In this Photoshop tutorial, we will try to manipulate photos by adding light effects and 3D objects. For this purpose, we will experiment with layer blending mode, combining abstract 3-dimensional stock, and make the process of transformation. I will also show the selection techniques to combine the pen tool and the Alpha Channel.

Tutorial Details

  • Difficulty Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Programs Used: Adobe Photoshop
  • Techniques: Process Transformation, Layer Mask, Blending Mode Experiment
  • Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour

Preview

Before starting this tutorial, please see the first outcome that we will get.

Resource Needed

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Tutorials

Step 1: Selecting Models

Our first step is to separate the model from the background. I usually do this process manually using pen tool. Start by creating a new path around the outside of the model which we will take. Body part model is very easy to capture using this method, but the strands of hair will be difficult. For the moment forget that part, we will take care of it later.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects

Step 2

Create an additional path for hole model. In line options, select the Subtract mode.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 3

Press Ctrl + Enter to change the path into selection. In the Layers panel, double-click Background to turn it into a selection. Press Ctrl + Shift + J to move the model into a new layer.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 4: Selecting Hair

Take the layer that still leaves the model’s hair. Remove unneeded parts.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 5

Observe each channel. Find a channel with the hair and background contrast the highest. In this case, the winner turned out to Red Channel. Duplication Red channel by sliding it onto the New Alpha Channel icons.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 6

Press Ctrl + I to invert the color channels. Use the dodge and burn tool to enhance the contrast Channel.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 7

Areas that are not needed outside of the hand-like side-can be directly disposed painted it with black.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 8

Hold down Ctrl and then click Copy Red Channel to turn it into seleksi.Aktifkan back channel RGB, press Ctrl + J to move the hair into a new layer. Selection of hair and the model layer and press Ctrl + E to merge the two.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial
Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 9

Create a new layer and save the above model. Change the Clipping Mask layer by pressing Ctrl + Alt + G. Black paint on the parts of the yellow because of the influence of the old background.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 10: Dodge and Burn

Alt-click New Layer icon. Enable the Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask. Select the Blend mode: Overlay and set the Fill with Overlay-neutral color.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 11

Painting with burn tools to darken and dodge tool to explain. Repeat this process until the image contrast increases. Below you can see the comparison before and after the dodge and burn.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Below is the resulting layer. Bright areas would explain the picture below, as well as for the dark areas. Gray area (50% Grey) will not affect the image.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 12: Prepare Background

Create a new file and fill the background with gray color. Take the texture of concrete. Perform a transformation (Ctrl + T), Ctrl + Shift + Alt-drag the bottom corner to give the perspective of the floor.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 13

Add more texture to the concrete wall.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 15: adding model

Take the model and store in the middle of the canvas. Give Outer Glow Layer Style with purple.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial
Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

The model will have a little glint of purple around it.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 16

Turn up the contrast model by giving Adjustment Layer Brightness / Contrast. Press Ctrl + Alt + G to change the adjustment layer to the Clipping Mask for the affected models only.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 17

Rate Adjustment Layer Hue / Saturation with the settings as below to change the color to a purple shirt. Painting the others for the color change did not participate.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

The following comparison of before and after administration of adjustment layers.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 18

Note that there are some yellow color in the hair model. Create a new layer above the model and change to a Clipping Mask (Ctrl + Alt + G). Black paint on the hair to eliminate them.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 19: Shadow Model

Create a new layer above the background. Painting a big shadow under the model with a black brush beropacity low.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 20

Zoom closer to the foot model. Painting shadows more firmly just below the foot model.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial
Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 22: Adding Effects of Light and Objects 3 Dimensions

Hide the model first. Take pictures at the bottom of the set of abstract 3D objects. Because the black background, we can easily eliminate them by changing the layer blend mode to Screen.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 23

Come up with a model again.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 24

Take the abstract objects and 3D ball from the set of abstract 3D. Save on the back of the model.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 25

Add some of the same object at the back of the model.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 26

Turn on the gradient tool with radial gradient from white to transparent. Give Color Overlay color purple.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial
Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 27

Take pictures of nebulae and store in the back of the model.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 28

Change the layer blend mode to Screen nebula. Delete the unnecessary so that the obtained results as shown below.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 29

