Tutorials - Week 9 (part 1) (part 2)


Portrait Tutorials - Part 2

Tutorial Files (zip) These are the original Portrait Files from Week 9 Part 1.
You should have already Adjusted Tones through Lightroom. And you should have already opened the files in Photoshop and completed Touch-Up processes on all three images.

Please download this Landscape image file (zip) for the "Portrait / Landscape" Tutorial


  1. In Photoshop
    Layer should be Raster
    Quick Select > Select Subject
    Add to selection as needed (MAKE SURE YOU CLEAN THE SELECTION)
  2. Select & Mask (if there is HAIR to select)
    Refine Edge Brush (toolbox on the left)
    Brush - Size larger, only paint along areas where the grey background can be seen
  3. Decontaminate Colors - 100%
  4. Output As: New layer with layer mask
  5. Place a Solid Fill Color (any color) behind the new selected layer
    When satisfied with results, right-click on layer mask, apply layer mask
  6. * Do this for all 3 images: Frontal, Profile, Hands


Frontal / Profile

  1. Open the Frontal Image > Save As: Frontal-Profile.psd
  2. Apply the Mask to the Frontal Layer
  3. Click on the Profile image layer - Duplicate Layer > Add to the Frontal-Profile.psd
  4. Layer management: Create a Solid Fill Color Adjustment Layer > set to White, Drag to the bottom
    Next Layer: Frontal
    Top Layer: Profle
  5. Use the Move tool and move the Profile layer so that the tip of the Nose is matching with the edge of the Frontal nostil
    Command T > Drage the center Anchor to the edge of the Nose tip > Shift Option and Drag a corner so that the Mouth lines-up together > Hit Return to apply
  6. Apply the Mask to the Top Profile layer > Turn Visibility OFF on Profile layer
  7. Load the Profile layer as a Selection > Command Click the Raster thumbnail
    Click on the Frontal Layer and add Selected Mask > Click the Mask thumbnail > Unlink between the Raster thumbnail and Mask
  8. Top Profile layer > Turn Visibility ON > Add an Inverted Mask (Option Mask icon)
    Use your Paint Brush, set to a Soft Edge > Paint with White around the Nose area
    You should see both Perspectives now at the same time
  9. To Touch-up where the layers don't quite blend > Create a New Blank Layer > Use the Clone Stamp tool > set to "All Layers" > Option Click and then Brush
  10. Save


Frontal / Hands

  1. Open the Frontal image > Save As: Frontal-Hands.psd
    Open the Hands image > Duplicate > Add to the Frontal-Hands.psd
  2. Layer Management: Add a Solid Color Fill Adjustment Layer > Set to Black > Add to the Bottom Layer
    Command J > The Hands Layer > Move under the Black Color Layer (we'll use it layer)
    Original Hands layer should be on Top, Frontal image in the Middle
  3. The Hands may need to be Separated onto their own layers > Select with the Rectangular Marquee around our Right hand > Command X > and Command V
    Move and Rotate (using command T) to place in desired position
  4. Group the Hand Layers OR - in class I had you Merge Down (command E) for the two Hand Layers >
    Add Blend Mode: (I used Lighten) or Cycle through the Blend Modes with: Move Tool and Shift +
  5. Add the Frontal Selected Mask to the Hands Layer (Hold Option and Drag the Mask - Make sure it copies and NOT just move)
  6. Copy the Hands Layer (command J) > Fill the new copy Mask with Black (Shift Delete, Fill with Black) > Rename "Hands Top"
  7. Copy the Frontal Layer > Place on Top > Apply Mask > Add New Inverted Mask (hold Option and click the Mask icon > Rename "Frontal Top"
  8. On the two Top Layers > Brush the Mask with a 40% Opacity Soft Edge - Just to bring in and out Features that you want to be prominent
  9. On the Hands Layer Mask > (in the Properties Panel) - Lower the Density to 80%

  10. Adding a Vignette > Use the Elliptical Marquee tool > Add an Oval around the subject > Goto Select, Transform Selection > And transfrom based on desire shape and placement, Hit Return > Add a Solid Color Fill Adjustment Layer > set to Black > Invert the Mask (command i) > In the Properties Panel, Feather the Mask (160px)

  11. Add a Black & White Adjustment Layer to the very Top > Adjust the Blues & Reds >
    Lower the Opacity to 85%
  12. Save


Portrait / Landscape

  1. Open Profile.psd > Save As: Portrait-Landscape.psd
  2. Drag a Landscape image into the this image file
  3. Lower the opacity to 70% and Transform (holding Shift) and Cover the Profile image > Apply with Return > Increase Opacity back to 100%
  4. Add a New Blank layer to the Bottom Layer
  5. Add a Background Gradient > Select with Eye Dropper (i) the lightest color and use X select the darkest color > G for Gradient and drag a Linear Gradient (you can experiment with a Radial Gradient too)
  6. On the Landscape layer >Change the Blend Mode to Screen (for now, you can change that)
  7. Copy Landscape layer > Change Blend Mode to Normal > Right Click / Rasterize Layer > Apply the Mask > Add a new Mask and drag a Linear Gradient across it
  8. Copy Profile Layer > Add a new Mask and drag a Linear Gradient across it >
    Paint with a soft Brush with 15% Opacity in Facial Features that you want more prominent
  9. Save

Consult the Exercise 5 Directions

Portrait Photos: © Marianne Tec