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: