Alice in Wonderland – is one of the most popular fantasy stories in the world! In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a photo manipulation with Alice using masks, blending modes and corrections. We use transform, warp and blur to create perspective and effect movement. And finally, we will apply a series of corrections to give the image a uniform tone and style.
During the lesson, we will create many layers, you can use the hot keys Ctrl + Shift + N.
When adding masks, let’s go Layer – Mask Layer – Show All (Layers> Layer Mask> Reveal All).
To increase and decrease the size of the brush when using the brush, use the [and] keys.
Use the B and V keys to quickly switch tools between them. Brush (Brush) and Move(Move).
STEP one. Open Photoshop and create a new document, for practice, we will create an image ready for use on the Internet network. Therefore, set the resolution to 72 pixel / inch (pixels / inch) and set the values Widths (Width) and Heights (Height) under the sizes of wall-paper, for example 1680 x 1050.
STEP 2 Choose a tool Fill (Bucket Tool) and fill the background with black. Next, go File – Post (File> Place) and select the image of the background in the Victorian style. Activate the Transform tool and select the option Deformation (Warp).
STEP 3. The deformation of the background is the most difficult part of this process and it may take you a long time to create the perfect deformation of the image. Do not worry if you didn’t manage to deform the background perfectly now – you can continue the correction in the process of creating the composition, therefore in the process of working the background will gradually approach the surrounding elements that you will add.
To deform the background in the form of a circle, start with the upper extreme points. Move them inwards, and then do the same with the bottom points.
Create approximate outlines of a human figure that will help to deform the background in the shape of a drop.
Imagine two circles in the center, as shown in the screenshot below. Continue the process of deformation and work with points until the center lines are evenly distributed and form a circular shape, leave the upper part open. To create a perspective to the bottom and to the “front” part of the image, drag the points of the bottom “thick” part of the background. Try to keep both sides symmetrical, having evenly spaced lines and points.
STEP four. As soon as you are satisfied with the result of the deformation of the background, then we go File – Post (File> Place) and select Alice’s model image. Slightly reduce the size of the image with the model, if you use the document dimensions that are set for the lesson. To create a motion idea, drag the upper part of the image up, holding the upper square by approximately 70 pixels with the mouse and position the image so that the model is located above the background curves, approximately 250 pixels from the top of the document.
STEP five. Choose a tool Magic wand (Magic Wand) and set the value of the option Tolerance (tolerance) 15. Hold down Shift + with the left mouse button, select the area around the model. Do not worry, if you have a little highlighted model hair, we will fix this in the next step. As soon as you select the background, go Layer – Layer Mask – Hide All (Layer> Layer Mask> Hide Selection). We will add a layer mask to the model layer, on the mask layer you can use a black or white brush to hide any areas or vice versa to restore image areas.
STEP 6 Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool), set the brush opacity to 50%. Carefully traverse the black brush on the layer mask over the remaining visible background areas. Remember that you can use the [and] keys to change the size of the brush in the process.
When processing small parts or along the skin of the model, it will be convenient for you to use Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal lasso tool) to create a contour before you apply a brush to reduce the risk of making mistakes. In order to restore any part of the model where you have passed too much with the brush, change the foreground color to white and make a correction.
This is how the image should look like:
STEP 7 Create a new layer, name it “gradient”. Right-click on the icon. Fill(Bucket Tool) in the left toolbar and select the tool Gradient (Gradient Tool). Set the foreground color to black, Gradient Editor (Gradient options bar), set the gradient from Foreground Colors to Transparent (Foreground to Transparent), type gradient select Radial (Radial) gradient, in option Inversion (Reverse) put a tick.
STEP eight. Left-click on the document just above the model’s belly and pull the gradient down beyond the edge of the document. Create a gradient by releasing the mouse button.
Choose a tool Move(Move Tool) and shift the gradient down a little to brighten the floor. Now is the moment when you can correct the image of the background, if there is a need for it. At the moment, the image should look like the screenshot below.
STEP 9. Select the layer with the gradient, and then go Layer- Layer Mask – Show All (Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal All). Make sure the foreground color is set to black. Select a brush. Set the brush size to about 420 px, set the brush opacity to 40% and click a few times over the model to brighten the area around the model.
STEP ten. Right-click on the model layer and select an option from the menu that appears. Duplicate layer (Duplicate Layer). Hide the original layer by clicking on the eye next to the layer thumbnail in the layers palette. Right-click on the duplicate layer and select an option from the menu that appears. Rastrirovat layer(Rasterize Layer).
Creating a duplicate layer is always a good idea before you make serious adjustments to the image, and if necessary, you can return to the original layer. Rasterization of the layer will give access to correction options, which was impossible earlier.
STEP eleven. Make sure that the duplicate of the layer with the model is active, then go Image – Correction – Curves (Image> Adjustments> Curves). Click on the curve and set the curve points, as shown in the screenshot below. Curve correction will lighten the skin and dress of the model, at the same time, maintaining the level of black shade and brightness of the hair. Curve correction helps to avoid excessive contrast, which suppresses light highlights, which can be a problem when applying light corrections, such as Contrast / Brightness (Contrast / Brightness) or Levels (Level).
STEP 12. Alice’s hair is currently hanging straight down, which is not like a fall if we want to show that she is falling. In order to fix this problem, you can deform her hair by curving her hair upwards. Choose standard hair brushes, and using one of the brushes, restore the details of individual hair locks. Next, select the tool Rectangular Lasso (Polygonal Lasso Tool), to highlight hair. Copy created selection.
Create a new layer and press Shift + Ctrl + V to paste the selection onto the new layer. Add a layer mask to remove the background with a black brush. Activate the tool Transformation (Transform) and select the option Deformation (Warp) and using the reference points, change the shape of the hair to resemble the “U” shape, as shown in the screenshot below.
STEP 13. Create a new layer, name this layer “Hair”. Open the Brush Tab F 5 window of the brush settings and load the Hair brush through the option Set Management (Preset Manager) by clicking the button at the bottom of the window. Set the foreground color to white and select one of the hair brushes to create some details above the flowing hair. In the Brushes tab you can rotate the brush at an angle and set the appropriate size. In the window Intervals (Spacing) you can remove the check mark so that you can better see it in the preview.
Use a standard 2px – 5px brush to paint over the hair and add a glow to hide the rough edges of the hair after using the Hair brushes.
STEP 14. Add a layer – mask to the layer with painted hair and on the layer mask slightly treat with a soft brush with opacity of 50% or lower opacity in order to carefully combine the painted strands with the main strands of the model’s hair. Using a layer mask, also treat the other coarse edges of the hair strands.
STEP 15. Let’s add some volume to the model by creating a shallow depth of field. Choose a tool Blur (Blur Tool), install Opacity (Opacity) by 50%. Brush over the left shoe, the right foot, the bottom of the dress, and the right hand.
STEP sixteen. Right-click on the model layer and select an option in the window that appears. Duplicate layer (Duplicate Layer). Name this layer “Alice Blur” and position this layer below the original Alice layer. Click on the Alice Blur layer to select the layer and then go Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur). Install Angle (Angle) to “-90”, and the value Offsets (Distance) on “195.”
Change the blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply) and using the tool Eraser (Eraser Tool) remove the blur below the model.
STEP 17 Create a new layer, name this layer Alice’s Shadow. Choose a tool Gradient (Gradient Tool), set the foreground color to black. Make sure the gradient type is set. Radial (Radial) and uncheck the box Inversion (Reverse) in the top gradient settings panel. Click on the center of the floor below the model and drag the gradient to the right, creating a small line to create a small gradient.
Using tool Transformation (Transform) reduce the height of the gradient, then use the tool Move(Move Tool) position the shadow below the model, as shown in the screenshot below. Once you have carefully placed the shadow under the model, reduce the layer opacity to 70%.
