Enchanted Forest in Photoshop

In this lesson you will learn how to create a fantasy photo manipulation with a girl in an enchanted forest. You will learn how to work with the tool. Pen (Pen tool), how to create the illusion of depth, light and more!

The final result:

Source materials:

Step 1

Select the model image on the original image; to create a selection, I used the tool Fast selection (Quick selection tool), because there is a very strong contrast between the model and the background, which facilitates the selection process.

Step 2

Once you have created a selection, press CTRL + J to duplicate the selection to a new layer, you should be able to do this, as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 3

Next, you can fix some details near the basket handle with the tool. Polygonal Lasso (polygonal lasso tool).

Press the Delete key to remove highlighted areas of black.

Step 4

Press CTRL + N to create a new document with the following dimensions of 1500 x 1500 pixels.

Step 5

Open the stock image of the forest and use the tool Move (move tool), move this image with the forest to our working document that we created in the previous step.

Step 6

Reduce the size of the image with the forest by pressing CTRL + T, then in the top settings panel, set the following parameters Width (W: -70) and Height (H: 70) to reduce the image to 70% of the original size. Press Enter to apply the settings.

Step 7

To create a glade, I used the image shown below.

Step 8

Hide part of the image with the tool Eraser (eraser tool).

You should be able to do this, as in the screenshot below:

Step 9

Next, you need to change the color of our meadow. To do this, press CTRL + U, in the window Toning (colorize), tick.

Apply the following settings:
Color tone (Hue) = 13
Saturation (saturation) = 28
Brightness (lightness) = -15.

Step 10

Next, we will add a layer with colors.

Step 11

After adding a new image, you need to resize the image again, press CTRL + T. Apply scaling to get the desired result. In this case, I reduced the size to 60%.

Step 12

Let’s also do some color correction to get brownish shades. Press CTRL + U and check the box Toning (colorize).
Apply the following settings:
Color tone (Hue) = 16
Saturation (saturation) = 25
Brightness (lightness) = -5.

Step 13

Change the blending mode for the layer with flowers to Soft light (soft light):

Step 14

Press CTRL + T to rotate the image slightly.

Step 15

Next, with the tool Eraser (eraser tool), process the top edge of the image to create a smooth transition. I used a soft brush to achieve this result.

Step 16

So create a new group. Click the button in the lower settings panel.

Move all the background layers to this new group. Just select the layers and move to the folder.

Step 17

Once you move all the layers into a group, you can convert the group into a smart object. To do this, right-click on the group and in the window that appears, select the option Transform at smart-an object(convert it into a smart object).

After converting to a smart object, the layer will look like the screenshot below. Conversion to a smart object will help you carry out the correction layers at any time.

Step 18

Duplicate the layer by pressing CTRL + J, and then rasterize the duplicate layer. To do this, right-click on the duplicate layers and in the window that appears, select the option Rastrirovat layer(rasterize layer).

Step 19

Reduce the saturation of the background color. Press CTRL + U and decrease the value. Saturation (saturation) to -30.

Step 20

Create a duplicate layer by pressing CTRL + J. Next, to the duplicate, apply color correction by pressing CTRL + U. Tick ​​in the box Toning (colorize). Set the value Color tone (hue) to 207 and click OK.

Next, change the blending mode for the duplicate layer to Soft light (soft light), layer opacity 70%.

Step 21

Duplicate this layer again. Perform color correction by pressing CTRL + U. Simply add more saturation by setting the value to 30. And also reduce Fill (fill) layer up to 70%.

Step 22

Move the selected model image to our working paper with a background. Next, apply CTRL + T scaling to the model.

Step 23

Open the stock image of the rock, create a selection of the rock with the tool Fast selection (quick selection tool).

Step 24

Move the selected rock image to our working paper, placing the layer below the model layer. Reduce the size of a fragment of rock CTRL + T.

Step 25

Create a selection around the girl’s raincoat with the tool. Polygonal Lasso (polygonal lasso tool) and duplicate the selected image of the cloak on a new layer CTRL + J.

Step 26

To perform color correction, press CTRL + U and reduce the saturation value to -40.

Step 27

Once again, duplicate the coat layer. Change the blending mode for duplicate layer to Multiplication (multiply) and decrease Opacity (opacity) layer to 50% and value Fillings (Fill) up to 70%.

Step 28

We return to the layer with the model and select her dress with the tool. Lasso (lasso tool), and then duplicate the selected image of the dress on a new layer by pressing CTRL + J.

Decrease saturation by pressing CTRL + U. Decrease saturation value to -100. In this case, the color of the dress will turn black.

Step 29

Next, create a selection around the skin of the model, and then duplicate CTRL + J selection to a new layer.

