Make a Photo Into a Blue Fantasy | Photoshop Effect

I’m Criss and in this Photoshop tutorial I’m
gonna turn this photo into a blue fantasy. This is the image that I’m working with and
first step is to create a new layer that will include only the woman and the umbrella. For this, I’m gonna grab the quick selection
tool, or you can press W on the keyboard. When you do this.. you’ll see up here this
command called, Select subject. You can press it once and Photoshop will try
to make a selection around what it thinks it’s the subject in your image. So let’s press it…and after a couple of
seconds the selection appears on the screen. It did a good job on the lower side but I
still have to manually select the umbrella. So..I’m just gonna zoom in right here holding
Z on the keyboard, select the Polygonal lasso tool, hold shift, because this way we can
add to the existing selection, by creating points around the umbrella…. and then close
the selection. Same thing on the right side, holding down
SHIFT and adding to the existing selection until I completely cover the umbrella. I am also double checking these details of
the umbrella and refine my selection accordingly. I like to take care of small details when
doing my selections. Now I can click on Select and Mask and and
refine my selection by adding a bit of smoothness and 30% of contrast. I select the output to New Layer with Layer
mask… and then hit ok. Good.. now let’s see what I did here! I have 2 layers.. one of them will be the
background and the other one that stays on top, it’s the same layer, but.. with a layer
mask on it, that shows only the woman and the umbrella. You can even rename these layers as you want 
in order to help you, because we will have a bunch of layers in the end so it helps you
to be more organized. Next step.. create a solid color adjustment
layer, make it black… and drag the layer to the bottom of the list. Select the background layer, apply a mask
to it by clicking here…press G to choose the gradient tool, make sure you press D to
reset the foreground and background colors in this area and then… from the horizon
line, drag down the gradient until the bottom of the image. The main thing here is to hide the horizon
line, because on the black part of the mask I will insert another image. Before going forward, I need to take care
of some details on the umbrella. You see, there are some spots that I want
to remove and also.. because the umbrella has some transparency in it, I can see the
horizon line in this area. So if I fix these, this will look like a white
or bright grey umbrella, which is great. I will hide this layer.. and to clean up the
parts on the umbrella, I will use the healing brush tool, I am sampling from different areas
holding down ALT and then brushing over the parts that I want to change. Until I finish this, I just want to say that
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press the like under this video, that will be appreciated! So I am done taking care of these parts on
the umbrella and now.. let’s take this tutorial to the next step, which is adding the next
photo for this compositing project. I’m just placing this image inside the document
and I will scale it up just a bit until I get rid of the bottom part which is not needed. Press enter.. and I have this beautiful nightshot
of the stars and the Milky Way. I drag this this layer between the color fill
layer and the background.. just like this. Now you can see the effect of this layer mask:
the black area reveals the layer underneath which is the second image that I inserted. By the way let’s rename this layer to sky. Next step.. I need to turn this bottom part of the background
layer to a more blue-ish color, to make it blend in better with the color of  the night
sky. For this.. one of the easiest way is to add
a solid color adjustment layer, choose a blue tone.. it doesn’t have to be perfect at this
point… hit ok.. and now put this layer on soft light blending mode and clip it to the
background layer by holding ALT and pressing between these two layers. This means that the solid color layer will
only affect the layer underneath it.. which is.. the background layer. Otherwise if the layer is not clipped, it
will affect all the layers below this one. So I’m gonna clip it back. Now I can tweak the color even more by double
clicking the solid color layer and choosing a more precise color with the eyedropper..
