How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation

In today’s tutorial I will show you how to create a space photo manipulation by mixing stars and different Photoshop techniques. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

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How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Start working by opening in Adobe Photoshop CS4 a space photo like this one:

How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4
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 Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Remove the background using your favorite tools like Pen Tool (P), Magic Wand Tool (W), Magnetic Lasso (L) or even a simple Filter>Extract and insert the image on a new layer in our main document.

How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Inner Glow

How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next inner glow effect around girl:

How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Click now on the bottom part of the Layers panel on Add layer mask icon and choose after that the Soft Round brush of black color (Opacity 15%)

How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Using Soft Round brush paint on the mask to hide the girl’s legs as shown:

How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Create a new layer and select for it a Soft Round brush of yellow color (Opacity 10%) to paint the layer:

How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Set Blending mode for this layer to Saturation

How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click between the layers of the yellow brush and the layer containing the girl (on the Layers panel) to create a clipping mask

How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Now we have the content of the layer containing the yellow color only visible within the content of the layer containing the girl

How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush with #0000FF color (Opacity20%).

How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Paint the background as shown and place this layer under the layer with the girl on it:

How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4
On the next new layer we’ll apply the above used brush to continue painting the background with the color #00B4F6 (Opacity20%). This layer will be situated under the girl’s layer:

How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Create a new layer and apply here the Soft Round brush to paint the bottom part of the picture with violet color (Opacity 20%)

How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Set the Blending mode to Screen for this layer

How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Use again the Soft Round brush and paint with blue color on background. This layer will be situated under the layer containing the girl:

How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Next there will be used again the soft brush with green color this time and Opacity – 20%.

How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Create a new layer and apply on it the Soft Round brush to paint on the background as shown.

How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4
The brush’s color is yellow (Opacity 15%). Place this layer under the girl’s layer.

How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Set the Blending mode for this layer to Overlay

How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4
On the next new layer we’ll use the Soft Round brush of white color (Opacity 20%) to represent several lines, like those from below. This layer needs to be situated under the girl’s layer:

How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Set the Blending mode to Overlay for this layer

How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Let’s create the next new layer and apply on it the same soft brush of white color (Opacity 15%) to make lighter the girl’s body. This layer needs to be placed lower than the girl’s layer:

How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Next we’ll make the girl’s arm look more illuminated. In this case we’ll create a new layer and use here the Soft Round brush

How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Paint firstly with red color (Opacity 15%) the necessary element and then use the color #FDCD9E

How to Create a Space Girl Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4

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