In this tutorial I’m going to show you how I created my piece Spring Secrets. With a little bit of digital painting and a whole lot of adjustment layers and blending modes you can really make the colors pop in any image.
Final result preview
About this tutorial
- Tutorial type: Step by step text tutorial
- Video version available: no
- Number of steps: 22
- Source file available: yes (stock files, original PSD file and PDF version of the tutorial)
Step 1 – Preparing Background
Create a new file named Spring Secrets. Size Width: 2925 Pixels Height 4710 Pixels Resolution 300. Open your Adjustments window; window > Adjustments and Mask Window; Window > Masks, are open.
Open your background image and using the Move tool drag the image into your new file. Name this layer Background. Drag the image up and over to fill the whole screen. Keep moving it until the tree trunks frame the sides of the canvas. Next, apply a Color Balance adjustment layer to remove some of the red from the image.
Step 2 – Make colors pop in Background
Above your adjustment layer create a new layer named BG Colors. Set the blend mode to Overlay. Using your AdonihsBrushes select the cloud brush named 500. Resize to just above 900. Opacity set to 40%, start adding more color to the image to make the tree leaves green and the sky area more yellow. I added green and blues to the tree and grassy areas and yellows and pink to the sky area.
Step 3 – Fix Models eyes
Open the model file. The first thing I want to do is remove the big yellow eyelash things on her face. To do this I’m going to paint her brand new eyes. Zoom in really close to her face, 200%. Using a hard round Brush I start sampling colors from her eyelids and surrounding skin and at 45% opacity I start recreating the eyes. I also use the Smudge tool at 40-70% to blend the colors together. If you don’t like painting eyes you can always leave them in or swap them out for another stock piece at the same angle. Above is a step through of how I repainted the eyes.
Step 4 – Extract Model from background
After you are done painting in new eyes extract the model from the background as I did above. Don’t worry about removing the background from inside her fishnet just yet. Drag your extracted image into your Spring Secretsfile using the Move tool. Line the bottom left corners up. Name this layer Model.
Step 5 – Removing background from Fishnet
In you Mask window click on the Add Pixel Mask button. Switch to your Photoshop native Basic Brushes and chose a hard round Brush, size 48, opacity 100%,Harness 53%. Chose the color #a0a0a0. Paint over the fishnet parts that are see through.
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