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In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a fantasy and emotional photo manipulation with a magical rose. You’ll learn different manipulating techniques, retouching, blending, painting hair, creating a complex lighting setup and more.
As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:
Open ground image. Press C to active Crop Tool and we’re going to make this image narrower:
We have result:
As we want to focus on model and another subjects that will be located at foreground part so the background should be blurred. Duplicate background layer then go to Filter-Blur-Gassian Blur and set radius as 6 px:
Now click the small second button at the bottom of Layer Pallete to add layer mask for this duplicated background. Use soft black brush with big size (300-400 px, but it depends on the size of your picture) to clear blur effect on foreground part:
I want to make a part of background more faded as it’s not a part we want to get focus on. There are several ways to do it and I use Clone Tool in this case. Press Cmd/Ctrl+Shif+N to make a new layer above duplicated background. Hit S to active Clone Tool with settings below:
Clone over this part (I choose a white part on the left as the source):
I want to brighten background a bit to make it easier to blend with forest (in next step). Make a new layer on the top. Use soft white brush with big size to paint over sky and the right edge of foreground. Change the mode to Soft Light 100%:
Open forest stock. Make selection for this part of this photo and use Move Tool (M) to drag it into our canvas, use Free Transform Tool (Cmd/CTrl+T) to resize and locate it at background:
Lower opacity to 50%:
Add layer mask to remove hard edge of the bottom:
Apply Gassian Blur with 6 px to make forest part fit well with blurred background:
To change color of forest to be fit the rest, I use an adjustment layer for it with Clipping Mask. On forest layer, go to Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Color Balance:
We have result:
Open girl stock. First I extract her from white background and copy it into a new layer. I make a new layer between background and extracted model and fill it with color #7b8685 (you can fill with any colors that makes good contrast to see small details of model better). Don’t worry about hair part as we’ll repaint it later.
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