Create a Photo Manipulation of an Emotional Dancer in a Forest

Create a Photo Manipulation of an Emotional Dancer in a Forest
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Step 34

To enhance the lips, on a new layer I used a soft brush with the color #bc8a78 to paint there. Set this layer mode to Soft Light 100%:
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Step 35

To make the background light reflected on the legs I created a new layer with a soft brush and the color #6e9299 to paint there. Turn this layer mode into Vivid Light 100%:
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Step 36

Open the light 1 texture pack. Choose the starry 6 image and position it at the top right of the scene. Change the mode to Screen 100%:
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Add a mask to this layer and use a soft black brush to remove the hard edges of this texture.
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Step 37

I used a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to change this light color:
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Step 38

Add a Levels adjustment layer to this light layer to reduce the light area a little. Erase the center of it (on the model arm):
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Step 39

Open the light 2 image. As it has a transparent background so simply drag it onto the raising arm of the model using the Move Tool. Change this layer mode to Screen 100%:
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Step 40

Open the leaves images pack. Choose the leaves you like to add to the scene, around the model, try to achieve a random effect. Here is my result:
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Step 41

Add some bigger leaves to the edges of the picture and apply Gassian Blur with 8 px to them:

Step 42

Make the leaves layers selected and press Cmd/Ctrl+G to create a group for them. Change the mode of this group from Pass Through (default group mode) to Normal 100%. Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to the top of the layers within this group to match their color with the leaves of the background and on the ground:
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Step 43

I used Curves to brighten the leaves:
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On this Curves layer mask use a soft black brush to erase the leaves on the left to keep them darker than the ones on the right:
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Step 44

Right click the leaves group, choose Duplicate Group. Right click it, choose Merge Group and we have a new layer with the leaves selection. Turn off this layer.
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Step 45

Make a new layer on the top. Hold down the Cmd/Ctrl key while clicking the leaves selection thumbnail layer to load its selection:
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Use a soft brush with the color #a2ced7 to create more light and dreamy effect for them. Change the mode to Hard Light 100%:
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Step 46

It's time for coloring the scene. Create a Gradient Map adjustment layer on the top:
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Change the mode of this layer to Soft Light 100% and use a soft black brush to erase the effect on the left side:
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Step 47

I used Curves to add some light yellow to the scene:
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Step 48

Increase the scene saturation with a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer:
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On this layer mask use a soft black brush to erase the model legs, arms, head and the ground:
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Step 49

Enhance the color and light of the scene with Vibrance:
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Here is the result on its layer mask and on the picture:
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Step 50

I used Hue/Saturation to correct the color of some leaves on the right of the ground and add more cyan to the scene:
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On this layer mask use a soft black brush to erase the parts we don't want to be affected in this step:
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Step 51

Final step: Make a new layer with the same settings in the step 33 but uncheck Clipping Mask option. Use the Dodge Tool to brighten the trees on the left edge as they need more light.

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23 comments on “Create a Photo Manipulation of an Emotional Dancer in a Forest”

  1. I'm only new to composites and just came across this by a fluke. Just what I was looking for to learn and practice.
    Thanks so much...

  2. Thanks. Your tutorial is great as well as the other is. Keep going. But you didn't say how you removed the model from it's original background!!!!

  3. Wow , very inspiring Shows that I still have a long way to go Thanks though for sharing your brilliant work

  4. I am highly inspired by your tutorials.As a learner,I found it very helpful.Thank you very much.

  5. Looks like something I should try now. Thank you for the step by step Tutorial. I’ve book marked your post. :) Keep Going!!!

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