Playing with Lights and Shadow to Create Dramatic Photo Manipulation

Playing with Lights and Shadow to Create Dramatic Photo Manipulation
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Step 8 - First Color Adjustment

It's time to begin with setting the mood of the image. Because it's some calm, autumn morning I think that more colder color palette would suit better to the image. To do that add new adjustment layer Color Balance on the top of all layers and set the values as shown on the picture below.
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Let's compare how the photo looks before and after this adjustment, shall we?
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Step 9 - Retouching Highlight on Jacket

I strongly believe that what makes the photo manipulation great is focusing on details. Which is why you'll remove some highlights on the woman's jacket. They're both disturbing and too bright given the overall light scene. Let's take a look at the highlights you are going to retouch in this step:
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Add new layer on the top of all layers and name it e.g. JACKET RETOUCH. Grab the Stamp Tool (S), select some soft round brush and set the Master Diameter on about 30 pixels. Set the Opacity on 100% and clone some pattern from darker areas into the circled areas. If you don't know how to use the Stamp Tool (S) I strongly recommend you to check out some tutorials about it because it's very useful Photoshop tool. Change the source of cloning to avoid repetitive pattern which never looks realistic in pictures. Below you can compare how the jacket looks before and after using of the Stamp Tool (S).
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Step 10 - Darkening Trees and Hair

Right now trees look flat because there are no shadows on them. Also hair of woman should be bit darker to look better and more contrasted. You'll easily fix it in this step. Add new adjustment layer Levels on the top of all layers and set the Input Levels on 0; 0,75; 255.
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As in some of the previous steps you don't want to have the whole picture that dark. To hide the adjustment grab the Pain Bucket Tool (G) and fill the layer mask with black color. Now grab the Brush Tool (B), select some soft round brush and set the Master Diameter on about 35%. Pick white color and lower the Opacity of the brush on 10%. Let's start with painting shadows on trees. Because light is coming from left there should be darker areas on the right side of trees. There should also be some bounced shadow on the dinosaur. Let's paint it too. You can get better idea below.
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As I mentioned at the beginning of this step woman's hair should be bit darker too. Use the same setting of the brush as before and paint with white over her hair. You can see where on the photo below again.
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On the following picture you can see how your photo manipulation should look so far.
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Step 11 - Texture on the Dinosaur

Right now the dinosaur looks too plastic. In this step you'll add texture over his skin to create more realistic result. Download the leather texture from the list in the beginning of the tutorial and drag it into your photo manipulation. Place it on the top of all layers and name it e.g. BETTER SKIN. Right now the texture is not blended well. Blending modes are great way how you can get quickly very realistic blending results. If you're not familiar with them I recommend you to try experimenting with them and see what effect you can achieve. You can not only use them to blend textures, but also to create light effects, do color changes etc. Just experiment and you'll see. But back to the tutorial...

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