How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial I will show you how I created a colorful photo manipulation using Photoshop brushes, different adjustment layers, and more. Let’s get started!

Create a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop with the size 1920px by 1200px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Select then the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill the new background layer with #EBF4F3 color.

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Then choose the Rectangle Tool (U) to draw a rectangle, like the next one:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Set Fill to 0% for this layer in Layers panel:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Select Add a layer style from bottom part of the Layers panel and click to Gradient Overlay:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

We’ve got the next floor:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Find a stock photo with a model represented on it, I used this photo from deviantart. I would like to thank the author of this photo:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Remove the background using your favorite tools like Pen Tool (P), Magic Wand Tool (W), Magnetic Lasso (L) or even a simple Filter>Extract. Make a copy of this layer (Ctrl+J), click the visibility button on this copy, we’ll need this layer later:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Click on the bottom part of the Layers’ panel on the next icon Create new fill or adjustment layer and select Levels to make some color corrections

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Raise the contrast of the picture:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Put the mouse cursor between the layers and hold on the Alt button while clicking on the left button. The top layer will be transformed into a mask:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Next we’ll add another adjustment layer. Click on the bottom part of the Layers’ panel on the Create new fill or adjustment layer and select Hue/Saturation:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Reduce the color saturation:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Transform it into a mask too. Click on this layer on the Layers’ panel, select the mask and using a brush from the Brush Tool (B) of black color paint the opened zones (skin) on the girl’s body:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Add another adjustment layer. Click on the bottom part of the Layers’ panel on the Create new fill or adjustment layer and select Curves:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Set the options for raising the contrast. Paint the body’s zones in the mask too and a little on the girl’s clothes, only on those places with a high contrast.

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

This is the result we should get:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Make the girl’s reflection on the floor. Let’s activate the copy of the girl’s layer and turn it around, applying Free Transform (Ctrl+T). Choose the Eraser Tool (E) to erase the same places demonstrated below:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Then select a Soft Round brush of black color with the Opacity of 20% and represent a shadow on a new layer:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

The brush’s settings:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Create a new layer, representing here the shadow around the girl. Choose the same options applied before for the Soft Round brush, but enlarge the brush’s size, using the button ].

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Create a new layer select a Soft Round brush and insert here a spot of the color #6DCFF6. Opacity - 20%.

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Create a new file with the size 500px by 500px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Select the Soft Round brush of black color and set the next shown options for it:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Let’s put a brushstroke, like the next one:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Then choose Filter>Pixelate>Color halftone and set the next demonstrated settings:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

It’s the result we’ll get on this stage:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Select this layer and place it on a new layer on our basic document, changing the Blending Mode to Darker Color and set Fill to 40%.

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop
How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Make a copy of this layer, placing it as below:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Then take the Ellipse Tool (U) and represent a circle:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Select Add a layer style from bottom part of the Layers panel and click to Drop Shadow:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Set also the Gradient Overlay

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

We’ve got a voluminous circle:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Make another one:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

… applying the next Layer Style > Drop Shadow for it:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Set the Gradient Overlay

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Click on Stroke options

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

We’ve got the next circle:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Let’s represent the circles of different sizes and placement. The color’s is #F3E6B2. We need to change in some cases the Fill to 50%.

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Let’s represent one more rectangle, as it is shown below:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Set Fill to 0% on the layer:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Select Add a layer style from bottom part of the Layers panel and click on Gradient Overlay. Set Foreground color to white and select from Gradient Editor the Foreground to Transparent gradient.

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

We’ve got the next line. Create a new layer, select both with the line’s layer, pressing Ctrl+left mouse click. Then Merge Down pressing Ctrl+E.

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

The new layer should be turned over using Free Transform (Ctrl+T), as it is indicated below:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Make a copy of it and place it the same way shown below, moving it with the Move Tool (V).

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Put together the layers by Merge Down (Ctrl+E) and make a copy of it. The copy should be made smaller and placed the same way demonstrated below:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Next represent a new layer, choosing the Butterfly brush from Special Effect Brushes set:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

We need to customize our brush in Brushes panel (F5), select the Brush Tip Shape. Click and drag any of the sliders to change the size, the roundness and brush angle as show. The Preview window displays the changed brushstroke.

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Go to Shape Dynamics:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Set also the Scattering settings:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Other Dynamics settings:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

The Foreground and Background colors on the tools’ panel should be the same with those indicated below:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Let’s make a line of butterflies:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Changing the brush’s sizes with the buttons [ and ], represent one more line:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

… and one more:

How to Create a Colorful Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

The final result!