Omega – Create this Abstract Composite With Only Three Resources

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create abstract and fantastic photo manipulation with a immersive, 3-D and Radiation effects! You will learn how to working with Smart filters in Photoshop and use them, create your own brush from lightning’s, quick and simple work techniques and many other! Then complete it with a dark or color tone effects, as you wish. This tutorial directed to improve your skills of work in Photoshop. Read this tutorial and immerse yourself in the wonderful universe of creativity!

What you’ll be creating

We’ll start by adding the image of mine. Then add the spheres. The next step will adding glow and lightning. Create a special brush “exploding lightning”. We will continue to work on the texture to create the effect of radiation. At the end of the work we will work on toning. I will show you two options of coloring and you can make them. You need attentiveness, diligence and good humor as possible, all version of Photoshop.

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Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Create a new document. Go to File > New or the short key Cmd /Ctrl+ N. A blank document with size of 3000 pixels wide and 2000 pixels high, resolution 200 Pixels/Inch. I named the document “Omega”.

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Step 2

Now I have added a background picture. Go to File > Place and select the image “d3wd0057___Altitude_Chamber_by_d3wd”.

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Use the Free Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd+ T or Edit > Free Transform) to resize the layer like shown in the image. Increase the size of the image so that the outside of the working area remained mesh with the foreground.

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Duplicate this layer once (use the short key Cmd /Ctrl+ J or Layer > Duplicate Layer). Now make with the help of the duplicated layer, an effect 3-D. Go to Layer Style > Blending Options in a Layer panel.

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Now to get a 3-D effect need to remove the checkbox from red channel. You can experiment with other channels and get unexpected results!

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Step 5

You have already seen the effect? No!? Do not worry! Now it appear. Set a Move Tool (V), using the arrow keys to move picture (My combination: down three times and twice to the left). That’s it! Can try to move image, but do not overdo it :).

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Add a Layer mask to this layer. Take a Brush Tool (B) with there settings: Size: 500px, Hardness: 0%, Opacity: 100% (Click D then X on keyboard to set background color to Black). Edge of the brush, remove effect from shaft.

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Step 7

Time to add the spheres. In the resource that you have downloaded the 15 kinds of spheres. You can choose what you like. I used “tester sphere3″ I liked it because of the interesting shape and unusual textures. Resembles a ball of energy or substance that changes its form. Go to File > Place and select the image “tester sphere3″ in folder “3D_sphere_renders_by_in_the_skies”. Do not worry about the format “TARGA (.tga)”. Photoshop fully realizes its.

Resize the layer like shown in the image (Ctrl/Cmd+ T or Edit > Free Transform). Place the sphere inside the shaft, (place it in the center, and then lift up a little).

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Select a Magic Wand Tool (W) and click on white background of sphere. Then Invert selection (the short keys Cmd /Ctrl+ Shift + I). Selected to become a sphere, and not background. Add a Layer Mask to remove background.

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Duplicate sphere layer once (use the short key Cmd /Ctrl+ J or Layer > Duplicate Layer). Change a Blending mode to “Linear Dodge (Add)”. This layer helps to give shiny effect to the sphere and make texture more “live”.

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Step 10

Back to the first sphere to create a small spheres. To make this easier, use a Move Tool (V) + hold Option/Alt. Drag the the sphere to the right place. So you can quickly duplicate the sphere and work with them.

To resize spheres use Free Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd+ T or Edit > Free Transform). Reduce the size of spheres depending on the close to floor. Rotate the sphere so that the lightest part is directed towards the central sphere.

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So I endeared sphere. You can try to make your own version and arrange them differently. To make the picture a little more interesting, I made a double sphere.

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Step 11

Merge all layers with the spheres (select layers and use Cmd /Ctrl+ E or Layer > Merge Layers…) except a central sphere and its additional layer.

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Add a Layer mask. Use a Brush Tool (B) with there settings: Size: 200px – 100px, Hardness: 100%, Opacity: 100% (Click D then X on keyboard to set background color to Black). and remove part of sphere on beams. Apply the mask to this layer (click right mouse button on Layer mask, in list select “Apply Layer Mask”).

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Create effect 3-D to spheres. Duplicate spheres layer once (use the short key Cmd /Ctrl+ J or go to Layer > Duplicate Layer). Go to Layer Style > Blending Options in a Layer panel and remove the checkbox from Red channel. Move it (My combination: down five times and six times to the left).

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Set Opacity to this layer 85%.

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Now add a Layer mask to this layer and used Brush Tool (B) (Size: 200px, Hardness: 0%, Opacity: 70%.), remove part of effect on spheres.

