In this tutorial I will show how to create a emotional Photo Manipulation in Photoshop. Learn how to create a Moon Night scene. We will work on lighting, shadows and highlight, Dodge & Burn and how to blend images properly by applying adjustment layer to get the desired scene and much more.
What you’ll be creating
You will learn how to create a emotional photo manipulation in Photoshop.First we create a foggy atmosphere by combining stock images.Then we will create a moon with brush tool and after that we will add the model. You will learn how to blend model to your desired scene by blending options, dodge and burn, creating shadow etc. Finally we will use adjustment layer for final touch and at the end I will show to how to create stars by applying filters . To follow this tutorial we will need CS5 or later.
- Foggy Morning – Pixabay
- Mad sky 4 – Salsolastock
- Fall 1 – By Kuoma-Stock
- dark forest 6 – By Miranda-rose stock
First of all download all the resources and keep them in a folder that makes easy to follow the tutorial.Now, start by making the new document, Go to file>New set the setting as shown in the image below or start by opening the foggy morning image
Then place the foggy morning in the document.Go to file>place and select the foggy morning image.
Apply mask to the image by clicking on add layer mask icon on layer Panel and activate the gradient tool by pressing G on the keyboard and set it to Linear and black to white. Holding the shift the key apply the gradient vertically.The result should be as shown in the image below:
Now place the mad sky 4 image below the foggy morning
Now click on the layer mask of the foggy morning and select brush tool by pressing (B),opacity and flow to 40% and start painting like as shown in the layer mask below and the result should be similar this.
Now click on new adjustment layer icon on the layer Panel and choose Curves adjustment layer.Apply it to mad sky 4 as shown in the image below and result should be like this.
Here is the result.
Now create a new layer, create clipping mask for it by right clicking on layer and then choose create clipping mask and activate the clone stamp tool by pressing (S).Set the sample current and below on property bar,Sample the sticks on the ground and the result should be like this
Now apply Gradient map adjustment layer and choose color for shadow #20425a, for highlight #ff8809.set the blend mode to hard light and opacity to 63%.
Result should be like this
Now I applied a gradient fill adjustment layer by click on third button in layer panel. Select the second preset foreground to transparent.choose color#272f43 and change the blend mode to color. Take the brush tool by pressing (B), set the opacity to 50% flow as well and start painting on layer mask of the gradient fill adjustment layer as shown in the image.
result on layer mask.
Then I applied two more adjustment layer to image.First Select the selective color adjustment to enhance the image color and set the adjustment as shown below,then set the blend mode to soft light and opacity to 41%.I also select the blue in selective color adjustment and only set the cyan to -10%.
Result after applying Selective Color Adjustment
Select curves adjustment set it as shown below and then change the blend mode to soft light and opacity to 34%.
Result should be similar to this.
Now let’s create the moon. To do this create a new layer and name it moon then select soft brush with hardness to 0% and opacity to 100% as well as flow.Now change your foreground color to #ffb400 and size 800pixels then paint top center of the image. Then change the color closer to first one #ffd776 with brush size to 500 pixels and paint it. Then again change the color to #ffeec5 with size to 250 pixels. After that change the layer blend mode to Linear Dodge and opacity to 80% result should be like this.
I added a curves adjustment to moon layer.Create clipping mask for this adjustment by right clicking on it and choose create clipping mask.Set is as shown below. Now we have created our background scene. Create a group by clicking the fourth button in the layer Panel or shortcut Ctrl+G above all the layer then select top layer and by holding shift key select bottom layer then put them into the group, named that group BACKGROUND
Now place the model layer fall 1 by Kuoma stock from deviant art. Select the pen tool by pressing (P) on the keyboard and create a path around the model then right click, choose make selection.After that apply a layer mask to model layer. Make sure that pen tool set to path on the property bar.Well, I am not expert in masking the hair. To deal with hair simply right click on the layer mask of the model and choose refine edge then select refine edge tool and paint around the hair. so,I extracted the hair.
As you can see the bottom part of image not blend properly. To blend it properly I need to keep the leaves which are on her dress to do this Select the brush then set the opacity of 30% as well as flow with 100 pixel of size then paint as shown in the image. Now We blended the image properly. I recommend to everyone to play with opacity and flow setting of brush tool as well as size.
Model looks like that she is floating in the air because it does not have shadow.Create a new layer below the model layer by pressing Shift+ctrl+N key and name it shadow. Pick the brush tool by pressing (B) on the keyboard then set opacity to 40% as well as flow and size to 125 pixels and paint around the edge of the model dress.Again reduce the opacity to 20% as well as flow and size to 100 pixels. Make the shadows and if you paint it too much you can also reduce the opacity or apply the Gaussian blur filter. But I have done it properly here are the result:
As you can see the light source is the moon which above the model so, we need add highlight to top part of model and have to dark the bottom part.Always respect the source of the light. According to light source I added a Gradient overlay effect by right clicking on model layer and choose blending options. choose the color #000000 for shadow and for highlight I choose #989923 and change the blend mode to soft light.
Result should be like this.
I added a curves adjustment layer, set it as shown . I want that it will only effect the model not to rest of the image. Right click on curves adjustment layer and select create clipping mask. For shortcut hold the alt key and click between the model layer and curves adjustment layer.
Next I added a gradient fill adjustment layer and choose the color #133943 as shown in the image. Change the blend mode to soft light and opacity to 49%.Create clipping mask for this layer also.
After applying gradient fill, result should be similar to this.
Now , darken the image by applying a hue saturation adjustment layer.Set the hue to +8 , saturation to -41 and lightness to -26.Create clipping mask for this layer also.
