Create another layer above, change its blending mode to Multiply and use the Clipping Mask (Command / Ctrl-Alt-G). Take a more saturated blue sample below the butterfly (indicated by a red circle in Fig. 5), and then draw an area under its feet to simulate a shadow:
Open another butterfly image. As shown in Figure 1, cut out the butterfly and paste it above all layers. Then use a new layer (blend mode – “Multiply”, set it as “Clipping Mask”). Take a dark blue sample and draw the lower side of the wing to create a shade, as shown in Figure 2.
Using a new layer (Blend Mode – “Overlap”, set it as “Clipping Mask”), take a blue sample and paint the upper side of the wing to simulate the lighting, as shown in Figure 3.
As shown in Figure 4, while holding down the Command / Ctrl key, click on the thumbnail layer of the first butterfly to create a selection, and then, while holding Command / Ctrl-Shift, click on the thumbnail of the second butterfly. Continue reading
12. Masking texture
Now we need to mask this texture. Hold the Alt / Opt key and click on the “Add Layer Mask” icon to add a black mask to the layer mask. Do this for both layers of skin texture. Activate the Brush tool (B), set the opacity of the brush to 10% and carefully paint with white the areas in which you want to show the texture.
Start with a layer with a finer texture, and when done, draw in the mask area of the larger layer where you want it to appear. This is a very painstaking face retouch in Photoshop. Stock up on time and patience. Remove white areas where the texture looks flat or unnatural.
13. Other spots
At this stage, we will create a stain layer and fix everything that we can visually identify. Create a new layer and name it “Blemishes”. Select the Healing Brush tool (J), set the pattern to Active and Below. Continue reading