Create this Amazing Fashion Photo Manipulation with Abstract Smoke and Light Effects

Create this Amazing Fashion Photo Manipulation with Abstract Smoke and Light Effects
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Step 39

Now when you add anything to this group, it will only affect the silhouette our woman. So first of all, create a new layer in this group and change its Blending Mode to Linear Burn, change the Opacity to max. 30% and paint with soft brush (use #8be7ff color). This will add a very slight blue colorization.
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Step 40

Now add another adjustment layer to this group – Color Balance. Use settings from below. Then grab Paint Bucket Tool(G), pick black color and fill its Layer Mask.
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Step 41

Now, grab Brush Tool (B), make it very soft, change the color to white and start revealing the layer mask. Use the arrow indicators from step 39 as a reference for painting. Basically, we're causing a blue fire reflection over her skin.
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Step 42

Next, again add another adjustment layer in this group – Curves. Adjust it as shown, separately for every channel (Red, Green and Blue – all 3 are in the same position). Then refer to step 40, fill the Layer Mask with black again and now using white brush (while painting on mask) add some shadows as indicated.
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Step 43

Continue adjusting the character. Everything goes about the light, we need to create an impression that the blue fire is really there, that's why she needs some more blue tones over front of her body. So now add in this group another adjustment layer – Gradient Map, set it as shown below.
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Step 44

Go with another adjustment layer in that group, this time Black & White. Set it as shown below. Here is a small issue, this adjustment (if set to soft light or overlay) causes a huge contrast differences, even though it's decreased to 69% opacity, it still makes the edges of the model look pretty bad. So go to Black & White layer mask, grab black brush and get rid of the dark edge (2nd image below).
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Step 45

Looking great! As final adjustment, create normal layer within that group, change its Blending Mode to Overlay, grab Brush Tool (B) again, use soft brush settings and paint with #8be7ff color, as indicated below.
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Step 46

Now create another group above the "woman adjustment" group, name it "background splashes". Hit Ctrl and left-click on woman layer's thumbnail to bring up her selection, then hit Ctrl+Shift+I to inverse selection and while having the group still selected click on Layer Mask icon. If you're lost, refer to step 38. It's the same process of adding the mask, with the difference of using Selection Inverse.
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Step 47

Now after you add something to the "background splashes" group it will only affect the background without touching the model. So with that being said open the stain image and whatever way you will choose to extract it, it will be fine. It can be rough and inaccurate, the importance is to get rid od the surrounding white color. When you're done, just paste it in that group.
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Step 48

Hit Ctrl+I to Invert and change its Blending Mode to Screen. Use Ctrl+T to resize the stain. Place it somewhere among the smoke.
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Step 49

Next apply few adjustment layers to this stain, in the exact order as you see below. You can either use Clipping Masks or just go to Image > Adjustments and pick Levels, then Hue/Saturation, then Color Balance, and apply those settings.
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Step 50

When you applied everything correctly, you should receive the same result as in the 1st image below. There was no erasing done, those adjustments worked perfectly – they not only changed the color but also did a nice separation. To make this effect even more massive, duplicate this stain few times, use some rotations and place it along the smoke.

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12 comments on “Create this Amazing Fashion Photo Manipulation with Abstract Smoke and Light Effects”

  1. Can't download the "PSD Light Effects.zip | 22.16 MB (Download from Website)" as it just says "404 Page not found"

    :(

  2. Bonjour W.P.
    C'est vraiment très joli et je vous félicite !
    J'essaye de traduire et je le fais, encore merci et si je me trompe, je peux regarder votre .psd, c'est gentil à vous !

  3. Step 7

    Select the “model” layer and hit Ctrl+Alt+R (Refine Edge).

    Output will create another layer with the settings below applied, so you can just basically delete or just turn off the previous layer. It’s up to you.

    Step 9

    Grab Brush Tool (B), set it all the way to 100%, but decrease the Spacing to 1% and check the Smoothing option. Again use black color for painting and go to Layer Mask of the “model” layer. Model layer???????????????????????????

    In Step 7 you say delete previous layer (layer "model") because we have another layer ("model copy").

    Step 10

    You should achieve similar results to mine if you painted accurately. Now pay attention to the red line surrounding the model. It’s indicating how we’re going to shade her to make her body and clothes blend with the background better. So go to Layers Palette, create new layer above “model” and hit Ctrl+Alt+G, this will create a Clipping Mask (and it should look like you see in the preview below). Above "model" layer? Again???????????

    Dude, WTF?????????

  4. This really is a awesome tutorial, im gonna follow it step by step this afternoon. Looking forward to see similair results

  5. Wojciech Pijecki (your name, yes?)

    Thank you so much, a truly great work, and in my opinion just enough info to be able to do it yourself if you wanted to. I especially liked the chiffon-"trick" and the attention to detail in the little "planets" at the end.

    Now for agnes b and photogabe above:

    I really can't believe how inpolite you are being. From what I can see he only skips the most basic stuff. If you look at the first image (end result) you should be able to see that this tutorial will require some beforehand knowledge. To be fair, you are both somewhat constructive in your critisism, but there is really no excuse for that tone of voice.

    1. yes... it did... there is a next page button which i think you didn't see lol

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