How to Create a Fantasy, Sci-Fi Portrait Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

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What You’ll Be Creating

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a fantasy, sci-fi portrait. You’ll learn how to blend a model portrait with a space background, make some special effects using light and nebula textures, manage blending modes, enhance color, paint light, and more.

Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial:

1. How to Build the Background

Step 1

Create a new 1500 x 900 px document in Photoshop with the given settings:

new file

The background color should be #010e27.

Step 2

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves and reduce the
lightness. Select the layer mask and activate the Brush Tool (B). Use
a soft round brush with black color (soft black brush) to paint on both sides of the canvas. It’s to avoid both sides becoming black
and to show the details there later.

background curves
background curves masking

Step 3

Drag the space background onto the dark canvas and change the layer mode to Screen 100%:

add space background

Click the second icon at the bottom of the Layers panel to add a mask to
this layer. Use a soft black brush to clear some areas around the
middle and both sides.

space background masking

Step 4

Create a Curves adjustment layer and set it as Clipping Mask. Decrease the lightness to make the effect appear more subtle.

space background curves

2. How to Add the Model

Step 1

Isolate the model using the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) and add her to the middle of the canvas using the Move Tool (V).

add model

Use a layer mask and a soft black brush to erase the neck, shoulders, hair, and forehead.

model masking

Step 2

Make a new layer and set it as Clipping Mask. Select the Clone Tool (S) to remove the earring:

earing cloning

Step 3

Create a Curves adjustment layer to lower the lightness of the lower edge of the chin and the cheek. Use a soft black brush to paint on the other areas so they won’t be affected by this adjustment layer.

model curves 1

Step 4

Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and bring the Saturation value down to -16:

model hue saturation

Step 5

Use a Color Balance adjustment layer to match the color of the model’s face with the background. Change the Midtones settings:

model color balance

Step 6

Use the Lasso Tool to select the mouth only, and then go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves. Increase the lightness to make this area brighter.

model curves 2

3. How to Do the Eye Makeup

Step 1

Open the ring light image and add it to the main document using the Move Tool. Change this layer mode to Screen 100%.

add ring light

Step 2

Select Filter > Liquify and activate the Twirl Clockwise Tool
(C)
. Tweak the ring until it gets a similar result to the one shown below, or at
least until it has the eye-like part shown in the small screenshot. Use it to cover
the left eye.

ring light liquifying

Use a layer mask to erase the areas around this eye-like part.

cover the left eye

Step 3

Duplicate this layer and flip it horizontally (Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal). Move it to the other eye.

add another eye makeup

Step 4

Select the two eye layers and press Control-G to make a group for them.
Change this group’s mode to Screen 100% and add a Hue/Saturation
adjustment layer to alter the eyes’ color:

eyes hue saturation

Step 5

Create a Color Balance adjustment layer and change the Midtones values:

eyes color balance

4. How to Add the Nebula Effect

Step 1

Drag the nebula 1 image on top of the head and change its mode to Screen
100%
. Use the Free Transform Tool (Control-T) with the Warp mode to
tweak the form of the nebula to fit the perspective of the head and
eyes.

add nebula 1

Use a layer mask to remove the hard edges.

nebula 1 masking

Step 2

Duplicate this layer several times and move them around the head and
face, especially trying to leave some visible effect on the cheeks. Use a
layer mask if needed to clear any unneccessary details and get your desired look.

add more nebula effect

Step 3

Make a group for these nebula layers and alter its mode to Screen 100%.
Add a Color Balance adjustment layer and change the Midtones and
Highlights values:

nebula 1 color balance midtones
nebula 1 color balance highlights

Step 4

Use a Levels adjustment layer to hide all the remaining edges and make the effect more subtle.

nebula 1 levels

Step 5

Place the nebula 2 image in the lower part of the canvas and use Control-T to
rotate it as shown below. Change the layer mode to Screen 100%.

add nebula 2
nebula 2 masking

Step 6

Create a Levels adjustment layer to remove the edges and make a subtle effect.

nebula 2 levels

Step 7

Make a Color Balance adjustment layer and change the Midtones settings:

nebula 2 color balance

5. How to Add the Fantasy Light

Step 1

Drag the fantasy light image onto the top of the head and alter the mode to Screen 100%.

add fantasy light

Use the Liquify Tool (the Forward Warp Tool) to tweak the light to get a similar result to the one shown below:

fantasy light masking

Step 2

Duplicate this layer twice and move them onto the face and to the right. Use a layer mask to erase any details you don’t want to see.

add more fantasy light

Step 3

Use the Lasso Tool to select a left area from the fantasy light image
and add it to the lower left of the model. Turn it into a curve using
the Forward Warp Tool.

add lower details with fantasy light

Erase the hard edge of this result using a layer mask.

details masking

Step 4

Select another part from the light image and do the same technique. Add it to the other side of the model.

another lower details

Step 5

Add more small details using a similar method.

more small details

Step 6

Make a group for these light layers and create a Color Balance adjustment layer within this group. Change the Midtones values:

fantasy light color balance

Step 7

Use a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and reduce the Blue saturation value to -81:

fantasy light hue saturation

Step 8

Create a Levels adjustment layer to make the remaining edges completely disappear:

fantasy light levels

6. How to Do the Face Makeup

Step 1

Create
a new layer and use the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) to grab a circle
and then activate the Gradient Tool (G). Use Radial Gradient with the
colors #f8b2f2 and #834115 to fill this circle.

circle with elliptical marquee tool

Tweak this circle using the Forward Warp Tool and place it along the contour of the model’s face.

circle liquifying

Step 2

Change this layer mode to Color Dodge 100% and use a layer mask to make the effect appear subtle along the lower part of the cheek.

color dodge mode 100

Step 3

Duplicate this layer twice. Move one to a higher position on the
cheek, and flip the other horizontally and then place it on the other cheek.

add more details by duplicating makeup

7. How to Paint the Light

Step 1

Make a new layer on top of the layers and use a soft brush with the
color #746482 to paint around the model’s face. Change this layer mode
to Color Dodge 100%:

light 1
light 1 result

Step 2

Use a soft brush with the color #81a3ef to paint on the top of the head, cheek, and chin. Alter this layer mode to Overlay 100%.

light 2

Step 3

On a new layer, use a soft brush with the color #8c8dcb to paint on the
lower section of the canvas. Set this layer mode to Hard Light 30%.

light 3
light 3 result

Step 4

Change the brush color to #a797c1 and paint on the top left of the model. Keep this layer mode at Hard Light 30%.

light 4
light 4 result

8. How to Do the Final Adjustment

Step 1

Create a Gradient Map adjustment layer on top of the layers and pick the
colors #912d1d and #004460. Lower the Opacity of this layer to 20%.

whole scene gradient map

Step 2

Add a Color Balance adjustment layer and change the Midtones and Highlights values:

whole scene color balance midtones
whole scene color balance highlights

Step 3

Use a Photo Filter adjustment layer and pick the color #ecde00.

whole scene photo filter 1

Step 4

Make a Curves adjustment layer to add a warm tone and increase the contrast of the image.

whole scene curves

Step 5

Create another Photo Filter adjustment layer and change the color to #dab9f4.

whole scene photo filter 2

Step 6

Use a Vibrance adjustment layer to enhance the final effect.

whole scene vibrance

Congratulations, You’re Done!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my tutorial and learned something new. Feel
free to share your ideas or comments in the box below—I’d love to see
them. Enjoy Photoshopping!

final result