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Catch Me – Photoshop Manipulation Tutorial

Catch Me – Photoshop Manipulation Tutorial

Let’s create a warm and emotional scene by using several adjustments. You’ll use Curves, Hue/Saturation, Gradient Map, Dodge & Burn and other techniques to achieve the final result.

Final Result

Stock used

Step 1

Let’s begin opening the model stock and extracting her from the background. There are several ways to do it. I usually do with the Quick Selection + Refine Edge. I repainted the model, but this is up to you. You can leave her as she is, it will not affect the manipulation.

Step 2

Add a Hue/Saturation and a Color Balance adjustments layers (Only for the Lady).

Hue/Saturation: Master > Saturation -31; Red > Saturation +21

Color Balance: Shadows: +9 -4 -7; Midtones: +20 0 -8; Highlights: +5 0 -5

This is the result I got.

Step 3

Open the ‘Tree’ stock and extract it. Put it on the left of the canvas.

Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to fix the yellow. Yellow > Saturation +32; Lightness +12.

(This adjustment is only for the tree, so make it a clipping mask).

Step 4

Open the ‘Background’ stock and place it under everything.

Add a Hue /Saturation adjustment layer (Only for the Background).

Master: Saturation > -22; Red: Saturation > -38, Lightness > -9

Step 5

Open the ‘Rabbit’ stock and place above the previous Hue/Saturation Layer. Resize it and add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer (Only for the Rabbit).

Red > Saturation +41; Lightness -14; Yellow: Saturation +41, Lightness +2.

Step 6

Add a Gradient Map adjustment layer like shown below and set it to Soft Light with Opacity 53%.

This is the result:

Step 7

Add a 50% Gray Layer set to Overlay and let’s start the Dodge & Burn.

I use Midtones Range most of the time. Where you see more light it’s set to Highlight.

Step 8

Create a new layer and set it to Soft Light. Pick the color #fde2c4 and paint some lights. Below I’ll show where I painted. (The white background is only on the purpose to show the lights, you son’t have to reproduce it!)

And this is the result:

It’s very soft. In alternative you can set the layer to Overlay and lessen a bit the opacity (just in case if you want a stronger light).

Step 9

If you like soft tones you can leave the manipulation as it is. I added another Curves adjustments layer, choosing the Medium one from the presets.

Final result

About Andrei Oprinca

Yep that's me :) I like Photoshop and Spotify 2 years ago I said to myself I will fill this with some useful info about me but I never had the chance to do it XDDD


  1. wow…that’s some superb Photoshop techniques

  2. KhushalRoxas13

    Great tutorial , i only have problem with step 7 and 8 :(

  3. Do you have a tutorial on how you “REPAINT” her? I love the painted job but Im not sure exactly how you got your results. By the way your website is AWESOME! Thank you for being a inspiration for others!

  4. Really effective and great result..!

  5. That is for sure an image for men :) nice tut!

  6. Ciao Fabrizio

    Nice and easy to follow tutorial. Only one crticism is the tree growing out of the girls head. A cardinal sin when taking photographs but easy to correct in PS.


  7. Well, that’s fine, I get through to you. Thank you nachem do … :)

  8. Andrei excuse my persistence, but I understand that background image in this lesson should be trees with grass, and not the background image from your lesson: Simply For You – Manipulation Tutorial. Too heavy to carry out the lesson without the proper background.

  9. Thank you for your lessons! It seems to me that here you have an error, the reference to Stock Photography Background layer from another of your lesson.

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