Photo Manipulation

“Sleeping Girl in Tub” Photo Manipulation

In this Photoshop tutorial, we are going to learn how to seamlessly combine photos to create a realistic image of a girl sleeping in a bathtub on a beautiful field while the sun sets. We are going to learn how to use the Brush tool to create light and shadows and how to make the colors of an image more vivid. We’re going to learn how to give the viewer the impression that he is standing just in front and peeking at a lower object. We will also learn how to make an image more dreamy using the blur tool and sharpening tool and a lot more!

Preview of Final Results


Tutorial Resources

Note: night-fate-stock has officially closed. Use the alternative stock photo links instead.

Step 1: Create a New Image File

Let’s start by creating a new image file, go to the Menu bar and click File > New, and then input the following values on their respective fields:

  • Presets: International Paper
  • Size: A4
  • Width: 2480 pixels
  • Height: 3508 pixels
  • Resolution: 300 pixels/inch
  • Color Mode: RGB Color; 8 bit
  • Background Contents: White


Step 2: Create the Ground

In this step, we will create the land for our background. To start, let’s open the stock image: “Landscape 64” by night-fate-stock. Next, activate the Move tool by pressing V on your keyboard; left-click the image while the Move tool (V) is activated and then drag that image to our canvas.

Move and position it in this manner:


Once you’ve done that, rename the layer you had just created/moved to “ground”. To rename a layer, simply double-click on the words: “layer 1” (which is our layer – “Landscape 64”) to prompt a text box to appear. Once that appears, you may now rename the layer.

See sample below:


Next, we will then resize the layer to fit our canvas. To do that, make sure that the “ground” layer is active and then simply press Ctrl/Cmd + T to activate the Transform tool. Once the Transform tool is activated, resize the image as shown below:


The result of that should be similar to this:


If you’d notice the landscape is a bit distorted so we would need to fix that distorted angle.


To fix that, we would need to activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and once it is activated, right click on the canvas to show the Transform tool’s contextual menu. Choose Rotate from the Contextual menu. See image below:


Now, let’s adjust the angle as shown below:


The result should be similar to the image shown below:


With the landscape on a proper angle, let’s resize the image so the image will fit our canvas. Activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) once again and then resize the image as shown below:


The result of that should be similar to this:


Next, we will resize “ground” again to give the viewer the impression that he is standing just in front of the tub peeking at the sleeping child which will be adding on the later steps. To start, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and resize the image as shown on the image below:


The result should be similar to this:


As of the moment, our canvas should have this image:


Step 3: Create the Sky

Now, we will add the gorgeous and glorious sky. Open the stock image: “sky 65” by night fate stock. Once open, activate the Move tool (V) and then drag this image to our canvas. Put this layer above the “ground” layer and then rename it to “sky”. See image below:


After renaming it, let’s now position the sky image. Position it as shown on the image below:


For composition purposes, we would need to resize the sky a little to get rid of that little gray cloud on the upper left of our image. Activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and then resize the image as shown below:



The result should be similar to this:


With that done, let’s now fix the background and make them look like one image. Let’s proceed now to our next step.

Step 4: Fix the Background

So we’re going to fix our background to make it one seamless photo-manipulation. To start, we will darken some parts of the ground. Create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and then name this layer: “darken 1”. Put this layer below our “sky” layer by clicking on this layer and dragging it below the “sky” layer. See image below:


After that, let’s ready the tools we need to paint. Activate the Brush tool (B) but before we start, make sure that the active Brushes are the default brushes. The default Photoshop brushes are shown on the image below, if that’s not what you see, then follow the instructions below:


Right click the canvas while a layer is selected and while the Brush tool (B) is activated and then click on the button highlighted below:


Then click on “Reset Brushes” from the contextual menu.


Now, that that is done input the following settings for our Brush tool (B):

  • Brush size: 200px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000


Note: The “#” means the color of the brush. 000000 is the color black, but to make sure that you will be using that brush color, follow the steps below:


After clicking the Foreground tool, the Color Picker box would open. Once open, input the following on the # space:


Your brush now has the black color; so now, let’s get ready to paint.

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