Step 30

Next, go Filter – Blur – Blur by surface(filter-> Blur-> Surface) Apply a blur, Radius blur(radius) 7 px and Threshold blur(threshold) 7 px to make the skin softer.

Step 31

Change the hair color by pressing CTRL + U. Decrease saturation to -60.

Step 32

To make the eyes brighter, create a selection around the eyes with the tool Lasso (lasso tool), duplicate the selection with a new layer CTRL + J and change the blending mode to duplicate the layer to Lightening basics (color dodge).

Also, if you want to change the color of the eyes, simply color-correct the eyes by pressing CTRL + U. Change the blending mode for this layer to Chromaticity (color).

Step 33

Create a new layer by pressing the SHIFT + CTRL + N keys, and using a soft brush, paint over the girl’s cheeks, creating a blush of pink.

Step 34

Change the blending mode for the blush layer to Multiplication (multiply). Next, apply a small Gaussian blur (Gaussian blur). Let’s go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (filter -> blur -> Gaussian Blur). Apply a blur radius of 10 px. You can reduce the opacity of the layer as much as you need.

Step 35

Shadows on the eyelids, this step is very easy, because you can experiment with any color shades. Create a new layer Shift + Ctrl + N, use a soft round brush on the girl’s eyelids.

Next, change the blending mode to Multiplication (multiply), and using the tool Finger (smudge tool), make the color on the eyelids softer. Repeat this process using a different color cast to get the best result.

Step 36

To dye your hair, I used the tool Pen (pen tool). Create a new layer, then select the tool. Free feather (freeform pen tool) and with this tool, draw the hair.

Step 37

Right-click on the image and in the window that appears, select the option Run stroke contour(Stroke Path).

Next, in the window that appears, put a tick in the box Simulate pressure (Brush Pressure).

The result should be as in the screenshot below. You can also use the tool Blur (Blur tool) to make the lines softer.

Step 38

To make the curls of hair more, you can duplicate the layer on which you just created hair lines. You can change hair color and shape using free transformation. Press CTRL + T, and then select the option Deformation (Warp).

In the first screenshot, you see the option Deformation (warp), then, I changed the color, so you can see duplicate layers with curls of hair.

Step 39

In this step, we will add shadows for the basket. Create a new layer using a soft round brush, paint over the basket below.

Next, apply a blur. Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter-> Blur -> Gaussian blur).

You will get the result, as in the screenshot below.

Step 40

Next, we will fix the girl’s dress, for this, at the bottom, I used Eraser (eraser) until you succeed, as in the screenshot below:

Step 41

So, you need to add a wolf image to our image. Create a selection around the wolf image with the tool. Fast selection (quick selection tool).

Step 42

Move the selected wolf image to our working paper. Next, apply a small Gaussian blur (Gaussian blur). Let’s go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter-> Blur – Gaussian blur).

Step 43

To create a depth of field, you need to add blur to the trees. Go to the layer with the background and use the tool Lasso (lasso tool), create a selection just around the trees.

Duplicate the selection CTRL + J on a new layer. Then, press Ctrl + F. With this action, you apply the filter that you used last. In this case, the filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur). The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 44

Add birds and branches with the appropriate brushes. Create a new layer Shift + Crtrl + N, select the Birds and Branches brushes using them on the new layer. Reduce the layer opacity to 80%.

Step 45

So, the lighting, this part is the most important, because it gives the image more realism. Create a new layer, paint it with a white soft brush around the model.

Change the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (soft light).

Step 46

Create a new layer. Next, apply the tool Gradient (Gradient tool):

Change the blending mode for the gradient layer to Soft light (soft light), layer opacity 50%.

Step 47

Repeat the process of creating a gradient, but with a blue tint.

Step 48

Click the button in the lower settings panel. Create a new adjustment or fill layer (create a new fill or adjustment layer). In the menu that appears, select the option Selective color correction (selective color).

Next, choose a color Neutral (neutral) and apply the following values:

Step 49

I created another gradient using some color shades to create a beautiful lighting effect.

Step 50

Create two new layers. On one layer, apply a soft black brush, on the other layer, apply a soft white brush to create light and shade.

Step 51

Paint over the brush of blue and yellowish tint in the image of the model.

Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (overlay) layer opacity 70%.

Step 52

Create a new layer, create a selection in the form of a circle using the tool Oval area (elliptical tool).

Right click and in the menu that appears, select the option Invert selected area (select inverse).

Fill with black with the tool Fill (paint bucket), as shown in the screenshot below:

Next, go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – blur – Gaussian blur). Apply a blurred radius of 150 px.

Step 53

The final touch is to enlarge the sides of the created circle so that the center of the image becomes clearer. Press CTRL + T. I used a value of 125% to increase.

Final result

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