Post Production Magic with Adobe Photoshop
It’s incredible what you can do with powerful software such as Adobe Photoshop. You can take an ordinary image and through some post production editing, transform your photos into unforgettable images. Several weeks ago I had a guest model, Elena, who helped with a themed photoshoot.
The idea of the mini photoshoot was to incorporate the Robin Hood/Maid Marian story into the portraits and headshots we got of Elena. She came dressed in old time clothes with some props and we got to shooting. For our backdrop we had a gray Westcott background that Joel Grimes frequently uses. Check out his awesome photography work here! For lighting I used three speedlights set up in a Godox softbox to create nice soft light on our model. After I got the photos I wanted I went into Adobe Photoshop to create some post production magic.
In Adobe Photoshop I started by copying the background layer and then I got started with the textures I would incorporate into the background. Here’s the original image I took of Elena:
In post I clone stamped the top half of the image to match the gray background. On another layer I brought in two textures–one I took myself of some scratched wood and one from http://textures.com and grouped them together. With a blending mode of soft light I blended the two textures together. With three Color Lookup Table adjustment layers I adjusted the image to have an earthy brown color and reduced each layer between 20-40 percent.
On the background copy layer I used the quick selection tool to select Elena and her props from the background and create a layer mask from her selection so that the background textures would show through. From there, I merged all visible layers and begun my frequency separation process. With some adjustments to exposure, hue/saturation, and another LUT adjustment layer I got my image to the color and exposure that I wanted. I then added a solid fill color adjustment layer of black and reduced it to 25 percent. On the layer mask I used the brush to give my photo a burned border look. To top off my photo I merged all visible layers so that I could use this layer to sharpen my image. Here’s the final product!