a color that already exists in the night sky photo, or I can go even with a lighter color
if I want.. you should take your time with this, until you obtain a good result. What I want now.. is to blur the background
just a bit. I feel that the nightsky image has some noise
and I would like to separate the subject better from the background. As you can see, the nightsky layer is a smart
object.. so I can add smart filters to it and modify them anytime. So.. FIlter – Blur – Gaussian Blur. Let’s check out how it looks with a 2 value…
or even a 3. Hit ok.. and it looks much better now. Let’s blend the subject as well, more into
this composition.. and for this.. I am gonna add another solid color adjustment
layer.. I’m trying to choose a simmilar color to the
blue tone that I have in my image, put this layer on soft light, clip it to this layer
holding ALT and then tweak the color even more by double clicking on the solid color
layer. And when I’m done, I hit OK. Now.. because we changed the background from
a very bright one.. to a dark nightsky.. I need to lower the brightness of the layer
that contains the woman and the umbrella, because now, it looks fake. So I am gonna add a Curves adjustment layer,
and I’m gonna clip it to the layer below this one. To darken the bright areas, I grab this point..
and bring it down until I feel that the whole image looks much better. I will create another point in the shadows
area.. and bring it down as well. And you can see a before and after if I enable
or disable this curves layer. It makes a big difference. Now.. I want to duplicate the layer with the sky,
because I would like to have some bigger brightspots in the image in the foreground.. to simulate
somehow that it’s raining outside and this is a reason why the woman is holding this
umbrella. So I select the layer with the nightsky, I
press CTRL+J to duplicate the layer, right click in this area where the smart filters
are, and choose Clear Smart filters. Also.. right click on the layer and choose
rasterize layer. Then, place it at the top of the list. The thing is that I only need a small part
of this nightsky. I want to simulate some rain. With the rectangular marquee tool I select
an area, choose the Move tool, and then scale this part until it covers the whole document. I will rename this layer to rain and then
bring it to the top of the list here. Put this layer on screen blending mode, and
then add a curves layer which should be clipped to the rain layer. I want to darken this and create more contrast
in it. It’s time to add some motion blur to create
a more realistic rain, so I go to Filter – Blur – Motion Blur, and for me a -56 degree and
a distance of 20 pixels will be just fine, I tweaked these settings before recording
this tutorial. So I’m gonna hit Ok and now I can add a layer
mask here.. and using a low flow of 13%, I take the brush and paint with black on the
woman’s face, just to keep it more visible in the composition. You can always press X to switch between black
and white, to hide or unhide parts on a layer mask. But keep in mind that you always need to select
the layer mask first. Ok. The next steps will include some lighting
tweaks that will make this image look much better than now in my oppinion. So the first thing that I want to do is to
add a curves layer, brighten it up.. and then invert the layer mask by pressing CTRL+I. The layer mask just became black, now I take
the brush, make sure I paint with white, I check the flow to be around 40%.. and then
with a big brush, I just press multiple times in this area.. until I see that the background
is brightening up. Now, I select the Curves layer which is clipped
to the subject, add another curves layer, raise the midtones to brighten up the image,
select the layer mask, invert it with CTRL+I and now it becomes black so the effect is
not visible. Take the brush, and dab a few times on her
face and around the head until that area is more bright than before. You can then check the before and after if
you disable the curves layer and you can see the difference. And there is more to do here, but first let
me create some groups in the layer lists because things got more complex here and I want to
organize these much better. So let’s create a group for the background,
then select all these layers and press CTRL+G to  make a group for the subject.. and now..
everything looks organized. Ok, now I will press SHIFT+CTRL+ALT+E to create
a new stamp visible layer. This layer contains all the existing layers..
but in one single image. So now.. I can right click, convert it to a smart object,
and then go to one of my favorite panels in Photoshop, in Filter: the camera raw filter. Here, I can increase the contrast to 40, I
can do the same for the shadows to reveal some more details there.. so let’s keep it
at 60, and also I will increase the clarity to 30. Hit ok.. and you can always go back to the
camera raw filter if you want, by double clicking here and changing any setting that you want. Very nice before and after for this blue fantasy
look and I hope you like it too. Check out another video from the screen if
you have the time, and if you have any questions, just leave them in the comments and I will
try my best to reply.

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