In this lesson we will create a magical illustration of a girl and a fiery sword surrounded by petals and flowers of roses.
Step 1. Create a new document (Ctrl + N) with a size of 780×1100 pixels with a black background. Open the image of the girl in Photoshop in a separate document. Remove the girl from the background to our document.
Choose a tool Eraser (Eraser Tool) (E) and make the edges clear.
With the same tool, remove the girl’s legs to create the illusion of flight.
Using filter Plastics (Filter> Plastic) (Filter> Liquify) with a deformation tool change the shape of the ribbon to enhance the feeling as if the ribbon is developing on the fly:
Choose a tool Sharpness(Sharpen Tool) with Intensity (Strenght) 20% add sharpness to the eyes.
Step 2. Create adjustment layer Black and white (Black White) (click on the black and white circle icon at the bottom of the layers palette to get a list of adjustment layers). For this layer, create a clipping mask (Ctrl + Alt + G).
On the mask of the adjustment layer, paint the selected areas with a brush:
Create an adjustment layer Levels (Levels) with clipping mask.
Next, create an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) with clipping mask.
And one more adjustment layer – Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast) (also with clipping mask).
Step 3. Now we will create a brush that will imitate rose petals. Create a new document and tool Pen(Pen Tool) (P) Draw the outline shown below.
Right click on the canvas and select Fill contour (Fill Path). It is necessary to fill the contour with black color. Then go to menu Image> Trimming (Image> Trim). Trimming transparent pixels.
Go to menu Editing> Define Brush (Edit> Define Brush Preset). Return to the main document and select the saved brush. Go to the brushes palette (F5) and set it up like this:
Dynamics of the form:
On the new layer, paint the canvas as shown below.
Lower brush opacity and paint other areas.
Step 4. Open the rose image in Photoshop. With the tool Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool) (W) Extract the rose into our document.
Activate the tool Free transform (Ctrl + T), right-click on the canvas and select Flip horizontally (Flip Horizontal). Then apply a filter to the rose. Motion blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur) (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur).
For the authenticity of the illusion of flight, add twisted clouds. To do this, simply apply the filter to the selected area on the new layer. Clouds (Filter> Rendering> Clouds) (Filter> Render> Clouds). Then activate the mode Deformations (Edit> Transform> Warp) (Edit> Transform> Warp) and change the shape of the clouds. If you have difficulty creating clouds, then you can watch this tutorial.
Make a couple of copies, resize them and place them in other places.
Step 5. We are almost done. Tool Pen(Pen Tool) (P) draw a line and circle it brush.
Add clouds around the girl to a new layer. Place this layer under the girl’s layer.
Add small clouds around the sword.
Using a soft white brush, draw a glow on the sword.
In warp mode, change the shape of the glow so that it overlaps the sword correctly.
In addition, you can add more color glow and clouds.
With the help of several color corrections you can get the following results: