Create a Emotional Midnight Photo Manipulation with Painting-Like Effects

Create a Emotional Midnight Photo Manipulation with Painting-Like Effects

Learn how to composite this nighttime artwork and retouch skin with a smooth painting-like effect! This tutorial will show you how to composite this image with various stock photos, soften skin, and apply special lighting and color effects.

Preview of Final Results

Emotional Photo Manipulation Tutorial

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Step 1 - Background

Open the Background image.

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Open the Sky image and put it in a new layer above the Background layer. Transform it (CTRL+T) to fit the background and flip vertical. Set this layer to Soft Light.

Add a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Layer and set the Brightness to -45.

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Step 2 - Lady

Open the Lady image and make a selection of the subject. (I did it with Quick selection tool).

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CTRL+J to extract her on a new layer. Delete the original image. As you can see the edges are not perfect. But don't worry, in the next step we'll fix it!

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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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