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Now add some light on them and shadow. Start by adding light. Create New Layer used Cmd /Ctrl+ Shift + N, set Mode: Overlay, set the check-box to: Fill with Overlay-neutral color (50% grey). To fill the new layer of neutral gray. Such a layer, we will only for lighting. In the future, we will use only the usual layers.

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Use a Dodge Tool (O) with settings like shown in the image. Lighten up the spheres where they are turned to main sphere, to make them glow effect. This layer must necessarily apply only to spheres without 3-D effect (Hold Option/Alt and click on lower layer).

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Photoshop Tutorials

Born of the Dragon – Create this Symbolic Gothic Composite in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn, how to make this gothic and symbolic photo manipulation. I’ll show you basics of Photoshop, like making night or create lights and shadows. You can read extra tips about photo manipulations and you will learn, how to make living tattoo! You will be making better photo manipulations and works in the future, by reading this.

What you’ll be creating

You will be creating photo manipulation fulfilled with symbols – like fire, night and dragon. Everything here is a symbol of transformation. You will be playing with particles and fire :). You’ll need Photoshop CS5 or newer to follow this tutorial.

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Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Let’s start. Choose from top menu File > New (or Ctrl + N), create 1200 x 1600 pixel document.

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Step 2

Drag and place “Creepy door” stock to your file. Transform it as shown below.

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Now you will make night scene. Start from creating adjustment layer (marked shortcut or Layer > New Adjustment Layer) and pick Exposure.

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Step 4

Colors in the picture are flatty. For fixing it add adjustment layer with Brightness/Contrast (marked shortcut or Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast).

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Step 5

Now drag and drop to your file model stock – “Wicked 16″. Remember about proportions – she can’t be taller than the doors! :) Also, keep in mind the perspective. The model has to be placed lower than door line.

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Add layer mask by shortcut. Mask background from model stock.

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Add new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N, Layer > New > Layer… or marked shortcut). Click on the created layer with RMB. Choose Create clipping mask. Clipping masks use the contents and transparency of a layer below.

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Step 8

Pick soft, 15px, orange brush, set its opacity to 50%. With gently strokes draw lights of your model on created, clipping layer. I’ll set light source from doors, by the left side of picture.

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Extra tip! If you making photo manipulation with full body model, try to make legs a bit darker, because our eyes are focusing on lighter parts of picture. That’s why I haven’t made lights on bottom of her legs.

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Add new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N, Layer > New > Layer… or shortcut). Click on the created layer with RMB. Choose Create clipping mask – like before. Then, set blending mode of this layer to Screen!

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Then, with soft, 15px, light-blue (set its opacity to 50%) brush gently draw neutral lights on right side of the model. Neutral lights will give your image more realistic look. You can notice neutral lights in photography or drawings. Remember, that neutral lights are darker, than normal lights.

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Step 10

Cool! Now you will copy two layers with lights. Choose layers by holding ctrl. Then, drag layers on “New layer symbol”.

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Now, again click with holding Ctrl duplicated layers. Decrease opacity of marked layers to 70%.

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Step 12

Time to set exposure of model. Add adjustment layer with Exposure (marked shortcut or Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Exposure). Set it as shown. Then, click on created layer by RMB. Choose “Create clipping mask” – Adjustment layer will fill only model’s layer.

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Step 13

Back below model’s layer. Add new layer. Pick big, soft, gray brush and draw some shadows below feet. Then, use smaller brush with darker color and draw darker shadows. If you aren’t glad of your effect, just blur it. This is optional, but shadows will be smoother. Avoid use black color (#000) – it’s not naturally occurring.

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Now, change blending mode of shadows layer to Multiply.

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Add new layer with shadow. Use big, soft, gray brush and draw something like triangle.

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Like before, change blending mode to Multiply – it’s great mode to whole shadows! :)

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Photoshop Tutorials

Born of the Dragon – Create this Symbolic Gothic Composite in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn, how to make this gothic and symbolic photo manipulation. I’ll show you basics of Photoshop, like making night or create lights and shadows. You can read extra tips about photo manipulations and you will learn, how to make living tattoo! You will be making better photo manipulations and works in the future, by reading this.

What you’ll be creating

You will be creating photo manipulation fulfilled with symbols – like fire, night and dragon. Everything here is a symbol of transformation. You will be playing with particles and fire :). You’ll need Photoshop CS5 or newer to follow this tutorial.

final-results

Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Let’s start. Choose from top menu File > New (or Ctrl + N), create 1200 x 1600 pixel document.

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Step 2

Drag and place “Creepy door” stock to your file. Transform it as shown below.

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Step 3

Now you will make night scene. Start from creating adjustment layer (marked shortcut or Layer > New Adjustment Layer) and pick Exposure.

