Surrealistic Modeled mask

Model mask
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1. OPEN MODEL.PSD

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OPEN MODEL.PSD

Use the pen tool to draw a path around the left edge of her face and jaw, including areas outside the face, Make a selection and choose layer > New > Layer Via Copy from the menu. Choose Edit >Transform > Flip Horizontal! from the menu Position the layer over the right side of her face to remove the hand.

2. OVERLAP THE LAYERS

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OVERLAP THE LAYERS

Carefully position the layer contents so that the overlap is realistic looking. Choose layer > Add layer mask > Reveal All from the menu. Select the brush tool and use a large soft brush with a black fill colour on the mask to paint out the hard ledge on her face where the two images overlap

3. ADJUST THE IRISES

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ADJUST THE IRISES

Use the pen tool to draw a path around each of her iris’. Command-click the path icon in the Paths palette to generate a selection from it. Create a new Hue/Saturation adjustment layer from the pull down at the bottom of the Layers palette, Make the following adjustments. hue: +19, saturation: +18, lightness: +6.

4. ADJUST INPUT LEVELS

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ADJUST INPUT LEVELS

Reload the same selection and create a levels adjustment layer. Adjust the input levels at: 9, 1.07, 230. Click create a new layer and select the Clone Stamp tool with the ‘use all layers’ function enabled.

5. DARKEN THE BACKGROUND

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DARKEN THE BACKGROUND

Sample skin and cover the stray hair. On a new layer use the linear gradient tool (foreground transparent), and a dark colour from the’ background to create a gradient to cover the background to the right.

6. CREATE A HUE/SATURATION LAYER

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CREATE A HUE/SATURATION LAYER

Do the above and desaturate by 26. Make a Selective Colour adjustment layer. Set at absolute, enter cyan 11, magenta 20, yellow 22, black 0. On a levels adjustment layer do input levels, 23, 1.15, 236.

7. OPEN MASK1.TIF

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OPEN MASK1.TIF

Generate a selection from the existing path then drag and drop into the working file.
Choose Edit a+free Transform and position the mask on her face. Command–click the layer icon to make a selection.

8. CREATE NEW ADJUSTMENT LAYER

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CREATE NEW ADJUSTMENT LAYER

Adjust output to 65, 255. On the layer mask, set radial gradient black to transparent and mask out effect in all areas but lower left. Create new layer (multiply blending mode). Drag it below mask layer.

9. PAINT A SHADOW

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PAINT A SHADOW

Sample the dark background and paint a shadow under the right of the mask, Create a layer set and add the mask, the shadow and mask levels layer. Add a layer mask and softly blend the eyes.

10. BLEND THE LEFT CHEEK

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BLEND THE LEFT CHEEK

With the pen tool draw a path on her lower left cheek. Don’t include the ornate detail.
Make a selection. Use the radial gradient tool inside the selection to blend this area into the face. Create new layer.

11. BLEND MASK TO SKIN

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BLEND MASK TO SKIN

Move the layer below the set, change mode to colour, and reduce opacity to 75%. Sample grey from the mask and paint on the layer with varying opacity. Paint in areas where the mask blends into skin.

12. OPEN MASK2.TIF

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OPEN MASK2.TIF

Select the path and drag the selected area into your file. Place the arm to the right of the image. Create a new layer and move it to the top in the layers palette, select clone stamp tool with opacity 50%.

13. BLEND THE EYEBROWS

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BLEND THE EYEBROWS

Sample the mask just over the eyebrow and clone this over both eyebrows, with opacity 25. With the clone stamp tool at 100% to clone out the ornate details on the bridge of her nose, with a 25% setting.

14. PAINT THE SELECTIONS

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PAINT THE SELECTIONS

Draw closed paths around the gold detail around the eyes. Make a selection from the paths and create a new layer with a Colour Blending mode. Paint the selections with a large, soft brush.

15. PAINT COLOUR LAYERS

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PAINT COLOUR LAYERS

Continue to paint colour layers on various selections. Don’t be afraid to mix colours, Draw paths around the eyes and paint in ‘eyeshadow’. Create a new layer set and add all the colour layers to it.

16. BLURRING

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BLURRING

Create a new layer and select the blur tool. With strength set to 100 select a small soft brush and blur over all areas with sharp edges like where the mask overlaps her hair at the sides and so on.

17. ADJUST THE COLOUR

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ADJUST THE COLOUR

Create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and increase saturation by 22 to enhance colour. Create a new Levels Adjustment layer, adjust the sliders in the histogram until input reads: 10, 1.00, 248. Now save.

18. ADJUSTMENT LAYERS

Adjustment layers are a great way to achieve effects like hue/saturation adjustments without destroying image quality. The beauty of the adjustment layers is that they employ traditional layer mask methods so that you can focus on specific areas of the image, without affecting others which you wont.

FLIPPING LAYERS

Using what is readily available can save you hours of work in the long run. By creating a new layer out of a section of her face, flipping it, and moving it to the other side, we saved ourselves a lot of work painstakingly removing her hands and rebuilding her jawline.

LAYER SET MASKS

Adding layers to a set enables you to mask all of the included areas at the some time using a single layer set mask. It is also a good idea because the included layers still retain their own masks and can
be edited independently of the layer set mask.

CLONE STAMP TOOL

Using the clone stomp tool on a new layer with all layers enabled is a fantastic way to clone out those unwonted areas.

SHADOWS

Doing things like adding shadows in will give your image a sense of realism. A shadow created properly will make added elements look like they belong in the scene so they don’t look simply stuck on top of each other.

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