STEP 18. It’s time to put the layers in order. Hold down Shift + select all four layers with Alice (including one invisible layer) and layers with hair. Let’s go Layer- New – Group of Layers (Layer> New> Group from Layers), name the new group Alice. A group will appear in the layers palette that can be expanded, making it easy to track every single layer of our composition.
STEP nineteen. Go to Layer one (Layer 1) or on a layer with a background. Next we go File – Post (File> Place) and select the image with the rabbit. Zoom out the rabbit to fit the size of the document and position the rabbit above the model. Right-click on the image with a rabbit and select the option Turn(Rotate) and turn slightly to the left.
STEP 20. Choose a tool Rectilinear Lasso(Polygonal Lasso Tool) and create a selection around the white rabbit. Press Shift + Ctrl + I to Invert (Inverse) created selection and then go Layer- Layer Mask – Hide Selected Area (Layer> Layer Mask> Hide Selection). Set the foreground color to black and on the layer mask with a brush, hide the remaining areas of the background.
When you brush the edges of the rabbit fur, reduce the size and opacity of the brush to better match the background of our composition. To make it easy to see what you are doing, you can temporarily turn off the visibility of the gradient layer.
STEP 21. Rabbit is a little pink. This can be easily corrected. Image – Correction Automatic tone correction (Image> Adjustments> Auto Tone). If this option is not available, right-click on the layer with the rabbit and select the option Rastrirovat layer(Rasterize).
Let’s apply a small color correction to the rabbit layer. Let’s go Image – Correction – Color Balance (Image> Adjustments> Color Balance) and apply the value “-35” in the first window in the line Levels (Color Levels), or slide the slider to the side Blue (Cyan) hue until the pinkness of the rabbit disappears:
STEP 22. Next we go File – Post (File> Place) and select the image with the cylinder. Zoom out the cylinder to fit the rabbit; position the cylinder above the rabbit. Right-click on the right corner of the image and select the option Turn (Rotate). Rotate the image with the cylinder slightly to the right.
STEP 23. Since the image with the cylinder has a gray background, we can use a quick background removal method. Double-click on the cylinder layer to make the window appear. Layer styles (Layer Style). In option Impose if (Blend if), move the slider to the left to a value of about 170, or until the background is mostly gone.
Add a layer mask to the layer with the cylinder and use a black brush on the layer mask to hide any visible background areas.
STEP 24. Download an image of a pocket watch, move the image with a pocket watch to our document. Zoom out to fit the composition and position the clock on the left side of the image. Let’s go Filter-Sharpness-Sharpness (Filter> Sharpen> Sharpen) to restore some details. Using tool Magic wand (Magic Wand) select the whitish background and then go Layer – Mask Layer – Hide Selection (Layer> Layer Mask> Hide Selection).
STEP 25 Right-click on the layer with the pocket watch and in the appeared window select the option Duplicate layer (Duplicate Layer). Drag the copy below the original layer. Right-click on the copy of the layer and in the appeared window select the option Transform at smart– an object(Convert to Smart Object).
Next, apply motion blur to this layer, go Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur) and set the value Offsets (distance) to “50.” Change the blending mode for this layer to Multiplication (Multiply).
Repeat this process for the rabbit, create a copy of the layer with the rabbit and blur it and apply motion blur to the duplicate. Move a little to the right and lower the layer opacity to 60%.
STEP 26. Open the PSD file Candles and select any candle to your taste. Using tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee Tool) select the candle and then copy the selected candle image. We return to our document and paste the copied image with a candle, Editing – Paste Special – Paste into place (Edit> Paste Special> Paste in Place). Reduce the size of the candle, place the candle on the left side of the composition.
Click on the thumbnail of the gradient layer layer mask (make sure the layer visibility is turned on). Set the foreground color to black, then select a round brush. Set the brush size to 175 pixels and the opacity of the brush to 50%, and then, brush several times over the candle light to brighten that area.
STEP 27. Right-click on the tool thumbnail. Blur (Blur Tool) in the toolbar on the left and select the tool Finger(Smudge Tool). Set the brush size to 10 and the value Intensity (Strength) at 55 and lubricate the flame of the candle upward, as if creating a sense of movement.
