moon. To do this create a new layer and name it moon then select soft brush with hardness to 0% and opacity to 100% as well as flow.Now change your foreground color to #ffb400 and size 800pixels then paint top center of the image. Then change the color closer to first one #ffd776 with brush size to 500 pixels and paint it. Then again change the color to #ffeec5 with size to 250 pixels. After that change the layer blend mode to Linear Dodge and opacity to 80% result should be like this.

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I added a curves adjustment to moon layer.Create clipping mask for this adjustment by right clicking on it and choose create clipping mask.Set is as shown below. Now we have created our background scene. Create a group by clicking the fourth button in the layer Panel or shortcut Ctrl+G above all the layer then select top layer and by holding shift key select bottom layer then put them into the group, named that group BACKGROUND

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Results:

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Step 13

Now place the model layer fall 1 by Kuoma stock from deviant art. Select the pen tool by pressing (P) on the keyboard and create a path around the model then right click, choose make selection.After that apply a layer mask to model layer. Make sure that pen tool set to path on the property bar.Well, I am not expert in masking the hair. To deal with hair simply right click on the layer mask of the model and choose refine edge then select refine edge tool and paint around the hair. so,I extracted the hair.

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Step 14

As you can see the bottom part of image not blend properly. To blend it properly I need to keep the leaves which are on her dress to do this Select the brush then set the opacity of 30% as well as flow with 100 pixel of size then paint as shown in the image. Now We blended the image properly. I recommend to everyone to play with opacity and flow setting of brush tool as well as size.

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Step 15

Model looks like that she is floating in the air because it does not have shadow.Create a new layer below the model layer by pressing Shift+ctrl+N key and name it shadow. Pick the brush tool by pressing (B) on the keyboard then set opacity to 40% as well as flow and size to 125 pixels and paint around the edge of the model dress.Again reduce the opacity to 20% as well as flow and size to 100 pixels. Make the shadows and if you paint it too much you can also reduce the opacity or apply the Gaussian blur filter. But I have done it properly here are the result:

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As you can see the light source is the moon which above the model so, we need add highlight to top part of model and have to dark the bottom part.Always respect the source of the light. According to light source I added a Gradient overlay effect by right clicking on model layer and choose blending options. choose the color #000000 for shadow and for highlight I choose #989923 and change the blend mode to soft light.

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Result should be like this.

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I added a curves adjustment layer, set it as shown . I want that it will only effect the model not to rest of the image. Right click on curves adjustment layer and select create clipping mask. For shortcut hold the alt key and click between the model layer and curves adjustment layer.

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Next I added a gradient fill adjustment layer and choose the color #133943 as shown in the image. Change the blend mode to soft light and opacity to 49%.Create clipping mask for this layer also.

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After applying gradient fill, result should be similar to this.

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Now , darken the image by applying a hue saturation adjustment layer.Set the hue to +8 , saturation to -41 and lightness to -26.Create clipping mask for this layer also.

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Here is the results:

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I added a Brightness and contrast adjustment layer. Set the Brightness to -28 and Contrast to -21 then reduce the opacity to 50%.Create clipping mask too for this layer

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Result should be similar to this.

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Now create a new layer by pressing ctrl+shift+N key, name it dodge and burn.Go to edit menu then fill it with 50% gray.Set the layer blend mode to overlay.

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Pick the burn on tool Panel by pressing (O) on the keyboard set the the range to midtones and strength to 9% and paint the dark part on the model also set the size to 50 pixels. Then grab the dodge tool and range to midtones,strength to 9% size to 50 pixels then paint top part of the model to make highlights.Result should be similar to this

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Next I created the fog by applying cloud filter. To do this create a new layer below the model layer by pressing shift+ctrl+N key, set your foreground color to #858585 and background to color #FFFFFF.Go to-filter-render-clouds and apply the clouds filter two times.

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Step 24

Now apply layer mask to image and grab the soft brush and opacity to 80% as well as flow.Then paint the top and bottom part of the layer.Name it Fog.The change the blend to soft light and opacity to 40% The result should be similar to this.Before heading forward Put all the model layer into the group name that group Model.

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Step 25

Now I added to stones to the image. Place the dark forest 6 by miranda-rose stock from deviantart above the model layer as shown below.I only want to keep the stones.

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Step 26

To keep the stones, We need to apply the layer mask to the image and pick soft round brush opacity & flow to 100%. Then hide the top part of the image because we only wanted the stone.

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Then again Set the opacity and flow to 30 to 40% and paint on the stone like shown in the image below:.

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To match the color of the stone I applied a Hue/Saturation, set the hue to +16, saturation -66 and lightness to -49.Create clipping mask for this layer.

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Here is the result:.

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Step 30

Place again the dark forest image but this time place it like shown below so, it can cover entire the canvas.

