Published on Wed, Nov-17-2010 by Anant

Create A Stylish Dancer Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial we are going to show you how combining multiple stock images, and various design elements to create a stylish dancer photo manipulation. You will learn a variety of Photoshop techniques working with different tools. Mainly we will work with pen tool, filters, transformations, styles, blending options and many other Photoshop tools. We have also created a resource pack, where we placed all the elements necessary for creating this effect, therefore following this detailed tutorial you will easily learn new tips to create this effect.

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Final Image Preview

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Stocks Used:


Start with the document of size of 3000 x 2250 and make a new layer and fill it with the gradient of color
0290c7 to 06b3f5 to 0695ca.

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Next I add paper texture to the new layer. I desaturate then it and resize to fit the document and reduce the opacity to “28%” and blending mode to “Multiply” and erase some of the parts. You can find different types of textures on the net and also you can download this texture from the resource pack posted on this tutorial.

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Next make a new layer and take a large Soft edge brush of size and "800-1000px" reduce the flow to 5-7% and start brushing on the corners of the document and change the blending mode to “Soft light“.

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Then add a new Adjustment layer of color filter layer of “Cooling filter(82)”. Opacity reduce to “60%“.

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Its time to place our model or you can choose any picture of your choice. For cutout I generally use Pen tool, simply place points around the model and then Right-click and select Make selection with 0/1 radius. You can find different techniques, just Google it.

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Duplicate the image and flip vertical and place at the bottom to add shadow effect and reduce the opacity, see image below:

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Lets add more shadow to the image, make a new layer above model shadow layer and take a Soft edge brush of “20px” and follow,to 5-10% and start brushing around its shoes.

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My final result look like this. You can add a Gaussian blur also to the shadow, play with the opacity bar to have natural look to the shadow.

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Make a new layer behind the model layer and take a large white Soft-edge brush and flow to “20-30%” paint it behind him and then make the size a bit smaller and choose color aae6fc with flow “15-20%
And paint it again.
My result look like this (see image below):

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Next I add some clouds behind the model, you can download different types of cloud brushes from the deviantart or use mine from the resource pack posted on this tut. Make a new layer behind the model and above the white layer which I made in step 8 and start brushing different clouds with white color where ever it looks good.

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Next I add stars and galaxy to the back ground. I search on the Internet for the galaxy and stars pictures and I found this one. You can too download it from resources pack. I have attached all the stock images, brushes which I used in the resource pack. Drag it to your canvas and reposition it to fit the size of the document and place it behind the model, see the image below. Change the blending option to “Color dodge” and a layer mask by hitting “add layer mask button” at the bottom of the layers palate, and start brushing with white to remove unwanted areas.

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My area masked area look like this .Next I just add birds to the sky.

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Now go to your model layer ctrl + click the model layer to select the model and then make a new layer then go to Edit -> Stroke and change the following settings:

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You can choose stroke path to 1px or 3px in my case I chose 2px. As soon as you hit ok you will get a stroke path around the models body and now select Move tool and move that path slightly upwards.
Reference image below.

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Repeat the above process again but this time choose different color, I chose bright yellow color and move it to the right of the model and erased stroke where I don’t like.

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Next I add some 3d abstracts behind the model. I find nice 3d abstracts and renders on Deviantart, there is a huge collection of abstract designs on the Internet. You can find abstracts which I used in this tut in the resource pack. Now just drag this image3cerc4d” to your canvas and place it behind the model and resize it.

Note: When you drag a image in CS4 and CS5, the image will always open as a smart object see the image below the symbol of the smart object highlighted in a circle. To edit an image you have to convert it to rasterize layer by right-click the selected layer and click rasterize layer button.

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Now Add a layer mask to the layer and start brushing the areas which are not looked good, see my result below:

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Next I duplicate this abstract twice and Free transformed and placed at different position. Try to experiment with it and repositioned it where it looks good and finally add a layer mask and remove parts which you think not looking good.

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Next I add more abstract designs, place this imagerender by k3-studio copy 3” to your canvas resize it and placed it behind the model.

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Next I duplicate abstract which I used in the above step and resize it and placed at different positions. For some abstract I changed the color by using Image -> Adjustment -> Hue/saturation and hit colorize button and do the following settings:

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My result after placing all the abstracts is look like this:

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Next I add more depth to the image. Create a new layer below the abstracts layers and select Elliptical marquee tool and make a circle by holding shift key and fill it with black color.

