Autumn tale in Photoshop

In this lesson you will learn how to create a magical scene of an autumn fairy tale. You will learn how to create hair, makeup and how to apply lighting effects using simple steps that will expand your knowledge in photo manipulation.

Final result

Source materials:

Step 1

Select a model image.

Step 2. Highlight the model.

Using tool Pen (Pen Tool), highlight the model image. In the top settings panel of this tool, do not forget to activate the option Contours (Paths).

Step 3. Form a selection

As soon as you close the contour, right-click on the document and in the dialog menu that appears, select the option To form a selected area (make selection).

Next, select the New Selection setting option, and then click OK.

Step 4. Separate the model from the background.

Press Ctrl + J to duplicate the selected image of the model on a new layer. The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Step 5. Create a new document.

Create a new document, for this we go to the menu File – New (File – New) or press Ctrl + N. Width: 1750 x Height: 1400 px.

Step 6. Apply scaling to the model image.

So, move the selected model image to our new document. Next, apply the scaling to the image of the model in accordance with the size of the working document. To scale, use the tool Free transformation (Free Transform (Ctrl + T).

Step 7. Pick up the Background

In this case, you can use the image of the forest, but try to select the image of the forest without many branches, because the focus will be on the model.

Step 8. Blur according to Gauss

Next, apply a blur to the background. Let’s go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur). Blur radius 4 px.

Step 9. Contrast

Duplicate the background layer by pressing the Ctrl + J keys. Next, change the color shades of the duplicate layer, for this we go Picture – Correction – Color tone / Saturation(Image – Adjustments – Hue / Saturation) or press Ctrl + U. Tick the option Toning(colorize), and then click OK.

Step 10. Change the blending mode

Next, change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft light) and reduce the opacity of the layer to 80%.

Step 11. Merge the layers

To merge layers, right-click on the layer and in the menu that appears, select the option Combine with the previous(merge down). That way you only have one background layer.

Step 12. Model skin

Using tool Lasso (lasso tool), select the model’s skin area. Next, press Ctrl + J to duplicate the selection on the new layer.

Step 13. Reduce saturation.

Let’s go Image – Correction – Hue / Saturation (Image – Adjustments – Hue / Saturation (Ctrl + U) and set the saturation value to -35, press OK to accept the values.

Step 14. Add contrast

Duplicate the layer with the selected skin area, and then change the blending mode to duplicate the layer on Soft light (Soft light) and reduce the layer opacity to 50%.

Step 15. Merge the layers

Right-click on the layer and in the menu that appears, select the option Combine with the previous (merge down).

Step 16. Change skin color

Duplicate the layer with the selected skin area by pressing Ctrl + J. Next, go Picture – Correction – Color tone / Saturation(Image – Adjustments – Hue / Saturation or press the keys (Ctrl + U). Tick the option Toning (colorize), and also set the value Color tone (Hue) at 22, and the value Saturation (saturation) at 20.

Step 17. Apply Eraser

Apply the tool Eraser (eraser) over the eyes and hair of a model.

Step 18. Nails

Create a new layer Shift + Ctrl + N, and then using a soft round brush of green tint, paint over the model’s nails.

Step 19. Change the blending mode

Next, change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft light).

Step 20. Makeup

To correct the lips, you will have to go to the original layer with the model. Next, highlight the lips with the tool. Lasso (lasso tool), then, press Ctrl + J to duplicate the selection to a new layer.

Step 21. Change the blending mode

Next, change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft light). And then using Eraser (eraser), go around the edge of the lips to get a softer look.

Step 22. Eyes

Go back to the original model layer. Select the eyes with the tool Lasso (lasso tool), then, press Ctrl + J to duplicate the selection to a new layer. Next, change the blending mode for this layer to Lightening basics (color dodge) to make your eyes brighter.

Step 23. Brighter eyes

Next, once again duplicate the layer with the selected eyes Ctrl + J, so that the eyes become brighter. Don’t forget that the blend mode for the layer should be Lightening basics (color dodge).

Step 24. Eyeshadow

Create a new layer. On a new layer, using a soft round brush of a greenish hue, paint over the eyelids. Next, change the blending mode for this layer to Multiplication (Multiply).

Step 25. Add more shadows.

Repeat the process several times, using green and orange shades over the eyelids. You can use lighter shades closer to the border of the eyebrow, and darker shades in the middle of the century.

Step 26. Eyeliner

In order to create the effect of the eyeliner line, use the tool Free Feather (Freeform pen tool). First create a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N). Then, on a new layer, draw a contour next to the eyelashes.

Step 27. Eyeliner

After you have drawn the outline, right-click on the document and in the window that appears, select the option Outline the contour (Stroke Path).

Next, in the outline settings, tick the box Simulate pressure (Simulate Pressure) tool set Brush (brush).

The result should be as in the screenshot below. Also, if you want the eyeliner line to be softer, you can use the tool Blur (blur tool) to the contour line.

Step 28. Highlight Hair

To select hair, go to the original layer with the model and then use the tool Lasso (lasso tool), select the model’s hair, then press Ctrl + J to copy the selected hair image to a new layer.

Step 29. Change hair color

Let’s go Picture – Correction – Color tone / Saturation(Image – Adjustments – Hue / Saturation) and set the settings for Color tones(Hue): 22, Saturation(Saturation): 25 and Brightness(Lightness): – 40.

Step 30. Strand hair

Choose a ready-made hair strand, make sure that the color of this hair strand matches the hair color of the model. Next, press Ctrl + T to change the size and shape of the hair strand.

Next, right-click on the document, and in the window that appears, select the option Deformation (warp).

After you have selected the size and shape of the hair strand, you can apply a slight blur to the hair to give it a natural look.

Step 31. Add more hair strands.

Repeat the process several times until you get about how, as in the screenshot below.

Step 32

Next, with the tool Eraser (Eraser), remove excess hair fragments.

Step 33. Finger Tool

Using tool Finger (smudge tool), smear the outer ends of the hair so that they are softer. Do not worry if the ends will look blurry.

Step 34. Free Pen Tool

To create individual hair strands, use the tool. Free Feather (freeform pen tool). Create a new layer and on the new layer, on the image of the model’s hair, draw the outlines, where you would like to create separate strands of hair.

Step 35. Stroke the outline

After drawing the outlines, right-click on the document and in the window that appears, select the option Outline the contour (Stroke Path).

Next, in the outline settings, tick the box Simulate pressure (Simulate Pressure) tool set Brush (brush).

Step 36. Combine hair strands

Apply the tool Finger (Smudge tool) to created hair strands to combine them with the rest of the hair strands to create a natural look.

Step 37. Add more hair strands.

Repeat the process of creating individual strands of hair, using different color shades of color, until you get the result, as in the screenshot below.

Step 38. Leaves

Add leaves to the model’s hair.

Step 39. Change the color of the leaves

Let’s go Image – Correction – Hue / Saturation (Image – Adjustments – Hue / Saturation) and set the settings for Color tone (Hue): 56, and Brightness (Lightness): – 17.

Step 40. Create a duplicate layer.

Duplicate the leaves layer. Change the blending mode for the duplicate layer to Soft light (Soft light), and reduce the opacity to 50%

Step 41. Wings

Add wings to the model image. Walk with an eraser with an opacity of 30% over the wings to make the wings a bit transparent. You can also change the color of the wings by pressing the Ctrl + U keys.

Step 42. Lighting Effects

Create a new layer. Next, using a soft round brush, go around the top of the model. Set the brush color to a soft orange tint.

Step 43. Change the blending mode.

Change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light).

Step 44. Blur

To create a lighting effect, apply a filter. Gaussian blur (Gaussian blur). Let’s go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur). Set the blur radius to 50.

Step 45. Lichen

Add Lichen texture to the tree image. Using the eraser, remove the extra areas of texture.

Step 46. Change the blending mode.

Change the blending mode for the lichen texture layer to Soft light (Soft Light), and reduce the layer opacity to 50%.

Step 47. Duplicate the lichen texture layer.

Duplicate the texture layer of the lichen, reduce the opacity of the duplicate layer to 90%, and then apply a color correction to the duplicate layer by pressing the Ctrl + U keys and set the settings for Color tone (Hue): 33, Saturation (Saturation): 27 and Brightness (Lightness): – 29.

Step 48. Heart

Cut out the image of the heart with the tool Lasso (lasso tool).

Step 49. Heart in the tree

Place the heart image on the tree. Set the position of the heart with the tool Free Transformation (free transform (ctrl + T). Also, if necessary, reduce the brightness of the heart image in accordance with the color shades of the tree itself with the help of the correction Ctrl + U, option Brightness (Lightness).

Step 50. Add Lighting Effects

Create a new layer. Next, using a soft round brush, go around the top of the model, the same as you did before. Set the brush color to a yellow tint. Also, to the created lighting effect, apply a filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian blur). Let’s go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur). Set the blur radius to 50. Blend mode for this layer also set to Soft light (Soft Light).

Step 51. Chiaroscuro

Repeat the process, add chiaroscuro.

Step 52. Contours

Create contours with the tool Free Feather (freeform pen tool).

Step 53. Stroke the outline.

After drawing the outlines, right-click on the document and in the window that appears, select the option Outline the contour (Stroke Path).

Next, in the outline settings, tick the box Simulate pressure (Simulate Pressure) tool set Brush (brush).

Result.

Step 54. Lighting Effects

To make the lighting more saturated, for this, create a new layer and on a new layer, paint over with a soft round brush, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 55. Blur

To create a lighting effect, apply a filter. Gaussian blur (Gaussian blur). Let’s go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur). Set the blur radius to 75.

Step 56. Change the blending mode.

Change the blending mode for the light effect layer to Soft light (Soft Light), and if the lighting seems too bright for you, then you can reduce the brightness with the Ctrl + U correction by reducing the brightness value to – 45

Step 57. Background Texture

Add a Fractals / Stars texture to the background.

Step 58. Soft Light

Change the blending mode for the texture layer to Soft light (Soft Light) to create a magic pollen effect.

Final result

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