Learn how to create a beautiful sleeping autumn beauty in a very emotional scene. In this tutorial I’ll show you how you can achieve an emotional scene using a variety of photo manipulation techniques. You’ll also learn how you can add motion to falling leaves, achieving autumn color tones, making the use of adjustment layers effectively.

Tutorial Resources

Preparing the Background

Step 1

This tutorial is the second version of this Dark, Eerie photo manipulation. On that tutorial I’ve used the same forest image to make the scene dark and eerie but this one is completely opposite with more lights and blissful autumn atmosphere. Let’s get started !!
Create a new document in Photoshop by selecting File > New and then use the following settings or feel free to choose your own.


Open up the Forest image and drag it into the main document using Move Tool (V).


Step 2

The color of forest is green but we are aiming to create a autumn scene then the forest should have a autumn color tones. To reduce the green color from forest and to add autumn color tones, I used a Selective Color (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Selective Color ) adjustment with the following setting. I changed the settings for Red, Green and Yellow colors. Here are the settings for Red and Yellow colors.


Here is the settings for Green Colors :


Here are the results :


Step 3

Add a Photo Filter adjustment layer to forest. I am using Warming Filter (85) with 30% density to add warm colors tones to forest.


Results :


Step 4

Continue colorizing the forest using Color Balance adjustment layer. Only change the settings for Midtones.


Results :


Adding Model

Step 5

Place the model into our main document by selecting File > Place then place the model onto middle of the forest.


Step 6

Add a Layer Mask (Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All) to model. Grab the Brush Tool (B) . Set its opacity and flow about 30%. Use a soft round black brush to blend the model with the forest. Take your time while masking the model background and for better blending keep the ground parts of model.


Step 7

To match the colors of model, I use a Selective Color adjustment layers as clipping mask (press the red button to clip it to model layer). Set the setting only for Yellow colors.


Results :


Step 8

At the moment the model looks too bright as compared to background, so add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer to model and reduce its brightness.


Results with reduced brightness :


Step 9

I am aiming to create light source in the middle of the scene and we know the lights is going to be reflected on the model body, so we should maintain the lightness on model those parts which are close to lights. To keep these things in my mind, I erased the selected effect on the layer mask of Brightness/Contrast using a soft round basic black brush.


Results after masking the effect :


Adding Leaves

Step 10

Add the leaves to scene and use many layers of leaves to arrange them.
If needed use the Transform Tool (CTRL/CMD + T) to tweak them. I’ve used more than ten layers to arrange them.



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