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Step 4

Colors in the picture are flatty. For fixing it add adjustment layer with Brightness/Contrast (marked shortcut or Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast).

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Step 5

Now drag and drop to your file model stock – “Wicked 16″. Remember about proportions – she can’t be taller than the doors! :) Also, keep in mind the perspective. The model has to be placed lower than door line.

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Step 6

Add layer mask by shortcut. Mask background from model stock.

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Add new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N, Layer > New > Layer… or marked shortcut). Click on the created layer with RMB. Choose Create clipping mask. Clipping masks use the contents and transparency of a layer below.

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Step 8

Pick soft, 15px, orange brush, set its opacity to 50%. With gently strokes draw lights of your model on created, clipping layer. I’ll set light source from doors, by the left side of picture.

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Extra tip! If you making photo manipulation with full body model, try to make legs a bit darker, because our eyes are focusing on lighter parts of picture. That’s why I haven’t made lights on bottom of her legs.

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Step 9

Add new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N, Layer > New > Layer… or shortcut). Click on the created layer with RMB. Choose Create clipping mask – like before. Then, set blending mode of this layer to Screen!

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Then, with soft, 15px, light-blue (set its opacity to 50%) brush gently draw neutral lights on right side of the model. Neutral lights will give your image more realistic look. You can notice neutral lights in photography or drawings. Remember, that neutral lights are darker, than normal lights.

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Cool! Now you will copy two layers with lights. Choose layers by holding ctrl. Then, drag layers on “New layer symbol”.

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Now, again click with holding Ctrl duplicated layers. Decrease opacity of marked layers to 70%.

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Step 12

Time to set exposure of model. Add adjustment layer with Exposure (marked shortcut or Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Exposure). Set it as shown. Then, click on created layer by RMB. Choose “Create clipping mask” – Adjustment layer will fill only model’s layer.

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Step 13

Back below model’s layer. Add new layer. Pick big, soft, gray brush and draw some shadows below feet. Then, use smaller brush with darker color and draw darker shadows. If you aren’t glad of your effect, just blur it. This is optional, but shadows will be smoother. Avoid use black color (#000) – it’s not naturally occurring.

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Now, change blending mode of shadows layer to Multiply.

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Add new layer with shadow. Use big, soft, gray brush and draw something like triangle.

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Like before, change blending mode to Multiply – it’s great mode to whole shadows! :)

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Photoshop Tutorials

Create an Anti-Alcohol Concept Artwork with Photoshop

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create an anti-alcohol concept artwork using a range of photo manipulation techniques. You’ll work with blending, masking, image extraction, lighting, coloring and more.

What you’ll be creating

We’ll start this tutorial by setting up a scene from the sky, ground and stair images. Then we’ll add the model and do some retouch on her. Later we’ll use the smoke image to build up a dark and mysterious atmosphere. After making the blood we’ll use some adjustment layers to enhance the color and contrast of the whole pic. Then we’ll take care of the lighting and create a special effect for the “gate of hell” with a few adjustment layers, brush and nebula texture. We’ll use an adjustment layer to enhance the final result. You should use Photoshop CS3 or newer to follow this tutorial properly.

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Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop with the following settings:

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Open the sky stock. Use the Move Tool (V) to drag the sky into our white canvas:

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

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Step 3

Open the ground image. Place it at the bottom of our main document using the Move Tool, also use the Cmd/Ctrl+T key to transform it as shown below:

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You can see that I’ve rotated the ground to get a lean angle to fit this tutorial concept.

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 soften the edge of this ground:

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To darken the ground, I used a Curves adjustment layer with Clipping Mask:

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On this layer mask use a soft black brush with the opacity and flow about 20% to erase the left of this ground (we aim to add a light source there, see in next steps).

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Step 5

Open the gate and stair image and isolate it from the background:

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To remove some of the unwanted details on the stair, make a new layer and active the Clone Tool (S):

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Use this tool to delete the indicated details :

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Hide the background layer by clicking its eye icon. Press Cmd/Ctrl+Option/Alt+Shift+E to merge the extracted stair and the clone layers. Use the Move Tool to drag it into our main image, position it at the left:

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Add a mask to this layer. Use a soft black brush to remove the edges of the stair as shown below:

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I used Curves (Clipping Mask) to darken the stair:

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Step 9

Cut out the model from the background and place her at the right of the ground, remember to rotate her to fit the angle of the ground:

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

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

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Step 11

Copy the cap and blood from the original image and position them beside the model:

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Make a new layer under the model one. Use a soft black brush with the opacity varied from 40% to 70% to paint the shadow under the model and the cap.

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Make the model, shadow, cap, blood layers selected then press Cmd/Ctrl+G to create a group for them. Change the mode of this group from Pass Through (default group mode) to Normal 100%. On the top of the layers within this group, make a Curves adjustment layer to darken the model and the relevant details:

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

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I used Hue/Saturation to reduce the saturation of the layers in this group:

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Photoshop Tutorials

Free Download: 8 Premium Looks Actions for Photoshop

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Features

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Photoshop Tutorials

How to Create a Dynamic Poster You Can Use for Night Clubs

Learn how to create this abstract Dance night poster with Photoshop. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create abstract atmospheric. Throughout the tutorial, you’ll learn how to use dodge and burn tool to do basic and simple painting, smudging, masking, color adjustment, lightning and some more.

What you’ll be creating

In this tutorial we will create a abstract poster using some image stocks. We will use some essential techniques in applying dodge and burn tool. We will use masking, brush tool, some filter, color adjustments all through the steps in this tutorial. Use Adobe Photoshop CS3 or higher.Hope you guys gonna enjoy this tutorial.

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Tutorial Resources

Step 1

create a new file with a width of 1278 px and a height of 900 px at 150 dpi (Dots per Inch).Fill it with black color.

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Ok now Make a new layer and name it “Space brush” Use the space brush you downloaded, paint a few space patterns/objects around the canvas:

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Now reduce the opacity to 25 %.

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Add more space nebulas to our canvas .

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Now add vector mask from the bottom of layers palette .

Now activate Brush tool (B) with these settings :

Brush size: 400px

Hardness: 0%

Opacity: 40%

Flow: 100%

Color: #000000

Now paint over the highlighted area.

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The result should be similar to this:

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Step 3

Ok now Make a new layer and name it “Smoke” Use the Smoke brush set you downloaded, paint a few smoke around the canvas:

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The result should be similar to this:

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Add more smoke in our canvas with different layers.

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Now select one of the smoke layer which we have created and then hit (CTRL+T) then make a right click and select warp and play with the shape of our smoke layer .See as below :

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Follow the same step and add more smoke effects.

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Ok now Make a new layer and name it “Particles” Use the Debris Brush you downloaded, paint a few smoke around the canvas and take #92886f as your fill color .

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Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd +T), then while the “Particles” layer is selected and then resize it as shown below:

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Follow the same process and add more particles to our canvas.

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Step 4

Now use one of the space brushes which we have downloaded earlier and then open the RockJagged0016 image and then make a new layer above RockJagged0016 layer and paint on that layer then hit (Ctrl+Click) on that layer to make it selected then select the RockJagged0016 and hit (ctrl+c) and copy that painted area.See as below

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Now go back to our canvas and make a new layer and name it “rocks” and hit (Ctrl+v) and paste the copied part of RockJagged0016 image.

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Now hit (Ctrl+l) to open Levels adjustment layer .

When the Levels box opens, input the following:

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Follow the same process and add more rocks to our canvas.Remember every layer should be seprate.

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Photoshop Tutorials

How to Create Vivid Arabian Night Composite

Learn how to create a beautiful Arabian night photo manipulation with Photoshop. You will learn several blending tricks and composting tips that will help you create a vivid vector-like landscape.

What you’ll be creating

This photo manipulation is my vision on how the desert should look in a story: mysterious and welcoming. You will need Photoshop CS5 or newer to create this tutorial..

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Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Create a new document 3797×2440 px. Using the Gradient Tool to create a nice gradient with #04243f as foreground color and #0e74d6 as background color.

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Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N), set the foreground color to white and using the stars brush create some stars.

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Create a new layer and using white and white-orange draw a comet coming from above. It’s not that hard really, just draw with the white brush a couple of short diagonal lines and draw a loose circle at the end of those lines (head of the comet).

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Open the clouds image and choose Select> Color Range. Click with the marker once on a bright spot in the picture to select most of the white clouds. Click Ok. Press Ctrl + C to copy the selection and close the clouds document. Go back to our document and press Ctrl + V to paste. Rename the pasted layer Clouds to keep layers from cluttering. Right click the Clouds layer and choose Convert To Smart Object. Press Ctrl + T to enter Free Transform and resize the clouds as I did in the image below. Finally, set the blending mode of the layer to Lighten.

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Add a layer mask to the Clouds layer (Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All). With a soft black brush mask the edges of the clouds so that they integrate flawlessly with the sky.

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Create a new layer and set the blending mode to Overlay. Choose #e37952 as foreground color and with a soft brush paint lightly in the area indicated below. Lower the opacity of the layer to 40-50 %. This will be the horizon diffuse light later when we will add the terrain. You can also group all the layers we created until now. To group layers select them by shift- clicking each and press Ctrl + G.

