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In this Photoshop Tutorial we are going to create dark fantasy photo manipulation of a lost girl in the dark. Follow through this tutorial to learn how to set lightning, blend images, masking and some other important techniques in manipulating images. Resources needed: Background LINK Model LINK Lantern LINK Pumpkin LINK    

By Dek Wid, on October 26, 2013, under Photoshop Tutorials

Step 11

Again create a new layer above the shadow layer with a clipping mask. Fill this layer with 50% gray. Set the layer to overlay. On this layer we will paint some highlight and some more shadow on the model. Take the very soft round brush set to low opacity, paint the highlight with white to areas where needed as indicated with white arrows and the shadow as indicated with black ones. Select all the model layers and hit Ctrl+G to group them into a single folder. I named this group: model.

 

Step 12

In this step we will add some light on the lantern. Create a new layer above the lantern. Make selection on this layer and fill this selection with black.

 

Go to filter > render > lens flare. Choose 105mm prime set to about 78% brightness. Set this flare layer to screen. I decided to alter the color of the flare to yellowish tone, so I gave it a hue saturation adjustment with a clipping mask :

 

Here is the result so far..

 

Step 13

Create a new layer above the flare layer. Fill this layer with 50% gray and set its blending to linear light. On this new layer paint more light with light orange (#faa840). Use a very soft round brush sized to 200-300 px at a very low opacity of about 25-30% opacity. Select all the light layers and group them in to a single folder. I named this group light of lantern.

 

Step 14

We should add more highlight to the model as the light of the lantern supposed to be casted on the model. Go to select the model group layer and create a new layer with a clipping mask above the highlight layer previously created in step 11. Fill this layer with 50% gray and set it to linear light blending at 100% opacity. Paint the highlight on areas where needed. Use light yellow for the color and a very soft round brush at very low opacity of about 3-5%. Stroke the brush repeatedly on the areas to be highlighted.

 

Step 15

Again create a new layer with a clipping mask above the previous highlight layer (step 14). Fill this layer with black set to color dodge blending. With light yellow, paint more highlight on areas where needed. Make sure to use a very soft round brush at opacity of 3-5% and stroke repeatedly.

 

Step 16

Proceed to add another lantern to the scene. Cut out the lantern and copy it to the main canvas. Scale and place it behind the model.

 

To get the feel of Halloween, I decided to add a Halloween pumpkin to the scene:

 

Mask the lantern to blend it to its surrounding.

 

Step 17

Select the pumpkin layer and create a new layer with a clipping mask above it. With white and light yellow, paint some highlight on the pumpkin:

 

Step 18

I decided to add another hue/saturation layer between the lantern and pumpkin layer:

 

Here is the result so far..

 

Step 19

Now we will add highlight on the ground where the lantern and pumpkin placed. Create a new layer filled with black below the lantern and pumpkin layer. Set the blending of this layer to color dodge. Take the very round soft brush again set to a very low opacity of 3-5%. Now you can guess what we should do next, all right.. with light yellow paint the highlight around the ground where needed by stroking the brush repeatedly on it. Here is the layer I created set to normal at 100% opacity.

 

And here is the result set to color dodge:

 

To brighten the highlight, we can duplicate the layer and reduce its opacity to about 60-80% as I did to get this result:

 

Step 20

I decided to correct the highlight of the model’s face. As we can see we should add more highlight to areas on face. Go back again to the model group layer. Open the group and add color balance adjustment layer with a clipping mask above the photo filter layer previously created in step 9. Set this color balance layer to screen at 100% opacity. You might not be satisfied with the result because there is too much light on the model. Don’t worry, we will fix it.

 

We don’t need the entire effect of the color balance, we should to hide it on almost the entire body of the model except some on the face and dress. To this purpose, mask the color balance on areas where needed as marked in red in the screenshot below:

 

Here is the result so far...