Create a Minimalist Portal Scene in Photoshop

Create a Minimalist Portal Scene in Photoshop
  • Brush size: 30px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Range: Midtones
  • Exposure: 15%
  • Zoom at 300%
Burn the region shown below:
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The result:
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Now, let's create a shadow for the man. Create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it "shadow". Make sure to put this layer below the "man". Activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:
  • Brush size: 80px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
  • Zoom level: 50%
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Group these layers now and rename it to "man".

Step 8: Create a Vignette

In this step, we will learn how to create a vignette which will help enhance the focus on our subject. To start, go to the Menu bar and click on File > New and use the same settings we used to create our canvas. (Refer to Step 1). Take note, the background contents should be white. Once it has been created, go to Filter > Distort > Lens Correction. Find the tab Vignette and use these settings:
  • Vignette amount: -100
  • Midpoint: +50
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Now that that's done drag the vignette to our canvas using the Move tool (V) and put it on top of all the layers that we've created, and then set the following:
  • Blending mode: Multiply
  • Opacity to 40%
To set the blending mode, simply click on the drop-down menu beside the word "Normal" on the top part of the Layer window. The Opacity is located just beside that drop-down menu as well. See image below:
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The unblended Vignette will look like this:
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Once the blending mode is set to "Multiply" it would look like this:
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Step 9: Enhance the look and feel of the image

Now let's enhance the colors and overall feel of our image. Let's start by creating a Solid Color adjustment layer. To do that, simply click on the button shown on the image below:
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When it opens, click on the following:
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Once you've clicked on Solid Color, the Color Picker menu would open. When it opens, input the following color:
  • #: 02002a
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When you're done, you would see that your whole canvas is filled with a dark blue color. We would need to change that, so set the Blending Mode and Opacity to the following:
  • Blending Mode: Exclusion
  • Opacity: 50%
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Next, create another Solid Color adjustment layer (still from the Create New Fill/Adjustment Layer button). When the Color Picker opens, input the following color code:
  • #: 594427
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Next, set the Blending mode and Opacity to the following:
  • Blending Mode: Soft Light
  • Opacity: 50%
Next, let's create a Color Balance adjustment layer from the Create New Fill/Adjustment Layer button.
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When the Color Balance box opens, input the following:
  • Color Levels: -26, 0, -9
  • Tone Balance: Midtones
  • Preserve Luminosity: Check
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Next, create another Color Balance adjustment layer and now input the following:
  • Color Levels: -8, -13, -7
  • Tone Balance: Shadows
  • Preserve Luminosity: Check
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The result now should be something like this:
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Next, let's create an Exposure adjustment layer (Create New Fill/Adjustment Layer button).
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Once it opens, input the following:
  • Exposure: 0.3
  • Offset: 0.0000
  • Gamma Correction: 1.00
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On our final retouching technique, let's give it a slightly desaturated look, through giving it an infrared feel. Let's start by creating a Channel Mixer adjustment layer through the Create New Fill/Adjustment Layer button.
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When it opens, input the following:
  • Output Channel: Gray
  • Red: 0%
  • Green: +100%
  • Blue: 0%
  • Constant: 0%
  • Monochrome: Check
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The result of that would be a Black and White infrared photo:
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But we would want our image to be in color, so change the Opacity of the Channel Mixer layer to the following:
  • Opacity: 30%
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The result should be similar to this:

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