Create a Photo Manipulation of an Emotional Dancer in a Forest

What you’ll be creating

We’ll start this tutorial by creating an autumn forest scene from two stock photos. Then we’ll adjust color, shade and light as well as make a dreamy effect. Later we’ll add the model and do some retouch to match her with the scene. After that we’ll use two stocks to create lighting effect. Finally we’ll use some adjustment layers to boost the final result. You’ll need Photoshop CS3 or newer to follow this tutorial.

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Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop with the settings below:

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Step 2

Open the forest image. Use the Move Tool (V) to drag it into our white canvas:

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Go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal:

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Step 3

To create some depth to the background , go to Filter > Blur > Gassian Blur and set the radius to 6 px:

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To make some light for the background, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves and increase the lightness:

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On this Curves layer mask use a basic, soft brush with black color to erase the left:

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To make the left darker I used another Curves adjustment layer :

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On this Curves layer mask use a soft black brush to erase the right to keep its brightness:

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Step 6

Open the ground image. Hit Cmd/Ctrl+Option/Alt+Shift+N to make a new layer. Active the Clone Tool (S) and use it to remove some branches on the ground:

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Press Cmd/Ctrl+Option/Alt+Shift+E to merge the background layer and the clone one. Move the merged layer into our main document:

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Click the second button at the bottom of the Layers Panel to add a mask to this ground layer. Use a soft black brush to remove the trees and blend the ground with the background:

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Step 8

Apply Gassian Blur with 4 px to this ground:

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On this Filter Mask use a soft black brush to remove the blur effect on the foreground:

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To change the color of the ground, I used an adjustment layer with Clipping Mask. Go to Layer > New Adjutment Layer > Hue/Saturation:

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Photoshop Tutorials

Free Download: Three iPhone 5s and Nexus 5 PSD Mockups

iPhone 5s and Nexus 5 Demonstration

Watch this video to see how easy it is to use these mockups. It takes only seconds to insert your own images into the mockups.


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The free Lite version gives you three mockups. You can get all ten mockups if you upgrade to the Pro edition. The pro editions are also higher resolution (4500×3000 pixels).

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After placing your image, you can adjust the screen brightness and reflections simply by changing the layer opacity.

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In the Lite version, there is one mockup of the Nexus 5 smartphone with a repositionable finger. If you get the pro version, you’ll get four mockups of the iPhone 5s and Nexus 5 in portrait and landscape mode.

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The mockups with the repositionable finger also has a replaceable background. There are three background images built into the PSD and you can simply switch  backgrounds by making the layers visible. You can also use your own color or make it transparent.

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Photoshop Tutorials

How to Create a Beautiful Moonlight Angel Photo Composite

What you’ll be creating

You will need Photoshop CS5 or newer to follow this tutorial. You will start by creating night background, then you will learn how to make lights on model and how to create this amazing wings. At the end you will learn, how to make an awesome aura effect.

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Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Start from creating 1122x1600px canvas.

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Place “Sunny day” Into your file. Switch transform to warp mode. Then warp it as is shown. It will make foreground bigger.

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Now you will adjust whole layer to rest of the idea. Add Adjustment layer with Brightness/Contrast. Set it as is shown.

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Step 4

I think this layer is too saturated. Fix it with adjustment layer – Hue/ Saturation.

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It will be night, soon. Add color/Balance for making it. More blue and less red will be okay.

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Step 5

Place sky stock into your file. Mask bottom of this layer with big brush.

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Step 6

Sky is too bright and with big contrast. Fix it, by adding Brightness/Contrast layer. Make it clipping by clicking RMB on layer with Adjustment and choose Create Clipping Mask.

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Add more color to this layer by creating Adjustment layer with color Balance. Also make it clippy (RMB > Create clipping mask).

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Step 8

Set #5e7184 color. Choose from Adjustments – Gradient fill. Set your color to transparent. Pick radial style and make scale larger – to 150%.

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Step 9

Change blending mode of gradient layer to Color Dodge. Decrease opacity to 46%. You will make by this light source.

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Step 10

Add Exposure layer. I think, that background is still to bright.

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Step 11

Add brightness/contrast adjustment. It will make dark mood on your work.

