Create magic in Photoshop # 1

?In this lesson you will learn how to create an exciting picture in Photoshop. You will learn how to create your magical atmosphere, your adventure tale, including creating realistic light and light and light effects. In this lesson, you will learn about the technique of Mat Paint, as well as about the technique of creating photo manipulations. After completing this lesson, you will understand how simple it is!

Stages of the lesson

At the beginning of the lesson we will create a landscape, then add magic elements. Next, we will create a model and work with animals. In the final step, we will draw the shadows and work on the atmosphere of the whole picture, make a correction and add effects. All you need is any version of Photoshop, inspiration and good mood!

Final result

Step 1

First we will create a landscape to further create our picture. In my opinion, it will be something like an amphitheater. This will give depth and mysticism to our picture.

Let’s get started! Create a new document. Let’s go File – New (File> New) or press hotkeys (Ctrl + N). The size of our working paper is 3000 px wide and 2365 px. in height. Name the document “Spell”.

Step 2

Let’s start by adding a canyon landscape to our working paper. Let’s go File – Post (File> Place), select the image of the canyon.

Step 3

Position the image of the canyon in the lower right corner of the scene, without changing the image size.

Step 4

Double duplicate the canyon layer (Ctrl + J).

Step 5

Transform the layer with the original image of the canyon (Ctrl + T), increasing the size of the image, making it slightly larger than the working document.

Step 6

Repeat the same with the top layer. Transform a layer with a second duplicate of the canyon layer (Ctrl + T), increasing the image size, making it slightly larger than the working document. Move left as shown in the screenshot below.

All we do is make the landscape more expressive. In my opinion, if the original image with a canyon stretch over the entire document, it would not look realistic, therefore, in the next steps we will add a little more space.

Step 7

So let’s get started. You have a unique opportunity to become a creator and in a short time to create a new magic scene. First, add a layer mask to the layer with the original image of the canyon through the bottom toolbar.

Step 8

Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool (B). Brush size: 200px, Brush stiffness: 0%, Brush opacity: 50%, Press: 100%. Press the (D) key to set the default colors, black and white respectively. Make sure the brush was soft in order to create a smooth transition between the layers with the canyon when painting.

Step 9

Let’s proceed to processing. Turn off visibility of the upper layer with the canyon by clicking on the eye next to the layer thumbnail in the layers palette. Switch to the layer layer mask and use a brush to hide certain parts of the image, as shown in the screenshot below. Brush color is black.

Step 10

What I did.

Step 11

If in your opinion the treatment of the canyon suits you, then go to the next layer. To the second duplicate layer with the image of a canyon, add a layer mask and then hide the extra image areas. Paint over the stone and then invert the layer mask (Shift + Ctrl + I).

Step 12

Well that’s all. Our landscape is ready. Next, we add waves. On the original image with a canyon, the water in the river is not dynamic, so I decided to add speakers with the help of waves. This will give a fresh and unusual image.

Step 13

Let’s go File – to place(File> Place). In the window that appears, select an image with ocean waves.

Step 14

Next, apply the transformation to the ocean wave layer. Arrange the waves so that the big wave is located slightly away from the edge of the working paper, and the edges of the waves touch the banks of the canyon. Rotate the image at an angle of -12, 30.

Step 15

Duplicate the wave layer, and then apply the transform. Right-click on the document and in the window that appears, select the option Flip horizontally (Flip Horizontal). Apply the changes by pressing (Enter). Shift the duplicate layer with the waves slightly to the left.

Step 16

Once again duplicate the layer with the waves, and then reduce the scale of the duplicate layer. Slightly reducing the image, place these waves closer to the waterfall.

Step 17

Next, group all the wave layers in one group. To do this, hold down (Shift) + select all layers with waves, and then press the button Create a new group (Add New Group) via the lower toolbar or press the keys (Ctrl + G). To rename a group, double-click on the box with the group name to make the text active, enter a name. Name the new group “wave”.

