Create this Breathtaking Photo Manipulation of a Tightrope Dancer in Photoshop

Create this Breathtaking Photo Manipulation of a Tightrope Dancer in Photoshop
Learn how to create this dangerous scene of a tightrope dancer over a beautiful twilight cityscape. This tutorial will show you how to blend photos together using color matching and light painting techniques.

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Tightrope Dancer Photoshop Tutorial


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Step 1

Open the 'City' Stock.
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Step 2

Add a Color balance Layer adjustment:
  • Shadows: -33 0 +14
  • Midtones: -20 0 +26
  • Highlights: -19 0 +5
You'll have this result.
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Step 3

Add a Brightness / Contrast Adjustments Layer with these settings:
  • Brightness: -105
  • Contrast: +64
This is the result.
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Step 4

Now we have to add the 'Sky' to our work. So let's create some space above the city. Go to Image > Canvas Size and click on the arrow I'm going to show you below (1). Then replace the Height with 4912 Pixels (2).
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This is what we have now.
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Step 5

Open the 'Sky' stock. After cropping the stock rules advise put it in a new layer above everything.
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Step 6

Now resize the sky to fit it in the canvas.
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Step 7

Add a Mask to the Sky layer. We need to blend it with the rest of the manipulation. Choose a soft round brush (Settings: Opacity > 30-40% - Size > 180 - Color > Black) and on the layer Mask start to paint at the bottom of the sky to gently delete the strong contrast between it and the city.
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Step 8

Add a Color Balance Adjustment Layer ONLY for the Sky.
  • Shadows -37 0 0
  • Midtones -43 0 52
  • Highlights -38 0 42
This is the result.
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Step 9

The background looks too saturated. Let's add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer
  • Saturation -14
  • Lightness -4
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Step 10

Add a Brightness / Contrast Adjustment Layer to give more Light. Set the brightness to +20. Here's the result.
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Step 11

Open the 'Lady' stock and cut her off her background. I know there are a lot of methods to do it. In this case I used the Pen Tool to be more precise. Place the Lady above all layers.
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Step 12

Add a Hue / Saturation Layer ONLY for the Lady layer.
  • Master: Saturation -42
  • Reds: Saturation -41
  • Yellows: Saturation -18; Lightness -16
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Step 13

Add a Color Balance Adjustment Layer ONLY for the Lady layer.
  • Shadows -10 0 +24
  • Midtones -14 0 +86
  • Highlights -18 0 +31
And this is the result.
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Step 14

Add a Photo Filter ONLY for the Lady layer.
  • Filter: Cooling Filter 82
  • Density: 11%
Set this layer to Overlay with Opacity and Fill at 50%.
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Step 15

Let's add some light. Create a new layer. Pick the White color and use the Gradient Tool (Radial) in the middle of the manipulation (as you see in the image below).
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Set this layer to Overlay with Opacity at 70%. And this is the result.
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Step 16

To Blend better the Lady we have to add some light behind her. Create a layer under the Lady layer and set it to Soft Light with Opacity 80%. Pick a soft round brush (Opacity > 30%; Size > 900px) and paint some light around her.
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Step 17

Let's work now on the mood. Add a Selective Color Adjustment Layer above everything with these settings:
  • Blues: Cyan 0; Magenta: +6; Yellow: +54; Black +3.
This is the result.
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Step 18

Open the 'Rope' Stock. Create a layer below the one you made for the light behind the Lady and put there the rope. Resize and rotate it (CTRL+T) until it fits the prospective.

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10 comments on “Create this Breathtaking Photo Manipulation of a Tightrope Dancer in Photoshop”

  1. Beautiful tutorial! I think it would be helpful if you showed where the tools/layers can be found like the other tutorials.

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