advanced photoshop
Nov
21

How to create a stunning portrait composition in Photoshop, part 2

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Tips & Tutorials, by Anna-lisa Saywell

Continued… A tutorial on how to apply some simple yet effective techniques to add depth to portrait images

How to create a stunning portrait composition in Photoshop, part 2

Follow part 1 of this tutorial

Step 12

How to create a stunning portrait composition in Photoshop, part 2

Duplicate one of the shattered piece layers from the bottom of her dress. Use Edit>Transform>Distort to flatten this layer, making it appear flat on the ground. Duplicate the girl, shrink her to about 60% and move her behind the main girl. Add a tear to the small girl with a soft white brush at a low opacity and use of the Smudge tool (R).

Step 13

How to create a stunning portrait composition in Photoshop, part 2

To fix the girl’s ‘grey’ hair, select the main girl and, using the Polygon Lasso tool, select the lower right side of her hair. Use the Dropper tool to select a medium brown colour. On a new layer, use the Bucket tool (G) to fill the layer. Add a clipping mask to combine this layer with the main girl and use the Smudge tool to blend everything. Colour, Smudge and repeat.

Step 14

How to create a stunning portrait composition in Photoshop, part 2

With the Polygon Lasso tool, cut out a box and make sure that its lines run parallel to the top and bottom of the ‘room’. Place the box you cut out on a new layer and, using the Distort command, flatten the box to make it a window ledge. Duplicate the ledge and distort it again to finish the window. Repeat everything for the second window.

Step 15

How to create a stunning portrait composition in Photoshop, part 2

Open the link to the clouds provided on the CD. Find a small section of clouds that will look right on its own and repeat the process found in Step 1 using Select>Color Range to remove the blue from those clouds. Now position the new cloud near the window and repeat the process for the other window.

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How to create a stunning portrait composition in Photoshop, part 2

Add a Photo Filter via Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Photo Filter. With the Photo Filter window open, select Color and choose a light magenta colour. Click OK. Add another Photo Filter and select the Filter option; use Warming Filter (81). Create another Photo Filter on top of the main girl and this time use a deep magenta. Create a clipping mask and set the blending mode to Overlay.

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How to create a stunning portrait composition in Photoshop, part 2

Next up, set a light pink as the Foreground Color and add some colour to the edges of the model with a soft brush. This time, instead of Gaussian Blur, it is the Overlay blending mode that will be utilised. This will end up giving the colour more of a glowing appearance. Do the same again but with cyan as the preferred colour. At this point in the composition’s creation, it is advisable to desaturate the clouds.

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How to create a stunning portrait composition in Photoshop, part 2

Add a little more depth by duplicating one of the shattered dress layers and increasing its Size to 135%. Hit it with a medium Motion Blur at an angle of -25. Now select the back of the ‘room’ with the Polygon Lasso tool and press Cmd/Ctrl+X to delete it.

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How to create a stunning portrait composition in Photoshop, part 2

Open the water ball image from the link on the CD. Set the blending mode to Screen, duplicate the layer and place behind the girl. Using the Ellipse tool, create a large, white circle behind the girl. Set the blending mode to Darken with an Opacity of 50% and add a gradient to it that fades from white to clear.

Step 20

How to create a stunning portrait composition in Photoshop, part 2

Add more disintegration effects the old-fashioned way using the Polygonal Lasso tool to highlight different areas. You can quickly switch between Lasso selection and movement but alternating (L) for Lasso and (V) for Move. Use this technique to pull the model’s arms apart around the edges.

Step 21

How to create a stunning portrait composition in Photoshop, part 2

Reuse the cloud image to add a backdrop (you will have to duplicate it a few times). Open the surf picture link found on the CD. With the Polygon Lasso tool, create the desired sea shape and fill it with white. With the surf image, create a clipping mask over the white shape you created. Use the Smudge tool to get rid of any inconsistencies that you see.

Step 22

How to create a stunning portrait composition in Photoshop, part 2

Open the sailboat image found on the CD. Extract the boat, shrink it down to a reasonable size and desaturate it. Now duplicate a small section of the water ball and give it a Motion Blur. Duplicate this layer and move it under the clouds to give the appearance of rain.