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Duplicate Layer (Ctrl + J / Apple + J) with gradient and place it above brightness contrast. Change opacity of this layer to 100%.

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Step 13

Add new layer. Select horizont line. From filter menu pick Render > Clouds. Use light blue and dark gray colors.

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Step 14

Choose Erase tool. Set big, soft brush and erase top and bottom of the rendered layer. Then change blending mode of this layer to Screen.

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Photoshop Tutorials

What’s New in Photoshop CC 2014? New Features Guide

Video Tutorial


Smart Guides

Getting the correct distance between two objects is crucial in web design but it can be a tedious task to measure everything. With the Photoshop CC 2014 release, you longer do you have to guess the measurements between objects. The new Smart Guides are one of the most useful features because they show you the relative distance between objects and make positioning objects much easier. To use Smart Guides, hold the Control or Command key. A purple smart guide will appear and you can see the distance between your selected layer and the canvas. You can even measure the distance between two layers simply by hovering over the other layer. If you don’t see anything, make sure that you have the Move or any Path tool selected then try again.

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Tip: If you want to change the measurements, simply press Ctrl/Cmd+R to enable the Rulers then right-click on the ruler and select the measurement you’d like to use.

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Smart Guides also let you create matched spacing so that you can duplicate a layer to another position and repeat this with the same spacing you had before. For example, let’s say we want to duplicate this circle three times. Simply hold the Alt or Option key then drag it towards the right.

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Repeat the same thing by holding Alt or Option and dragging another circle towards the right. Photoshop will automatically snap this circle so that the spacing matches.

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Smart Object Improvements

A new feature in Photoshop CC that wasn’t found in Photoshop CS6 is Linked Smart Objects. This feature lets you embed a file to your Photoshop document and anytime you edit that Linked Smart Object, your file will save as well. This also works the other way around – you can edit your file then update your Linked Smart Object and it’ll update your Photoshop document with the new file.

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If you wanted to turn the Linked Smart Object into a regular embedded one that isn’t linked, you can simply right-click on the layer and choose “Embed Link”. But in previous versions of Photoshop CC, you couldn’t do this vice-versa and turn an Embedded Smart Objected into a Linked Smart Object. Now you can do this in Photoshop CC 2014 by right-clicking any Embedded Smart Object and choosing Convert to Linked. When you do this, Photoshop will open a new window asking where you’d like to save the file. Save the file and your Embedded Smart Object is now a Linked Smart Object.

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When you start using Linked Smart Objects, you’ll often find yourself having to organize where those files are stored in your computer. And if you have a document with many Linked Smart Objects, it can be a lot of work to organize all your files and send it to your coworker. Instead, you can now use the Package tool which will save a copy of your Photoshop document with all the Linked Smart Objects into any folder. Simply go to File > Package, browse for a folder where you want to save the files, and Photoshop will automatically save your document with all the Linked Smart Objects organized into the Linked folder.

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What happens when you open a Photoshop document with a missing Linked Smart Object? Photoshop will let you know about the error and you can find the file.

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The last update for Smart Objects are selectable layer comps. Sometimes you need to create multiple variations or compositions of the same artwork. For this, you can use the Layer Comps panel by going to Window > Layer Comps. You can create multiple layer comps and change the layer visibility, position, and appearance. In Photoshop CC 2014, you can easily switch between different layer comps on your Smart Object. To do this, select a Smart Object then go to Window > Properties. You’ll find a dropdown menu for you to pick the layer comps.

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Better Font Previews and Typekit Integration

Photoshop CC 2014 brings a huge update to the Text tool. Firstly, you can pick your fonts quicker with the live font preview. Simply hover over a font from the options bar and your text will update. You can also do this by pressing the up or down button. Sometimes a font will have several styles – instead of pressing up or down multiple times until you get to the next font, you can hold the shift key while pressing up or down and it’ll skip the styles and go straight to the next font.

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Another feature you’ll notice is the green icon beside the font. This indicates that the font is from Typekit – a respiratory of fonts that are free to use with your Creative Cloud membership. Simply click on the Add Fonts from Typekit  button and the Typekit website will load in your browser and automatically log you in. From here, you can select the font you want to use and sync it to your computer. The font will appear in Photoshop automatically without restarting.