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Open the file Moon and using the Elliptical Marquee Tool select the moon. Copy (Ctrl + C) and paste (Ctrl + V) into our document. Right click on the pasted layer and choose Convert to Smart Object. Resize and position as I did in the image below.

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Double-click the moon layer to enter Advanced Blending Mode and apply a color overlay (#71a8e3) set to Overlay Blending Mode.

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Add a layer mask to the layer moon and using a round black soft brush mask the lower and the left side of the moon.

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Let’s add some highlight to our moon. Create a new layer and add a layer mask (Layer > Layer Mask > Hide All). Ctrl- click on the moon layer to make a selection than press D to set the default colors. Finally, press Alt + Backspace to fill the selection with white. Click on the layer again to select it and with a white brush paint some highlights on the right and up side of the moon.

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Now let’s create the terrain. Open file “Desert” and using the quick selection tool select the terrain only (not the sky). Copy and paste the terrain into our document. As you already guess now you should right click the desert layer and convert it to a smart object. Resize it and position the terrain as shown below. If your selection was imperfect feel free to add a layer mask and mask the

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In this step and the following steps we will apply some adjustment layers to the desert layer in order to blend it better with our image. Usually almost any imported/pasted layer is often more saturated than the rest of the composition (not only in this case but in general) so let’s add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer and tweak with the values. We notice that the terrain looks much better if we decrease slightly the saturation. But in order to apply the effect only to the terrain layer we must clip the Hue/Saturation to the Desert layer by Alt-clicking between the two ( and we will do so for the rest of the adjustment layers applied to the terrain). If you notice the a group called City and wonder why you don’t have it don’t worry about it, you will find out why in the future steps.

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Now let’s color correct the terrain a bit. Add a curve adjustment layer and use the settings shown below. Clip this layer to the layer below (it should be clipped to a Hue/Saturation layer which in turn is clipping the desert layer). Lower the opacity to 32%.

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Step 14

Now let’s add some selective lighting. We will make the foreground part of the terrain darker. Add a curves adjustment layer and drag the curve down to darken. Click on the layer mask and with a black brush paint on the top part of the terrain to keep it untouched by the darkening effect. Lower the opacity until you achieve a pleasant effect (40%). Clip the layer to the layer below.

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And as a last adjustment layer applied to the desert create a Brightness/Contrast layer and drag the Contrast slider to the right until a value of 70 is reached. Clip the layer to the layer below.

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Group the terrain layer and the all the adjustment layers we applied to it into a new group.

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Now we’ll create a city in the distance. Create a new layer and press Ctrl + G to add it to a group. Name the group city and move it below the terrain layer.

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First of all be careful to put all city related layers inside the group City or else we will have a messy document. Our city will have three layers of building outlines to simulate depth. First outline will be dark and it will sit in front, second will be a little lighter than the first and sit in the back of the first outline and third will be even lighter and will sit behind the two other outlines. If you followed the step 17 you should have a single empty layer inside the City group. Select this empty layer and group it again by pressing Ctrl + G. Name the group Dark Buildings. Choose the Mosque Brush and with click a couple of times using a variety of mosque buildings to create a something like I did below.

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Now we will add some highlights to our dark outlines in order to give them some 3d volume. Create a new layer in the Dark Buildings group and name it Highlight. Clip this layer to the outline layer we created in step 18 (for clipping refer to step 12). We assume that the light comes from the left up side of our image so the highlights will have to be on the left side of the building outlines. Select a white round soft brush at 10% Opacity and paint some highlights on the left side and top of each building. Don’t overdo, be subtle.

Step 20

When light hits an object we usually notice a very sharp bright line on the corner or top of it. This is called specular highlight and it gives our objects a nice look. Create a new layer and clip it to the highlights layer. Name this layer Specular Highlight. With a white brush at 30-40% Opacity and 1px size paint some subtle specular highlights on top and left side of the buildings. Again, be subtle.

Step 21

Now let’s create the second city outline. Repeat the steps 18 to 20 but increase the size of the Mosque brushes and place them a little higher than the Dark Buildings outline. Name the newly created group Medium Dark Buildings and place this group below the Dark Buildings group in the Layer Palette. Lower the opacity of the Medium Dark Buildings to 85%.

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For the last city outline we will use a mosque from a picture. Open file Mosque and make a selection of the mosque using the Lasso Tool or the Pen Tool. Copy and paste into our image. Right click the pasted layer and choose Convert To Smart Object. Use Free Transform (Ctrl + T) to place the mosque behind the two other building outlines.

