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Lost Love Photoshop Manipulation Tutorial
Tutorials Photo Manipulation 24470 Views January 30th, 2013

Learn how to create a beautiful love inspired Photoshop manipulation just in time for Valentine's day. All you have to do is blend some stock images and match the colors, lighting and shading using adjustment layers. I really hope you will enjoy this new photo manipulation tutorial and I can't wait to see your beautiful results. This is actually my second love inspired tutorial for this year and I will publish two more till 14th of February .


Learn how to create a romantic Lost Love Photoshop manipulation just in time for the upcoming Valentine's day. We'll create a beautiful water landscape that you can use as background for other photo manipulations as well.

We'll start by adding this amazing storm at sea premade background. Call this layer Water and Sky layer. Add a layer maskto this layer and use the Gradient Tool to mask the lower part of the image.

Now in a new layer add this beach stock image and add a layer mask to this layer like in the previous step; try to blend the two images as good as possible. Remember that the layer mask is a noninvasive methos and you can at any time adjust the mask. Simply use the Brush Tool and paint in the layer mask; use white color to reveal and black color to hide some areas. Call this layer Beach layer.

Take this beach image and place the marked area like shown in the image. Simply crop that area and place it on the water surface. Set the blend mode of this layer to Overlay and also lower the saturation of the image a little bit. Use a soft round brush and use the Eraser Tool to blend the edges of this cropped image with the rest.

Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer above all the other layers and lower the saturation level.

I will now crop and resize an area from this cliff rock image and place it in the left corner like shown in the image. Again you will have to lower the satutration level.

Add an Inner Shadow and a Gradient Overlay to the Rock Layer according to the light direction.

Add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer above all the other layers with these settings.

Open this girl stock image, crop the girl from the left, resize it and place it like in the image. See here how to cutout images or remove background in Photoshop using the Selection Tool. Or you can use the Pen Tool to trace the contour of the girl, make a selection and crop it.

Add two adjustment layers only for the Girl Layer. Add a Hue/Saturation and a Brightness/Contrast as shown.

Now add a new layer behind the Girl Layer and use a black soft round brush and simply paint a shadow using the Brush Tool. You can read more about how to cast shadow in Photoshop

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14 comment(s) for "Lost Love Photoshop Manipulation Tutorial"

10:04 AM Friday, February 01, 2013
Thank you for a beautiful lesson! reply
10:07 AM Friday, February 01, 2013
Your photo manipulation looks so much better than mine, I just love it! reply
Mireille D
10:27 AM Tuesday, February 05, 2013
My realisation for this beautiful tutorial: reply
Mireille D
10:27 AM Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Thank you for this beautiful tutorial!
My realisation: reply
12:00 PM Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Hi Mirreille,

thank you for practicing this tutorial. I like your result and I hope you had fun and learned while doing it.

I really appreciate when people find my tutorials interesting enough to practice them.

keep up the good work everybody reply
7:41 AM Thursday, February 07, 2013
Thank you so much for teaching me :D
It was fun and i learnd a lot. reply
7:45 AM Thursday, February 07, 2013
Hi Susanne, your result is so beautiful! I ma glad that you learned a lot from this Photoshop tutorial; I guess the real challenge here is to match the right lighting and shade for every object added. reply
11:39 PM Monday, April 29, 2013
Thank You very much for this tutorial. It's my first work like this in my life.:) I was trying to make this more natural, that's why i didn't use pearls, hairs etc.. also there is couple of mistakes, but hope You like it.;) reply
11:40 PM Monday, April 29, 2013
Hi muffoni,

it looks quite good, I mean if this is your first try you are really talented :) the only obvious problem that I could find is with the hair. Cropping hair in Photoshop is a big challenge and you will have to use additional hair brushes or painted hair stock images to obtain a good result! reply
12:34 AM Sunday, May 19, 2013
Another favorite artwork inspired by this tutorial is this beautiful Sea Princess Fantasy Manipulation made by cobra74 from reply
4:44 AM Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Beautiful Sea Mermaid Fantasy Photo manipulation made by Tatiana Golovkova reply
2:14 AM Friday, February 27, 2015
Aquí dejo mi versión :) reply
10:23 AM Thursday, October 08, 2015
Thank you for this tutorial. Here is my pic. I really enjoyed working on this photo manipulation. Very interesting artwork. reply
10:25 AM Thursday, October 08, 2015
Thank you for a beautiful lesson. Was very interesting to work on creating the background. I also liked to create the model's hair. Wonderful lesson! reply

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