Level: Advanced Program: Photoshop CS6, Windows 10 Time: 2 hours
What We Will Be Learning: In this tutorial, we will be learning how to create a surreal high fashion photo manipulation. This is particularly good for images with the purpose of being hung on a wall or put in an artistic portfolio. I personally do a lot of these edits for fashion photographers, and models.
For this tutorial, we will touch on both makeup editing, and photo composition/compositing.
Images Used: Woman: #33157863
Note: At the end of each step there is an image of what my layers look like, at the point of that step, for when you get lost!
Step One: Background First, we are going to put together our scenery. In this case, it’s a cathedral ceiling (image #26027662).
1. Once you have your background placed, duplicate it. 2. Go to Filter > Blur > Tilt-Shift. Set the radius to a significant amount, the amount will depend on the size of your image.
Step Two: Model and Frames Next, we are going to add our model (image #33157863), and out frame detail (image #34179579). 1. Extract and place your model.
Here is the section I extracted, I only brought it above the model to show you more clearly, they will stay behind the model.
Step Three: Light and Glow Now we are going to add out back-lighting and body glow. 1. Create a new layer above your “background” group and set it to “Screen”. 2. Using a very large, soft, round brush paint orange (#ff5500) in the middle of your background.
I have hidden the model so you could see better.
Step Four: Model Light Next, we are going to add the light to our models hair and eyes. As you may have noticed, our model has quite a bit of blue in her hair! We can fix that very easily using some layer modes.
1. Create a new layer and clip it into your model. Set it to Overlay. 2. Using a small, soft brush set to a low flow paint white on the models iris and black on the models pupil. This will make her eyes pop and appear more vibrant.
Step Five Next, we are going to do some color correction and add an all over color scheme. We will be doing this in 6 layers.
1. Create a layer above all your other layers. Using the Gradient Tool, create a black gradient coming from the bottom the image. Set it to 78% opacity. 2. Create a new layer above that and set it to Lighten. Create a blue (#001db4) gradient that is also coming from the bottom of the image.
1. Create a Color Lookup layer above your two gradients. Settings: (Abstract) Cobalt-Carmine, Opacity: 43%. 2. Create another Color Lookup layer above that. Settings: Edgy Amber, Opacity 34%. 3. Create one last Color Lookup Layer. Settings: Soft Warming, Opacity 51%.
Step Six: Shadow and Distortion Effect To finish up the image, we are going to add some shadows for more depth, and a 3-D like distortion effect.
First the shadow.
1. Create a Color Lookup layer and clip it into your model, below all your hair lighting layers. 2. Set it to “Night From Day” at 59% opacity.
1. Select all your current layers then duplicate and merge them so you have a copy of your whole image. 2. Duplicate that image a second time, so now you have two copies of your whole image. 3. Double click on the layer of your top most copy so that the Layer Style panel shows up. Uncheck the “R” box under Advanced Blending. Press “OK”.
Add a layer mask to the topmost layer, and mask out all the blue and red round the face and hair. Anywhere it’s too distracting.
This tutorial is very versatile and encourages adding your own twists and details!