Using simple manipulation techniques can make significant enhancements to an image. In this Photoshop tutorial, we’ll explore how to add a series of lighting effects.
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We’ll start by preparing the background.
For this example, we want a more rounded area in the grass and ground area.
Select the pen tool and outline the area to keep.
Right click and choose “Make Selection.”
In the window, for Feather Radius, enter 20 and click OK.
Click the Selection tool, right click to open the drop-down menu and choose “Layer via Copy.”
On the right side of the screen, the new layer should appear above the background on the right side.
To round it off click on Selection tool and right click to choose Free Transform.
Now the bottom half of the screen will be enclosed.
Right click again and choose Warp.
You should see a grid of 9 boxes.
Go to the top line and the 2nd vertical line, and move the line up just a bit. Continue to the next vertical line to the right, lifting it until you see a slight curve, going to the right so all the horizontal lines are all curved slightly.
Finally, click apply and the background image is ready for next edit.
You will now merge the layers by clicking on the upper right corner of the layer.
Duplicate this layer to begin the light effects.
Name it “background copy” and click OK.
To resize the photo, click on Filter, then Render, then Lighting Effects.
You should see one elliptical ring, tilting to the screen, with 4 points on the ring.
Using the mouse, extend the circles to make them longer and wider, extending them to the upper right hand corner of the image.
Go to properties, and for this example, we’ll set Intensity at 27, Narrow at 45, Gloss at 32, Material at -22, Exposure at 36, and Ambience at 10.
Go to hue saturation to set the lightness levels.
Set saturation to -30.
Choose Photo Filter, and in the window you enter your color of choice. We’re using 00ff72(green). Then hit OK.
To change the green hue of the picture, (making it darker or lighter), go to the Gradient map.
Enter the first color as 00a7ec (blue), click OK. The next color is ff9c00 (orange).
You should see a blue sky with bright orange.
Now, change the blank mode to soft light by setting the opacity at 60%.
Now the background is ready for the next step.
We’ll now add the image of a person to the picture.
Use the Pen tool to draw outline around the person.
Right click to Make Selection, for Further Radius enter 3 pixels, and hit OK.
Copy the selection by clicking Command+C, and then drag this image to the new project image.
Using the Eraser tool, trace around the entire person’s outline, removing any elements, such as the blades grass in this photo, retouching the image so it blends in more naturally with your background.
To change the size of the person within the background image, use the Free Transform tool to create a box around the image. Reduce to the size you desire, and click OK.
Use the Burn tool (located right underneath the Dodge tool) to deepen the hue and tone of the person’s clothing.
To create a realistic drop shadow, use the Brush tool to provide a level of shadow underneath the person’s image.