How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Photoshop
In this tutorial I will show you how to create a mystery photo manipulation using Photoshop brushes, different blend modes, and more. Let’s get started!
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For the beginning create a new file (File>New) having 1920x1200px/72ppi. Then take the Paint Bucket Tool (G) and fill the new background layer with the next demonstrated color.
Select the Brush Tool (B) set the Opacity to 20% in Options Bar
Let’s put some brushstrokes on a new layer, the same way demonstrated below:
… and more on a new layer again…
Set for this layer Blend Mode to Color Dodge:
That’s the result you should get:
Remove the background using your favorite tools like Pen Tool (P), Magic Wand Tool (W), Magnetic Lasso (L) or even a simple Filter>Extract.
Create a new layer and insert here several dots with the brush, changing their sizes with the button [ or ]. The color’s code in this case is #BA93B3
… and more of white color:
Take now the Ellipse Tool (U) and make a circle:
Set Fill to 0% for this layer:
Next select the Layer Style. Make a double click on the left mouse’s button on this layer on the layers’ panel and set the Gradient Overlay as shown:
We’ve got a kind of half – transparent circle:
Copy them out (Ctrl+J) and put them arbitrary on the layer, using the Move Tool (V)
Create a new layer and represent on it a kind of luminescence around the girl. The brush’s settings are demonstrated below. Opacity 10%.
Next insert the adjustment layer Create new fill or adjustment layer > Curves:
This way, our work became more contrasting and saturated.
Make one more circle using Ellipse Tool (U):
Set the Fill to 0% and Opacity to 70% for its layer:
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