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Final Image

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

Step 1

Open up a new document 600X900 and create a new layer called ‘stars’. Fill the background with black.

Step 2

Go to filter>noise>add noise. Add 10% amount, gaussian, monochromatic.

Now go to image>adjustments>levels and apply the settings shown below:

Step 3

Now duplicate your stars layer and call the duplicate ‘larger stars’. Go to edit>transform>scale and increase the height and width of your layer to 200%.

Go to filter>sharpen>sharpen more and then reduce this layer’s opacity to 50%.

Step 4

Create a new layer called ‘clouds’. Go to filter>render>clouds.

Then reduce the opacity to 20% and use a large, soft eraser to erase areas of cloud:

Step 5

Create a new layer called ‘rainbow gradient’. Select your gradient tool and select the rainbow gradient. Then drag a linear gradient diagonally across your canvas.

Change the layer’s blend mode to ‘overlay’ and reduce it’s opacity to 70%.

Step 6

Copy and paste in this image of a woman:

Woman Photo.

It may the camera, or the subject matter, but the woman’s face is looking a little squashed. To fix this, stretch the photo downwards using it’s bounding box, until you’re happy with how it looks. Then go to filter>sharpen>sharpen to bring out it’s details.

Step 7

The woman’s skin has many blemishes, so we’ll start with some simple retouching. I zoom in, and then use the clone-stamp tool to clone areas of unblemished skin over the areas with blemishes.

Step 8

Now duplicate your woman layer and called this layer ‘face blur’.

Go to filter>blur>surface blur.

Surface blur is great because it largely retains the quality of the edges of your image.

Apply the settings shown below:

Step 9

Now use a soft eraser brush to erase away ALL areas of your woman EXCEPT for the parts of her face that you want to keep smooth. Basically erase away her clothes and then her eyes, nose and mouth. You should be leave with a smoother, slightly blurred area of facial skin, improving her overall complexion:

Step 10

I want to make the woman’s teeth a little whiter, so I zoom in and select over them using my lasso tool. Then I create a new layer called ‘teeth white’ and fill my selection with white. Then I reduce this layer’s opacity to 35% and chance it’s blend mode to ‘soft light’. You can see the before and after of this technique below:

Step 11

Now duplicate your woman layer and move the duplicate layer to be your top layer. Set it’s blend mode to ‘overlay’ and then reduce it’s opacity to 50%.

I only want to make my clothes a lot more intense at this point, as they were looking very dull. I use a large, soft erase to erase all of my overlay duplicate layer apart from my woman’s clothes:

Step 12

I download this image of aviators:

Aviators Photo.

Then use your clone stamp tool to get rid of the part of the glasses frame showing through the lens:

Step 13

Now cut it out and paste it into your original document. Resize it to fit over your woman’s eyes and go to image>adjustments>desaturate to grayscale your aviators:

Step 14

Now go to edit>transform and use your distort and warp tools to manipulate the aviator’s to fit over your woman’s face better:

Step 15

Download this photo of Las Vegas

Las Vegas Photo

Now position it over your aviators and cut around them using the pen tool or lasso tool:

Step 16

Apply a gradient overlay to your las vegas image layer (settings below). This should give a cool lighting effect to your glasses lenses.

Step 17

The frames of my aviators are looking too light at the moment, so select this layer and go to image>adjustments>levels:

Step 18

Create a new layer beneath your aviators layer called ‘aviator shadow’. Use a soft paintbrush set to ‘color burn’, 10% opacity to paint in shadows onto the woman’s face being cast by the aviators.

Change this layer’s blend mode to ‘overlay’ and if needed duplicate it to make the shadows more impactful:

Step 19

Now create a new layer called ‘highlight glow’ below your woman layer. Paint around your woman using a large, soft white paintbrush (100% opacity).

Then change this layer’s blend mode to ‘overlay’.

Step 20

Create a new layer called ‘gradient pattern’. Then create a rectangular selection and fill it with a linear pink to transparent gradient. On the same layer create a green to transparent gradient and blue to transparent gradient. Make sure that your 3 gradients are overlapping:

Step 21

Change it’s layer blend mode to ‘overlay’ and then duplicate this layer two times, moving the duplicates to various other sections of your canvas:

Step 22

Add an adjustment levels layer (settings below) to add more impact to your piece:

Step 23

Add a curves adjustment layer (settings below):

Step 24

Now add a color balance adjustment layer (settings below):

Step 25

FInally add a gradient overlay adjustment layer. Select the rainbow gradient, and then reduce this layer’s opacity to 8%, changing it’s blend mode to ‘overlay’:

And We’re Done!

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial.

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