Photo Manipulation

Create a Emotional Midnight Photo Manipulation with Painting-Like Effects


You have to do the same thing with eyes. Follow the direction of details. For the eyes I used a strength set to 28%


As you can see below there are some parts that are difficult to smudge because of different colors. I suggest you to airbrush over them picking the same color of closer areas (the dark makeup in this case). After that you can normally smudge.


Once that her right eye is done you’ll do the same for her left eye. Airbrush the hard parts with same color and then smudge them!


Now both eyes are done. Give more strength to the smudge tool (I used 60%) and do the make up stretching it.


This is so far what we have right now.


Keep smudging the rest of the skin. I used Strength 10%-15% for the arms and the fingers.


Step 4 – Hair

If you are happy with the smudged skin delete the layer containing the lady with the original skin and duplicate the on you were working on. Now work on the duplicated one. Load the Hair brush. Select once again the Smudge tool and choose the 200px brush. I set 40px and Strength 95%. Start from top of the hair and go down smudging out to create some strands (from inside to outside).


Once you have smudged out the borders low the strength of the brush at 86% and paint the hair following its direction, like you are combing it. Brush size varies. It depends on how much is big the part to smudge. When you’re done delete the high part of hair.


This is so far the result after smudging skin and hair.


Step 5 – Adjusting Colors

Add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer (only for the lady):

Red (Saturation -45) Yellow (Saturation -28)


Add a Color Balance Adjustment Layer (only for the lady):

Shadows: -20 +4 -8

Midtones: -12 +13 +9

Highlights: -19 +2 0


Add a Gradient Map Adjustment Layer (only for the lady) (Set to Overlay – Opacity 80% – Fill 80%)


And you’ll have this:


Add a Gradient Map Adjustment Layer (for the whole manipulation, above everything) (Soft Light – Opacity and Fill 50%)


and you’ll have


Step 6 – Light behind the lady

To fit the lady inside our work let’s add some light behind her. Create a layer under the lady. Take a soft white brush and paint close the her edges.


Apply Gaussian Blur (I used 100px). This is the result.


Step 7 – Stars

Create a layer below the one you just made for the light behind the lady. Put here the Stars (Fireworks) stock. Now press CTRL+T to scale the image, rotate it (90 CW) and flip it horizontally.


Set the layer to Screen – Opacity and Fill 80%. If you look you will see that the edge of the image is visible. Select the Eraser Tool and choose a soft brush to delete this line (I chose 150px with Opacity 40%)


Add a Curves Adjustments Layer above the Stars. Put ‘Increase Contrast’ from the presets and set the layer to Luminosity. Then add a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Layer with Brightness -10 above everything.


This is what we have right now.


Step 8 – Moon

Create a layer below the Lady. Load the Moon brushes and paint with white color the moon (I deleted the left part of the moon because I didn’t like it).


Step 9 – Desaturation

Add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer and set Saturation at -15.


Step 10 – Lights

We need to add some light now and we are going to do it with two layers. Let’s start with moonlight. Paint some rays of light from the moon to the lady with a hard round brush using a light color (not pure white). Apply Gaussian Blur (65px) and set the layer to Soft Light – Opacity and Fill 80%

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