Create a collage of magical nature in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a magical photo manipulation “Magic Nature”. In this tutorial, we use selection tools, blending modes, and apply various filters. So let’s get started!

The final result:

Step 1

Open the original image with the model in Photoshop.

Step 2

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + N) and then select the tool Gradient (gradient tool (G)). In the settings of this tool, set the gradient style Radial (Radial), set the foreground color to white and the background color to light blue (# a9f8e6). Draw a gradient from the center to create a white-blue radial gradient. Decrease Opacity (opacity) layer with gradient fill up to 60%. Turn off layer visibility The background (Background layer).

Step 3

Open the original image with the texture. Press the keys (Ctrl + A) to select the entire image, and then press the keys (Ctrl + C) to copy the selection and paste on our working document (Ctrl + V).

Convert the texture layer to the Smart Object, to do this, right-click on the layer from the layers palette and in the appeared window select the option Convert to Smart Object (Convert to Smart Object).

Change the blending mode for the texture layer to Multiplication (Multiply) and then apply the filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur). Install radius (Radius) blur 2 px.

Step 4

Discolor texture using adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation). Convert this adjustment layer to a clipping mask for a layer with a texture for this, while holding down the (Alt) key, click between two layers. Reduce value Saturation (saturation) to -100.

Step 5

Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool (B)). Set the foreground color to white, increase the brush size to 1000 px, and also reduce Opacity (opacity) brush up to 60%. Double-click the brush in the center of the image to create a glow effect.

Step 6

Turn on layer visibility The background (Background layer), and then turn off the visibility of all other layers. Using tool Pen (Pen Tool (P)), create an active selection around the model’s face image (after creating the outline, press the keys (Ctrl + Enter) to convert the outline to the active selection). Duplicate the selected area to a new layer (Ctrl + J), and then move the layer with the selected image of the model to the top, placing it on top of all other layers. Turn off layer visibility The background (Background layer) and re-enable the visibility of all other layers that we previously turned off.

Step 7

Open the original image with Cloud 1. Press the keys (Ctrl + A) to select the entire image, and then press the keys (Ctrl + C) to copy the selection and paste on our working document (Ctrl + V).

Apply scaling (Ctrl + T), as shown in the screenshot below, and then change the blending mode for the cloud layer to Lightening (Screen).

Decrease Opacity (opacity) layer up to 33%, then add a layer mask, for this we go Layer – Layer Mask – Show All (Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal All). Choose a standard soft round brush, brush opacity 20%, brush color black.

Paint the black mask on the layer mask over the model’s face image to reduce the effect of clouds in this area.

Step 8

Open the source image with Cloud 2. Use the command Selection – Color Range (Select> Color range) or tool Fast selection (Quick Selection tool (W), select the top of the cloud, and then copy / paste on our working document. Apply scaling (Ctrl + T), as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 9

To the layer with the cloud, add a layer mask and using a standard soft round brush opacity (Opacity) 100%, the color of the brush is black, paint over the hard edges of the cloud to get the result, as in the screenshot below.

Step 10

Go back to the original image with cloud 2 and this time select the bottom of the cloud image. Copy / paste (copy / paste) selected part of the cloud on our working paper. Locate the cloud as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 11

To the layer with the second cloud, add a layer mask and use a standard black soft round brush to hide unwanted hard edges.

Step 12

Open the original image with the moon. Using tool Oval area (Elliptical Marquee Tool (M)), create a circular selection around the image of the moon. Copy / paste (copy / paste) selected image of the moon on our working paper. Change the blending mode to Lightening (screen). Apply scaling, as well as position the image of the moon in the upper left corner of the scene.

Step 13

Open the original image with the stars. Select the whole image and then copy / paste (copy / paste) on our working paper. Apply scaling to the starry sky image so that it completely overlaps the work area. Change the blending mode for the star layer to Lightening (Screen).

Add a layer mask to the starry sky layer and hide bright stars and bright flashes of light with a soft round black brush (painting with a black brush on the layer mask we hide the image, and painting the white with a brush we restore the hidden image).

Step 14

Open the original image with the tree. Copy / paste the tree image onto our working paper. Place the tree on top of the model head image. To a layer with a tree, add a layer mask to hide the fragments of the tree that cover the girl’s face, while keeping the tree branches on the girl’s hair. Decrease Opacity (opacity) layer up to 60%.

Step 15

There is a slight contrast in the image of the tree, so let’s fix it. Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves), for this we go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Curves (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Curves) to enhance the contrast. Set the curve as shown in the screenshot below. Convert adjustment layer Curves (Curves) in the clipping mask to the tree layer (hold the (Alt) key and click between the two layers).

Step 16

Open the original image with the wolf. Create a selection around the wolf image using any selection tool you prefer to work with (I used the Pen (Pen Tool)). Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) the highlighted wolf image on our working paper.

Apply scaling to the wolf image (Ctrl + T). Place the wolf in the lower left corner of the scene. Change the blending mode for the wolf layer to Multiplication (Multiply) and also reduce Opacity (opacity) up to 66%.

Step 17

So, we have completed work on the creation of the composition, as well as arranged all the main elements of the scene, it is time for the color correction to improve the look of the whole picture.

First let’s add an adjustment layer. Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast), for this we go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Brightness / Contrast (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Brightness / Contrast). In the settings window of this adjustment layer, set the value The contrast (contrast) 26.

Step 18

Let’s further enhance the contrast and slightly reduce the brightness of the entire image using the adjustment layer. Levels (Levels), for this we go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Levels (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Levels). Move the left and right sliders to the center.

Step 19

In my opinion, the colors of our scene are a bit boring. Let’s enhance the paint with a correction layer. Gradient map (Gradient Map), for this we go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Gradient Map). Set the colors of the gradient, which are shown in the screenshot below, and then change the blending mode for the adjustment layer Gradient map (Gradient Map) on Soft light (Soft Light).

Step 20

The light in our scene comes from all sides, so let’s make a small correction and make it so that the light falls on the model’s face.

Create a new layer and using a standard soft round brush, paint over with a white brush to brighten and a black brush to darken, as shown in the screenshot below. Opacity (Opacity) brush should be very low, 2-5%.

Step 21

Let’s soften the tones a bit and improve the contrast of the whole picture. First create a merged layer from all visible layers. To do this, press the keys (Ctrl + Alt + E). Change the blending mode for the merged layer to Soft light (Soft Light) and then apply the filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), for this we go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur). Apply radius (Radius) Blur 50 px. If dark tones are too saturated on any part of the image, then add a layer mask and use black brush to hide unwanted effects.

Step 22

We can always enhance an existing image with sharpness. Once again create a merged layer from all visible layers, and then apply a filter Contour sharpness (Unsharp mask), for this we go Filter – Sharpness – Contour Sharpness (Filter> Sharpen> Unsharp mask) to enhance the details in the image.

Step 23

I wanted our scene to look a little warm, i.e. was done in warm colors, so I added a correction layer Photo Filter (Photo Filter), for this we go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Photo Filter (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Photo Filter). Set the settings that are shown in the screenshot below.

Step 24

Next, let’s add a vignette effect, but first let’s create a new layer and fill it with white (press the “D” key to set the default colors, then press the keys (Ctrl + Backspace) to fill the layer with white).

Change the blending mode for this layer to Multiplication (Multiply) and then apply the filter Correction of distortion (Lens Correction filter), for this we go Filter – Distortion Correction (Filter> Lens Correction). Set the settings that are shown in the screenshot below.

Step 25

To add a variety of colors, create a new layer, change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay). Next, using a standard soft round brush with an opacity of 10%, using a variety of bright colors (blue, red, mauve), paint over the individual fragments of the image.

Step 26

As a final step, let’s increase the contrast of the entire scene to the maximum. Create a new adjustment layer. Curves (Curves), for this we go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Curves (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Curves). In the settings window of this adjustment layer, pull the curve down. Using the mask of the adjustment layer, hide the effect of the curves on those areas where the effect will be too dark.

And that is all! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Good luck, do not hesitate to lay out their work! See you again!

The final result:

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