Step 18

Next, hide the extra sections of the images with the waves so that the waves are visible only in the river bed. For each layer with waves, add a layer mask through the bottom toolbar.

Step 19

Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool (B). Brush size: 200px, brush stiffness: 0% opacity: 75%, push: 70%. Make sure the foreground color is set to black.

Step 20

Hide the extra areas on the layer mask of each wave layer. Temporarily turn off the visibility of the upper layers to make it easier for you to work.

Step 21

Change the brush size to make it easier for you to work, otherwise, you can delete the parts you need. To change the size of the brush, right-click on the document and in the window that appears, select the appropriate size.

Step 22

On the first and second layer with the waves, hide parts of the image that extend beyond the mouth of the river. Hide most of the ocean image so that only the waves remain. The main thing is not to damage the crest of the wave.

Step 23

What I did.

Step 24

I do not like the color of the waves, I added a few adjustment layers to the wave group to change their color. First add a correction layer. Photo Filter (photo filter). Let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Photo Filter (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Photo Filter).

or add an adjustment layer through the bottom toolbar.

Step 25

In the window that appears, make the following settings: Filter (Filter) – Cooling Filter (82), Density (Density) -16%.

Step 26

Add a second adjustment layer. Let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Color Balance (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Color Balance). In the window that appears, make the following settings: Tonal balance (Tone) – Mid tones (Midtones), Blue (Cyan): -31, Yellow (Yellow) +35.

Step 27

Result after adding adjustment layers.

Step 28

I want the image to look more realistic. For this, I will add small waves. Let’s go File- Place (File> Place) select the image ‘Ocean’.

Step 29

Transform the image with the ocean so that the main part of the image is within the mouth of the river.

Step 30

To the layer with the image of the ocean, add a layer mask. Using the brush with the previous settings (brush size: 200px, brush hardness: 0%, brush opacity: 75%, pressure: 70%), hide the extra part of the image. Hide the waves on the horizon and on the banks of the river. To avoid a hard transition with waves on the horizon, reduce the size and opacity of the brush.

Step 31

Now, change the blending mode for the ocean image layer to Overlap (Overlay).

Step 32

Result.

Step 33

Next, I decided to add brightness and blue hues to the water and the waterfall of the original image in order to combine the composition. We need to add brightness to the water to liven up the picture. Therefore, create a new layer through the bottom toolbar or press the keys (Shift + Ctrl + N). The new layer should be located below the layer with small waves.

Step 34

Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool (B). Set the following settings for the brush: brush size: 150px, brush hardness: 0%, brush opacity: 100%, click: 100%. Brush color # 2c8ed2. On a new layer, paint over those parts of the scene, where there is water. Paint the mouth of the river to the waterfall. Vary the size of the brush for greater convenience.

Step 35

Now, change the blending mode for this layer to Chromaticity (Color).

Step 36

Our amphitheater is ready! Here’s how it happened with me. It remains to hold a small action, and we move on to the most interesting part of our picture. Combine everything into one group, name the new group ‘ocean’.

Step 37

Next, we will add stone lanterns to our picture. Let’s go File – Open (file – Open) or press the keys (Ctrl + O). In the window that appears, select an image with a statue of a dragon in the Chinese style, then click Open (Open).

Step 38

Using tool Fast selection (Quick Selection Tool (W), create a selection, as shown in the screenshot below. If you selected the extra areas, then hold down the (Alt) key and hide these extra areas.

Step 39

Next, with the tool Move (Move Tool (V), move the selected image of the statue to our working paper.

Step 40

Wow Too big image for our scene! Using transformation (Ctrl + T), zoom the stone statue to the desired size. Remember to hold down the (Shift) key while scaling to keep the aspect ratio.

Step 41

Duplicate the stone lantern layer (Ctrl + J).

Step 42

Merge the layers with the stone statue into one group (Ctrl + G). Name the new group ‘statue’.

