photoshop creative

Play with perspective (part 1)

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
August 15, 2015

Take your skills to the next level and experiment with scale


1. Load the images


Go to File>Open and choose your skyline image. Next, place your subject into the picture. Resize the subject to make her fit the image better.

2. Make a selection


Pick the Quick Selection tool (W) and select the subject. Go to Refine Edge, tick Smart Radius and enter 2 in the Radius, 0.5 for the Feather and -20 in the Shift Edge. Select the Refine Radius tool and paint around the hair.

3. Clean up the selection


Go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection. Take a small soft black brush and tidy the edges of the subject. You can hide parts of her feet behind the building to help blend her in. Reduce the Opacity of the brush when around the hair.

4. Match Colour


Duplicate the subject (Cmd/Ctrl+J), Ctrl/right-click on the layer and rasterize it. Go to Image>Adjustments>Match Colour. In the Image Statistics section, choose your image for the Source and choose the background for the Layer. Click OK and set the Opacity to 50%. Go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask.

5. Blend options


Create a new layer (Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+N) and name this Shadows. Cmd/Ctrl+click on the subject mask to select it, go to Edit>Fill and fill the selection with black. Go to Layer>Layer Style>Blending Options. Reduce the Fill opacity to 0% and tick the box ‘Layer mask hides effects’.

6. Add shadows


Click on the Inner Shadows option and use black as the colour on a Multiply blend mode with 50% Opacity. Untick the Use Global Light option and use an angle of -137, Distance of 22, 0% Choke and a Size of 50. Click OK.

7. Refine the shadows


Go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask. Add a layer mask and then using a soft black brush, paint the areas to hide the effect of the shadow from places you don’t want it to be. A prime candidate is the left side of the subject.

8. Add highlights


Repeat step 5, name the layer Highlights. Click the Inner Shadows option, use white as the colour on a Screen blend mode with 70% Opacity. Untick Use Gloval Light and set Angle: 36, Distance: 20, Choke 0% and Size:50. Click OK.

9. Refine the highlights


Go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask. Add a layer mask and using a soft black brush on the mask, paint to hide the effect of the highlight from places you don’t want it to be. Set the layer Opacity to 80%.

Come back tomorrow for Part 2!

  • Thank you so much for your post. You described nicely. It will help me much.

  • Bryan Minton

    sorry where do i find the images ?