This new lesson we'll see how to represent an artistic portrait out of a photo by changing the background, correcting the colors and using different textures and filters.
Open a photo, for the beginning, in a new window, that one, we want to process: File - Open
Copy the layer to make easier working with it: Layer - Duplicate L
ayer (ctrl+j) and delete the previous layer, using the corresponding icon in the Layers
window. Mark out now the background, choosing the Polygonal Lasso Tool
and then erase it.
Increase a little the working space, selecting the Crop Tool
and start correcting the colors and the brightness. First we need to increase the brightness, making use of next combination Image - Adjustments - Curves
Now make the colors look more intensive by applying next combination: Image - Adjustments - Selective Color
Select now the Stamp Tool
and use this tool as a brush to make the girl's coiffure look livelier:
Make a copy of this layer (ctrl+j) and blur it out, selecting the next filter: Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur
Now we should change the layer's Blending Mode
on Soft Light
and minimize the Opacity
. Then merge down the layers: Layer - Merge Down
What we need to do further is opening in a new window (ctrl+o) the picture we want to make the background out of it. In this case we have smudge paint.