Learn how to create this artwork of a mysterious lady in desolate environment with Photoshop! This tutorial will teach you how to place a model into a mystic landscape, apply makeup to her, and add mystic lighting effects.
Preview of Final Results
- Model – Mariaamanda
- Stones – Compot-stock
- Mountains – Resurgere
- Mountains2 – Kuoma-stock
- Forest – Riktorsashen
- Sky – Frozenstarro
- Butterfly – Madetounique
- Hair – Trisste-brushes
Step 1 – Open a New File
Go to File – New (Ctrl+N).
Then change the resolution of the new file to Width 2500 pixels and Height 1944 pixels.
Step 2 – Select the Model
Open the model’s file and used the pen tool to select the model. Pass all over the edges and make sure you end the selection in the same point you started, closing the path like this:
Step 3 – Making the selection
After you close the path press right click and you will see a menu on the screen then choose the option Make Selection.
Then choose the option New Selection and press ok
The end result has to be like this one:
Step 4 – Duplicate the Selection
Now Press Ctrl + J on your keyboard or press right click and select the option Layer via Copy.
Step 5- Add a base
Add base image for the background, In this case you can use a blue tone, with not to much saturation and reduce the opacity to 90%.
Step 6 – Stones
Add the layer with the stones to the background. Resize the layer pressing Ctrl + T in the option free transform to fit the image. Press enter to apply the transformation. Make sure you press Shift and with the mouse on one of the corners change the size of the image in that way the Width and the Height are always going to be the same, and the image will never be distort.
Step 7 – Reduce Saturation.
Go to menu: Image – Adjustments – Hue/Saturation (Ctrl+U) and in the option Saturation reduce to -40. Press ok to save the changes.
Step 8- Erase
Now pick the Eraser tool (E) and pass over the sky, just leave the rocks. Choose a soft round brush of 600px.
Step 9 – Change Layer Mode
Change the rocks layer mode to hard light.
Step 10 – Mountains
Add a new layer, this one has mountains and nice colors. Add that to the image. You can always modify the size with free transform (Ctrl+T)
Step 11- Erase
Reduce the opacity of the layer to 80% and pick the eraser tool (E) and pass over the rocks.
Step 12 – Clouds
Add a sky to the image to create the effect of more clouds in the sky.
Step 13- Soft Light
Now change the layer mode to soft light
Step 14- More mountains.
Add more mountains to the image. Erase the undesired parts with the eraser tool.
Step 15 – Soft Light
Choose the option soft light for the layer of the mountains and reduce the opacity to -70%
Step 16 – Texture
Add a fractal texture to the image to increase the colors of the scene.
Step 17 – More soft light
Choose soft light mode to the layer and reduce opacity to 50%.
Step 18 – Softer
If you think the colors are to strong go to the layer of the mountains the one of the step 10 and use that layer in soft light mode with 90% of opacity. And you will get this result:
Step 19 – Shadows and Light
Add some shadows and light behind the model. To do that create two different layers paint one with a soft round brush color black, and the other with white.
Step 20 – Layers mode.
The layer you paint with the white brush use it in soft light with 60% of opacity
And the layer you paint with black just reduce the opacity to 85%
Step 21 – Legs
Make the model’s legs less darker, to do that select the legs with the lasso tool (L). and the press Ctrl+J to duplicate the selection.
Step 22 – Layer mode
Change layer’s mode to Screen and reduce the opacity to 60%.
Step 23 – Select the Skin
Now select the model’s skin using the lasso tool once again, duplicate the selection pressing Ctrl+J.
Step 24 – Less Saturation
Go to the menu Image – Adjustments – Hue/ Saturation (Ctrl+U) and in the option saturation use: -30
Step 25 – The eyes
Paint over the eyes with a soft round brush 2px in a blue tone. Also paint details with black and white.