Create a winter fantasy in photoshop

Winter holidays are coming, and we are happy to plunge into the wonders of this magical time! The time when we can use part of this magic in our projects. In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a winter fantasy with a Christmas deer with the help of corrective layers, mask correction and brushes. We will also perform color correction and increase the depth of field.

So let’s get started!

Final result

Step 1

Create a new working document in Photoshop with the following sizes 1000 × 1000 px. Fill it with white. Open the original image with a winter background in Photoshop and use the tool Move (Move Tool (V)), move this image to our working paper.

Step 2

Let’s go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Install Radius (radius) blur at 6 px.

Switch to the mask of this filter and use the soft black brush to hide the blur effect in the foreground while keeping the blur in the background.

Step 3

Open the original image with a deer. Separate the image of the deer from the background, and then move the selected image of the deer to our working document, placing it in the center of the composition.

Next, go Editing – Puppet Warp (Edit> Puppet Warp), to slightly change the position of the legs of the deer in accordance with the perspective of the ground. Shift the anchor points of the legs of the deer slightly forward.

Step 4

Click the second icon at the bottom of the layers panel to add a layer mask to the deer layer. Using a brush of medium hardness, the color of the brush is black, paint over the hooves of the deer in order to combine them with the snowy ground, and also remove the main part of the antlers.

Step 5

Create a new layer below the deer layer. Load the active selection around the image of the deer, for this, hold down the key (Ctrl), click on the thumbnail of the layer with the deer.

Fill the selected area with black, and then reduce Opacity (opacity) layer up to 30%. Reflect the shadow vertically, for this we go Editing – Transformation – Flip Vertically (Edit> Transform> Flip Vertical). Shift the shadow down, placing it under the feet of a deer.

Step 6

To fill layer, apply filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) to soften the shadow. Let’s go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Install Radius (radius) blur at 3 px.

Create a new layer and using a soft brush with an opacity of about 40%, brush color is black, add the missing shadows under the feet of the deer.

Step 7

Create a new layer as a clipping mask, change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay), 100% layer opacity, and then fill 50% gray (50% gray). Using tool Clarifier / Dimmer (Dodge and Burn Tool (O)), correct the light and shadow on the image of a deer.

You can see my processing at mode. Normal (Normal) and result in mode Overlap (Overlay) in the screenshot below:

Step 8

Add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation). Reduce value Saturation (Saturation) to -35:

Step 9

Add adjustment layer Color Balance (Color Balance) to change the color of the deer:

Step 10

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to lighten the image of the deer. Next, go to the mask of this adjustment layer and using a soft black brush, hide the brightening correction at the bottom of the deer to correct the light and shade in accordance with the background lighting.

Step 11

Open the original image with a pine branch. Separate the branch from the background, and then move the selected image of the pine branch to our working paper, placing the branch in the area of ​​the deer horns. Press the keys (Ctrl + T) to rotate the branch according to the perspective of the deer’s head. To the layer with the pine branch, add a layer mask, and then using a soft black brush, draw a combination of the branch with the head of a deer.

Step 12

Duplicate the pine branch layer. Reduce the size of the duplicate layer with a branch, placing it at the base of the horns.

Step 13

Select the layers with pine branches, and then press the keys (Ctrl + G) to group them in one group. Change the blending mode for the created group to Normal (Normal), opacity (Opacity) layer 100% and then add an adjustment layer Color Balance (Color Balance) within the group to match the color of the branches with the background.

Step 14

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to lighten the pine branches.

Step 15

Open the original image of the branch with red berries, separate this image from the background. Move the selected image of the branch with red berries to our working paper, placing it in the upper right side of our scene in accordance with the direction of the stare of the deer. Double-duplicate the layer with the image of the branch with red berries, reduce the scale of duplicate layers. Place one duplicate branch with berries on top of the pine branch, and the second duplicate on the bottom left of our scene. To the layer with the branch with red berries, located on top of the pine branch, add a layer mask to remove unnecessary fragments of the branch.

Step 16

Apply a filter to the layer with the red berries located in the lower left part of the scene. Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur). Let’s go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Install Radius (radius) blur at 3 px. This will help enhance the depth of field of the scene.

Step 17

Group all layers with branches with red berries in one group. Add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation). Reduce value Saturation (Saturation) to -31:

Step 18

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to make the branches lighter.

Step 19

Open the original image with the Christmas decorations 2, separate the image from the background. Move the selected image with decorations to our working paper, placing them at the base of the horns. To layer with decorations 2, add a layer mask to remove part of the decoration on both sides.

Double click on the 2 decoration layer to apply the layer style. Shadow (Drop Shadow). So we add shadow to the decorations.

Step 20

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to make the decorations lighter.

Add adjustment layer Color Balance (Color Balance) to change the color of the jewelry.

Step 21

Add more decorations to the deer’s head, using the original image with the Christmas decorations 1.

Add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) for two Christmas tree balls to change their color.

Step 22

Group the layers with these decorations, and then add an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) to make them much brighter.

Step 23

Add adjustment layer Gradient map (Gradient Map) on top of all other layers. Set the following gradient colors: # e10019 and # 00601b. Decrease Opacity (opacity) of this layer to 20%.

Add adjustment layer Color Balance (Color Balance). Change the settings for Medium tones (Midtones):

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to enhance the brightness of the entire scene.

Step 24

Create a new layer, set the foreground color to #dffdfa. Choose the Snow brush you like to paint over our entire scene (it’s best to choose the Snow brush that most resembles the snow in the background).

Apply filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur). Set a blur radius of 2 px to soften the snow effect.

Step 25

It’s time to add color to our scene. Create a new layer and using a soft brush, brush color # dc5976, paint over the canvas. Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay), opacity (Opacity) layer 100%.

Create a new layer and using a soft brush, the brush color is yellow, paint over the bottom right part of the scene. Change the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (Soft Light), layer opacity is 100%.

Create a new layer and using a soft brush, brush color # 59a9dc, paint over the right side of the scene, as well as in front of the deer. Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay) 100% layer opacity.

Step 26

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) on top of all other layers to slightly change the color of the entire scene.

Add adjustment layer Vibration (Vibrance) to enhance the final effect.

And that is all! So we created a magical scene that is perfect as a background for a greeting card, what do you think? Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! And, of course, feel free to suggest new ideas for new lessons in 2017!

The final result:

Author: 123RF

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