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Apply layer mask to this layer and set brush setting as we applied in step 25 & 26. Paint it as shown in the image

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Next I applied a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer with same setting applied in step 28.As you can see we blended the stones properly to our image.Create clipping mask for this layer also.

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Step 33

I created the light rays. To do this grab the soft brush, hardness to 0% and opacity and flow to 30%. Choose the color #dfdf15 and paint as shown in the image.

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Then change the blend mode to soft light and opacity to 40%. Here is the result

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Step 35

Now we have done with background, model and stones.It’s time for final adjustments. First applied the curves adjustment layer set it as shown below and reduce the opacity to 21%.

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Step 36

Click on the layer mask and select the soft round brush then paint a dot on the layer mask shown in the image in the below.

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Step 37

Let give the image a soft warming look by adding a photo filter adjustment,select the warming filter(85) and set the blend mode color, opacity to 51% and select the layer mask of photo filter adjustment layer choose a soft round brush with 100% opacity as well as flow and paint a dot on layer mask .

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Here is the result.

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Step 38

I added a gradient map adjustment layer to darken the bottom part of the image and highlight a bit in middle.Choose color #000000 for shadows and for highlight choose #9c5b07. Then change the blend mode to soft light and opacity to 20%.Grab the brush tool with 30% opacity & flow and paint on the layer of this adjustment layer as shown in the image.

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Result after applying Gradient Map.

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Step 39

Next I added a channel mixer adjustment layer. This layer is milestone of this manipulation because it converts our manipulation totally in a moon night scene. So add the channel mixer adjustment layer. Then select red channel and set blue to +2. Then select blue channel set the red to -11 and green to +44.

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Step 40

Now activate the model selection by selecting model and Hold down the ctrl key and click on the layer mask of the model. Then invert the selection by pressing Alt+Shift+I paint on channel mixer adjustment layer mask as shown below with soft round brush with 100% opacity and flow. Then again activate the selection of model. Click on the layer mask of Channel Mixer adjustment hide some effect of channel mixer on model by selecting soft round brush and opacity to 30% as well as flow.

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Here is the result after applying Channel Mixer adjustment layer.

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Step 42

Next I added a Gradient Map for warm look for the image. Choose the color #3e270c and #01040a. Set the blend mode to color dodge and reduce the opacity to 83%.

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Here is the result:.

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Step 43

Next I added adjustment Hue/saturation adjustment layer. set the Hue to +230, saturation to +27 and lightness to -14.click on the layer mask of this layer,Then pick the soft brush with the setting 30% opacity and flow then paint it on model dress as shown in the image below.

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Results.

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Step 44

I added brightness/contrast adjustment layer.Set the contrast to +2 and brightness to +32

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Results:

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Step 45

Now will add two more final adjustment layers.Select the color lookup adjustment layer and choose Horror blue lookup.Then change the blend mode soft light and opacity to 30%.Pick the soft round brush with setting step 43 and paint on the layer mask of this layer as shown in the image

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Results:

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Step 46

Now add the final adjustment. Select curves adjustment layer set it as shown below then reduce the opacity to 40%. Pick the soft round brush and paint with same setting we did in previous step like shown below.

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Result should be similar to this:

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Step 47

Now Put all final adjustment layer into a group and name it final adjustments. Now, It’s time to create the stars in the sky by applying filters.Create a new layer on the top then convert it Smart Object by Right clicking on the layer then choose convert to smart object and fill it with black, go to edit>fill.

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The go to filter Noise> add noise > set the noise 80% also check on the monochromatic.Then got to filter>filter gallery>texture>Grain set the intensity to 0,contrast to 54 and grain type to contrasty should have similar result

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Grain setting

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Step 49

Now Again go to filter>filter gallery>Sketch>Plaster.Make sure your foreground and background color set to black/white.Set Image Balance to 16, smoothness to 3 and light to top as shown in the image

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Result should be similar

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Step 50

Now the change the blend mode to screen and apply a layer mask to this layer. Select the brush tool with 300 pixels of size then change the opacity and flow to 70%. Paint on the entire layer except on the top because stars appeared in sky You can see the result on the layer mask below.

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Here is the result

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Final result

Here are the final results.

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Tutorial by Bunty Pundir

profileThank you for following the tutorial. I love to create the photo manipulation. I am not a professional artist but have knowledge about Photoshop.I learned Photoshop from Internet. Hard work is the key to success. NEVER GIVE UP & Waiting for your outcome. You can contact me on Bunny7766.deviantart.com.

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Create This Gorgeous Moonlight Poster of a Girl Walking on a Railway

Learn how to create this beautiful moonlight scene in Photoshop. This tutorial will teach you many great Photoshop techniques such as how to easily mask complex objects using channels, create your own astrophotography-like skies, and add surreal colors to the whole image. A PSD is also included with this tutorial. Read this tutorial and learn how to create your own surreal moonlight photo manipulations!

Preview of Final Results

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Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Create a new document with a trasparent background.

Size:

  • Width 1500px
  • Height: 2000px

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Go to File > Place and open the ‘Railway’ Stock.

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Go to Edit > Free Transform and choose ‘Rotate’. Rotate a bit the image to through right to fix the Railway prospective.  Then choose ‘Scale’ to fit the canvas size. Rename the layer to ‘Railway’.

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Step 4

We are going to select the sky so we can replace it with another one. Go to Channel and select the channel that has more contrast. In this case the Blue one. The image will turn to Black & White but don’t worry, everything it’s normal. If you don’t see the Channels then go to Window and select Channel.

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Now right click on the Blue channel and choose ‘Duplicate channel’. Deselect the Blue Channel and select the Blue copy.

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To make a selection of the sky we have to paint with black on the copy of the Blue channel. Before painting we can help ourselves running a Level adjustment on it. Go to Image > Adjustments > Levels. We have to give more contrast. Put the settings I set below and you will see that the sky will be white.

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Now we paint with black over the parts we don’t want. Brush has to be 100% Opacity.

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Now we are ready for our selection. Place the mouse on the Blue copy channel. Keep pressed CTRL and press left click on the mouse. The white part will be selected.

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We want to keep the part below so we have to invert the selection. Go to Select > Inverse. The selection is now inverted.

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Delete the Blue copy channel and go back to the Layers panel. As you can see the image isn’t black & white anymore and the lower part is selected. Now just click the Layer Mask and the sky will disappear.

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Step 11

Go to File > Place and open the ‘Sky 1’ Stock. Name the layer ‘Sky 1’. Put this layer below the ‘Railway’ layer.

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Go to File > Place and open the ‘Sky 2’ stock. Put it above the ‘Sky 1’ layer and name it ‘Sky 2’. Then set it to Hard Light.

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Step 13

Go to File > Place and open the ‘Moon’ stock. Name the layer ‘Moon’ and place it above the ‘Sky 2’ Layer.

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Step 14

Set the ‘Moon’ layer to Screen.

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Let’s work to blend everything together. Add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer above all layers. Clip it to the ‘Railway’ layer.

TIP: To clip a layer or an adjustment to the layer below simply hold ALT and click on the line between the two layers that you want to “clip.”

When you are done put these settings:

Master: Hue: 0; Saturation -40; Lightness: -19

Yellows: Hue 0; Saturation: -44; Lightness: -2

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Add a Gradient Map like the one showed in the image below. (Above all layers). Then set it to Soft Light with Opacity and Fill at 80%.

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Step 17

Add another Gradient Map like the one showed below. Then set it to Soft Light with Opacity at 80% and Fill at 90%.

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Step 18

Let’s keep on working on our background scene. Time to enhance lights and shadows. Create a new layer above all layers and name it ‘Light Railway’. Pick the color #69b987. With a soft brush paint some light on the railway.

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Set the layer to Color Dodge with Opacity and Fill at 35%.

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Create a new layer and name it ‘General Light’. Pick the color #f2f1b9. Paint some light around with a soft brush.

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Set this layer to Hard Light with Opacity and Fill at 50%.

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Create a new layer and name it ‘Shadows’. Set it to Multiply with Opacity and Fill at 40%. Pick the color #232211. With a soft brush you have to paint some shadows. Below you can see where I painted (with the layer set to Normal at 100%). And then the result with the layer set to Multiply.

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Step 33

Since the shadows are too harsh I applied some blur. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set 10px.

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Step 34

We are going to do the same with the lights. Create a new layer and name it ‘Lights’. Set it to Soft Light with Opacity at 30% and Fill at 70%. Pick the color #e3da9b and paint some lights with a soft brush. Below you can see where I painted (with the layer set to Normal at 100%). And then the result with the layer set to Soft Light.

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Step 35

The creation of the background is ended. Now it’s time to add our subject. Go to File > Place and open the ‘Model’ stock. Name the layer ‘Model’.

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Step 36

Now we have to extract the lady from the background. I will use the Pen Tool. Grab the Pen Tool and place the points around the lady’s edges.

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Once the points are in place right click on the image and choose ‘Make selection’.

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Step 38

When you click ‘Make Selection’ a window will pop up. In Radius Feather put 2 (px). Now you have the model selected.

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Just click on the Layer Mask button and you’ll have your model extracted with a Layer Mask.

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Step 40

As you can see there are some parts that have to be cut off. You can do it as we did before. With the Pen Tool make a selection of the area you want to delete.

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Now select the Model Layer Mask and paint with black in the selected area. The unwanted part will disappear.

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Repeat this step until you have deleted all the unwanted parts.

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Step 43

Now that the model is extracted we have to make some adjustments to blend her in the scene. Before doing this I will remove the bracelets. I will use he Clone Stamp Tool.

We want to be safe so we will clone in a new layer.  Create a new layer and clip it to the Model layer. Grab Clone Stamp Tool and be sure that in the settings you have Sample: Current & Below (1). Now hold down the Alt key click on the point you wish to use as a sampling point (2).  The cursor will change to a target. This area will be used as the reference point for cloning. Click and draw where you want the cloned image to appear.

As you draw, a cross (3) will appear on the original image while a corresponding circle (4) appears where you are drawing. With a little practice it becomes quite clear how this process works and how to achieve the best results.

TIP: If you want to achieve a real effect sample from several point or you will have patterns of skin.

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Below you can see my result. As you may notice there are some parts (outside the Model layer) that we can’t clone. Go over the Model Layer Mask and paint with black the areas you want to remove.

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Repeat this step until you removed all bracelets.

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Below you can see my layers so far.

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Now we have to merge the Clone layer with the Model layer. Right click on the Model layer and choose ‘Rasterize Layer’. It won’t be Smart Object anymore. (1) Right click on the Clone Layer and choose ‘Merge Down’. The layers are merged (2) Right click on the Layer Mask and choose ‘Add Mask to Selection’. The model will be selected. Right click on the Layer Mask and choose ‘Delete Layer Mask’. The mask disappears and you have the Model layer as it was at the beginning, but the selection is still active. (3)

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Step 48

In this step we will bring back the selection and re-convert the Model layer to a Smart Object. Right click on the Model layer and choose ‘Convert to Smart Object’. Then click the Layer Mask button. We are done.

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Step 49

Now the we have fixed the Model let’s scale and blend her to fit the scene. To scale the Model go Edit > Transform and choose ‘Scale’. Make the Model bigger to fit the scene. To blend the Model into the scene add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer clipped to the Model layer.

Settings:

  • Hue 25
  • Saturation -41
  • Lightness -46

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Let’s create a shadow for the Model to make the scene more real. Add a layer below the Model Layer and name it ‘Shadow below the Model’. Pick the black color. With a soft brush, with low opacity, paint a shadow like you see below.

TIP: Paint a stronger shadow under her feet. It’s a contact shadow so it has to be stronger.

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To complete our blending we will have to add some other shadow to the model. Create a new layer clipped to the Model Layer and name it ‘Shadow Model’.  Set it to Overlay with Opacity at 70%. With Black paint some show like you see below.

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Let’s enhance the background. Add a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment layer under the ‘Shadow Below The Model’.

Settings:

  • Brightness 25
  • Contrast 45

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Create a new layer above the Brightness adjustment and name it ‘Color’. Set it to Vivid Light with Opacity and Fill at 80%. Now pick the colors from the background and paint colors around. Use a soft brush (The colors I used are #8caa88 and #caa851). Below you can see where I painted the colors (Layer set to Normal at 100% on the purpose to show to you). And then the result.

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Let’s complete our work on the Model with some adjustments. Add a Color Balance Adjustment Layer clipped to the Model Layer with these settings:

  • Shadows +11  +8  -4
  • Midtones +5  +8  -16
  • Highlights -17  5  -15

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Add a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Layer Clipped to the Model Layer with these settings.

  • Brightness -89
  • Contrast 29

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Step 56

Let’s add some light to the Model. Create a new layer clipped to Model layer and name it ‘Highlights’. Pick #e8dd71 color and brush around the Model edges. Below you can see where I painted (The layer isn’t clipped in my example to show to you)

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Now set the ‘Highlights’ layer to Hard Light with Opacity 80% and Fill 75%.

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Some adjustments to our work and we have finished. Add a Gradient Map like the one showed below above all layers. The set it to Soft Light with Opacity at 65% and Fill at 80%.

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Add a Curves Adjustment Layer and click the Auto button.

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Add a Levels Adjustment Layer. Drag the Black output levels slider towards the right until you reach the value 10.

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Create a new layer above all layers and name it ‘Vignette’. Pick the color #112703. With a soft brush paint a vignette around the canvas. Then pick the color #f0efb7. With the same brush paint a bit in the middle part. When you are done set the layer to Soft Light with Opacity at 80%.

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Make a stamp of all layers by clicking together CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+E Go to Filter > Sharpen > Unship Mask and put these settings

  • Amount 102
  • Radius 1,5
  • Threshold 0

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Final Results

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Tutorial by Fabrizio Panattoni

profileThanks a lot for your attention. I hope I could help you with this tutorial. For more guides or artworks made by me visit my dA page http://b-r-a-c-i-a-t-a.deviantart.com/

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