Syncing Fonts from Typekit

Back in the Photoshop font selection menu, you can filter the fonts list so that it only shows fonts from TypeKit.

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You can also search for a font by typing. For example, you can type “bold cond” to find all the bold condensed fonts.

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Finally, if you open a Photoshop document with missing fonts, Photoshop will automatically inform you if they’re available on Typekit and you can

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Path and Spin Blur

With the new Path and Spin blur modes for the Blur Gallery filter, you can create realistic motion blur along a path or a circular motion blur. To access these, go to Filter > Blur Gallery > Path or Spin blur. First, we’ll show you the Path blur. This blur mode lets you create a motion blur along a path. Simply draw a path in the direction that you’d like the motion blur to move towards. You can also draw multiple paths in different areas.

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The Spin blur creates a circular motion blur and it’s great for making the wheels look like they’re moving.

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With the two new blur modes, you can create great looking motion blur car ads.

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Focus Selections

Here’s a photo of with a blurry background and let’s say we want to make a selection of just the areas that are in focus. We can do this easily with the new Focus Area selection tool. To use this, go to Select > Focus Area.

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Adjust the “In-Focus Range” setting or checkmark the Auto box to have Photoshop guess it for you. The selection isn’t always perfect but you can use the add and subtract tools to fix it. When you’re done, you can further enhance the selection by clicking on the Refine Edge button. This will bring up the Refine Edge tool to improve your selection.

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And just like that, we created a quick selection of the in-focus areas that we can use with any adjustment or fill layers.

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Color Blending Algorithm for Content-Aware Tools

All the content-aware tools now create better results with a new color blending algorithm. For example, we’re going to remove the boat from the image. First, we’ll make a selection of the area we want to remove then go to Edit > Fill and switch the mode to Content-Aware. There is a new option that lets you enable Color Adaptation. Checkmark this then click OK.

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As you can see in this image, there is a significant quality improvement when color adaptation is enabled.

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The color adaptation algorithm is also available in the Content-Aware Move/Extend tool and the Patch tool on Content-Aware mode. To enable color adaptation, click on the Adaptation configuration button then set the color strength setting to any number from 0 to 10 – the higher the number, the stronger the color adaptation. You can also adjust the structure setting with a value from 1 to 5 which will determine how strong the patches should adhere to the patterns in your image. If you are getting hard edges, then you might want to lower your structure value.

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Create Your Own Color Lookup Tables

The color lookup adjustment layer was introduced in Photoshop CS6 and it lets you apply color profiles to your image so that you can match the colors between multiple videos and images. Unfortunately, it wasn’t used much because you could only use the presets or import one created using another software. Few color lookup tables were available and most people didn’t know how to create their own. Now you can create your own color lookup tables inside Photoshop and it is very easy. Simply create your color effect using any adjustment layer then go to File > Export > Color Lookup Tables. Give your lookup table a name then select the format you’d like to save the file as – for most instances, a 3DL file is fine. You can also adjust the quality. Adding more grid points will increase the accuracy of your color effect at the expense of a large file size. Click OK then save your file.

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After you’ve saved your color lookup table, you can use it for any photo or video with Photoshop, Premiere Pro, or After Effects. In Photoshop, you can use your color lookup table by adding a Color Lookup adjustment layer from your Adjustments panel (Window > Adjustments). Select the “Load 3D LUT” from the dropdown menu then browse for your 3D LUT file. Now you can apply the same effect to your photos and videos with a single color lookup adjustment layer.

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Photoshop Generator Improvements

If you’re a Web Designer, then you’ll love Photoshop Generator. This tool lets you export your layers and layer groups into images in real-time simply by naming your layer or group. For example, you can rename the layer or layer group with your logo to “logo.png” and Adobe Generator will automatically save that layer as logo.png. There’s also a lot more you can do and in the Photoshop CC 2014 update, you can even specify subfolders to place the images in. Let’s say you want to save your logo.png layer into your “images” folder. To do that, first go to File > Generate > Image Assets to enable Photoshop Generator. Rename the layer or layer group to “images/logo.png”. Photoshop will automatically save the image for you in the images directory.