STEP 28 Create a new layer, name this layer “Smoke”. Choose a brush, open the settings panel Brushes (Brush), and load the Smoke brushes (See Step 13 for installing brushes). Select the brush “Sampled Brush 3” and click over the flame of the candle. To see the name of the brush, just hover over the thumbnail of the brush and after a moment, a hint will appear.
Using tool Transformation (Transform), zoom in on the smoke image by about 100 px.
STEP 29. Next we go File – Post (File> Place) and select the image with playing cards. Reduce the image size a bit, and then move the image with the cards below the Alice layer. Add a layer mask to the layer with playing cards and on the layer mask with a black brush hide some cards to slightly dilute the number of cards.
Change the blending mode for the layer with playing cards to Line Dimmer (Linear Burn).
STEP 30. Save the document as a PSD file. We are done with the creation of our composition, the overall mood of the picture still needs correction. The next few steps we will devote to the technique of light correction and color correction to complete the work.
Hold down the Shift + key and select all the layers in the layers palette. Next, go Layer- New – Layer Group (Layer> New> Group from Layers) and name the new group “Structure”. Right-click on the layer with the group and select in the window that appears Duplicate group (Duplicate Group). Right-click on the copy of the layer with the group and in the appeared window select the option Merge group (Merge Group). Change the blending mode for the combined group to Lightening (Screen) and reduce the layer opacity to 60%.
STEP 31. Next, go Layer – New layer– fill – Colour(Layer> New Fill Layer> Solid Color) and click “OK”. In the box, specify the color tone value “2d260a” and click “OK.” Change the blending mode for this layer to Lightening (Screen).
STEP 32. Add another fill layer using the option Colour (Solid Color). In the window, specify the color shade value “0a1a25” and click “OK”. Change the blending mode for this layer to An exception (Exclusion).
STEP 33. Create a third fill layer. Apply color shade “ffcc00”. Change the blending mode for this layer to Multiplication (Multiply) and reduce the layer opacity to 10%.
STEP 34 Now go Layer – Flatten (Layer> Flatten Image). Next, go Image – Correction – Selective color correction (Image> Adjustments> Selective Color) and set Black (Blacks) and in line Colors (Colors). For Yellow (Yellows) use the value “-12”, and for Black (Blacks) “54”. Highlight option Absolute (Absolute) and click “OK”.
STEP 35 Right-click on the layer with the flattened image and select the option Create duplicate layer(Duplicate). Let’s go Image = Correction – Hue / Saturation (Image> Adjustments> Hue / Saturation). Reduce value Saturation (Saturation) to – 80, tick in the window Toning (Colorize), do not install and then click “OK.”
STEP 36 Change the blending mode for this layer to Multiplication (Multiply) and lower the layer opacity to 80%. This is how the image should look like at the moment:
STEP 37. Right click on the layer and in the window that appears select the option Combine with the previous(Merge Down). Next, go Image – Correction – Color Balance (Image> Adjustments> Color Balance) and in the first window specify the value “-34” or move the slider slightly to the left. In the third window, specify the value “22” or move the slider to the right until your image acquires shades of aqua.
STEP 38 Let’s go Image – Correction – Curves (Image> Adjustments> Curves). Set the curve points as shown in the screenshot below or you can experiment and get the atmosphere you like.
STEP 39 Right click on the layer and select the option Create duplicate layer(Duplicate). Next, go Filter – Blur – Radial Blur (Filter> Blur> Radial Blur). Set the value Degrees (Amount) to “10,” Blur method (Blur Method) install Annular (Spin) and value Qualities (Quality) set the option The best(Best). Change the blending mode for this layer to Glow (Luminosity) and reduce the opacity of the layer to 30%.
STEP 40 Choose a tool Eraser(Easer Tool) and set the brush size 600 px and the brush opacity 50%. Several times click in the center of the image above the model to create a blur to add focus to objects.
Author: Vail Joy