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Step 23

Now let’s fill the Mosque with black color in order to make it an outline. There are multiple ways to do that but I went for a Adjustment Layer solution. Create a new Curves Adjustment layer and place it above the Mosque layer. Clip the Curves layer to the Mosque layer and drag the right point of the curve all the way down.

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Select both the Mosque and the Curves layer and group them together (Shift – click each and press Ctrl + G) and name the group Big Mosque. Add a layer mask to the group. Shift click both the Dark Mosque layer (the layer where you applied the brushes) and the Medium Dark Buildings. This will create a selection of both. Now click back on the layer mask of the group Big Mosque and press D to set default colors and Alt + Backspace to fill selection with black. This will prevent the ugly look caused by stacking multiple transparent layers on top of each other.

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Apply both a specular highlight layer and a highlight layer to the Big Mosque group (as we did in step 18 to 20) and group all these layers together. Name the new group Light Buildings.

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It starts to look good but we still need to make the city look more real. And the best way to make a city look real is to add smoke/dust. Create two new layers and name them Smoke. Place one between Dark Buildings group and Medium Dark Buildings Group. Place the second one between Medium Dark Building group and Light Building group. Choose a soft white brush at 1% Opacity and paint some smoke/dust (just draw some loose horizontal lines). The effect will be barely visible but it helps selling our city.

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Group all the city layers we created until now and name the new group City Outlines.

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Let’s create some extra smoke. Create a new layer, name it Smoke and paint a more pronounced smoke effect than we did at step 26. Place this layer above the City Outlines group.

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There are probably people still active in the city even at night (unless it is a deserted city) so let’s show that by creating some window lights. Create a new layer and name it Window Lights. Choose a light yellow color and with a round soft brush at 2-3px draw some dots where you feel that windows or doors should be. If you don’t feel anything take a look at how I did it below.

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Now let’s add some random detail to break the monotony. Create a new layer and name it Extra Detail. Using a 3-4px size brush at 10% Opacity squiggle a few lines here and there.

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A city in the desert wouldn’t be a city without some palm trees. Open the file Palm Tree and press Ctrl + A to select all and Ctrl + C to copy. Go back to our document and press Ctrl + V to paste. Right click the newly pasted layer and choose Convert To Smart Object. Free Transform (Ctrl + T) to resize and position the palm to look like in the image below.

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Let’s darken the palm so that it matches the city. Create a new Curves Adjustment Layer and place it above the Palm Tree layer. Clip the Curves layer to Palm Trees layer. Drag the curve down to darken the palm. Group both the Curves and the palm layer and name the group Palm Tree.

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In order to add more palms simply duplicate the Palm Tree group (Ctrl + J) and resize and rotate slightly each palm. Place 6-10 palms across the city length. Group all the Palm Tree Groups under a new group called Palm Trees.

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Now shift-click City Outlines group, Smoke layer, Window Lights layer, Extra detail layer, Palm Trees layer and group them together. Name this new group City. Make sure this group is below the Terrain group.

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This is a desert so it probably should have a snake. Open file Snake and make a selection of the snake. Copy and paste it into our document. Right click the layer and choose Convert To Smart Object. Free Transform to position and resize as shown below.

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Let’s add some lights and shadows to our snake. Create a Curves Adjustment layer and clip it to the Snake layer. Drag the curve up to lighten. In the layer mask paint with black the bottom parts of the snake to lighten only the upper parts.

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Create a new Curves Adjustment layer and clip it to the Curves Adjustment layer below. Drag the curve down to darken. In the layer mask paint with black mostly the upper parts of the snake to prevent the darkening effect from happening here (the light comes from left up side so the superior part of the snake should be light and the lower part should be dark).

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In order to make our snake stand out let’s create some strong shiny highlights on his back. Create a new layer and name it Highlights. Clip this layer to the two Curve Adjustment layers below. Change the blending mode to Overlay and with a round white soft brush at 20% Opacity paint on some of the top area of the snake (go for the head, a little in the middle and a little near the tail).

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The snake looks like it’s floating above the desert. That’s because he lacks a shadow. Create a new layer, name it Shadow and change it’s blending mode to Multiply. Place this layer below the snake layer and with a soft round black brush at 50% Opacity paint some shadow under the snake. Group all the snake related layers and name the group (obviously)Snake.

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Open file Crane and make a selection of the crane. Copy and paste into our document. Ctrl-click the layer, press D to set default colors and Alt + Backspace to fill the selection with black. Use Free Transform to resize and position the layer as shown below. Usually we convert the imported layers into Smart Objects, however because in this case I thought it to be an overkill I didn’t convert it.

