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Step 34Now that the shadows are done let's add a bit of light on the model. Create a new layer only for the model (Above the one you created for the shadow). Set it to Hard Light with Opacity and Fill at 70%. I picked the color #f6d57b and painted some light on the edges of the model. For the edges of legs you have to pick a darker color because the light doesn't hit them directly. (Something like #ecb545). Below you can see where I painted the light. (Obviously being the layer bound only to the model, the light won't go in the background. This is only to show it to you).
Step 35Time to work more on the scene. First of all I want people to focus on the model. That's why we are going to add a kind of Vignette. Create a new layer above all layers and fill it with 50% of Gray (Edit > Fill > 50% Gray). Set the layer to Soft Light with Opacity and Fill at 80%. Our aim is to darken the edges of the canvas and to give more light in the center. So we will paint with black on the edge and with white in the center. I did with a soft brush with 50% Opacity. Below you can see my Vignette and the result.
Step 36Let's give the scene warmer tones. Add a Selective color adjustment with these settings:
- Reds: 9 0 0 7
- Yellows: -7 2 17 9
- Blacks -6 0 4 -2
Step 37Once again warmer tones. Reddish to be more precise. Add a new layer and set it to Hard Light with Opacity at 50% and Fill at 80%. Pick the color #c45f25 and paint some red light. Use a very low Opacity for the brush. Below you can see my layer.
Step 38Now that we added a bit of red light we have to compensate it with shadow. Create a new layer and set it to Soft Light with Fill 56%. Pick a soft brush with low opacity and paint on the edges with black. Below my layer and the result.
Step 39Now add a Curves adjustment to give more luminosity to the scene. Drag it so that you will have these settings:
- Output 140 and Input 111
Step 40Last adjustment I made was adding a Color Balance. Settings:
- Shadows -5 0 -3
- Midtones 0 0 0
- Lights 0 0 -15
Step 41If you want you can add a bit of sharpness to the final result. Make a stamp of all layers by clicking Shift + ALT + CRTL + E. Go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask
- Amount 148%
- Radius 2
- Threshold 0