Dramatic Lighting: how to create stylish portraits using simple Photoshop effects

Dramatic Lighting: how to create stylish, on-trend portraits using simple Photoshop effects

How to create dramatic lighting in Photoshop: steps 5-6

How to create dramatic lighting in Photoshop: step 5

05 Select the background
Hold Shift and click Open Object to open the image into Photoshop as a Smart Object. Grab the Magic Wand tool from the Tools Panel then go to the Options Bar. Set Tolerance to 10 and check Contiguous, then click on the background wall to begin a selection.

 

How to create dramatic lighting in Photoshop: step 6

06 Refine the hair
Hold Shift and continue clicking to add to the selection until all but the baby is selected. Next go to Select>Inverse, then Select>Refine Edge. Select View: On Black then set Radius 2.4px. Grab the Refine Radius tool from the left of the box, then paint over the edge of the head to increase the area of refinement.

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