In this Photoshop Tutorial I'll show you how to create a mysterious and fantasy portrait of a woman. This tutorial focuses on retouching techniques and creating dramatic lighting effect. Resources needed: Background LINK Model LINK Flame flower LINK Snowfall LINK
Create a new document and fill it with white. I use the size of 1300x700 px. Open background stock. Use Retangular Marquee Tool to make a selection on this image as shown below:
Use Move Tool (V) to drag this selection into our white canvas:
Right click this background layer, choose Convert to Smart Object, then go to Filter-Blur-Gassian Blur, set radius as 8 px:
This step is to add depth to our picture.
To change color and darken this background, I use some adjustment layers with Clipping Mask. Go to New Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Curves:
In this step I want to make background more stand out. Press Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+N to make a new layer, change the mode to Overlay and fill with 50% gray:
Take Dodge Tool with Midtones Range and Exposure about 30-40% to brighten some areas on background. You can see how I applied this tool with Normal mode:
Make a new layer, choose Radial Gradient with default colors (black and white):
Change the mode to Screen 100%:
Extract model stock and place her at the left side of our picture:
I want to remove some dark parts on model face so I make a new layer (Clipping Mask) and use Clone Tool to spot over these indicated areas:
Create a new layer (Clipping Mask) and I use soft brush with color #d0c4ba (picked from model skin) to brighten cheeks sides and neck. I lower opacity of this brush to 40-50% for the right cheek as it's brighter than the left already. I put the mode of this layer to Soft Light 50%:
I make some adjustment layers (Clipping Mask) for model one.
I use soft black brush with opacity about 50% to reduce magenta tone of model face (on Color Balance layer mask):
I want to enhance the lips so I make a selection around this part, then go to New Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Curves (remember to choose Clipping Mask options):
By this way this Curves layer only affects the lips.
Load the lips selection (Cmd/Ctrl+click Curves layer mask), then go to New Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Color Balance: