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An Airy and Pastel Hand Edit

hand edit Jan 15, 2020

Hey everyone!


For this image, I wanted to give the image a light, airy, and pastel look.

If you’re a premium member, I did something a little different. I am including a PSD file with all of the layers. You’ll be able to go in and tweak them or play around with them however you want. It’s up to you if you want to just follow along with the tutorial or delete all the layers and do it for yourself! Are you interested in becoming a premium member? Sign up for the premium membership to get instant access to this tutorial.

For this tutorial, I went over all the layers in the file. If you’re the user of an action, a lot of time you’ll see layers in the actions. It’s a great idea to double click on all of them and see how the artist made the actions. You’ll be able to learn a little more with it. You should also look at the layer styles as well.


This image is great to experiment. You can play around with all the layers that are already there but you can make them darker and richer. Feel free have fun with it.


I previously did a bright and airy tutorial like this one. If you’re a premium member, you can go back to your library and create something similar using the layers in the PSD file.

With this image, I thought it would be really cool to add something to the water in front of the model. I added a ship from PixelSquid. I made some edits to make sure the ship fit into the image, like creating ripples and making a reflection of it. This is just an idea, if you have any other awesome ideas you can go ahead and add it to customize it to your liking for your practice.


If you would like to learn more, you can sign up for the premium membership to get instant access to the tutorial.

Happy editing!

Tara Lesher


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