Adding a Fashion Lighting Effect for a Woman Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Today, we are going to add a bit of colored lighting to our model shot with this very simple, fashion style effect. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

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Adding a Fashion Lighting Effect for a Woman Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Start working by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop CS5 with the size 800px by 1200px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch.

Find a stock photo with a model represented on it, I used this beautiful woman with flowers photo from iStockphoto. I would like to thank the author of this photo, or if you prefer, you can substitute similar image of your own.

Adding a Fashion Lighting Effect for a Woman Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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 it on a new layer in our main document.

Adding a Fashion Lighting Effect for a Woman Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush from Brush Tool (B).

Adding a Fashion Lighting Effect for a Woman Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Use this brush and paint the background with different nuances of the color #DEBBAA. The layer must be situated under the model’s one.

Adding a Fashion Lighting Effect for a Woman Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Make sure the layer containing the model is active in Layers panel and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Drop Shadow.

Adding a Fashion Lighting Effect for a Woman Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Adding a Fashion Lighting Effect for a Woman Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create the next new layer and select the Soft Round brush mentioned above to paint the background with different colors as shown. The layer must be situated under the model’s one too.

Adding a Fashion Lighting Effect for a Woman Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select the same Soft Round brush to paint the background on the model’s right side with the color #EFE8DC.

Adding a Fashion Lighting Effect for a Woman Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Place the layer lower than the model’s one.

Adding a Fashion Lighting Effect for a Woman Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Insert one more new layer and select the already mentioned Soft Round brush to continue painting the background. The layer must be put under the model’s one.

Adding a Fashion Lighting Effect for a Woman Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and use here the Soft Round brush of white color to paint the background.

Adding a Fashion Lighting Effect for a Woman Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

This layer will be put also lower than the model’s layer.

Adding a Fashion Lighting Effect for a Woman Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create the next new layer and start painting the background, this time around the model’s head. Choose the Eyedropper Tool (I) to pick colors from flowers and use these colors to paint around the model’s head. The layer will be placed under the model’s one.

Adding a Fashion Lighting Effect for a Woman Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Next we’ll make a copy of the model’s layer. The copy’s layer must be put under original one in Layers panel. Click on the Lock Transparent Pixel option from Layers panel. Then use the Hard Round brush to paint the model’s silhouette with the color #1C2029, hiding temporary the original model’s layer.

Adding a Fashion Lighting Effect for a Woman Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Adding a Fashion Lighting Effect for a Woman Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Select for this layer the next filter: Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur.

Adding a Fashion Lighting Effect for a Woman Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Adding a Fashion Lighting Effect for a Woman Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Make visible again the model’s layer on the top, but the layer with her shadow must be moved a little to the right side, applying the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command.

Adding a Fashion Lighting Effect for a Woman Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Insert the mask on the shadow’s layer by choosing Add layer mask on the bottom part of the Layers panel and choose the Soft Mechanical brush of black color.

Adding a Fashion Lighting Effect for a Woman Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Paint in the mask using this brush to hide the content of the shadow’s layer on the right edge.

Adding a Fashion Lighting Effect for a Woman Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select on it the Soft Round brush from Brush Tool (B).

Adding a Fashion Lighting Effect for a Woman Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to paint the layer with the color #361240.

Adding a Fashion Lighting Effect for a Woman Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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