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Open the folder where your PSD is saved and you’ll find an assets folder with the image assets Photoshop Generator created for you. This is done in real-time so any changes you make will be live.

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But let’s say you want to save all your layers into the images folder by default. Now you can create a document-wide default setting to use simply by creating an empty layer and naming it “default” followed by the parameters you want to set. If you want all your image assets to be saved into the images folder, simply rename the empty layer to “default images/”.

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Here are some more examples you can try renaming your layers with.

  • default images/@2x – Saves your image assets in the images folder at 2x the image size.
  • default images/ + images/hi-res/@2x – Saves your image asses in the images folder as well as saving a 2x version in the hi-res folder.

If you want to turn off Photoshop Generator, go back to the File > Generate menu and disable the Image Assets item.

Camera RAW 8.5

Also new with Photoshop CC 2014 is the updated Adobe Camera Raw tool. The latest Camera Raw 8.5 update brings a very useful brush tool for the Graduated and Radial filters. The graduated filter is often used to darken and tint the sky but if your image is like ours, the filter can darken the tower and make it look unrealistic. Using the brush tool, we can erase the graduated area from the tower. The Auto Mask option can be enabled to make it easier to mask.

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At the bottom of the panel, you’ll find options to toggle the mask settings. These options make it easier for you to see where you painted.

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The second update in Camera Raw 8.5 is the per-panel preview option. Clicking on this panel will reset the settings in your selected panel to the default and back. For example, if you want to reset the Split Toning effect but not any other settings, simply switch to the Split Toning tab then click on the per-panel preview button. This will reset the settings back to the default just for the panel that you’re on. If you press the button again, it’ll switch back to your previous setting.

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Easier 3D Printing

Photoshop CC 2014 makes it easier to print 3D objects with the improved Print Preview dialog. You can easily select your 3D printer and material then print. Once you’ve selected your printer, a print preview window will open. With the improved Print Preview dialog, you now get a realistic preview of the model with realistic lighting and improved ray tracing. There’s also a new remeshing algorithm that greatly reduces the triangle count in your 3D object files.

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There’s no need to worry about stability of your print. Photoshop will automatically fix water tightness issues and build a scaffolding model to hold your 3D model so that it doesn’t collapse in the middle of the print.

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If you don’t have a 3D printer, you can use Shapeways.com and they’ll send you your model in the mail. All you need to do is select Shapeways and the materials in the Properties panel then go to 3D > 3D Print. Photoshop will even estimate the cost for you. After everything looks okay, click the Export button to export your file then upload it shapeways.com.

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Improved 3D Editing

Photoshop can open OBJ files with multiple meshes and groups but they used to be merged into a single group. In Photoshop CC 2014, your meshes and groups will be preserved.

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There’s also new enhancements to the Texture Properties dialog. You can now rename your texture and instead of modifying each texture one at a time, all you need to do is checkmark the “Apply to matching textures” option and Photoshop will do it for you automatically.

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New Preferences

Photoshop has introduced several important updates to the Photoshop preferences. You can access the Preferences by going to Edit > Preferences > General. The first new feature is the Narrow Options bar. You can find this option in the Interface tab. This option is useful if you’re using Photoshop on a small screen because some of the buttons on the option bar might get cut off if your Photoshop window isn’t wide enough. The new Narrow Options Bar feature makes your option bar more compact by turning long checkboxes into square buttons.

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Syncing has also been improved in Photoshop CC 2014. Photoshop CC lets you sync your Photoshop settings to multiple computers using your Creative Cloud account by going to the Sync Settings area. In the 2014 release, you can now choose to upload or download your settings. You can also synchronize your workspaces, keyboard shortcuts, and menu customization. A new log window will show you your synchronization history and status.

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Finally, try out new features before they’re production-ready by enabling the experimental features. Currently, you can enable Multitone 3D printing and enable some features that are already on Macs but not on Windows yet.

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Photoshop Tutorials

How to Quickly and Easily Identify Fonts

From start to finish, it’s a fairly simple process. In this tutorial, we’ll be using an image I created specifically to illustrate the steps below. Personally, I love this quote and it was a great opportunity to use it in a project.

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Step 1

Go to http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/. Select the image that has the font you’d like to find a match for and upload it.

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Once the image is uploaded, the next step is to help the identifier determine certain characters. Simply enter the highlighted character into the box below.

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It’s important to leave the box blank if the area selected isn’t actually a character, as this will negatively affect the end result.

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Once all the characters are matched up in the boxes, simply hit “Continue” and the identifier will begin to scan the image to find a similar match. This may take a few minutes, so give it some time and don’t refresh the page.

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When the image is done scanning, it will put up a list of close matches to the original image. The key to finding a very close match is to look at the very distinguishable characters, in this case, the letter “R”. As we can see, it has a very distinct tail and the closest match to this is the “Apud Roman” font.

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In conclusion, this tutorial showed us a quick way to eliminate guesswork when trying to identify fonts used by other designers. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have – I’ll be monitoring the comments!


Photoshop Tutorials

Create a Wonderfully Colorful “Everlasting Dream” Fantasy Manipulation

What you’ll be creating

We’ll start this tutorial by creating a beautiful lake scene from a sky image. Then we’ll add nebula texture to increase fantasy effect for the scene. Later we’ll add clouds, paper boat, model, castle and blend them using adjustment layers, masking and brush. Then we’ll continue to build up the color and light of the image with light and nebula textures. Finally we’ll use an adjustment layer to enhance the final effect. I recommend you to 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 given settings:

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Open the sky stock. Use the Retangular Marquee Tool (M) to make a selection of the sky part:

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Use the Move Too (V) to drag this selection onto the top of our white canvas:

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Name it “sky”.

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Press Cmd/Ctrl+J to duplicate this layer. Go to Edit > Transform > Flip Vertical, move it down then place this layer under the sky one.

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Go to Filter > Blur >Motion Blur and pick the settings below:

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Name this layer “lake”.

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To add some red and blue to the scene, I used an adjustment layer. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Balance:

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I used a Curves adjustment layer to add some nice cyan tone to the picture:

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To change the contrast of the pic, I used a Levels adjustment layer:

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On this Levels layer mask use a soft black brush with opacity from 20-25% to erase the center and right side of the pic. You can see how I did it on the layer mask and result on the picture:

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To create more light for the sky I used a soft brush with color #f9e398 to paint over the right of the horizon. Change the mode to Overlay 100%:

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Click the second button at the bottom of the Layers Panel to add mask to this layer. Use a soft black brush to reduce the light effect as the image below shows:

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Place the nebula 1 image over the picture, then change the mode to Hard Light 100%:

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Add layer mask to this one. Use a soft brush to reduce the nebula effect in the sky and on the lake:

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Duplicate this layer, flip it vertically and move it down to create reflection for this nebula effect:

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Apply Motion Blur to this layer:

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Photoshop Tutorials

10 Awesome Photoshop Tips and Tricks

Install Free Instagram Filters

Ever want to make your photos look retro without using a mobile app? Click here to install a set of Photoshop actions that give you cool, Instagram-like filters for your photos!

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Brighten Photos

If you have a photo that is a bit dark, open it up and press Shift+Control+N to make a new layer. Title it Light or whatever you wish, change the Mode to Overlay and check the box for “Fill with Overlay-neutral color 50% gray.” Then turn on the Dodge Tool and set the exposure to around 25% and then select highlights, midtones or shadows in order to influence the range of light on your picture. You can also use the Burn Tool to intensify shadows.

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Batch Editing

If you have a bunch of photos to edit at once, make sure they are all in the same folder on your computer then open an image and record an action (Window > Actions). After creating an action, go to File > Automate > Batch then select the action that you just recorded. Click OK and Photoshop will open and play your action on all the images.

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Get Rid of Shiny Skin

If you’re editing portraits, use the eyedropper to select a non-shiny area of the skin and then paint over the shiny areas with a normal brush set on 15% opacity. It will turn the shiny parts to matte.

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Enhance the Color Palette

If you have a photo that’s a little dull in color, you can cross it with a masterpiece, like the Mona Lisa or a Hopper painting, in order to get a cool result! Just select Image>Adjustments>Match Color and then select the famous painting or photo you’ve chosen. Hit OK and see how it turns out!

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Draw Straight Lines with the Paintbrush

Unless you have the steady stroke of a surgeon, it can be hard to draw straight lines across a photo. To do so, just hold down shift while using the brush and it will automatically straighten your line for you.

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Easy Watermarks

If you watermark your photos with the same logo often, you can save time by turning it into a brush preset. Go to Edit>Define Brush Preset and upload your logo.

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Improve Vibrancy

If you have a photo that’s a little dull, duplicate the layer by pressing Command + J and set the new layer’s blending mode to Hard Light. You’ll see an automatic difference in color and vibrancy!

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Get Rid of Circle Trail Effect in Paintbrush

If you make long stroke with the paintbrush, you’ll notice that it creates a circle trail of pixelated color. In order to create a smooth stroke, select a brush and click F5 to open it. Select Brush Tip Shape and change the spacing from 25% to less than 7%. You can save the brush and select it from now on!

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Bird’s Eye View

If you’re zoomed in close on one area, you can hold down H and drag in the image to make your view instantly jump out to full screen and then jump to another area. You’ll need an OpenCL video card to use Bird’s Eye View.


Photoshop Tutorials

How to Create This Stunningly Surreal Artwork of a Secret Temple Above the Sky

What you’ll be creating

This image was created to tell you about there is a climber who finds a secret temple that is located above the sky, and there is a flying ship. To create this image, we’ll start by creating a sky background. Next, we’ll add some stones to create a cliff and add the climber, temples, crows, and trees to the image. Finally, we’ll finish it up with a warm color tone effect. You’ll need Photoshop CS5 or newer to follow this tutorial.

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Tutorial Resources

Step 1

For the first step is skecth your ideas, in this step we will create a sketch of the idea that we have. the purpose of this sketch is to give us a reference for the next steps, so that we can know what kind of photos we will take photos or search.

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After we know what is going to be made, the next step is taking photos, which must be considered is the perspective and light. These are some photos I took when I hike in the mountains Lawu, Indonesia. you can see my devianArt link for more stock.

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Now, we work with photoshop to combine the photos into a scene that we want. First step, 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.

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Then, we add the photos. Go to File > Place and select the photos.

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add the photos “sky2″ to document.

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After add the photos, then stretch, like shown in the image below. When you put the picture it automatically in the transformation. But if not, transform the landscape, press the short key Cmd /Ctrl+ T or go to Edit > Transform > Scale. Pull the black cubes in the corners to formed frame.

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Then, add the “sky3″ to document, Go to File > Place and select the photos. then put the image as like shown in the image below.

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Add a layer mask to this image by clicking on the icon mask in the Layers panel.

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Now, with selected layer mask, active the Gradient Tool (Shortcut G), make sure color of foreground default black & wahite (press D) than click and drag from down to top. it will make like shown in the image below.

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Select all the layers we created so far by clicking in the first one, holding Shift, and then clicking on the last one. Then, drag all of them to that little folder in the layers panel, which will create a new group with all of them. You could also select them and use the shortcut Ctrl/Cmd+G. Name this new group “Sky”. then delete the background layer with drag layer to trash icon in panel layers

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Add the photos “stone3″ to document. then Use Pen Tool (P) to make selections.

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After we selection the image, then right click choose make selection and click Ok. it will make only stone areas that selected part as like shown image below.

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Photoshop Tutorials

Create an Eerie Photoshop Manipulation of a Dark Queen in a Cemetery

What you’ll be creating

In this tutorial we will create a dark dreamscape of a spooky figure using some image stocks. We will use some essential techniques in applying dodge and burn tool and smudging as well. We will use masking, brush tool, some filter, color adjustments all through the steps in this tutorial. Use Adobe Photoshop CS3 or higher. Get ready to have fun following this tutorial so why don’t you serve yourself a glass or more glasses of coffee and optionally a pack of cigarette for your companion;-) Let’s start….!

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Tutorial Resources

Step 1 (Preparing stock)

Before starting this tutorial, make sure that we have downloaded all the stock images provided. In early steps we will create a figure of a dark queen. Let’s start by opening the statue image from which we will create and manipulate the figure.

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Now extract the statue form its background. We can use one of the extracting tools in Photoshop that is familiar with us. I myself used pen tool for this purpose. I assumed that we have familiar with this tool so I won’t explain about how to use it. Here is the extracted statue I created.

