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.
- Female model: http://babyfirefly1984.deviantart.com/art/gothic-288707498
- Background: http://kikii-stock.deviantart.com/art/autumn-forest-252134376
- Tree: http://alp-stock.deviantart.com/art/Lake-36865850
- Rabbit: http://xmusicstar.deviantart.com/art/Rabbit-stock-02-178021858
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
Add a Gradient Map adjustment layer like shown below and set it to Soft Light with Opacity 53%.
This is the result:
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.
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).
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.