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Transform a portrait with blend modes (part 2)

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
June 14, 2015

Part 2 of our amazing blend mode tutorial!

9. Extract flower

Open your flower image. Use the Quick Selection tool to select the flower. Right-click the Background layer, choose Layer from Background. Click OK. Click the layer mask icon in the Layers palette to create a mask based on the selection, hiding the surrounding areas. Save as Flower.psd.

10. Add flowers

Back in the main document, place ‘Flower.psd’. Scale and position before confirming. Place or duplicate as many times as you like. Position in front of or behind the model. Apply a layer mask and then hide areas if needed. Here we’ve used two flowers.

11. Merge and sharpen

Select the top layer and press Cmd/Ctrl+Opt/Alt+Shift+E to merge layers. In Photoshop, right-click on the layer and choose Convert to Smart Object. Go to Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask. Set Amount to 100% and Radius to 2 pixels.

12. Colour Range

Place a cool landscape image over your image. Go to Select>Colour Range. Set Fuzziness to -35. Use the Eyedropper to sample an area to make a colour-based grungy selection. Click OK. Click the eye icon to the left of the bird layer to hide.

13. Colour Range texture

Click the Create New Fill Layer button in the Layers palette, choose Solid Colour. Pick white, then click OK.

14. Apply Gradient Map

Click the Create New Adjustment Layer button in the Layers palette, choose Gradient Map. Pick the Black, White preset. In the mask, paint black at 50% Opacity to restore colour in key areas such as the face and coloured circle.

15. Apply Colour Balance

Click the Create New Adjustment Layer button, choose Colour Balance. For Midtones, (from top to bottom) set to -80, -10, -10. In the mask, paint black at 80% Opacity to remove in key areas.

16. Saturate colour

Click the Create New Adjustment button in the Layers palette, choose Hue/Saturation. Pump Saturation to +25, or more if you wish. Click the mask, press Cmd/Ctrl+I to invert. Paint back with white at 90% Opacity to selectively apply the increased saturation.

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