Create a Emotional Midnight Photo Manipulation with Painting-Like Effects

Create a Emotional Midnight Photo Manipulation with Painting-Like Effects

Create a Emotional Midnight Photo Manipulation with Painting-Like Effects
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This is so far the result after smudging skin and hair.

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Step 5 - Adjusting Colors

Add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer (only for the lady):

Red (Saturation -45) Yellow (Saturation -28)

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Add a Color Balance Adjustment Layer (only for the lady):

  • Shadows: -20 +4 -8
  • Midtones: -12 +13 +9
  • Highlights: -19 +2 0
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Add a Gradient Map Adjustment Layer (only for the lady) (Set to Overlay - Opacity 80% - Fill 80%)

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And you'll have this:

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Add a Gradient Map Adjustment Layer (for the whole manipulation, above everything) (Soft Light - Opacity and Fill 50%)

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and you'll have

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Step 6 - Light behind the lady

To fit the lady inside our work let's add some light behind her. Create a layer under the lady. Take a soft white brush and paint close to the edges.

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Apply Gaussian Blur (I used 100px). This is the result.

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Step 7 - Stars

Create a layer below the one you just made for the light behind the lady. Put here the Stars (Fireworks) stock. Now press CTRL+T to scale the image, rotate it (90 CW), and flip it horizontally.

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Set the layer to Screen - Opacity and Fill 80%. If you look you will see that the edge of the image is visible. Select the Eraser Tool and choose a soft brush to delete this line (I chose 150px with Opacity 40%)

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Add a Curves Adjustments Layer above the Stars. Put 'Increase Contrast' from the presets and set the layer to Luminosity. Then add a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Layer with Brightness -10 above everything.

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This is what we have right now.

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Step 8 - Moon

Create a layer below the Lady. Load the Moon brushes and paint with white color the moon (I deleted the left part of the moon because I didn't like it).

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Step 9 - Desaturation

Add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer and set Saturation at -15.

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Step 10 - Lights

We need to add some light now and we are going to do it with two layers. Let's start with moonlight. Paint some rays of light from the moon to the lady with a hard round brush using a light color (not pure white). Apply Gaussian Blur (65px) and set the layer to Soft Light - Opacity and Fill 80%

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Create another layer and set it Soft Light (Opacity and Fill 70%). Pick the color #96dce0 and paint some lights at the bottom of the manipulation. (Below you can see where exactly). This time you have to use a soft brush since we're not going to add any blur.

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11 comments on “Create a Emotional Midnight Photo Manipulation with Painting-Like Effects”

  1. I agree with alicia, in the last part of the tutorial, many
    passages was not specified in which layer we have to apply the layers/effects. Another thing I notice is that, even if
    I downloads the lady photo from the same link,
    my image have a bad resolution compared to the photo of the lady of the tutorial.. is very strange, I wish I could work with the same picture's quality of this tutorial...
    someone have notice this too?
    But thanks for this tutorial, I really enjoy it !

  2. I agree with alicia, in the last part of the tutorial, many
    passages was not specified in which layer we have to apply the layers/effects. Another thing I notice is that, even if
    I downloads the lady photo from the same link,
    my image have a bad resolution compared to the photo of the lady of the tutorial.. is very strange, I wish I could work with the same picture's quality of this tutorial...
    someone have notice this too?
    But thanks for this tutorial, I really enjoy it !

  3. The only problem I have with this is when you went to step 12 Dodge and Burn , You didnt state if that layer is behind the lady or on the lady or what

  4. way, way cool. I do gratus work for friends who cant afford the high cost of student photography. I always look for something that sets the bar higher for the underprivledged families I help. I want them to get a unique photo set others would pay highly for. This tut will go far for some of the folks Im helping. Thank you, and Lord bless you.

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