Inspiration can come from so many places, yet sometimes it doesn’t come at all. If you’re like me, you may occasionally find yourself staring at an interesting photo, yet have absolutely no idea what to do with it. I like to use these instances as opportunities to explore possibilities without the constraints of expectations. In other words, these moments represent perfect opportunities to experiment freely in Photoshop. Doing so may just lead to your next big breakthrough or a surprising result.
In today’s Photoshop Workbench tutorial, we’ll start with a photo of a model captured in a dark setting with neon face paint. It’s a fascinating photo, yet I didn’t know what to do with it, so I just started experimenting. At first, the results were so-so, but I persevered. Somewhere along the way, something triggered the idea to transform her into an aurora borealis goddess. Now that I had purpose, I layered a variety of night sky images and mixed them with blend modes. To create the aurora effect, I worked with a set of free high-res brushes from the Obsidian Dawn website. Use of colors that matched the model’s face paint helped unify the scene and gave my eyes a thrill.
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