Create a new document in Photoshop, as usual I used 1920x1200 pixels. Then select the background layer and add a layer style, go to Layer>Layer Style>Gradient Overlay. Use Radial for the Style, and Scale 62%. You will have to position the gradient later on as well, but try to move it a bit to the left, use the image below for reference.
Here I used a photo from iStockphoto, http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup.php?id=6178363. You can use any photo. Just extract the girl from the background and place it in the center. Try to position her right hand in the center of the gradient.
Duplicate the girl's layer and hide one. Select the visible layer and go to Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation. Reduce the Saturation to -100. You will have a grayscale photo.
Duplicate the hidden layer with the color girl layer. This layer has to be in front of the grayscale layer. Change the Blend Mode to Color Dodge and go to Filter>Blur>Motion Blur. Use 90º Angle and 100 pixels for the Distance.
Duplicate again the color copy of the girl layer. Then move it to the top of the others and change the Blend Mode to Overlay. After that go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 7 pixels for the Radius.
Select the color girl layer, the one that is behind the others and just add a Gaussian Blur, use 40 pixels for the Radius and change the Blend Mode to Color Dodge. As this layer will be behind the others it will create a nice outer glow when we start adding lights and other effects.
Select the 4 layers we created for the girl and group them. Rename the folder to "girl".
Select the Gradient Tool (G) and then go to the Gradient Editor. Just click on the gradient colors. Change the Type to Noise, Roughness to 100% and for the Options select Restrict Colors and Add Transparency.
Create a new layer on top of the others and with the Gradient Tool and the gradient you have just created, select the Angle Gradient Style. Then just starting for the girl's right hand fill the layer with the gradient. You will get an effect like the image below.
Go to Image>Adjustments>Desaturate. Then go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 4.5 pixels for the Radius. Change the Blend Mode to Color Dodge and go to Image>Adjustments>Levels. Increase the white so the rays are brighter. Also with the Eraser Too (E)l, or mask. Delete some areas of the layer, leave just the area close to the hand and the background's gradient.
Create a new Folder and rename it to Light, this folder has to be on top of the others. Change the folder's Blend Mode to Color Dodge. Inside this folder create a new layer and with the Brush Tool(B), use a basic round brush, very soft (0% hardness), and white color. Paint the area in the girls hand. You will get a nice light effect.
Now lets add some lights behind the girl. Create a new layer and with the Brush Tool (B) change the opacity to 5%. Using a soft brush with white, paint a very subtle area behind the girl.
Now select a blue color and with a bigger brush, create a new layer and paint a blue light coming from the top.
Here let's use another photo, you can download it at http://www.sensitivelight.com/coloured_smoke0D0T9227.jpg. Just place it in the document. Resize and rotate it the way you want and change the Blend Mode to Color Dodge. Use the image below for reference.
Let's do the same thing with another photo, this time a photo of some clouds I took sometime ago, you can download it at http://flickr.com/photos/azeected/2917610951/. The first thing to do is go to Image>Adjustments>Desaturate. Then go to Image>Adjustments>Levels. Increase the blacks until you get a full black background. Then change the Blend Mode of the photo to Screen. What was black becomes transparent and we're good to go ;)
Here you just duplicate the cloud's layer and create more instances of that. Resize and rotate them so you can get better results. Also, place one cloud behind the girl to give some depth to the image.
Once again, let's use a photo to create the stars, you can download it here. You can create them using the Noise, but as there are so many excellent photos of that subject on the internet that sometimes it's not worth spend time creating something from scratch, at least in my humble opinion. Place the photo in the document and change the Blend Mode to Color Dodge.
Repeat the Step 8 and 9 to create another Angle Gradient. This time start from the the girls right foot. Then with the Eraser Tool or Mask, delete almost all layer, leave just the top part over the blue light. That will work like some rays of light coming from the top. Also if you want to make the lights brighter just duplicate the layer. I duplicated 2 times, so there are 3 layers for that light.
Here I used a image I created in Cinema 4D that is like an explosion full of particles, you can download it here. Place the image and then go to Filter>Blur>Radial Blur. The most difficult thing here is find the right position for the Blur Center because the idea is that the center is the girls hand with that shine light. I recommend you to convert the layer to Smart Objects so you will be able to edit the blur anytime until you find the right place. Use 10 for the Amount, Zoom for the Blur Method, and Best for the Quality.
You can add a layer on top of the others with a bit of noise just to give to the image a bit of realist feeling. The process is quite similar to the Pixelmator version, of course each tool has some pros and cons, but the best thing is that the idea of the filters and blend modes are the same. Actually all these types of tools share the same sort of base so if you know one it's pretty easy to learn and use another. That's why I say that the tool is the least important part of the design process.
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It's Halloween time and nothing better than a simple tutorial showing how to create a Zombie Mixing some photos. It's an easy technique but it's ver effective, also you can try different combinations and images to create really cool monsters.
