How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

October 12th, 2009 by ART-D Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Photo Editing

   

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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How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
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.

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Select the Brush Tool (B) set the Opacity to 20% in Options Bar

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Let’s put some brushstrokes on a new layer, the same way demonstrated below:

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
… and more on a new layer again…

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Set for this layer Blend Mode to Color Dodge:

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
That’s the result you should get:

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
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 Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Remove the background using your favorite tools like Pen Tool (P), Magic Wand Tool (W), Magnetic Lasso (L) or even a simple Filter>Extract.

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
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

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
… and more of white color:

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Take now the Ellipse Tool (U) and make a circle:

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Set Fill to 0% for this layer:

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
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:

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
We’ve got a kind of half – transparent circle:

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Copy them out (Ctrl+J) and put them arbitrary on the layer, using the Move Tool (V)

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Create a new layer and represent on it a kind of luminescence around the girl. The brush’s settings are demonstrated below. Opacity 10%.

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Next insert the adjustment layer Create new fill or adjustment layer > Curves:

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Set it:

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
This way, our work became more contrasting and saturated.

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Make one more circle using Ellipse Tool (U):

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Set the Fill to 0% and Opacity to 70% for its layer:

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3

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  • Amrit virk

    14/10/2009

    thanks for such a nice tutorial.. :)

  • DINATA

    15/10/2009

    look good

  • TheWebTuts

    16/10/2009

    Tutorial added to thewebtuts.com

  • sandy

    19/10/2009

    woooowwwww..

  • lor

    01/11/2009

    amazing

  • plskillme

    01/11/2009

    nice tut, thanks alot.

  • lo

    01/11/2009

    It’s a fantastic tutorial

  • sabba

    21/11/2009

    bubbles wont work

  • Social

    28/11/2009

    That’s a nice one I must confess. I would want to know how to use the fotoshop generally,I’m a lame man to the environment. Please contact me with this address: ovinicecentre.@yahoo.com

  • nadia

    15/12/2009

    very nice tutorial.thanks so much

  • Wiol

    17/12/2009

    very nice, thanks :)

  • charles olivier

    02/01/2010

    Thanks for the tutorial. I tried to do the same, but I stopped at the step of the circles.. lol..
    Very nice effect!

  • b3jj

    08/01/2010

    heee i don’t see the option extract? :S
    can you help me
    pleaseee!!

  • Ayumi

    09/03/2010

    Hey, nice tut, some of these soap bubbles look kinda flat in my opinion.
    Everything else is great, thanks! :D

  • Hilary

    13/05/2010

    I am very new to photo shop so a friend was helping me with some tutorials and on this one we stumbled at the bubble. We went over it a few times but have not missed a step so we are not sure why they dont have the coloured look of your bubble?

  • floryela

    06/07/2010

    thanks for share your knowledge with us !

  • Deevo

    30/09/2010

    awesome tutorial, very easy to follow!!

  • nourbil

    01/10/2010

    what photoshop 6 or cs5 plz help

  • Yusra

    08/11/2010

    woo00ooo

    thnx

  • Grant Pedrosa

    21/10/2011

    I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I do not know who you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already ;) Cheers!

  • Trisha

    21/01/2012

    I’m new to Photoshop and I am at the step of adding the picture. I have no idea how to add it. Anyone help please?