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Drag this circle behind the model’s head, see image below:

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Again make a new layer and this time we are going to make triangles with the help of Polygon tool (U). You have to enter the sides for the polygon ex. 3 for triangle, 4 for square…..etc.

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After selecting the Polygon tool make sure that “paths” tab is selected see above picture and after drawing the path (I mean to say triangle), right–click and select fill path and fill with bright yellow. Finally select Pen tool and right–click and delete path.

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Next I made different sizes of triangles and place them over big black circle, look the image below for reference. Similarly I repeated these step once for another group of circle and triangles but this slightly smaller near his foot. You can do one thing also select the triangles and circle layers duplicate them resize it and place it.

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This time I will add some curve lines, select Pen tool and make a new layer, draw a curve path as shown in the image below and make stroke path of hard brush size of “30-35pxwithout simulate pressure setting unchecked.

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Next we will edit this line in Liquify tool ( go to Filter -> Liquify). A new window will open which look like this:

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And I use these tool which I mentioned in the above picture with different sizes, density and pressure.

First select forward Wrap tool (W) and settings to default i.e (size, density, pressure = 100, 50, 100) start click and drag to deform the line. Use Twirl tool, Bloat tool with different settings and feel free to experiment.

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My result looks like this:

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Then I applied Layer styles -> Inner glow.

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Colorf27457; Blend modeLinear dodge; Size9.


I repeat the above two steps (22, 23) for more lines.

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Similarly add 2-3 more lines but this time with black in color.


Make a new layer and draw lines (lines should have a curve like it is hanging) one white and one black, see image below.

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And then I place a bird on the line

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Now this time we add some text like it is hanging on it. Download the resource pack of this tutorial in that you will find Clothes clip open it up and place it into the canvas. After this write letters of “DANCE” on different layers and place it like I did. See the image below:

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Lets add some more lights make a new layer and take a Soft edge brush of color “f6e126“, size “200px” and brush it to his hand and elbow , repeat the process but this time take white soft edge brush slightly smaller and decrease the flow to “80-90%“.

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It is almost completed, lets add more lines and shapes, make a rectangle (this layer should behind the model’s layer) and fill it with yellow color (ffff00) then hit Ctrl +T to Free transform, right + click and select perspective and change like I did in the second image below and place it near his shoes.

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Then pick the Pen tool to make strokes of 1px around the yellow box with white and finally brush with Soft edge brush flow to “20%” around the corners of the box.

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Similarly I add two more box, simply by duplicating the first one and resizing them. You can group them in a folder by selecting the layers which you want to group and hit Ctrl + G.


Lets add more shapes this time to the background make a new layer and select Pen tool start create polygon shapes and make selection by right-click and select “make selection”, select Gradient tool fill it with white to transparent, blending option – “Screen“, opacity – “30%“.

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My result:

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Next add lines with the help of Pen tool or Pencil tool. Take a pencil of “2px“, color – “white“, opacity – “30%“.

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Final adjustments to the image. Select your model layer and add Hue/saturation adjustment layer, make sure to check “use previous layer as clipping mask” box.

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Hue: +1; Saturation: -26; Blending: soft light; Opacity: 73%.

Next add Color balance adjustment layer and do the following changes.

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Change the Blending option to Dissolve.


Add one more adjustment layer, this time selective layer, we will going to select blacks and do the following changes:

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Finally make a new layer above all layers. Then go to Image -> Apply image and hit OK. Go to Filter -> Sharpen image upto “1.2 px“.

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Final Result: A Stylish Dancer Photo Manipulation

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17 Responses

  • techwench say:

    great tutorial i would use it for my images

  • Amr Boghdady say:

    Neat tutorial!
    Now all I gotta do is get my hands on a good picture of a female dancer :D

  • pooja say:

    its great so many effects are used in a pic,its quit innovative

    i like that type of effects

  • venkatesh say:

    iam multimedia student i wonder by seeing this i will take more instrest on photo shop my sir also dint said like this. i loved it and thanks 4 u.

  • Shalon Plourde say:

    sorry i am spanish but i like ur site

  • danny say:

    awesome man, congratz.

  • white say:

    cute effect,go on.

  • clipping images say:

    Nicely done…..i like this tut…but I’m using a different dancer with different style layout.

  • кровля say:

    Excellently written tutorial! Thanks for the information!

  • Red Sae say:

    Excellently tutorial


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