Step 43

In order to give our picture a magic hue, we must place stone lanterns at exactly the same level. Therefore, we need a ruler! Let’s go View – Rulers (View> Rulers), or press hotkeys (Ctrl + R). This command activates the rulers, and also hides them.

Step 44

When the ruler appears, select the tool Move (Move tool (V). Pull the guide, stopping at a height of 1/3 from the bottom edge of the image. You will see a thin line of turquoise, this is the guide. You can remove it at any time.

Step 45

When we set up the guide line, go to the stone lanterns. Using tool Move (Move Tool), move the statue to the opposite bank so that the bottom edge of the statue coincides with the level of the guide line. To accurately move the statue along the guideline, hold down (Shift) while moving +.

Step 46

While on a duplicate layer with a stone statue, apply a transform. Right-click on the document and in the window that appears, select the option Flip by horizontals(Flip Horizontal).

Step 47

Let’s remove the bases under the stone statues. To each layer with a stone lantern, add a layer mask and with the help of a black brush, hide the stands at the bases.

Step 48

So, our lights are prepared. Now, add fire to them! Create a new layer. Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool (B). Set the following settings for the brush: brush size: 300px, brush hardness: 0%, brush opacity: 60%, push: 100%.

Step 49

Set the brush color to # d73d28. Click a few lights on both lights to add a fire effect.

Step 50

Change the blending mode for the fire effect layer to Overlap (Overlay).

Step 51

In the previous step we added a glow, now we will add a source of fire to our lanterns. Create a new layer, select a brush. Set the following settings for the brush: brush size: 300px, hardness: 0%, opacity: 60%, push: 100%, brush color # d73d28. Click the brush several times in the same place as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 52

Change the blending mode for this layer to Hard light (Hard Light).

Step 53

The effect of glow and fire we created. It remains to add smoke. For realism, we use ready-made brushes (ready-made brushes can be downloaded from the link at the beginning of this lesson). First you need to install a brush Smoke. To do this, in the panel, click Brush Settings (Brush Presets).

In the drop-down menu, select the option Download brushes (load brushes), then, specify the directory on your computer where the Smoke brushes are stored.

Step 54

So, we loaded the brush! Next, select the brush that you like. I used this brush.

Set the following settings for the brush: brush size: 675px, brush hardness: 0%, opacity: 100%, push: 100%, brush color: #dfdfdf, brush angle: 11 °. I deliberately did not choose the white color, because gray will look a little more realistic than white.

Step 55

Add more smoke using another Smoke brush. The brush color is the same. The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Step 56

Next, we turn to the most important and delicate part of our composition – this is the creation of a model. Let’s go File – Post (File> Place), select the model image. Zoom out the model by placing it at the source of the waterfall.

Step 57

Create a new group. Name this group ‘model’. Move the model layer inside the new group.

Step 58

To the layer with the model, add a layer mask. Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool (B)) Set the following settings for the brush: brush size: 150px, hardness: 25%, opacity: 100%, push: 100%. Carefully hide the background. Try not to hide areas of women’s attire.

Step 59

Add a second image with the model. Let’s go File – Post (File> Place), select stock image ‘model 2’. It is very important to skillfully superimpose one image of a model on another, otherwise it will not work.

Step 60

Apply scaling to the model image. Flip both images horizontally. When scaling (Ctrl + T), hold down the (Shift) key. To reflect horizontally, right-click on the document and in the window that appears, select the option Flip horizontally (Flip Horizontal).

Step 61

Add a layer mask to the second image with the model.

Step 62

Next, using a black brush, hide the background. Set the following settings for the brush: brush size: 150px, stiffness: 0% -100%, opacity: 100%, push: 100%. Blue indicates the area you want to hide.

Step 63

Try to make the models fit in size, because they are exactly the same. If necessary, apply the transformation. Carefully hide the background next to the dress! Change the hardness of the brush, the brush should be hard. Around the image of the model should not be glow, therefore, to remove unnecessary parts of the image is necessary with the help of only a hard brush. In the screenshot below, you can see the active selection around the second image with the model.

The blue color indicates where you should hide the areas in the second image with the model in order to get the shape we need. Experiment! Combine a soft and hard brush. Remove excess areas.

Step 64

I do not like the expression on her face, so I picked up a more appropriate image. Open the stock image ‘dark angel’ by pressing the hot keys (Ctrl + O) or go File – Open (File> Open).

Step 65

Choose a tool Rectangular area ( Rectangular Marquee Tool (M). With this tool, select a part of the image, as shown in the screenshot below. Without removing the active selection using the tool Move (Move Tool (V), move the selected part of the image to our working document.

Step 66

Transform the image to the desired size (Ctrl + T). Right-click on the document and in the window that appears, select the option Flip by horizontals(Flip Horizontal).

Step 67

To the layer with the portrait of the model, add a layer mask. Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool (B). Set the following settings for the brush: brush size: 70px, brush hardness: 0% – 100%, opacity: 100%, pressure: 100%.

Step 68

Carefully hide the extra areas of the image. Hide the model’s cheeks with a brush: size: 50px, stiffness: 0%, opacity: 100%, push: 70%.

Step 69

The model is almost ready! Go to the layer with the first model. Choose a tool Oval area (Elliptical Marquee Tool (M). Create a selection around the image of a hairpin, and then press the keys (Ctrl + C) to copy the selected area. Paste the copied image (Ctrl + V) to a new layer and then flip horizontally. Place a duplicate hairclip symmetrically first barrette.

Step 70

Finally, we created a model. The result is in the screenshot below.

Step 71

Next, we add the image of the fish to our scene. In my opinion, the fish will add dynamics to our picture. Let’s get started! Open the stock image of the fish by pressing the hot keys (Ctrl + O) or go File – Open (File> Open). To open several images at once, while selecting images, hold down the (Shift) key.

Step 72

Returning to the group ‘ocean’. Create a new group within this group. Name the new group ‘Coy’. Thus, it will be easier for us to navigate and work with layers.

Step 73

As soon as the image with the fish was opened, using the tool Fast selection (Quick Selection Tool (W), create a selection around the fish image.

Step 74

Next, with the tool Move (Move Tool (V), move the selected image of the fish to our working paper.

Step 75

Next, scale down the fish using transformation (Ctrl + T).

Step 76

Duplicate the fish layer, apply scaling and distortion (Ctrl + T). First, flip horizontally, and then select the option Distortion (Skew).

Step 77

4 times duplicate the fish layer. You can use a different image of the fish at your discretion. Arrange the fish, as shown in the screenshot below. Do not forget that this is a creative process, in the screenshot below you can see how I did it. Not necessarily to be like mine.

Step 78

Let’s add other fish. Open the image with red and white fish. Using tool Fast selection (Quick Selection Tool (W), create a selection around the fish image.

Step 79

Next, with the tool Move (Move Tool (V), move the selected fish image to our working paper.

Step 80

Duplicate the fish layer, apply scaling, then using transformation (Ctrl + T), horizontally mirror the duplicate layer.

Step 81

3 times duplicate the fish layer. You can change the fish or arrange them, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 82

It remains to add 2 more fish. Repeat everything you did with the last fish. Duplicate once. Arrange the fish, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 83

Next, we will add shadows to the fish, and also make them a little brighter. For these purposes, we use two adjustment layers.

Step 84

The first adjustment layer is Color Balance (Color Balance).

Step 85

In the settings window that appears, in the settings Tone Balance (Tone) set options Mid tones (midtones) and Sveta (highlights), and also set the values ​​that are shown in the screenshot below. Tone balance can be changed by clicking on the window Color Balance (tone). Changing the tonal balance, do not forget to create a group of adjustment layers.

Step 86

The next adjustment layer is Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation).

Step 87

Set the values ​​that are shown in the screenshot below.

Step 88

Our work with the fish is complete! The result is in the screenshot below.

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