Create this emotional blue-tone photo manipualtion of a woman in a forest with flying petals. This tutorial uses few resources and will show you how to use techniques such as dodging and burning to create a dramatic look.
Preview of Final Results
- Lady – Mijranum-stock
- Background – Lunebleu-stock
- Petals – Lucifers-star (Alternative)
- Diamonds – Antiseptisch
Step 1 – The Background
Open the Background and cut the part you’re interested in.
We want to give more visibility to the subject, so let’s apply some blur here. Duplicate the background layer and add Gaussian Blur.
(Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur)
The amount depends on the picture, it’s not always the same. (I generally use a range between 5px and 10px)
This step is optional. It depends on your taste!
Duplicate the blurred background and set the blend mode to Multiply. Play with Opacity and Fill because sometimes Multiply blend gives the picture too much darkness. (In this case I left both at 100%).
Step 2 – The Lady
Open the stock with the lady and extract her.
Create a new layer above the background layers and put there the lady. I previously worked on hair and skin but we’re not here for that! You can easily find tutorials about hair and skin.
Create a layer between the lady and the background and paint some hair (I suggest you a little hard brush). In alternative you can download some strands stock and place them in the layer you created. When you’re done just smudge the part that is under the dress of the lady.
Below you can see the result.
Step 3 – Petals
Create a new layer above everything. Download the PSD containing the petals and paste them into this layer. Put them in the position you like.