Hot ColorFul Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial i will show you how to create a Hot ColorFul Photo Manipulation.  We start of by using a picture of a model and will create a unique colorful effect. This tutorial can end up in all kind of different results, depending on your imagination. You dont need a lot of photoshop skills to end up with something like this but i assume you know the basics.

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Step 1

Start with opening a new photoshop file. I used a small working area of 700 x 600 pixels.
Hot ColorFul Photo Manipulation 1

Create a new layer “CTRL + SHIFT + N”, fill it with black (or any other color) using the Paint Bucket Tool “G” and set a Radial Gradient Overlay as shown below.
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You will now have something like shown below:
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Step 2

Now open the picture you would like to edit. I used a model i found on deviantart.
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Now cut out the model. If you dont know how this works you can folow the How To Cut Out An Image tutorial i have written urlier. I ended up with this:
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Step 3

Now we have the basics to work with. We will create some smoke behind the model, so we need to create a new layer behind the model and download some smoke brushes. You can download some nice brushes here.
You will end up with something like this:
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Now place an texture on top of the smoke layers. You can download a lot of nice textures here to fit your needs. After placing the texture, set the layer style to Lighten as shown below.
Hot ColorFul Photo Manipulation 7

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Step 4

Now select the model layer, and press “Alt + Shift + Ctrl + B” or go to Image -> Adjustments -> Black & White…
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A new window will open, just use the default settings and press OK.
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Now duplicate the model layer.
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And Press Ctrl+I.
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Now ad an Outer Glow using the settings below.
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Drag the duplicated layer below the Black & White model layer.
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Ofcourse you also could simple ad a outer glow to the black and white model layer, but i like it this way because if i need to edit some on the black & white layer i have a clean layer to work with. (actually i used some soft brushes at the end of this tutorial to make the body cutout look more smooth.)

Step 5

Now we need to add some glowing lines around the girl. I used the Pen Tool “P” (on an tablet pc) to create some smooth lines.
For some extra information about how to create a nice line, take a look at (step 5) of the Light Effect Basics tutorial.

I created 2 lines and added a Outer Glow to it. Then remove the parts that go behind the girl using the Eraser Tool “E”.
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Step 6

All we need to do now is give this some more color.
I added some new layers and used a big soft Brush to add some colors using the Brush Tool “B”. Use a brush between  the 200 to 300 pixels.
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I created a new layer for every color dot, so i could move them around if i am not happy with the position of the colors. I used the colors Blue, Green, Red, Yellow and Purple. Set the color layers mode to Overlay and set the Opacity to 40%.
Hot ColorFul Photo Manipulation 17


Thank you for folowing this tutorial. I ended up with this:

If you have any questions, or would like to show of your end result. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment.

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    Posted by we on November 26, 2009 at 6:17 am


    Posted by joyoge bookmark on November 26, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    nice effect thanks for the tut

    Posted by OKC DUI Lawyer on December 25, 2009 at 12:24 am

    Thanks for this great piece, bookmarked and rss subscribed…

    Posted by phackdhe on December 29, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    It’s nice Shadows and great effect any other pls send to :
    best bravo always

    Posted by Jessika on December 30, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Sorry to bother, I don’t know if this is something a newbie should try, but I’m attempting it. I’m just stuck on one part, I cut out my model, now how do i make the model and the background come together?? (sorry that’s the best way I could put it)

    i would really appreciate the help, i read the steps over & over to see if maybe i did something wrong or missed something, and now its starting to get a bit frustrating.

    Posted by Legacy Designs on January 1, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    very nice. it was done good.The Only Thing that i would would changed is making the outher glow of the model white, to corrispond with the texture and gradient. to give it more of a abstract feel. But Other wise it was done very well. If you have any free time i would like you to look at my photoshop images.they are at photobucket. Just Look Up Legacy Designs

    Posted by imsomeone on February 5, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    i downloaded adobe photoshop cs4 but how can i download some brushes and add them to the program cause i dont got a map or something :$

    Posted by Kiko Nascimento on February 10, 2010 at 4:29 pm


    Posted by lalalaAWESOME on February 17, 2010 at 2:06 am

    i started this tutorial and it didnt exactly work. what do you after creating all the layers? i was left to try merge visible which didn’t work. otherwise an awesome effect :(

    Posted by Web & Graphic Designer on February 23, 2010 at 4:09 am

    The tutorial is even hotter than the girl!!

    Posted by chris on February 25, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Thank you all for the comments i hope you guys learnt something new, or maybe got inspired.

    Posted by Al Kamal Md. Razib on May 13, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Great Manipulation ! Thanks for sharing it !

    Posted by Clipping Path India on June 25, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Amazing photoshop effect tips. I will try this technique to create a design for magazine. Thanks for sharing.

    Posted by Clipping path designer on October 1, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Awesome photo manipulation tutorial. Well explained & easy to learn. Thanks for share this wonderful post. :)

    Posted by Faustino Werkheiser on December 5, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    This made me smile and hopefully after your last post it will do the same for you:
    just to make you you smile :) Circular Definition: see Definition, Circular.

    Posted by ayi on February 14, 2011 at 11:41 am

    great tutorial

    Posted by Ritxz on September 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Hey THNXS guyss
    keep UP posting
    great work
    learning UP

    Posted by Ashraf on December 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Great colorful Photo manipulation tutorial. thanks for sharing

    Posted by Clipping Path on March 7, 2013 at 9:46 am

    the idea was good.The Only Thing that i would would changed is making the outer glow of the model white, to correspond with the texture and gradient.

    Posted by Moynul on November 7, 2013 at 11:46 am

    The tutorial is even hotter than the girl!! so all most nice.

    Posted by Meer Anis on January 2, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Liked the presentation that ultimately helps others.

    Posted by Photo Retouching on July 26, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    OMG! What a great tutorial it is! Thanks a lot for sharing this!

    Posted by Abu Fateh Bappy on September 27, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Lot of Photoshop tutorials I have read on photo manipulation. I am really impressed to this tutorial. I just want to include one thing “Without excercise, practise and experience, the talent is of no use” and You did it. Thank you.

    Posted by clipping path bd on November 17, 2014 at 10:03 am

    waw! really great photo manipulation . In step 5,create add some glowing lines around the girl by using the Pen Tool is very special work for me.Thanks

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