Photoshop Tutorial: Powerful Ink, Smoke Portrait

Photoshop Tutorial: Powerful Ink, Smoke Portrait


Stock download links are in the description. Lets start! Head up to File>New. I’m going to name it INK for now. Width: 1920 Pixels | Height: 1080 Pixels. Change the Background Contents to white. Then hit OK. Then hit Create. Head up to File>Open. Locate the model image. Double click to open in Photoshop. Head over and select the Quick Selection Tool. Select the entire model. Head down and select Mask. Right click>Convert to Smart Object. Head over and select the Move Tool. Then, Click and drag the model onto our project. CTRL + T to select the model. Hold SHIFT down and drag the top corner inwards to resize. Position the model near the center. Hit Enter to accept changes. Head up to File>Open. Locate the Ink image>Double click to open. Next, we need to remove the ink from the background. Head up to Select>Color Range. Click on the White background to select it. Fuzziness 124 seems to work fine. Hit OK when you’re done. The white background is currently selected. CTRL + SHIFT + i to inverse the selection. Then head over and select the Move Tool. (V) Bring down the opacity to about 80% CTRL + T to select the INK layer. Right click>Flip Horizontal. Rotate the Ink like so. CTRL + 0 to zoom out. Hold Shift while resizing. Hit Enter to accept changes. Bring back up the opacity to 100%. Drag the ink layer below the model layer. Head down and select Mask. Hold CTRL + Click on the model thumbnail to make a selection. Make sure you’re on the mask. CTRL + SHIFT + i to inverse the selection. Set your foreground color to black. Mask out some of the ink (front of models face) Your ink layer should look something like this. I’m going to rename layer 1 to Model. Rename layer Layer 2 to Ink. Select the top model layer then hit mask. Then head down. Hold ALT + Click on Mask. Your mask should be black. Change your foreground color to white. Then select the Brush Tool. (B) Make sure your using a brush with soft edges. Bring back some of the models face. I will just keep a small part of the models face. Change your foreground color to black. This will mask out the model. Continue to blend in the models face into the ink. Bring down the brush opacity for better blending. 50%. Take your time on this part. I will speed this part up, since its time consuming. After blending, mine looks like this. Duplicate the model image>CTRL + J. Hide the bottom layer. Right click the top layer>Convert to Smart Object. I will rename this layer to noise. Head up to Filter>Noise>Reduce Noise. I want to soften the models face. Strength: 9 Preserved Details: 0 Reduce color noise: 90 Sharpen Details: 75 Then hit OK. Head down and create a new layer. I will rename this layer to Color Highlights. Change the Blending Mode>Color Dodge. Change the Foreground color>ff81ce Then hit OK. Using the Brush Tool. (B) Add highlights. Drop the layer opacity to about 15%. That looks pretty good! Head down and create a new layer. I’m going to rename this layer to highlights. Head up to Edit>Fill. Make sure the contents are 50% Gray. Then OK. Change the Blending Mode>Soft Light. Head over and select the Dodge Tool. Range: Midtones | Exposure 20%. Start adding highlights. Make sure you do it over existing highlights. Since this part is very time consuming, I will speed it up. Much better with the highlights. Have the top layer selected. CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + E (Merge all visible layers.) I will rename this layer to merged. Head up to Filter>Noise>Reduce Noise. I will change the Strength: 7. Then OK. That’s it! Please leave a like if you enjoyed. 🙂

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