In this tutorial I’ll show you how to use Adobe Photoshop to create a vintage collage featuring a beautiful woman. I will also teach you how to retouch the artwork in Adobe Lightroom.
First, we’ll isolate the model from the background. After that, we’ll add our background. Later, we will cut out the model’s eyes and create some faux sunglasses with a desert picture. Then, we will add additional elements such as the crow, the UFO, the jewelry, and some tribal marks. Finally, we will adjust the contrast, vibration, and saturation using Adobe Lightroom. Let’s get started.
The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial:
1. How to Isolate the Model and Prepare the Base Background
Create a new 2500 by 2000 pixels document in Photoshop with the given settings:
Open the model image in Photoshop. Cut out the image using the Pen Tool (P). Find a spot on the main image to start drawing the outline. As we’re drawing, we want to zoom in closer to the subject. This is accomplished using the Zoom Tool by pressing Control and the + or – keys.
Now that we have drawn the outline, we want to soften the edges of the hair before removing the background. Right-click, make selection, and then select the Marquee Tool (M). Once the option bar pops up, select Select Inverse and click on Select and Mask. This will open the Select and Mask Workspace.
Then, activate the Refine Edge Brush Tool (R). Brush over any detailed hair areas that are missing from your selection with this tool (we can change the brush size and hardness from the brush drop-down in the top left). This will select the detailed hair areas and remove the contrasting background. When you are done, click OK.
Now we want to remove the background. Select the Marquee Tool (M). Right-click and Select Inverse. Then hit Delete.
2. How to Bring the Image Into the Main Canvas
Drag the image into the main canvas using the Move Tool (V).Then, resize by pressing Control-T. This will bring up the transformation tools you want. We do not want the image to deform or stretch, so press Shift while resizing. Then press Enter.
3. How to Create the Background
Bring the background image into the canvas, and then place the layer under the model’s layer. We want the image to fill the canvas. Press Control-T, and drag the corners to make it bigger. Press Shift while resizing. Then press Enter.
Now that we have resized the background image, we want to center the circle. Select the Move Tool (V) and move the image to the right side to center the circle.
Next, we want to make the background more colorful. Press Shift-Control-A to open the camera raw filter workspace, and then bring the Clarity up to +83 and the Vibrance up to +68. Click OK.
4. How to Import the UFO and the Crow
Drag the UFO picture into Photoshop. We need to remove the background. Cut out the image using the Pen Tool (P). Find a spot on the main image, and click on a point to start drawing the outline. To finish, we have to click from the last point to the first one we did. Press Control-(+) to zoom in and Control-(-) to zoom out during the process.
Now we want to import the UFO into the main file. Select the UFO layer, use your Move Tool (V), and drag the image into the main canvas, and then resize it to make it fit on the model’s head. To resize, press Control-T, holding the Shift key while resizing the UFO image. Next, we want to delete the extra hair around the UFO. Select the Model’s layer, activate the Eraser Tool (E), and remove the hair on the edges.
Now we need to add the crow. Drag the image into Photoshop, and use the Pen Tool (P) to draw the crow’s outline. Click on the Marquee Tool (M), and then Right-click and Select Inverse. Click Select Selection, and then press Delete.
Drag the crow image on the main file. Resize the image. Press Control-T, holding Shift while resizing. Use the Move Tool (V) and bring the crow onto the model’s left shoulder.
5. How to Add the Jewelry and Tribal Marks
Open the mirror picture in Photoshop. Use the Pen Tool (P) to cut the crown and remove the background. Drag the jewelry into the main file on top of the model’s neck. Press Control-T, holding Shift while resizing the image. We want the image under the UFO. Bring the layer under the UFO’s layer.
Press Control-J to duplicate the jewelry’s layer and place it on the model’s neck. Lower the Opacity to 50%, and activate the Pen Tool (P) to remove the extra part on the edges. Follow the body shape, and then bring back the Opacity to 100%.
Now we want to add some tribal marks. Use the Ellipse Tool (U) to draw a small circle, making sure the fill color is white. Duplicate the layer nine times by pressing Control-J, and then use the Move Tool (V) to redistribute the circles on the cheeks and arms.
6. How to Create Desert Sunglasses
Open the desert picture in Photoshop, and then activate the Rectangle Marquee Tool (M) and draw a rectangle on the image.
Then use the Move Tool (V) and drag the rectangle into the main canvas. Place the rectangle on the model’s eyes.
Next, lower the image’s Opacity to 50%, and then use the Pen Tool (P) to draw a round shape in the middle of the nose area. Cut out the sides like the following shape.
7. How to Create a Vintage Retouch to the Artwork in Adobe Lightroom
Export the photo as a Jpeg from Photoshop. Import the picture into Lightroom. Then click Develop. Bring the Temperature to +14, Highlights to -100, Shadows to +100, Blacks to -57, Clarity +100, and Vibrance to +24.
Next, we want to add some vignette to create more of a vintage mood. Scroll down the toolbar to Post-Crop Vignetting and bring down the Amount to -29. Then add some Grain. Bring up the Amount to +75, size 24, roughness 50.
Now, scroll down to camera calibration and bring the Green primary to -38
8. How to Export the Final Artwork From Adobe Lightroom
Now that we are finished, we want to export our artwork as a JPEG. Click File, then Export. Select in which folder we want to save our image. Then click Export.
Congratulations, You Made It!
I hope that you’ve enjoyed the tutorial and learned something new for your own projects. Feel free to share your results or leave comments in the box below. Keep creating!