Preview of Final Results
Emotional Photomanipulation Tutorial
- Background - Darkdevil16
- Sky - Joannastar-stock
- Lady - Mariaamanda
- Stars (Image 5) - Cgtextures
- Moon - Ischarm-stock
- Hair Brush - Adonihs
Step 1 - BackgroundOpen the Background image.
Add a Brightness/Contrast Ajdustment Layer and set the Brightness to -45.
Step 2 - LadyOpen the Lady image and make a selection of the subject. (I did it with Quick selection tool).
Step 3 - SkinI will show you how I smudge the skin. If you are not familiar with the smudge tool it could be difficult, but still you can try to achieve a good result and to practice this technique. Anyway if you don't like smudged skin you can leave it alone and proceed with next steps. As you can see below the difficulty is to smudge the hair on her face.
TIPS: The bigger is the area to smudge (example the cheecks or the forehead) the bigger will be the brush you'll have to use. If you have to smudge difficult areas (for example the hair on the face) just use more strenght. Anyway test it every time, because it's not always the same.
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Step 4 - HairIf you are happy with the smudged skin delete the layer containing the lady with the original skin and duplicate the on you were working on. Now work on the duplicated one. Load the Hair brush. Select once again the Smudge tool and choose the 200px brush. I set 40px and Strenght 95%. Start from top of the hair and go down smudging out to create some strands (from inside to outside).
Step 5 - Adjusting ColorsAdd a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer (only for the lady):
Red (Saturation -45) Yellow (Saturation -28)
Shadows: -20 +4 -8
Midtones: -12 +13 +9
Highlights: -19 +2 0
Step 6 - Light behind the ladyTo fit the lady inside our work let's add some light behind her. Create a layer under the lady. Take a soft white brush and paint close the her edges.
Step 7 - StarsCreate a layer below the one you just made for the light behind the lady. Put here the Stars (Fireworks) stock. Now press CTRL+T to scale the image, rotate it (90 CW) and flip it horizontally.
Step 8 - MoonCreate a layer below the Lady. Load the Moon brushes and paint with white color the moon (I deleted the left part of the moon because I didn't like it).
Step 9 - DesaturationAdd a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer and set Saturation at -15.
Step 10 - LightsWe need to add some light now and we are going to do it with two layers. Let's start with moonlight. Paint some rays of light from the moon to the lady with a hard round brush using a light color (not pure white). Apply Gaussian Blur (65px) and set the layer to Soft Light - Opacity and Fill 80%
Step 11 - ContrastAdd a Curves Adjustment Layer and select the 'Linear Contrast' from the presets.
Step 12 - Dodge & BurnWe are going to work on lights and shadows with Dodge Tool and Burn Tool.
Create a new layer and set it to Overlay. Go to Edit > Fill > 50% Gray.
Take the Dodge Tool and give life to lights. Look at the image below. I used Midtones as Range (Exposure 10%/15%) for the areas with soft white. I used Highlights Range where white is more vivid.
Take the Burn Tool (Midtones as Range - Exposure 10%/20%) and paint shadows where you see dark strokes in the image below.
Step 13 - Final AdjustmentsIf we are happy with the result (I only added some hair) we are going to merge layers to apply some filters. (Press Shift+CTRL+ALT+E)
Go to Filters > Lens Correction. A window will pop up. In the Custom menu set the amount of Vignette at -20.