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How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a mystery photo manipulation using Photoshop brushes, different blend modes, and more. Let’s get started!

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How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
For the beginning create a new file (File>New) having 1920x1200px/72ppi. Then take the Paint Bucket Tool (G) and fill the new background layer with the next demonstrated color.

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Select the Brush Tool (B) set the Opacity to 20% in Options Bar

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Let’s put some brushstrokes on a new layer, the same way demonstrated below:

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
… and more on a new layer again…

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Set for this layer Blend Mode to Color Dodge:

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
That’s the result you should get:

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Find a stock photo with a model represented on it, I used this photo from deviantart. I would like to thank the author of this photo:

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Remove the background using your favorite tools like Pen Tool (P), Magic Wand Tool (W), Magnetic Lasso (L) or even a simple Filter>Extract.

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Create a new layer and insert here several dots with the brush, changing their sizes with the button [ or ]. The color’s code in this case is #BA93B3

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
… and more of white color:

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Take now the Ellipse Tool (U) and make a circle:

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Set Fill to 0% for this layer:

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Next select the Layer Style. Make a double click on the left mouse’s button on this layer on the layers’ panel and set the Gradient Overlay as shown:

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
We’ve got a kind of half – transparent circle:

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Copy them out (Ctrl+J) and put them arbitrary on the layer, using the Move Tool (V)

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Create a new layer and represent on it a kind of luminescence around the girl. The brush’s settings are demonstrated below. Opacity 10%.

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Next insert the adjustment layer Create new fill or adjustment layer > Curves:

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Set it:

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
This way, our work became more contrasting and saturated.

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Make one more circle using Ellipse Tool (U):

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3
Set the Fill to 0% and Opacity to 70% for its layer:

How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS3

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