How to Create a Fantastic Photo Manipulation – Tutorial

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How to Create a Fantastic Photo Manipulation – Tutorial

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a fantastic photo manipulation where you will use simple techniques to create an advanced poster. If you’re a member, you can download the PSD for this tutorial at the bottom of the page.
This tutorial was written by Rano from free-stock-graphics.com who will contribute to our website with more tutorials very soon. You can leave him a message bellow if you want him to suggest a new tutorial.

This is the final result:

The first step is to create some blue squares, and then rasterize the shapes ( right click on each layer inside your layer palette, and then click on “rasterize shape ” )

Then i will select rectangular Marquee Tool, and i will use burn tool , and dodge tool to change the color near the borders.


Here are the settings for Dodge tool


and here you can see the settings for Burn Tool


As you can see bellow i will crate more selections and with the same technique i will draw more lights and shadows.


Here are more screen shots with my results.


You can create more complicated selections. You can use Polygonal Lasso Tool.


After you are finished please go to Filter > Brush Strokes > Sumi-e


Bellow are the settings for Sumi-e filter


Here is the result after you apply this filter


Then i will make a selection on the bottom of the image, and i will press on CTRL+J ( this shortcut will cut a part of the image and it will place it on a new layer )


We need to modify some parts of the shape until we will create like a room.


First let’s transform the bottom part. make a selection and transform it like in the image from above.


Then i will add a inner shadow

You will find the settings bellow.


I will do the same for the left side.


And as you can see i will add also some layer styles.


For the left part i will add a drop shadow


I will move right now to the top side of the poster.


Here i will use another layer style.


With the same techniques i will transform also the right side of the poster.


Bellow you will see my result. As you can see i have used a filter.

Before you use this filter you need to merge all the layers into a single one. To do this you need too select all layer in your layer palette, and then press on CTRL+E or CMD+E ( if you are on a mac )


I will use the following settings for Fibres filter


Here is the result


Then i will change the color of the image.
Go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation ( or you can simply press on CTRL+U )


Here is the result


I will create a new layer on top of all layers and i will add a gradient. You have to draw the gradient vertically. Please note that on the top part you need to add make the gradient transparent.


I will use a image with a very nice girl. The image is from sxc.hu


I will cut the girl like in the following image.  Please note that you need to duplicate this layer two times, because we need the girl on a new layer, and the machine will need it in another layer. I will cut the girl later in this tutorial.


Then i will change the color for the first layer using Hue/Saturation


Here are the settings for Hue/Saturation


I will use Dodge Tool, and Burn Tool. Please use the following settings.

As you can see on the right side the machine has some nice shadows and lights. In the same on the layer with the girl the settings are unchanged yet.


I will select the layer with the girl ( please note that i have deleted the metal machine from this layer ) and i will change the color for this girl using Color Balance


Bellow you can see the settings.


With brush tool ( use a small brush ) i will draw over the girl’s hair.


Here are the settings for brush tool.


Please draw with a dark color over the hair


Now i will add some lights and shadows with dodge and burn tool.


Bellow you will find the settings for dodge tool.


and here you can see the settings for Burn Tool


I will use brush Tool and i will draw the girl’s nails on a new layer. Press on CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+N to create a new layer and then start drawing.


I will use a red color


and i will change the blending mode for this layer to “Multiply ”


Here you can see the result.


I will select the girl’s dress


And i will add over the dress a strange brush. The reason i place this brush is that i don’t like the white dress of the girl to much. Please note that i will add the brush on a new layer.


I will change the blending mode for this layer to Subtract


Here you can change the blending mode. On the top of your layer pallete


Now i will delete the white parts of the hair.


With brush tool i will make the hair darker


Do not forget to use a dark color.


I will use also smudge tool to add some nice details on the girl’s hair. Probably it will be hard for you to see the changes, but believe me that any detail counts.


Bellow you can see the settings for smudge tool


Using two painting modes for this tool is very important because you will add a lot of details.

I will use a image with a tiger.


This tiger will be placed on the bottom of the poster. You will need to cut the tiger.

I will change the color of the tiger


To change the color you need to go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation


Bellow you can see the settings.


For this layer i will add a simple drop shadow.


Go to Layer > layer Style > drop shadow…


…and use the following settings


I will create a new layer , and i will create some red eyes for this tiger


The same on a new layer i will add some nice red lights.

I will change the blending mode for this layer to Vivid Light,


i will set the foreground color to pink, and with Brush tool i will make the nice smooth pink drawings


please note that you need to use a large brush. Around 250 pixels will be fine.

With brush tool i will draw the eyebrows. As you can see in the next image only the left eyebrow was made. please note that each eyebrow must be place on a separate layer.

I will draw also the right eyebrows


This is my final result. I hope you like it.

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