Here is the results:
I added a Brightness and contrast adjustment layer. Set the Brightness to -28 and Contrast to -21 then reduce the opacity to 50%.Create clipping mask too for this layer
Result should be similar to this.
Now create a new layer by pressing ctrl+shift+N key, name it dodge and burn.Go to edit menu then fill it with 50% gray.Set the layer blend mode to overlay.
Pick the burn on tool Panel by pressing (O) on the keyboard set the the range to midtones and strength to 9% and paint the dark part on the model also set the size to 50 pixels. Then grab the dodge tool and range to midtones,strength to 9% size to 50 pixels then paint top part of the model to make highlights.Result should be similar to this
Next I created the fog by applying cloud filter. To do this create a new layer below the model layer by pressing shift+ctrl+N key, set your foreground color to #858585 and background to color #FFFFFF.Go to-filter-render-clouds and apply the clouds filter two times.
Now apply layer mask to image and grab the soft brush and opacity to 80% as well as flow.Then paint the top and bottom part of the layer.Name it Fog.The change the blend to soft light and opacity to 40% The result should be similar to this.Before heading forward Put all the model layer into the group name that group Model.
Now I added to stones to the image. Place the dark forest 6 by miranda-rose stock from deviantart above the model layer as shown below.I only want to keep the stones.
To keep the stones, We need to apply the layer mask to the image and pick soft round brush opacity & flow to 100%. Then hide the top part of the image because we only wanted the stone.
Then again Set the opacity and flow to 30 to 40% and paint on the stone like shown in the image below:.
To match the color of the stone I applied a Hue/Saturation, set the hue to +16, saturation -66 and lightness to -49.Create clipping mask for this layer.
Here is the result:.
Place again the dark forest image but this time place it like shown below so, it can cover entire the canvas.
Apply layer mask to this layer and set brush setting as we applied in step 25 & 26. Paint it as shown in the image
Next I applied a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer with same setting applied in step 28.As you can see we blended the stones properly to our image.Create clipping mask for this layer also.
I created the light rays. To do this grab the soft brush, hardness to 0% and opacity and flow to 30%. Choose the color #dfdf15 and paint as shown in the image.
Then change the blend mode to soft light and opacity to 40%. Here is the result
Now we have done with background, model and stones.It’s time for final adjustments. First applied the curves adjustment layer set it as shown below and reduce the opacity to 21%.
Click on the layer mask and select the soft round brush then paint a dot on the layer mask shown in the image in the below.
Let give the image a soft warming look by adding a photo filter adjustment,select the warming filter(85) and set the blend mode color, opacity to 51% and select the layer mask of photo filter adjustment layer choose a soft round brush with 100% opacity as well as flow and paint a dot on layer mask .
Here is the result.
I added a gradient map adjustment layer to darken the bottom part of the image and highlight a bit in middle.Choose color #000000 for shadows and for highlight choose #9c5b07. Then change the blend mode to soft light and opacity to 20%.Grab the brush tool with 30% opacity & flow and paint on the layer of this adjustment layer as shown in the image.
Result after applying Gradient Map.
Next I added a channel mixer adjustment layer. This layer is milestone of this manipulation because it converts our manipulation totally in a moon night scene. So add the channel mixer adjustment layer. Then select red channel and set blue to +2. Then select blue channel set the red to -11 and green to +44.
Now activate the model selection by selecting model and Hold down the ctrl key and click on the layer mask of the model. Then invert the selection by pressing Alt+Shift+I paint on channel mixer adjustment layer mask as shown below with soft round brush with 100% opacity and flow. Then again activate the selection of model. Click on the layer mask of Channel Mixer adjustment hide some effect of channel mixer on model by selecting soft round brush and opacity to 30% as well as flow.
Here is the result after applying Channel Mixer adjustment layer.
Next I added a Gradient Map for warm look for the image. Choose the color #3e270c and #01040a. Set the blend mode to color dodge and reduce the opacity to 83%.
Here is the result:.
Next I added adjustment Hue/saturation adjustment layer. set the Hue to +230, saturation to +27 and lightness to -14.click on the layer mask of this layer,Then pick the soft brush with the setting 30% opacity and flow then paint it on model dress as shown in the image below.
I added brightness/contrast adjustment layer.Set the contrast to +2 and brightness to +32
Now will add two more final adjustment layers.Select the color lookup adjustment layer and choose Horror blue lookup.Then change the blend mode soft light and opacity to 30%.Pick the soft round brush with setting step 43 and paint on the layer mask of this layer as shown in the image
Now add the final adjustment. Select curves adjustment layer set it as shown below then reduce the opacity to 40%. Pick the soft round brush and paint with same setting we did in previous step like shown below.
Result should be similar to this:
Now Put all final adjustment layer into a group and name it final adjustments. Now, It’s time to create the stars in the sky by applying filters.Create a new layer on the top then convert it Smart Object by Right clicking on the layer then choose convert to smart object and fill it with black, go to edit>fill.
The go to filter Noise> add noise > set the noise 80% also check on the monochromatic.Then got to filter>filter gallery>texture>Grain set the intensity to 0,contrast to 54 and grain type to contrasty should have similar result
Now Again go to filter>filter gallery>Sketch>Plaster.Make sure your foreground and background color set to black/white.Set Image Balance to 16, smoothness to 3 and light to top as shown in the image
Result should be similar
Now the change the blend mode to screen and apply a layer mask to this layer. Select the brush tool with 300 pixels of size then change the opacity and flow to 70%. Paint on the entire layer except on the top because stars appeared in sky You can see the result on the layer mask below.
Here is the result
Here are the final results.