step11b
Hide the effect of this filter on areas around the hair by masking the filter.
step11c

Step 12

Now we will do some color adjustment to the model to make it be well blended with the whole scene. Firstly, we give it a new fill layer with a clipping mask. Go to layer > new fill layer > solid color. Use the color of #01848c.
step12a
step12b
Set this solid color layer to soft light at 100% opacity.
step12c
Mask this layer on areas around the hair. Use a very soft round brush (B) set to about 20% opacity with 0% hardness.
step12d
step12e

Step 13

Give another color fill layer with a clipping mask. Use color of #0d6b6a. set this layer to soft light at about 40% opacity.
step13a

Step 14

Next, create a new layer with a clipping mask above the two-color fill layers. Name this layer, say, texture 2. Give this layer cloud filter (filter > render > cloud). Use the color as given in the screenshot.
step14a
Give this cloud layer another filter: minimum (filter > others > minimum)
step14b
step14c
Mask some part of this layer on areas in red highlight.
step14d
step14e

Step 15

Now duplicate the underwater layer. We will use this duplicate as the texture for the model. Move the duplicate layer above the texture 2 layer. Give this layer a clipping mask (Ctrl+Alt+G).
step15a
Set this duplicate layer to normal at about 45% opacity. Mask this layer on areas around the face and shoulder as indicated in red highlight.
step15b
step15c

Step 16

Create another new layer above all the other layers (Shift+Ctrl+N). Name this layer, say, highlight. We will add some highlights to the model. Set this layer to overlay filled with neutral color, 50% grey (#808080).
step16a
Take a very soft round brush tool (B) and with white color paint highlight on areas around the face, arms, and dress. Here is the layer set in normal blending.
step16b
Here is the result in overlay blending at 100% opacity.
step16c
We can duplicate this layer to define stronger highlight.
step16d

Step 17

Now select the model later. Go to layer > layer mask > reveal all to give this layer a layer mask. Mask areas on the model’s dress and hair and other parts around where needed.
step17a
step17b

Step 18

Next we will add some highlight on the building. Create a new layer again above all the other layers. Name this layer, say, highlight 2. Set this layer to soft light. Paint the highlight on areas around the building. This is the layer will look in normal blending at 100% opacity.
step18a
And given this amount of color, the result should be like this:
step18b

Step 19

Finally, we will set the overall color adjustment to the scene. Create a new fill layer above all the other layer (Layer > new fill layer > solid color). Use color of #0d6b6a. set this color fill layer to soft light at about 60% opacity. Mask this layer on areas around the light rays as indicated in red highlight.
step19a
step19b

Step 20

Give another new fill layer. Use the color of #070816.
step20a
Set this layer to exclusion blending at 100% opacity.
step20b

Step 21

Now go to layer > new adjustment layers > brightness/contrasts to give the whole scene brightness/contrasts layer.
step21a
Mask this adjustment layer on areas highlighted in red.
step21b
step21c

Step 22

Give another adjustment layer: selective color. Set this layer to normal blending at about 70% opacity.
step22a
step22b

Step 23

Finally, give the scene a new adjustment layer again: gradient map.
step23a
Set this gradient layer to normal at about 35% opacity. Mask area around the middle of the scene as shown in the red highlight.
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Cut Out

you are the best. thanks a lot

juan negretti

Can not see the tutorial. how do I see it?

Benjamin

The detail with the hair is something I would not have even messed with. Thank you for the tips on that!

Colin

The first time I ever heard of Photoshop actions I never thought I would use them. Now, I cannot get through a project without using at least one.

Anonymous

The best tutorial I’ve found! You didn’t leave out any steps. Everything was thorough both in explanation and in photos. If only I could get the hair paths to look more natural… :X

Anonymous

Nice tutorial, but a lot of unnecessary steps. The pic from the original girl that we cropped to the girl we added 20 different steps to enhance her has very little difference.

Lucas Campau

This would be a really cool album cover or the cover of a fantasy styled book. Great tutorial!

Ahmed

super awesome!!

moon

I love your work, I’m new at this, your tutorial is very clear, I followed your guide and I made it,I hope you can make more tutorial like this, thank you very much.

Trevor Garratt

I feel the same way. It is amazing how easy these tutorials are to follow.

Lordan

Wow. This is stunning! Great job here. And thanks for sharing the steps on how you achieved this, will give it a shot when I have some spare time.

Optical Overlays

Great :)

Nws

Enjoy

Benny Qibal

Cineamtic

Murthaza Pk

Awesome..

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