De-saturate the colour of the model layer to -40 by choosing Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation. Now it is time to put an abstract blur over the whole image and give a 40 per cent hue. The central figure is starting to look more at home now, but we still need to focus in on her skin tone.
Next, create the light and dark areas of colour that will make the model at home in her environment. Selecting a soft-edged brush around 30 pixels wide, then draw in the areas and blend it to make it look realistic. To blend the colour on her skin, click on the smudge tool (R). Once it is finished use the hue effect on the layers panel to make everything look more realistic and integrated.
Finally, we add more blurred layers and give a shadow to her so that she seems slightly more balanced in this environment. At this stage it is really a case of using your best judgement to create the effects that look best to you. Also you can get into a pattern of continually playing around with layers and effects.
Who: Brian Grant is a designer and artist who creates beautiful commercial and experimental projects for clients such as Sony Ericsson, Adidas, Coca Cola, Polydor, Xbox, FHM, and more.
Software: Adobe Photoshop
Time to complete: Four hours
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