How to Create an Emotional Soft-Tone Photo Manipulation

Create this emotional blue-tone photo manipualtion of a woman in a forest with flying petals. This tutorial uses few resources and will show you how to use techniques such as dodging and burning to create a dramatic look.

Preview of Final Results


Tutorial Resources

Step 1 – The Background

Open the Background and cut the part you’re interested in.


We want to give more visibility to the subject, so let’s apply some blur here. Duplicate the background layer and add Gaussian Blur.

(Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur)

The amount depends on the picture, it’s not always the same. (I generally use a range between 5px and 10px)


This step is optional. It depends on your taste!

Duplicate the blurred background and set the blend mode to Multiply. Play with Opacity and Fill because sometimes Multiply blend gives the picture too much darkness. (In this case I left both at 100%).


Step 2 – The Lady

Open the stock with the lady and extract her.


Create a new layer above the background layers and put there the lady. I previously worked on hair and skin but we’re not here for that! You can easily find tutorials about hair and skin.


Create a layer between the lady and the background and paint some hair (I suggest you a little hard brush). In alternative you can download some strands stock and place them in the layer you created. When you’re done just smudge the part that is under the dress of the lady.


Below you can see the result.


Step 3 – Petals

Create a new layer above everything. Download the PSD containing the petals and paste them into this layer. Put them in the position you like.

Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment level just for the petals layer (with ALT button) and set the Lightness at -30 because they have too brightness.

Now we want they seem to fall. We can achieve that result with blur. (Filter > Blur > Motion Blur). Amount can vary. It depends on how big is the resolution and on your taste.


Step 4 – Diamondsw

Create a new layer above the petals layer and with the diamonds brush paint some of them with white color. They have a lot of opacity so duplicate this layer 3 times and merge all 4 layers in one.


As you can see the brush will paint a lot of diamonds. So delete the ones you don’t want and put the remaining like they are falling from her hand.


Step 5 – Shadows

It’s time to shading! Add a Curve Adjustment layer above everything and drag the curve down like the image below. I set these values: Input 169 and Output 100. Set this layer to Multiply.

Everything will be darker but we don’t want this effect on the whole manipulation! So add a Mask to this level and fill it with black or, in alternative, go to Masks (the button close the Adjustments) and click the button Invert. The manipulation will turn as it was before, like you did nothing.

Now with a white soft brush paint over the black mask and the darkness will appear where you brush. You can now choose where shadows go! I use a brush with low opacity and flow (generally 30% for both, it depends on the areas to paint).


Below you can see so far where I painted the shadows.


Step 6 – Dodge & Burn

Create a new layer and set it to Overlay.

Go to: Edit > Fill > 50% Gray

On this layer you can now Burn and Dodge the areas you want to be darker or lighter.

My settings are: Range: For shadows 90% of the times is midtones. With lights it’s the same but sometimes, if you want more glowing lights you can also use the range Highlights. Exposure between 10% and 30%.

Use especially the Dodge on the diamonds, the highlights of her skin and the dress.

Below you can see where I dodged and burned.


This is the result.


Step 7 – Texture

Create a new layer and a texture like this (with a soft round brush). Set the layer to Soft Light


This is the result.


Step 8 – Light

Let’s add some light! Pick one of the lightest color from background (not white, I chose #e1f9ff). With a round hard brush paint something like a did in the picture below.


Now apply some blur to completely dissolve it.

(Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) (Sometimes I need 250px to achieve this effect)


Step 9 – Final Adjustments

I think the picture is too much saturated. So Add a Hue/Sat Adjustments Layer and set the Saturation to -70 (You can choose the amount you want)


Highlights. Create a new layer. Set the brush Mode to Overlay (Opacity and Flow vary, I generally set 30%). With a light color from the background paint some highlights. I did it on the red areas I’m showing you here.


This is the result.


Let’s create a Vignette. Create a new layer. Pick a dark color from the background and paint on the edges of the manipulation. Set the layer to Soft Light (Opacity and Fill 80%) and add a bit of Gaussian Blur if you want.



