In this tutorial you will learn to create a portrait of a beautiful lady in a warm autumn background using lights, contrast, colors and other adjustments.

Preview of Final Results


Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Download the Backgrounds pack and open in Photoshop the background number 5. Double click on the layer to unlock it. Flip the image horizontally (CTRL + T > Flip Horizontally). Crop the part we want to be the base of our work.


Step 2

We want to give to the background some contrast. Duplicate the background twice (CTRL + J). Set the first duplicated background to Screen to enhance the lights. Set the second to Multiply to enhance the shadows. This is what you will have.


Step 3

Extract the Lady from the background (I used the Quick Selection Tool + Refine Edges, but everyone has their own best method). I previously smudged the model skin, but this is not the aim of this tutorial and it doesn’t affect the final result. Put her in a new layer above the backgrounds layers.


Step 4

Now we have to blend the Lady with the Background. I desaturated a bit the lady and removed some of brightness. To do that add a Hue / Saturation Adjustment Layer only for the Lady and set the Saturation to -19 and Lightness to -8.


Step 5

Now we work on the colors. Add a Color Balance Adjustment Layer only to the Lady and put these settings:

  • Shadows > +14 +7 -16
  • Midtones > +11 +7 0
  • Highlights > +10 +5 -5

Step 6

We want to blend more everything. Open the pack containing the bokeh and add the number 2 in a new layer above everything. Rotate it like in the picture below (CTRL + T).


Step 7

Set the Bokeh to Soft Light. Opacity and Fill to 75%.


Step 8

Add a Gradient Map Adjustment Layer and choose the one you see below from the presets.


Step 9

Set the Gradient Map to Soft Light with Opacity and Fill to 80%.


Step 10

Add another Gradient Map and set it like below.


Step 11

Set the Gradient Map to Soft Light with Opacity and Fill 80%.


Step 12

Let’s work now on shadows and lights. First of all we need to make the background darker. Add a Brightness / Contrast Adjustment Layer above the 3 backgrounds and put:

  • Brightness -54 and Contrast +48

This is so far what you’ll have.


Step 13

Create a new layer below the Lady and paint with white below her, going out her edges.

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18 responses to “Create an Portrait Artwork with Autumn Colors”

  1. hiren Avatar

    ohh my god unbelievable its amazing tutorial mindblowing supperppppppppppppppp

  2. Irina Avatar

    Fabrizio Panattoni, thanks for this romantic beautiful tut. I knew many interesting moments. I enjoy it It”s me pic

  3. Maidul Islam Avatar
    Maidul Islam

    wow..its a really fantastic and awesome font, its can be very use full for to make my design.Thanks for sharing this nice post.

  4. Magdalena Avatar

    Me ha gustado mucho y he realizado un trabajo con esta técnica. Muchas gracias

  5. Magdalena Avatar

    Muy bueno el tutorial y el trabajo queda precioso. Gracias

  6. Nightraver Avatar

    Really Awsome, been looking for a tutorial like this one for some time.

  7. Aitor Avatar

    it would be interesting to know how did you treated the hair because it is much better on your montage than the original picture

  8. Vincy Avatar

    how you did in step 21?

  9. Rms Rahman Avatar
    Rms Rahman

    Well this is something I have been trying to create for a while though mine didn’t come out exactly like Thank you for this tutorial.

  10. benedic Lilly Avatar
    benedic Lilly

    Amazing!! very helpful and useful tutorial!!! lots of thanks to you.

  11. vahidmirzamoradi Avatar

    thank you very much
    you are very nice
    from iran

  12. graciebear Avatar

    This embodies everything I wish to do with the photoshop version I purchase.  But it is exceedingly unclear which one will serve my purpose….PLEASE HELP

  13. graciebear Avatar

    What version of photoshop did you use for this?

  14. DarieHristova Avatar

    hey can you tell me how to work only with the layer of the Lady

  15. MichelleBuckley Avatar

    Thank you very much gorgeous pic

  16. keith Avatar

    Download didn’t work, but nice tutorial & images

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  18. TuskaYsfDarwish Avatar

    i like that !

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