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                 AUG   Photoshop Tutorials
                 30    Deep and Moody
                       by: Neil Duerden

                       Right time to go into Photoshop and create a "simple" moody image using loads of simple effects
                       to create an image with depth and composition. This is simpler than you think but can demand a
                       lot from your system. You will be switching between Illustrator, Photoshop, Painter and
                       throwing a few hand rendered elements in just for good measure so put the kettle on, sit back
                       and get ready to begin!

                       Step 1
                       Obtain a mono shot which has good deal of contrast, the shot can have a background or be on an infinity
                       screen, each will give a different feeling to the final piece. Your main task here is to find a shot you like as you
                       will be staring at it for some time.

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                 Step 2
                 Mask off the subject as tightly as possible, do this by creating a duplicate layer and adding a layer mask set to
                 reveal all. Next select the mask itself and draw around the image you wish to keep. You can use feather edge
                 brushes to allow semi transparent edges. Alternatively use a piece of masking software like Ez mask, a lot

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                 Step 3
                 Now add a layer in between your two existing layers and add a splash of colour, simply add a gradient of your
                 chosen colour to create a little contrast and simply use the hue command in the layer effects. Don’t make this
                 too obvious as the effect should be subtle.

                 Step 4
                 Now switch your image into Illustrator. Just open up the image and begin to draw vector lines over the top.
                 Remember to place it on a separate layer and lock it down before you start as to move the image and
                 continue to draw your vectors is not good! Draw whatever you fancy and is fitting with your chosen image as
                 this is where you stamp your mark on the piece.

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                 Step 5
                 If you have kept the original the same size in Illustrator all you need to do is paste it in and it will be the correct
                 size in photoshop. Also if you are not happy with the colour simply adjust the hue via the Hue and Saturation
                 command in the Image > Adjustment > Hue and Saturation

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                 Step 6
                 Now highlight vectors using the burn brush, use this to give added depth and vary the brush size to get the
                 best possible result. You want to make this in between looking real and plastic false to help it stand out from
                 the original layer. This will obviously differ depending on what you used as a base image.

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                 Step 7
                 Dupe up the top layer of the subject and then adjust the Hue and Saturation as in step 5, find a colour that
                 matches the composition of your piece. Then add more sections to your layer mask to hide areas and give
                 more interest to the viewer. Use your own personal judgement here and don’t be shy!

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                 Step 8
                 Now freehand draw a shadow beneath the model and using the layer effect multiply place one below at 100%
                 opacity and one above at around 50% opacity to hide the joint between the model and the background.

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                 Step 9
                 Open up the file and paste onto your image and multiply the layer down. Place this image behind the
                 main masked subject layer and experiment with the layer opacity to get the effect level you think is right. Then
                 repeat this process numerous times until you get the complexity you desire.

                 Step 10
                 Next get out your pen and paper and do a few hand rendered drawings, scan these in and place them behind
                 your subject image. The image then needs to be again multiplied down and also use the Edit > Transfer >

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                 Perspective function in photoshop to get it to match into your composition.

                 Step 11
                 Right time to swap programs again. Open your layer file into Painter and dupe the master layer of the girl,
                 then apply the Effects > Fill > Pattern filter and choose the rose design. Then apply thelayer over the top
                 using the Gel layer effect and reduce the opacity to around 15%.

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                 Step 12
                 Next get a picture of an item that complements your image and clipped out then place the image behind the
                 main image, then add a slight drop shadow, not too much but enough to boost the contrast. You then need to
                 dupe this layer and resize and change the opacity and layer modes in random to get a mixed effect. There is
                 no science to this just experiment!

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                 Step 13
                 Now dupe up the splat effect and flower layers, change the Hue and Saturation to fit in within with the
                 composition. This will give an overall more blended feel to the image as a hole, again multiply these layers
                 down using layer effects in various fashions. I can’t stress enough just experiment!

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                 Step 14
                 Now introduce some other elements using the same effects as with the flowers in the earlier step, don’t be
                 shy here just pile them up and work on your composition. You can take this as far as you want. Remember
                 this is all about experimentation and making it different so try to get a good selection of items in at this stage!
                 Drawing vectors and importing them can be a good idea to add more depth.

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                 Step 15
                 Now continue experimenting in this way adding layers until you are happy. Then just flatten your image and
                 hey presto you are done!

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                 About the author
                 Neil is a self confessed Mac monkey based in a rural miners cottage 20 miles north of Manchester. He
                 creates pieces that combine elements from mixed media, photography that are interlaced with complex
                 vectors to create pieces that always hit the brief for clients all around the world. Visit Neil’s website to see his

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                 There are 103 comments (+Add)
                   103 dhhdd
                          January 21st, 2009 at 8:46 am

                          thank you

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                 102 5reeef
                     January 19th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

                     thanx body
                     gr8 lesson

                 101 Kovy Rinzler
                     January 8th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

                     i love seeing the naked girl
                     thats the only good thing about this picture

                 100 Tina Turner
                     January 8th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

                     i love seeing a piece of art like this! it deffinatly shows the real beauty of a naked
                     woman and how perfect they really are!
                     i love the flowers!

                 99 kadın
                     January 8th, 2009 at 11:45 am

                     because women, nice health women

                 98 lanie
                     January 5th, 2009 at 11:33 am

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                    i am really having a hard time…
                    i got stucked in step 3…
                    i really want to make my picture in that style…but damn…
                    your art is great…huhuh

                 97 Jeff_W
                    December 26th, 2008 at 11:51 pm

                    Wonderful post. And frankly, the negative posts regarding the nude subject should be
                    totally ignored. What could be a better subject than a nude? — it was good enough
                    for the Greeks, Romans, the Michaelangelos, Bernini and all the rest! The layered
                    artwork + the nude ensnare one’s attention — just wonderful. Thank you for this
                    website and for posting these tutorials. - Jeff W.

                 96 David
                    December 24th, 2008 at 2:25 am

                    I have a real hard time reading this tutorial with the censorship on the ART. I
                    understand you’re trying to compromise for a less mature audience, but honestly, it is
                    a huge distraction.

                 95 bander
                    December 23rd, 2008 at 12:55 pm

                    nice work
                    great tutorial

                 94 Salt
                    December 22nd, 2008 at 8:06 pm

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                    Beautiful work, but the cencorship really goes overboard.. you’re ruining a perfect
                    work. stop being so naive and afraid

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