Let’s add a bit of contrast so that Lights and Shadows will be more interesting.

Create a Curve adjustment layer and set the Medium Contrast from the Preset Curves. On the white mask of this layer paint with a black brush on th face of the lady because it would be too dark. Set the layer to Luminosity and the Opacity to 70%.


Final Results


Download the PSD

Authors Comment

profile[1]With the techiques you learn here you can create your own photomanipulations, wallpapers, book covers or just to make art. I would like to see what you will create following my tutorial, so if you want leave a comment here with a link of your creations! You can see more of my art check here

– Fabrizio Panattoni

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How to Create a Flying Angel Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Create this angelic photo manipulation using Smart Filters and drawing techniques! This tutorial will show you how to create a dramatic cloud background, add glowing wings to an angel, and add some particles.

Preview of Final Results

Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Start by creating 1416×1416 px image. These are dimensions of cd cover.

Step 2

Paste “Dark clouds ahead” stock

Step 3

Add new adjustments layer (menu Layer > New adjustment Layer) with brightness/contrast. Set it:

Now background is too dark. For fix it you should draw mask. Choose mask layer, beside adjustment. Take a 360px soft, rounded brush and draw gently by right side of picture. My results of masking

How should it looks:

Step 4

Still background isn’t well. Add new adjustments layer with brightness/contrast. Set it:

Step 5

Now you should add some lights on background. Add new layer. With the same brush and #f46307 color draw, where you want to show lights.

Then you should blur it. Choose from menu Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur. Set 125px.

Change this layer mode to Soft Light and change opacity to 80%. Yay, you are awesome! :)

Step 6

It’s time to model! Paste “A slow fall stock” and mask it.

Step 7 – drapery

But what with this awesome silk material? Here’s the trick! Choose 38 px soft brush and change opacity of it to 40%. Then draw gently on lighter parts of material, but remember: try to use different opacity and size. On folds, opacity should be smaller.

Step 8

Now prepare model to particles. With Rough round bristle black brush on mask draw some on the edge of material.

Results for this moment:

Step 9

On layer with model add adjustment layer with color balance. (Right Click on Adjustment layer > Create clipping mask)

At adjustment layer draw mask. Orange light goes from right side of picture. Follow this tip :). My mask:

Result of masking

Step 10

We’ll start making wings. Under the model layer paste first wing. Transform it free and in perspective.

Step 11

Do the same with second wing.

Step 12

Now press ctrl and choose layers with the wings. Then Click Right Mouse Button and from menu choose Convert to Smart Object.

Step 13

From menu choose Filter > Filter gallery. From menu choose Stylize > Glowing edges.

Step 14

Then choose layer with wings. Change mode to Screen.

Step 15

Wings should be like gold, so add adjustment layer with hue/saturation.

Step 16 – optional

But wings appears like empty. Duplicate wings layer. Change mode to Color Dodge and opacity to 55%

Step 17

With small (ex. 1-3px wide), soft brush color #d9cb04 draw contour of wings.

Step 18 – glow

Wings will be glowing. Draw gently lights on model from it. Choose the same brush as was as before, with #f7e802 color. On the back, hair, drapery.

Step 19 – particles

Create new layer. Now choose Clone Stamp Tool, Rough round bristle 100px. Click with alt on edges of model on the image and draw somewhere on image. Pay attention that it will take some time. Be patient :)

Step 20

I added also orange light on the drapery. With the 1px soft round brush #df8726 draw. Red arrows will help you :)

Step 21

Add new layer. Choose the same brush. On back of model draw lights. I used #ebac67 and #ffffff colors.

Step 22

Now you should make glow on wings. Choose Soft brush, opacity 60% #fff200 and #f7941d colors.

Step 23

Change blending mode to Soft light.

Step 24

Convert it to smart object. Choose Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur. Set it to 15,8 px.

Step 25 – skin retouch

Now you should make delight skin retouch. Add new layer. With soft brush #cea483 color, 23px draw as shown:

Step 26

With the same brush, #b38a6f color draw on arm.

