Step 2 In the Background Colours group, create a new layer called ‘Gradient 1’. Select the Gradient tool (G), hold down Shift and create a vertical gradient of browns and blues. Now add a blue-to-transparent gradient at the top in a new ‘Gradient 2’ layer. Make another new layer, ‘Gradient 3’, and create two orange-to-transparent gradients at the sides. Add a Layer Mask to this layer and, using the Gradient tool with the black-to-transparent preset selected, fade out the top and bottom of the orange gradients. Set this layer’s blending mode to Overlay.


Step 3 Select the ‘Model’ folder. Go to File > Place and bring in thinkstock_model.jpg, adjusting the scale if necessary. Add a Layer Mask to the model. Select the Brush tool on a soft setting and with black as the colour, do some selective masking around the base of the figure. Set the layer’s blending mode to Overlay.


Step 4 Create a new layer called ‘Highlight’ in the ‘Model’ group. Select the Gradient tool and the Radial button on the Options bar. Create a radial white-to-transparent gradient near the model’s face. Set the layer’s blending mode to Soft Light and the opacity to 40%. Remember this method of creating highlights – we’ll be using it again later.