To begin my zombie I choose these three photos (Portrait, Skull,and Texture):
Ok, to start we are going to open the portrait photo and with the Smudge Tool (R) we are going to cover the girl's nose and mouth, you can use the Stamp Tool (S) too if you like.
After we do that we are going to bring the skull photo in here and adjust to fit her face. I lower the opacity on the skull layer (after you done go bring back the opacity of the layer to normal) just so I can see her face on the back so I can re size the skull using Edit>Transform>Scale and fit right over her face as you see here:
Now that the skull is over her face we are going to take off the excess by creating a layer mask on the skull layer and painting black all around the skull living only the main part of it as you see bellow:
Now that we have the skull exactly where we want to, we are going to put the texture right over her face with the skull.
We are going to add a layer mask to the texture layer and paint the layer mask to leave only her face and parts of the skull with the texture as we see here:
Now that we have the skull and the texture where we wanted we are going to work the layers a little bit so the image will look better, first on the texture layer we are going to set the layer mode to Overlay and set the Fill to 48%.
Now on the skull layer we are going to desaturate the layer by Image>Adjustments>Desaturate now that we did that we will set the Opacity to 65% and Fill to 80%.
The result should look like this:
You notice her face looks a little weird, we have to change the colors to make it look better and for that we are going to duplicate the first layer (the portrait layer) after that we are going to desaturate the layer, notice that it looks really good now that all the colors blended, but I don't want the image to be black and white so I will create a layer mask on the portrait copy layer and I will only leaver her face showing on black and white:
This is what your layers should look like:
Looks good but we want to put some color on her face, we are going to create a layer on top of all the ones we already have and paint it dark brown, we only want to apply the color on her face so we are going to put a layer mask on the color layer and leave only her face (this time is easier because we already selected her face before on the portrait black and white layer, so hold ctrl and click on the portrait black and white layer mask that the selection will show)
The result should look like this:
Now all we need to do is change the layer mode to Soft Light and the Fill to 58%, here is the result:
Ok, We got her to look like a zombie, now we want to make this a better composition. Starting from the background, we are going to select the girl and create a layer mask on the portrait layer, leaving only her body on the image, now we are going to create a new layer, move this layer under the portrait layer and paint in a dark way to make the background look better as you see here:
Now let's add some atmosphere effects. Create a new layer on top of the others and go to Filter>Render>Clouds. Your colors should be black and white. Then with the Eraser Tool(E) delete the area covering the face of the zombie. After that, change the Blend Mode to Color Dodge.
Duplicate the Zombie Layer and go to Filter>Other>High Pass. Use 3 pixels for the Radius. Then change the Blend Mode to Hard Light.
First paint some blood on the zombie. I used a blood brush, you can download it here. The just apply some Layer Styles. Use Color Overlay with a very dark red and Multiply for the Blend Mode. Then add a Bevel and Emboss. Use Inner Bevel for the Style, Smooth for the Technique, 100% Depth, Up, 1px Size, and 2px Soften.
Duplicate the Zombie Layer again and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 5-10 pixles for the Radius and change the Blend Mode to Soft Light.
You can add some new effects like Adjustment Layers with Hue and Saturation reducing the Saturation and make the image darker. Also you can add more blood stains, or simply whatever you want. As it is a zombie, there'r no parameters of what is right or wrong.
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Why use real make up if you can do a digital make up and make the skin look pretty and smooth. It's simple, fast and very effective.
Well, on this tutorial you will learn step by step the basics of digital make up on a persons body.
First you have to get the photo you want to apply the digital make up, I choose a photo from the stock gallery of Samantha Draven.
After you open the photo you want to use, duplicate the layer.
And apply Filter > Noise > Dust & Scratches ( Radius: 5 pixels and Thereshold 0 levels ).
Now add a mask to your layer.
On the layer mask you just created, select a good size brush select the color black and paint the background and the hair, leaving only the skin area white as you see here:
( This way only the skin will have the Dust & Scratches effect we applied earlier)
And the photo will look like this:
Now with a smaller brush keep painting with the color black, but now only the eyes and the bikini so they will also have the original look as you see here:
After you do that, change the Opacity of your brush to 25%
Now paint all the curves on her skin little by little on her face and body, go over the nose, mouth, chin, and most curves of her face and body just so her real face appearance will start to show again but with the clean skin, this is how your mask layer should look when you done:
And this is how the photo should look:
Now go back to the background layer
And apply Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlight ( The amount of Shadows is 50% and Highlights 0 ) so we can give more light to her hair.
Go back to the Background Copy layer and change the Fill to 75% so her skin can look more realistic.
Here is the final result:
Click on the Image to compare the final result with the original.
This is the basic of creating a digital make up and from here we can work on the color of her skin adjust the background and add more touches to it. I will try to continue the tutorial as a series to a even better and more advanced result.
I hope everybody liked it and if you did show some love and leave a comment, if you didn't let me know and leave a comment too, I spent some time doing this,so spend a minute leaving your thoughts lol. Thank you very much!