Press Ctrl + T to transform. Right click and select Warp. Shear warp box until one obtains a unique sparkle of light.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial
Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 30

Take pictures of other nebulae. Save on the back of the model.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 31

Change the layer blend mode to Screen, delete the parts that are not needed.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 32

Take the 3-dimensional rendering of abstract objects. Do Warp transformation process.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 33

Change the layer blend mode to Screen.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 34

Repeat the same process with other abstract images.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 35

Change the color using the command image> Adjustments> Hue / Saturation to match the current color theme.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 36

Click Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur to soften the light obtained.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 37

Change the layer blend mode to Screen.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 38

Repeat the same process to get more light effects.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 39

Take the 3-dimensional abstract objects. Save in front of the foot. Delete some object to give the impression around the foot.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 40

Change the color by giving Adjustment Layer Color Balance to match the theme color of the image.Click on the icon Clipping Mask for this adjustment layer affects only the abstract objects only.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 41

Create a new layer below the abstract object. Figure shadow object on foot. This shadow will reinforce the impression of realistic 3D objects.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 42

Repeat the same process to add more 3-dimensional abstract objects on the body model. Delete some objects to impress around the model.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 43

Image of hand shadows on the abstract objects and abstract objects in the body shadow model.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 44

To provide depth, take the abstract 3-dimensional object with a large enough size and buramkan by making a Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur).

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 45

Take pictures of the gold ball. Selection of gold balls with ellipse marquee tool.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 46

Save the ball into the canvas. Change the color becomes purple, according to the current color theme.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 47

Duplicate the ball and give the Gaussian Blur to give the impression of shine on the ball. Save sparkle under the original.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 48

Create a layer and then drawing a few white lines. Press Ctrl + Alt + G to insert a line into the ball.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 49

Keep the ball in the back of the model.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 50

Duplicate the ball and keep it in various other positions. Change the size to vary.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 51

Add also the ball on the floor. Figure shadow ball on the floor to make it look realistic.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 52

I also take an abstract 3-dimensional objects from WeGraphics . Keep on top of the foot model.Delete some to be seen attached to the model.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 53

Painted shadow object on foot to make it look realistic.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 54

Using the manner as described in Step 27, create some light effects in front of the model.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 55

I add one more 3-dimensional abstract objects and light effects on the hand model.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 56

Take the 3-dimensional abstract object and save it at the end of the light. Delete some with low beropacity eraser tool so that the light was seen getting into the object. Figure shadow object on the floor.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 57

I add more 3D objects from WeGraphics and store it in the back of the model.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 58

Adjust the color of the object with a color theme image. Give Color Balance Adjustment Layer with the following settings.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 59

Duplicate 3D objects and rotate slightly. Painting shadows on the second abstract objects to give depth to the first abstract object.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 60

Take the abstract background black object from an abstract set of 3D. Eliminate the color with the click Image> Adjustments> Desaturate. Remove images that cover the model. Change the layer blend mode to Screen.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 61

Make sure the front of the white color. Activate the brush tool by activating the setting Scattering.Create a line of light around the model.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 62

Take pictures of the set of abstract background black abstract 3-dimensional objects and change the layer blend mode to Screen.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 63

Create a new layer and save it at the top. Painted red with a large brush size and hardness: 0%.Change the layer blend mode to Soft Light Opacity: 25%.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 64

Create another new layer and painted blue. Change the blend mode to Color Dodge layer with Opacity: 70%.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Step 65

Painted purple line and change the blend mode to Color Dodge layer with Opacity: 36%.

Photo Manipulation with Light Effects Photoshop Tutorial

Almost Done

Take the crop tool and cut the picture to get an interesting composition.

Photo manipulation

Final Result

Save the work you created. Save it again as a JPG file, now we are going to gave the composition a unique color flavor.

Download the free Photoshop Actions Set from my DeviantART page.
Experiment with these to get different colour results: when you’ve found one you like, you’ve finished.

This is the result that i like the most:





About the Author: Alex Roman

I’m a 23-year old independent graphic artist based in Romania, Bucharest. I design beautiful, engaging user experiences and intuitive user interfaces for the web. I really love what I do. Want to hire me? Follow me on Facebook or Twitter.


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