Create this warm and sensual photo manipulation by combining photos, blending them, and adding a warm color effect. This tutorial will cover advanced photo manipulation techniques such as quick masking, color matching, and nondestructive dodging and burning.
Preview of Final Results
Open the model stock.
As you can see the picture has the photographer’s tag at the bottom. We are going to remove it! Let’s grab the Clone Stamp Tool. Click the ALT button close to the area you want to clone. A kind of viewfinder will appear. Now brush over the area to clone.
You will have to do it several times until the tag is removed. Remember to alt click close to the areas you want to recover or the result will be fake.
Let’s go to select the part of the image we want: the lady and the tree. I did it with the Quick selection tool but you can do it with your favourite tool.
This is not a perfect selection so we will refine it. Click the Mask Button I am showing you below.
Below you can see what happened. The unwanted part is colored with red. Now we are going to refine the selection with a normal Brush. You will paint directly on the image with black or white. Painting with black will exclude from the selection the parts you brushed over. Painting with white will do the opposite thing. When you are happy with your selection you click the Mask button once again and you’ll have your perfect selection.
Now you have to create a mask so that the unwanted part will disappear. To do so just click the Clipping Mask button and you will obtain what you want!
TIP: To have a transparent background remember you have to unlock the Model layer or you will have a colored background.
Now you have to do the same thing to delete the part close to her legs and at the bottom of the tree. Go over the mask we created for the Model layer and paint with black the unwanted part!
I didn’t like the bottom part because I think it can catch people eye. Instead I want that people look at the model. So I painted with white on the clipping mask to make that part visible again. Then I cloned it like I did in Step 2.
Open the Forest stock and place it under the Model at the right top of the canvas. (I stretched it a bit).
Let’s continue to build the scene. Open the Waterfall stock and place it like I did in the image below. It goes above the Forest Stock.
Now we have to mask the waterfall. Add a Clipping Mask to the waterfall layer and with black paint over the unwanted part.
TIP: Paint with 100% Opacity the edges of the image and reduce the opacity where you want to blend it with the Forest stock.
Below you can see my Clipping Mask and the result.
Now that we have blended the image we have to fix its lights/shadows and colors because it’s too greenish and bright.
To fix the Lights and Shadows add a Hue/Saturation adjustment (only for the Waterfall stock) and put these settings:
- Master 0 0 -44
- Yellows 0 14 -26
- Cyans 0 -35 -100
To fix the colors add a Color Balance adjustment (only for the Waterfall) with these settings:
- Shadows 6 -1 -10
- Midtones 2 -10 -8
- Highlights 0 -7 -12
Open the Autumn Forest stock to complete the scene. Place it above the Waterfall stock and its adjustments.
Also this stock has to be blended with the rest. Like we did before we will add a Clipping Mask to it and paint with black the unwanted parts. Below you can see my Mask and my result.
Once again we have to fix the colors and the lights. Add a Hue/saturation adjustment only for this layer putting these settings:
- Master 0 0 2
- Reds 0 -31 17
- Yellows 0 -19 -8
- Greens 0 -12 -58
For the colors add a Color Balance adjustment only for this layer with these settings:
- Shadows 7 4 1
- Midtones -4 0 -5
- Highlights 0 3 -5
Now our scene is complete but the model doesn’t fit it. Let’s blend her! Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment only for the Model layer with these settings:
- Master 0 -26 -17
- Green 0 -40 -40
For the colors add a Color Balance adjustment only for the model layer. Settings:
- Shadows 12 0 -10
- Midtones 20 0 -16
- Highlights 9 0 -20
Now everything is fixed! Let’s give the scene more intensity. Add a Gradient Map above every layer. Set it to Soft Light with Opacity and Fill at 80%.
The light source is strong but the light around is not. That’s why we have to add a bit of luminosity. Create a new layer above all layers and set it to Hard Light. With color #d0a945 paint some light. I used a soft round brush. Below you can see where I painted. (The black background is only on the purpose to show you!).
I wanted to give the scene a more dramatic look. So I gave strength to the light source. Create a new layer. With the color #d0a945 paint some light over the light source. I used a soft round brush at 40% Opacity. Then set the layer to Overlay with Opacity and Fill at 80%.