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In this Photoshop Tutorial I'll show you how to create a photo manipulation of a surreal head with rose. We'll go through techniques of blending, adjusting color as well as retouching, using brush, masking, working with group and more. Resources needed: Model LINK Eyes LINK Paper texture LINK Hand LINK Rose LINK Petals LINK    

By pureromance88, on August 08, 2013, under Photoshop Tutorials

Final Result Preview

 

Step 1

Create a new document with size of 700x875 px and fill it with white (feel free to make your own size and colors). Choose the texture you like and drag it into our white canvas, resize it as shown below:

 

Step 2

To make this texture look like a wall, I'll add stripes to it. Hit Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+N to make a new layer. Use Retangular Marquee Tool (M) to make a selection, then fill it with color #b49087. Change the mode to Multiply 100%:

 

Step 3

Duplicate this layer several times and arrange them over the picture.

 

Make all stripe layers selected then hit Cmd/Ctrl+G o make group for them. Change the mode of this group from Pass Through (default group mode) to Multiply 70%:

 

Step 4

Click the second button at the bottom of the Layer Pallete to add mask to this group. Use soft black brush with opacity about 40-45% to erase the middle area as I don't want it too visible:

 

Step 5

I use two adjustment layers to reduce saturation and brighten the picture. Go to Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Hue/Saturation:

 

Curves:

 

I use soft black brush to remove bright effect at the edges of the image:

 

Step 6

Take a part of model face and place it at the center of the picture:

 

Step 7

I use two adjustment layers (Hue/Saturation, Curves) with Clipping Mask to match color and brightness of the model head with the rest:

 

Step 8

To make the lips more vibrant, I make a new layer (Clipping Mask) and use brush with color #a91324 to paint there. Change the mode to Overlay 100%:

 

Step 9

Make a new layer under model ones. Use Pen Tool to make shape behind model head, hit Cmd/Ctrl+Enter to turn it into a selection. Fill with color #c5bab9:

Call this layer "head fill".

 

Step 10

To make this head fill look more realistic, I make a new layer, change the mode to Overlay 100% and fill with 50% gray:

 

Use Dodge and Burn Tool with Midtones Range, Exposure about 30-40% to darken the bottom and brighten the top of this part. You can see how I applied this tool with Normal mode and result with Overlay mode: