In this tutorial we will be going over how to create a “living portrait” effect. We will also be learning how to completely change the color of an item using a single Gradient Map adjustment layer! Note that at the end of each step there is an image of what my layers look like at the point of that step in case you get lost! So let’s get started!
First, we are going to extract and place our first picture frame (image #23333295) onto our wall (image #16785048).
Now we are going to add the woman in our frame. We will be doing this by duplicating the woman image twice. One image will be under the frame and will keep it’s background, while the other will be over top the frame and be extracted from it;s background. Position the woman layer under your frame.
Next, we are going to make the woman more stylized and “painting like”. First, clip a layer into your top woman layer and set it to “multiply”. With a semi hard round brush paint a dark brown color along the right hand side of the woman. Set the layer to around 30% opacity.
Here, I am going to show you all the step briefly again by adding a second painting to the right side of the image. Place and extract your frame, turning it white using a Gradient adjustment layer and adding light using a Gradient layer style. Add a drop shadow by duplicating the frame, turning it black, moving it down then to the right, and then blur.
Finally we are going to add a vintage. Victorian feel to the image using several adjustment layers. In order from bottom to top: Color Lookup Adjustment Layer: Tension Green, 71% Color Lookup Adjustment Layer: Teal Orange Plus Contrast, 33% Color Lookup Adjustment Layer: (Abstract) Gold-Blue, 57% Color Lookup Adjustment Layer: (Device Link) Red Blue Yellow, 49% Color Balance Adjustment Layer: Red 32, Green 10, Blue 19 Here are are my layers: