Photoshop Matte Painting in Easy Steps
Step 38 – Sky
Put a layer of a sky and add a layer mask to it.
Step 39 – Hide
Hide all the blue parts and just leave like this:
Step 40 – Layer mode
Change layer mode to soft light and reduce the opacity to 60%
Step 41 – Light
Paint light effects with a soft round brush with 50% of opacity and 50% of flow.
Step 42 – Soft Light
Change layer mode to soft light and the opacity to 60%.
Step 43 – Shadows
Create a new layer and use it in soft light mode. Paint with a soft round black brush with 50% of opacity and 50% of flow.
Step 44 – Freeform Pen Tool
Nowpick the freeform pen tool to make details stand out.
Step 45 – Paths
After you make all of the strokes give a right click and press the option stroke path
Then select brush pressure:
The result is this:
Step 46 – Blur
Pick the blurand also the smudge tool and pass over the stroke you just made to give a softer look. Also reduce the opacity of the layer to 60%.
Step 47 – Lights
As you did before pick a soft round brush in a white or yellow tone and paint around the model to create lights, make sure the brush have 50% of opacity and 50% of flow.
Step 48 – Layer mode
Change the layer mode to soft light, if you think is necessary you can reduce the opacity. Repeat the process with warm tones around the image. In this way you will be creating the direction of the light. Start in the left corner of the image with more intensity and less intensity in the right area of the image.
Step 49 – Dark
Now in a new layer in soft light mode paint with a black brush with 50% of opacity and 50% of flow to get this result: