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    

By pureromance88, on January 25, 2013, under Photoshop Tutorials

Final Result Preview


Step 1

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:


Step 2

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.


Step 3

To change color and darken this background, I use some adjustment layers with Clipping Mask. Go to New Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Curves:

Color Balance:


Step 4

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:


Overlay mode:


Step 5

Make a new layer, choose Radial Gradient with default colors (black and white):


Change the mode to Screen 100%:


Step 6

Extract model stock and place her at the left side of our picture:


Step 7

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:


Step 8

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%:


Step 9

I make some adjustment layers (Clipping Mask) for model one.

Color Balance:


I use soft black brush with opacity about 50% to reduce magenta tone of model face (on Color Balance layer mask):




Step 10

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: