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Adding Drama, Grit and Atmosphere to a Warrior Photo

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In this tutorial, I'll show you how to transform an image of a spear-wielding Spartan by using a variety of Photoshop techniques.

Before: The original image captured in the studio.
After: The image after applying a variety of techniques in Photoshop CC.

First, I'll replace the background turning the black studio environment into a moody sky. Then I'll alter the color palette using a powerful gradient mapping technique. Then a few Curves Adjustment Layers will be added to allow for a highly adaptable dodging and burning method. Finally, lens flare and noise will be worked in to complete the image. Let's get started!

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Any questions about these techniques or how you might apply them? Drop me comment below!

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