Creating vibrant, eye-catching images like this one needn’t be a complex or time-consuming affair. In this tutorial, James White shows how to add a vivid retro flair to a striking model shot kindly provided by ThinkStock.com (which you can download from the Download Zone). 

You’ll learn to hone your skills with the layers palette and useful tips in applying masking, Blending Modes and Hue/Saturation. You’ll also learn how layers react with one another when overlayed in certain ways, and how selective colour can be added to enhance the overall design.

Don’t be afraid to leave yourself open to experimentation. Try different things as you go along to see what results you may come up with.

Step 1 Start things off with a few sketches to get a general idea of what the final composition might look like. These make for useful guidelines when you start working on the elements in Photoshop. I’ve included some inspiration regarding form and style with the end two images.