Create a fantastic look

The author of the video lesson: Elena Vinogradova

I think some of you have already seen fantasy-style artwork on deviantART, Behance or other design portals.

And today we will look at the basics of how to create a similar effect in Photoshop.

Final image

We will need a pair of eyes for this lesson. I found beautiful eyes with Maria Gao. Download the image from the archive and open it using Photoshop.

First, highlight the eyes. Make a selection around 2 black pupils using Elliptical Marquee tool (Oval Selection tool), then Select – Modify – Feather (Allocation – Modification – Feather), radius 20px.

Copy part of the image Ctrl + C and paste Ctrl + V, after creating a new layer. Rename the new layer to “Eyes Glow”. Change the blending mode to Screen (Blend Mode – Lightening). Create three more duplicates of the “Eyes Glow” layer and you should have it as shown below.

In the layers palette below click Create new fill or adjustment layer (Create a new adjustment layer or a fill layer) next select Curves (Curves). Change the settings of the Green and Blue channel curves as shown below.
Translator comment: in the images that the author presented to us, one can understand what he used for the Photoshop CS 4 lesson. I also have this version installed. Where to change the curves of these two channels? Click on the inscription RGB then drop down the menu and there select the appropriate channels. I don’t know how to select these channels separately in other versions of Photoshop, sorry.

Create another adjustment layer – Levels (Levels) with settings 20, 0.84, 255.

Create a new layer and name it “Face Color”. For base color, select # 45ADCA. Using a soft brush with a radius 200px paint your face under the eyes. Then change the blending mode to Soft light (Blend Mode – Soft Light).

Open the Paintbrush palette (F5) and configure it as follows.

Create a new layer, name it “Glitter”. Choose a tool Brush Tool (B) (Brush tool) size 3 pixels, Colour #FFFFFF (white), create a brilliant brush effect around the bluish zone. Right-click on the layer and select Blending Options – Outer Glow (Overlay settings – Outer Glow), default settings.

Repeat the previous step for the borders around the eyes.

The next step is presented entirely your imagination. You can start drawing as you want and add a variety of patterns to the face. For myself, I downloaded the appropriate floral brushes. Place floral patterns around the eyes.

Connect all the patterns together. Next, go to the menu Image – Adjustment – Hue / Saturation (Image – Correction – Hue / Saturation). Change Lightness (Brightness) on -100. This will make the patterns black. Change the layer’s overlay mode to Soft light (Blend Mode – Soft Light). Next, apply a blur Filter – Blur – Gaussian blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur), radius 2 pixels.

Create an adjustment layer Exposure (Exposure), apply settings as shown below.

Create another adjustment layer – Levels (Levels) with settings 15, one, 255.

We made it! This is just one good example and I think that you will be even better than me if you try. Thanks for attention.

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