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Create a new layer, put it below the Crane layer and change the blending mode to Multiply. Draw some light shadows with a black brush at 20-30% Opacity. Group the crane related layers and name the group Crane.

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Step 42

A desert without an oasis would be a poor desert. Since there are no oasis photos we can use in this case we will draw the oasis. It’s not as hard as it seems, you’ll see. In almost any drawing the water should have the color of the sky. Sample a color from the blue sky (with the brush tool selected hold Alt and click to sample). Create a new layer and name it Color Base. With the chalk brush at 90% Opacity paint an approximate rough ellipse as indicated below. I also added a layer mask and further mask the edges in order to blend with the desert.

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Create a new layer and name it Water Basic Reflection. Clip it to the Color Base layer and change the blending mode to Color Dodge. Using #1c71ae color and a round soft brush at 40-50% Opacity paint over the water surface. Paint more in the middle.

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Create another layer and clip it to the Water Basic Reflection layer. Change the blending mode to Color Dodge and name it Moon Reflection. Sample a color from the moon (a lighter blue) and draw some lines in the middle of the water surface. If the effect is too strong lower the fill to 50-60%.

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When the sand is wet it will be a darker color than the dray sand. Let’s create some wet sand effect on the shores of our lake. Create a new layer and with a black chalk brush at 30% Opacity draw some loose lines around the lake.

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Add some extra moon highlight by creating a new layer, setting the blending mode to Color Dodge and painting just a little bit in the very center of the lake with a light blue color.

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Let’s add some glow to our lake. Create a new layer and set the blending mode to Overlay. Using a soft round brush at 5% Opacity paint a little bit with white over the center of the lake.

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Usually there are some sort of plants growing around lakes. Create a new layer and with a black chalk brush at 2px size and 80% Opacity squiggle a few herbs here and there. Group all the oasis related layers and name the group Oasis Lake.

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Select the Brush and choose one of the Camel brushes. Choose black as a foreground color and create a new layer .Click once on it to draw the camels. Resize and position the camels as shown below.

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Open the Palm file again and copy/paste the palm into our document. Convert it to Smart Object. Add a layer mask and with a black brush paint a little at the bottom of the palm trunk so that it will blend nicely with the terrain. Make 2 extra duplicates by pressing Ctrl + J twice. Resize and position each pals above the oasis lake (as shown below).

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Open the Palm file again and copy/paste the palm into our document. Convert it to Smart Object. Add a layer mask and with a black brush paint a little at the bottom of the palm trunk so that it will blend nicely with the terrain. Make 2 extra duplicates by pressing Ctrl + J twice. Resize and position each pals above the oasis lake (as shown below).

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Let’s add some shadow to our palms. Create a new layer and place it inside the Palms group. Change the blending mode to Multiply and with a black chalk brush at 60% Opacity draw some shadows for the palms. Remember that the light is coming from the left up so the shadows should be directed towards right and down.

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Step 53

Ok, so now we are done with the composition of our scene. Time to add some color effects. Let’s start by setting a night mood to our scene. Create a Gradient Map Adjustment layer and choose the indicated preset. Change the blending mode to Soft Light and lower the fill to 66%.

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Let’s boost up the contrast. Add a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment layer and drag the Contrast slider to the right until we reach a value of 45.

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Light areas in a painting draw the eye and establish the interest points. Create a new Curves Adjustment layer and drag the curves up to lighten. Click on the layer mask, press D to set default colors and press Alt + Backspace to fill the mask with black. Now choose a soft white brush at 30% opacity and paint over the horizon, the moon, the oasis and the city.

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Sampling a color from a scene, filling a layer with that color and setting the layer blending mode to Color Dodge will give a nice punch to the colors. Let’s do this in our scene. Sample a dark blue from the sky (#1c71ae), create a new layer and fill it with the sampled color. Change the blending mode to Color Dodge.

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In order to further increase the focus on the sky let’s darken the terrain a bit. Create a Curves Adjustment layer and drag the curve down a little to darken. Choose the Gradient tool and press D to set default colors. Click on the layer mask and holding Shift drag from the top of the scene to the bottom area.

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Finally, let’s add some color tint. Create a new Gradient Map Adjustment layer an choose the same preset as we choose at step 53. Change the blending mode to Linear Dodge and lower the Opacity to 23%. That’s it.

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Final Results

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Tutorial by Adrian Scheff

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Retouch Basics for Graphic Designers and Photographers

Preview of Final Results

With this tutorial you will create amazing beauty retouch, which can be used in printed media – like in magazines, flyers, adverts and more. You can use this knowledge in your designs, or even if you are photographer! You’ll need Photoshop CS5 or newer to follow this tutorial.

