Thursday, August 21, 2014

CoffeeShop Fantasy Portrait Photoshop/PSE Tutorial!



UPDATE!  To see how I edited this image above using this tutorial, above just visit my "Mary Poppins"-Inspired Painted Background Tutorial.  I show you how I not only add fantasy colors to my images but also add a beautiful painted background effect.

Today I wanted to post a Photoshop/PSE tutorial on one way I would do a "Fantasy Portrait" edit.

For most of my images I prefer simple, clean edits, but there are times I really want to go all out and create something amazing and unreal.  Today I wanted to show you how you can use Hue/Saturation layers to add brilliant fantasy color to your outdoor portraits.  Not only is it easy, but incredibly fun!

I used a beautiful image from Vanilla Tree Photography (Facebook) in this tutorial.  If there is interest I can put together an action.  :-)

CoffeeShop Fantasy Portrait Photoshop/PSE Tutorial:


I love this clean-edit image, but I wanted to take it to the next level and make it more dramatic by adding vivid color and additional light.


1.  I wanted the background to be a magenta-reddish color, so I added a Hue/Saturation layer and put the Hue at -73 and the Saturation at +6.  Yes, she is really scary looking, but we will fix that in the next step.


2.  I used a soft black brush, clicked on the layer mask, and carefully painted out the girl.  I also removed some of the color tint from the tree she is leaning against.


3.  I think she looked too yellow, so I added another Hue/Saturation layer over the background, selected Yellow, and moved the saturation down to -41.  I lost quite a bit of brilliant color in the background, so I used a soft black brush at approximately 50% and painted over the background to return some of its reddish color.


4. I wanted to add some additional light, so I created a new layer on top and used a soft white brush at 40% opacity and clicked on areas that would have light leak between the trees.


5.  I wanted to soften light effect a bit, so I added a motion blur to that layer (see settings above, adjust for your own image).


6.  Her face was a bit washed out from the extra light, so I added a layer mask to the top light layer and used a soft black brush at 80% and clicked on her face to remove some of the light.


7.  Finally, I wanted to add some contrast, so I added a Levels adjustment layer on top, put it in Soft Light, and then moved the Gamma (middle) slider to the left until I was pleased with the contrast "pop". This really brightened the image.


Here is my final image after cropping off some of the left side.  I know this type of edit is not for everyone, but I really love the fantasy aspect of this image and hope it inspires you to go and have fun creating your own art!

Questions?  Please leave a comment.  And I would love to see your Before/Afters on my Facebook page!!!

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6 comments:

  1. Very cool editing effect! Thanks for sharing your technique --- and thanks for all the others marvelous actions, tutorials, and materials you share!

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  2. Love this, please make this an action!

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  3. Wow! How Fun! Like you said, this is not something I would do all the time, but....along the way, I did learn some new techniques about using hue/saturation. Thanks so much for the time you take in your tutorials.

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  4. I would love to have an action of this... :-)

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  5. This is beautiful! I would love it if you made this an action! :-)

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    1. I can try, but it might be difficult with this one, there is so much detail work. But worth a try!!!

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