Step 27

The same brush, change color to #1b0e0b. Draw:

Step 28

Choose soft brush, 2px, #806961 color.

Step 29

Below this, draw with #84664c 1px soft brush.

Step 30

On arm and hand draw with the same brush #676466 color lights.

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Then stroke a little further.

Step 32

Add layer. Again with the same brush, #3e4147 color, draw lights on drapery.

Step 33

Change color to #dc821c and draw orange lights on drapery.

Step 34 – hair

Add new layer. Now it’s time to make hair. Try using long strokes, by taking colors from original hair. I used #726f70, #7a614c, #b39264, #bda078, #1e130f.

Step 35

On new layer, draw #ff9b27 strands. It will be looking like lights from wings.

Step 36

Add layer. Take soft big brush (40px) #290f00 color. Draw some strokes on model’s face and hair. Then change blending mode to multiply.

Step 37

Again you should work on glow. Choose 100px brush #f7941d color (60% opacity) and draw strokes on wings and model’s skin, then change blending mode to linear dodge

Step 38

You will take care about wing’s particles. Choose #f7941d color, Rough round bristles brush and draw on the wings.

On this layer click RMB and choose Blending options. Choose outer glow.

Step 39

Add new layer and draw some strokes. I used 715px wide brush, #0054a6, #5674b9, #170a4a, #f39b0f. Then blur it (Filter > Gaussian blur: 250px).

Step 40

Then change blending mode to Soft light and opacity to 60%.

Step 41 – optional

You should change saturation of picture. Add adjustment layer (without clipping) > hue/saturation.

Step 42 – final

On adjustment layer mask, where is model.

Step 43

Finally add color balance layer (also without clipping).

Final Results

Download the PSD

Tutorial by Monika Nowakowska

Thank you for following this tutorial – You are amazing! :) I am Monika Nowakowska – msRiotte – photomanipulator and graphic designer from Poland. I’m in love with design and coffee. If you want, like my facebook page. Have a nice day!


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Urban Ink Photo Effect

Learn how to create this photo effect with just two layers by using all blending options instead of layer masks. This photo effect works great on photos with a simple background. Example Photoshop documents included.

Final Results

Stock Photos

The image below is the stock photo we used to create this tutorial. We used the highest resolution image for this tutorial but you can follow this tutorial with a lower resolution image. You can also use your own image. We recommend starting with a photo of a model and a simple light background.

Step 1 – Open the image of the dancer

Load the image of the dancer into Photoshop. To do this, choose File > Open, browse for the file, then click OK. Note that this effect only works on photos with a simple background.

Step 2 – Duplicate the layer

Press Ctrl+J or choose Layer > Duplicate Layer to create a copy of the layer.

Step 3 – Apply Threshold

Choose Image > Adjustments > Threshold. Adjust the input slider so that most the background disappears and only the shadows of the model is in black.

Step 4 – Blend the layer

Right-mouse click on the top layer then choose Blending Options.

While holding down the Alt key, drag the white input slider in the Underlying Layer setting towards the left. Click OK when done. If you are working on an image with a dark background, you may have to adjust the black input slider instead.

Here’s what our image looks like after the adjustment.

Step 5 – Create a new layer

In the Layers palette, click on the button to create a new layer.

Step 6 – Blend the layer

Right click on the current layer then choose Blending Options.

While holding down the Alt key, drag the white input slider from the Underlying Layer settings towards the left. You won’t see any effect yet but this will help us preview the final results when we add color to the image in the next step.

Step 7 – Add color to the image

Paint the current layer with any color of your choice. Use a large brush with a hardness of 0. We used cyan, magenta, and yellow to create the results shown below.

If you need to, you can go back into the blending options to adjust the blending options.

Step 8 – Refine the threshold layer

Select Layer 1 then paint the layer as you like. For my image, I used a large brush with a hardness of 0 to paint the shadow on the bottom with white. This makes the shadow fade into the background.