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Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Open stock photo with the model. Duplicate it – drag layer to “New layer” symbol.

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Now you’ll be working on duplicated layer. Choose Clone Stamp Tool. Use soft brush. Hold alt and pick cleaner fragments of skin. Then use stamp tool under her eyes, erase freckles and wrinkles. (Feel like plastic surgeon.) You should play with brush size.

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Go to her forehead. Also with clone stamp tool erase hair strands and wrinkles. Use smaller brush.

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Duplicate layer when clone tool was used. From top menu choose Blur > Gaussian blur.

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Add mask to this layer. Mask everything, but except face and neck. Mask eyes, hair, lips and nose. Facial features will be more detailed, than skin.

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Decrease opacity of this layer to 70%.

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Now her face is dolly-like. Add new layer. From top menu choose Filter > Noise > Add noise.

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Add mask to this layer. Fill it with black.

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Back to layer with blur. Hold alt and click on mask.

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Select all (ctrl + A), then copy (ctrl + c) selected area.

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Go to noise layer. With alt holding click mask and paste copied mask (Ctrl + V).

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Decrease opacity of this layer to 3%. Then change blending mode to overlay. Skin will be look like real.

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Step 12

Add new layer. Pick Big, soft brush and use #d0b3a6 color. Draw some strokes on her face – where skin isn’t perfect.

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If it’s needed, choose from top menu Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur.

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Change blending mode of this layer to Soft light. It will make skin lighter.

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Back to grain layer Duplicate it.

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Place layer on the top. Change blending mode to Divide, change opacity to 8%.

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Step 17

Add adjustment layer – Brightness/Contrast. Set it as shown.

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Create a Powerful Emotional Effect for Your Portraits in 9 Easy Steps.

What you’ll be creating

Quick-tip tutorial in 9 easy steps. Time to complete: 10 minutes. You will need Photoshop CS5 or newer to follow this tutorial.

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Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Create a Curves Adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves) then set the blending mode to Screen. Press D to set the colors to default. Click on the layer mask of the curves layer and press Ctrl + Backspace to fill the mask with black. With a round soft white brush paint over the eyes (make sure you have clicked the layer mask before painting). If the eyes are too bright lower the opacity (in this specific case I lowered the Opacity to 55%).

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Create a Black & White Adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Black & White) and set the blending mode to Multiply.

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Press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E to create a new layer from all the visible layers. Go to Image > Adjustments > Shadows/Highlights and play with the sliders in order to lighten the image a little bit. Drag the Highlights slider all the way to the left and drag the Shadows slider to the right until the image is a little bit lighter than before.

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Press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E to create a new layer from all the visible layers. Select the Dodge Tool (leave the default settings – Range: Midtones, Exposure: 50%) and paint over the following parts: eyes and especially the irises, tip of the nose, cheekbones, forehead, lips, tip of the chin, neck.

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Press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E to create a new layer from all the visible layers. Go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask. Use a 1-2px radius and 50-100% Amount to sharpen the image. Try to achieve a fairly mild sharpen effect – too much will make it look bad. You can also lower the Opacity to lower the effect.

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Create a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation). Drag the slider to the left until the image is fairly desaturated.

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Create a Gradient Map Adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map) with the default settings (black and white). Set the blending mode to Soft light. This will increase the contrast.

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Create a Curves Adjustment Layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves). Drag the right slider to the left in order to boost the highlights.

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Step 9

This step is optional, follow it only if you want to add a little artistic effect.

Create a Gradient Map Adjustment Layer and choose one of the colored presets. Set the blending mode to Soft Light and lower the Opacity if the effect is too strong.

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Below you can see some before and after comparison photos.

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Final Results

final-results[2]

Download the PSD


Powerful Emotional Effect.zip | 8.34 MB

Tutorial by Adrian Scheff

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- Adrian Scheff


Photoshop Tutorials

3 Clean Branding & Identity Mockups

Clean Branding Mockups

With the free download, you get three clean mockups; letter, business card, and an iPhone 5s and iPad Mini mockup. The files are compatible with Photoshop CS5 or newer.

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Pro Branding Kit

Need more? If you upgrade to the pro kit, you get all eight mockups which include a bird’s eye and perspective view of all the products. The files are also an insane 6000×4000 pixels which is large enough for poster-sized printing.

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Instructions

Using these mockups is extremely easy. Double-click on any green layer, place your image, then save and close.

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Download Branding and Identity Mockups by SparkleStock

If you’re already a SparkleStock member, then you can download the pro version free as part of your membership. You can also purchase the mockup through Creative Market if you’d like to purchase it without a membership.

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