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Step 2 (A new document for the figure)

Now we will start manipulating the statue into a dark queen figure. We will do this in a new document (canvas), so create a new document by hitting Ctrl+N to open the new document option box. Here is the size of the document:

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Next place the extracted statue in the new document. Hit Ctrl+T to activate free transform tool. Alter the shape of the statue by warping it a bit.

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We will hide lower part of this statue. To do this, we will give this layer a layer mask. Make sure we are active on the statue layer, then click the layer mask icon located in the bottom of the layer panel to give this layer a layer mask. The layer mask is indicated by a white thumbnail next to the layer.

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Take a very soft round brush (0 opacity) and set the foreground color to black. Now with black color, stroke the brush on the lower part of the statue to hide it. The part is highlighted by red. There is black spot in the white mask thumbnail as indication of masking.

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Now we have the lower part of the statue is masked.

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Step 3 (Manipulating the stock)

Firstly we will manipulate the cloth in the hands of the figure. We will try to add torn cloth on them. To find out what it will look like, here is the scratch for reference.

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Create a new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N) below the statue layer. Take pen tool and create a torn cloth like shape on this new layer. Fill it with color #504e4e. I named this layer left cloth.

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On a new layer create similar shape for the right hand. I named this layer right cloth.

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Step 4 (Defining details)

Next we will start defining the detail of the both cloth. We just simply do this with combination use of dodge and burn tool. Open the tool in the tool panel. Set its setting to the values given below. We can change the values accordingly later.

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Details on right hand cloth

We will start defining the details on the right cloth. Go select again the right cloth layer. Start stroking the dodge and burn tool on areas where needed to give it some worn and crumpled parts on the cloth.

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Keep on applying the combination of the both tool to give more details. We can change both the size of the brush or exposure accordingly depending on the areas to be stroked. We also can choose highlight for its range.

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After finding desired result, we can duplicate the layer (Ctrl+J) and set its duplicate to soft light blending at desired opacity of about 80-100%. This will give more brightness and contrast to the layer.

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Match Color Effects by Creating Your Own Color Lookup Tables in Photoshop CC 2014

What are 3D LUTs

3D LUTs are a type of lookup table that lets you match color effects from one photo/video to another. You can create your own color effect and add it to any photo or video in Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. They’re used widely in the video production industry and they are quicker to process – modern graphics card have direct support 3D LUTs.

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Using 3D LUTs

In Photoshop, you can use them by using the Color Lookup adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer, Color Lookup). Select a look from the dropdown menu or load your own 3D LUT file.

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Creating Your Own 3D LUTs

You can create your own 3D LUTs with any adjustment layer in Photoshop CC 2014. Simply create your photo effect using any adjustment layer from the Adjustments panel (Window > Adjustments). For example, I created this vintage hipster effect using a variety of adjustment layers.

Note: For professionals, it is important to choose which image mode you’re using from the Image > Mode menu.

  • If you create your color effect in the LAB color mode, you can export your color lookup table as an ICC abstract profile which is the most compatible format because it works in any color mode (RGB, CMYK, etc.).
  • If you create it in RGB color mode, your color lookup table will only export as 3DLUT and RGB device link formats.
  • If you create it in CMYK color mode, it will only export as an ICC CMYK device link profile.

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Next, export your 3D LUT by going to File > Export > Color Lookup Tables.

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Enter a description for your lookup table. You can also enter your information in the Copyright field (Photoshop automatically adds © Copyright <current year> to the end). For the quality setting, adjust the Grid Points field – a higher quality setting will result in a larger file. You can choose to export the color lookup table as a 3DL, CUBE, and/or CSP file. In most cases, a 3DL file is suffice. The CUBE and CSP formats are not compatible with After Effects CS5 or older. You can also choose to include the ICC Profile if needed.

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Once your 3DL is saved, you can use it in Photoshop with the Color Lookup adjustment layer (Window > New Adjustment Layer > Color Lookup). In Premiere Pro and Speedgrade, use the Lumetri adjustment layer.

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You’re done! Now you can easily use the 3DL file to match color effects in Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and other software.

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