Final Results

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Create an Alluring and Magical Forest Photo Manipulation

This tutorial will show you how to create a dark, mystic photo manipulation. Along the way you will learn some interesting tricks and techniques such as working with tree branches and ivies, advanced blending and coloring techniques. Lets get to it!

Preview of Final Results

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Tutorial Resources

Step 1 – Create A New Document

Create a new document with the following attribute : Width 1920 – Height 1200 | Background Contents : Transparent.

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Step 2 – Extract The Forest

Open the Forest stock image. As you can see we want to create a mystic and dark piece so we can’t leave the bright sky like this, so we will get rid of it instead of trying to turn it dark. Select all the image with Ctrl + A then go to Select -> Color Range…

Hold Shift and left click on the sky part of the image until all the forest part are turned to black. You can adjust the Fuzziness for more accurate selection but I recommend keeping it below 80, as keeping high Fuzziness will cause Photoshop to select unnecessary part.

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With the help of Color Range the forest has been extracted easily. This tool is a great choice for extracting detailed composition such as forest, trees, hair.

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Step 3 – From Day to Night

Bring the extracted forest into our document. Resize it like the image below.

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Begin adding this chain of Adjustment Layers to the forest. Remember to tick Create Clipping Mask on those adjustment layers so that they will only affect on the forest layer.

Brightness/Contrast -> Levels -> Black&White -> Photo Filter.

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And here is the result :

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Step 4

We need to add some extra shadow in order to fully turn our forest into a dark forest. Create a new layer, grab a soft brush with Black color and paint on these parts

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Switch the Blend Mode to Soft Light and low down the Opacity to 75%

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Step 5

Dark blue is the main theme we want for our piece so we will begin to fill in the base color for the forest. Go to Layer -> New Fill Layer -> Solid Color then choose the color #4273b0, change the Blend Mode to Color with 77% Opacity, 78% Fill. By this simple step the forest will be blended with a nice dark blue color.

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Add some Layer Mask to the Solid Color layer as some parts turned way too much blue than we needed.

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Step 6 – Adding Base Fog

Download the Fog Brush in the Resources list, open it and grab any fog brush you want and start painting.

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Layer Mask on these fog layers as we only want some subtle fog effect to spice up the atmosphere of the image.

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Reduce the fog layer Opacity and Fill to 45%. The number can be changed as you desire, depends on how strong you want the fog to be.

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Step 7 – Extracting The Model

Open the Model stock photo and start extracting her, you can use Quick Selection Tool to do so as the photo’s quality is high and the contrast is enough for Quick Selection Tool to do its work. Otherwise you can use Pen Tool for a better result but more time-consuming, its up to you!

Place the model into our document after you’ve done the extracting.

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Step 8 – First Model Blending Process

Access to the Model’s Blending Option -> Inner Shadow and adjust the attribute like this :

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Continue adding these following adjustment layers :

Curves -> Brightness/Contrast -> Photo Filter -> Color Balance -> Exposure

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And here is the result :

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Step 9 – Adding Shadow To The Model’s Legs

We will use the same method we just did with the forest to the model’s legs in this step. Reduce the Opacity to 31%.

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Step 10

As you can see the Model’s base lightning is not really fit with our image. Normally it would take many adjustment layers to fix this but the result won’t be good. With this step I will show you this good trick to adjust the lightning as you want with the help of Dodge and Burn Tool.

First you need to create a new layer and fill it with 50% Gray. Do so by hit Ctrl + A to select the layer, right click on the screen and choose Fill -> 50% Gray. Create Clipping Mask on the Model layer.

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Grab the Dodge and Burn Tool, keep the setting as Midtone with 12% Exposure. Start painting on the model. Notice that the light source we will create later will come from the top so use the Dodge Tool to highlight the parts where the light sources will possibly touch the model, and Burn Tool to darken the other parts.

As in the image, red arrows indicate where to use Burn Tool, blue arrows indicate where to use Dodge Tool.

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Change the Blend Mode to Overlay and see the result!

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Step 11 – Adding The Sky

Place the Sky stock photo into our document, behind the forest.

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Add the Curves adjustment layer to the sky.

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Step 12

Open the Dead Tree 1 stock photo and select this specific part. Use Color Range to extract it as we did with the forest in step 2. This is a very good chance to try out this tool.

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Step 13

Place the extracted dead tree behind the model.

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We don’t want those white pixels remain on the dead tree so we will seek the help of Refine Edge to get rid of these annoying thing. Select the dead tree by Ctrl + Left Click on its layer and hit Ctrl + Alt + R to open Refine Edge.

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Just with a few tweaks, the white pixels are gone!

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Step 14

Apply following adjustment layers to the dead tree.

Brightness/Contrast -> Exposure -> Photo Filter

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Here is the result

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Step 15

Open the Dead Tree 2 and extract the following part

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Place it behind the model.

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Add an Exposure adjustment layer

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And we have some extra dead tree for the girl!

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Step 16

This is a very interesting step and I recommend you try it out by your free will. We will make the model being tangled by the dead tree’s branches. Open the Dead Tree 1 stock again and get any piece of branch you want. For example this one

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Paste it to our document, right click on its layer and choose Convert To Smart Object, by this way we can transform the branch freely without fearing the quality reduction.

Now you can bend, twist the branch at your free will. Hit Ctrl + T to bring up the Transform tool, right click to choose the option. In this picture I use Warp to bend the branch.

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Continue duplicate and bend the branches. Make them twist around the model.

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Step 17

Continue creating twisted branches as many as you like, just don’t overdo it.

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Create a new layer and paint some shadow to the part which the branches are on the model. Change the Blend Mode to Overlay.

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Step 18

Group all the branch layers into one group (Hold Shift and Left Click on the branch layer at the top then click the branch layer at the bottom of the list to select all of them, Ctrl + G to group). Apply these adjustment layers to the group.

Brightness/Contrast -> Curves

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Also we want some extra shadow on those branches so create a new layer, Create Clipping Mask with the group and paint some black on the branches.

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Change the Blend Mode to Soft Light, Opacity 47%

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Step 19

Create more shadow at the bottom of the model and the branches on the ground with Black soft brush.

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Opacity 45%

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Step 20

We had fun with the branches, now its time to have fun with ivies. Open the Ivy stock which has been rendered nicely for you to use. Place it behind the model.

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Place more and transform them as your will as well. The more the merrier! Make them follow the branches.

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Step 21

Add this Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to the ivies. Group them into one before doing this!

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Our result so far.

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Step 22

Bring more ivies to the front of the model and make them follow the branches on her body.

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Step 23

Similar with step 21, add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to all the ivies at the front.

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Step 24

With the appearance of the branches and ivies, we will need to some extra shadow to the ground since the current shadow is a little weak.

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The method is similar to the way we create shadow in the previous step. Change the Blend Mode to Soft Light.

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Step 25

Now we will create a simple yet special effect for the model so the piece looks more…magical. Create a new layer , grab the Pen Tool and draw a curve line around her body like this :

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Before continue please go to the Brush Tool, choose a 5px round brush with 100% Hardness.

Back to the Pen Tool, right click on the curve line you just drew and choose Stroke Path. Choose Brush as Tool, tick on the Simulate Pressure.

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The Stroke Path option will use your Foreground color as the stroke color so set the Foreground color as #6391b7 then click OK. Here’s what we will have :

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Step 26

Apply these setting for the Curve Line layer’s Blending Option :

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Change the Blend Mode to Linear Dodge and we will have a nice glowing line!

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Do the same with another line.

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Step 27

Create another new layer, use 7px round brush, 100% Hardness.

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Open the Brush Panel (shortcut : F5) and adjust the setting like this :

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Now paint around the model, with the setting we just had, the round will be scattered as we paint, create a bokeh-like effect. Apply the same Blending Option and color like we did with the Curve Lines.

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Step 28

We would want to add an extra light to increase the effect we just made. Use a soft brush with color #6bb6fd and paint around the model, change the Blend Mode to Linear Dodge and Opacity 40%

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Step 29

Open the Ivy stock again and place it at the top left of the image. Apply a 1,6px Gaussian Blur.

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Duplicate the ivy, resize it a little bit and place it behind the original ivy.

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Group those ivy layers into a group and apply this Brightness/Contrast :

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Done with the left!

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Step 30

Now we just need to make one more ivy set at the right, duplicate the Ivy group we just created and place them to the right. Ctrl + T to open Transform Tool and choose Flip Horizontal so the ivies doesn’t look similar to the left one.

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Step 31

We are almost done! Add some more fog to increase the mystic atmosphere for our piece.

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Layer mask to the fog.

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Here is the result.

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Step 32

Now one the Ray Light brush, piece a brush you like and place it near the moon. Low down the Opacity if you feel the light is too much.

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Step 33

Now to the final color tune up. This following chain of adjustment layer will do its magic!

Hue/Saturation -> Exposure -> Brightness/Contrast -> Curves -> Selective Color

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The result :

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Step 34

Add some extra light to the model with a White soft brush.

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Change the Blend Mode to Soft Light. Also grab soft brush with Black and paint around the edge.

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Reduce the Opacity down to 60%.

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Step 35

One last touch! A great way to bring up our main character is to make the background less attractive. Add this 1.2px Gaussian Blur to our Forest layer (remember to turn it to Smart Object!)

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Final Results

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Download the PSD

Tutorial by Antaka Nguyen

profileThanks for reading and following my tutorial. Hope you guys can learn something from it and I would love to see your outcome. For any question about this tutorial or just simply want to see my works please check out my DeviantART. Best!

– Antaka Nguyen

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Create a Sunset Landscape Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a beautiful sunset landscape . You’ll learn how to combine different stocks into a cohesive scene using adjustment layers, masking and brush . You’ll also work with lighting, practice retouching and matte painting techniques.

What you’ll be creating

We’ll start this tutorial by setting up a natural scene from the landscape, sky, mountain and rock images. Then we’ll add the balcony, model and trees. Later we’ll enhance the scene color and contrast with various adjustment layers. Finally we’ll use a few layers to create lighting effect.


Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop with the given settings:


Step 2

Open the landscape image. Use the Retangular Marquee Tool (M) to choose the upper part of the landscape as shown below:


Drag the selected part into our document and transform it using the Cmd/Ctrl+T key:


Click the second button at the bottom of the Layers Panel to add a mask to this layer. Use a basic, soft brush with black color to remove the hard edges of the sky:


Step 3

On the landscape layer, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the radius to 4 px:


Step 4

To darken the landscape I used an adjustment layer. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves:


On this layer mask use a soft black brush to erase the top right of the scene:


Step 5

Place the sky above the landscape and rotate it using Cmd/Ctrl+T as shown below:


Add a mask to this layer and remove the rough edges of the sky with a soft black brush:


Step 6

Apply Gaussian Blur with 2 px to this sky part:


Step 7

I used a Curves adjustment layer with Clipping Mask to brighten the sky a bit:


On this layer mask use a soft black brush with a very low opacity (10-15%) to reduce the lightness on the left side of the sky:


Step 8

Open the mountain stock. Extract the mountain and place it in the left of the picture:



Step 9

I used a Curves adjustment layer (Clipping Mask) to brighten this mountain:


On this layer mask use a soft black brush to erase the edges of the mountain where are hidden from the light:


Step 10

I used a Color Fill layer to darken the edges a little. Go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color:


Lower the opacity of this layer to 20%. On this layer mask use a soft black brush to erase the effect on the right of the mountain where we don’t want to be affected by this layer:


Step 11

Make a new layer, change the mode to Overlay 100% and fill with 50% gray:


Take the Dodge and Burn Tool (O) with Midtones Range, Exposure about 15-20 % to refine the contrast and details on the mountain. You can see how I did it with Normal mode and the result with Overlay mode:



Step 12

Extract the rock from the background and place it at the right edge of the scene:


Step 13

I used Curves to darken the rock:


On this Curves layer mask use a soft black brush to remove the dark on the left edge of the rock:


Step 14

I used Color Balance to match the color of the rock with the background:



Step 15

Take the balcony part from the original photo and place it at the left edge of our main image:



Step 16

I used Curves to darken the balcony:


On this layer mask use a soft black brush to reduce the darkness on the following parts:


Step 17

I use another Curves adjustment layer to brighten the front part of the balcony and apply brushing on this layer mask:


Step 18

I used Hue/Saturation to reduce the saturation of the balcony:


On this layer mask I used a soft black with the opacity from 20% to 100% to restore the saturated light on the balcony front:


Step 19

I used Photo Filter to add some purple tone to the balcony:


Step 20

To refine the light and shade of the balcony I used the Dodge and Burn Tool on a new layer:


Step 21

Isolate the model from the background and place her onto the balcony area:


Add a mask to the model layer and use a hard black brush to remove the lower part of her dress and make her look like standing inside the balcony:


Step 22

I used a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer for the model. On this layer mask use a soft black brush to erase the effect on the model front:


Step 23

I used Color Balance to add some purple tone to the model. Also apply brushing on the front of the head, dress and hair to keep some sun highlight there:


Step 24

I used Curves to brighten the model. On this layer mask use a soft black brush to clear the light effect behind and on the left to make a nice contrast:


Step 25

To add more highlight to the model hair, face, dress and shoulder I used the Dodge tool:


Step 26

Open the tree 1 and 2 images. As they have a transparent background so simply drag them into our document using the Move Tool. I’ve placed them at the two edges of the pic:


Step 27

Apply Gaussian Blur with 8 px to the trees:


Step 28

Select the tree layers and press Cmd/Ctrl+G to make a group for them. Change the mode of this group from Pass Through (default group mode) to Normal 100%. Make a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer on the top of the layers within this group:


Step 29

I used Curves to darken the trees and apply brushing on this layer mask:


Step 30

Open the tree 3 image. Isolate the tree at the top right and place it at the top left of our working image:



Step 31

I used Hue/Saturation to change the color of this tree:


Step 32

I used Color Balance with the same purpose, also darken it:


Step 33

Extract the birds and place them at the right of the scene (the horizon area):


Apply Gaussian Blur with 2 px to them:


Step 34

Create a Gradient Map adjustment layer on the top:


Lower this layer opacity to 20%:


Step 35

Use Color Balance to increase the vibrance of the scene:



Step 36

I used another Gradient Map adjustment layer to add more warm tone to the pic:


Lower the opacity of this layer to 20% and apply brushing on the top of the sky and the left of the balcony:


Step 37

I used Levels to darken the scene:



Step 38

Make a Vibrance adjustment layer to enhance the whole effect:



Step 39

Since this step we’ll make light for the scene. Create a new layer on the top. Use a soft brush with the color #221501 to paint on the horizon area. Change this layer mode to Linear Dodge 100%:


Step 40

Make another layer and use a soft brush with the color #c09469 to add more light to the landscape and the mountain. Set this layer mode to Soft Light 100%:



Step 41

On a new layer, use the same brush to paint on the trees, mountain and landscape. Change this layer mode to Soft Light 100%:



Step 42

Create a new layer again and change the brush color to #fed58a. Paint on the horizon to make a stronger light there. Set this layer mode to Hard Light 100%:


Step 43

I used a new layer with a soft brush and the same color to paint on the top of the trees. I altered this layer mode to Overlay 100%:



Step 44

On a new layer use the same brush to paint on the rock to make some light there. Set this layer mode to Overlay 100%:


Step 45

We’ll take care of the mountain. On a new layer use a hard brush (better use a tablet pen) with the same color to paint the highlight on the mountain, then change the mode to Hard Light 50%:



Step 46

Make a new layer, use the same brush to paint on the contour of the mountain. Change the mode to Color Dodge 100%:


Step 47

Create a new layer and use the same brush to paint over the mountain edges. Set this layer mode to Overlay 100%:



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Final Results


Tutorial by Jenny Le

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