Making a magical photo manipulation in Photoshop

Hello friends! Want to try something new this week? Hope this lesson will be interesting to test your knowledge of Photoshop program! In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a magical scene with a beautiful girl. You will learn how to combine multiple images using adjustment layers, masks and brushes, as well as how to create a depth of field to get a magical effect and much more. So let’s get started!

Final result

Note: The author used paid materials. In the archive you will find an alternative version of the images to perform the lesson.

Step 1

Create a new document of 1000? 665 px in Photoshop. Fill it with white. You can set the size of the image at your discretion. Open the original image with the forest and use the tool Move (Move Tool (V)), move this image with the forest onto our working paper. Zoom into the forest to hide the bottom part with the ground and make the forest mysterious, as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 2

Next, go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Install Radius (radius) blur 8 px.

This step is intended to add depth to the scene.

Step 3

Add a new adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to darken the forest. Let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Curves (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Curves):

Switch to the mask of this adjustment layer and using a soft round brush of black color, hide the curves effect in the center of the image, since we plan to add light to this area.

Step 4

Add a new adjustment layer Levels (Levels) to further darken the forest.

Switch to the mask of this adjustment layer and using a soft round brush of black color, hide the effect of the levels in the center of the image in order to preserve the bright colors:

Step 5

Open the original image with the model. Using any selection tool that you prefer to work with, separate the model image from the background. Copy the selected image of the model to a new layer. Create a new layer between the layer with the selected image of the model and the original image of the model. Fill this layer with a light shade (I used # f3efe9):

Step 6

Create a new layer on top of all layers. Using a hard round brush, brush color # 1e130c (this shade is selected from the model’s head), paint the hair fragments:

Step 7

Now turn off the visibility of the original layer with the image of the model, the layer with the background and the fill layer, then press the keys (Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E) to merge all the visible layers into one layer. Move the merged layer with the model to our working paper, placing the model image on the left side of the picture:

Create a new adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) as a clipping mask for the model layer. Reduce the saturation of the model image:

Step 8

Create a new adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance) as a clipping mask to the model layer to change the color of the image:

Step 9

The model image is too bright compared to the background at the moment, so add an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) to dim:

Switch to the mask of this adjustment layer and use a soft round black brush to hide the shading effect along the contour of the face and shoulders, as well as on certain areas of the hair, in order to preserve the light colors on these areas:

Step 10

Add another adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) to further darken the model image:

Switch to the mask of this adjustment layer and, using a soft round brush of black color, paint over the head of the model, face, shoulders and hair:

Step 11

Create a new layer and using a hard white brush, add a reflective light highlight to the model’s eye:

Step 12

Create a new layer as a clipping mask, change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay), Opacity (Opacity) layer 100%, and also put a tick in the box Fill 50% gray (fill with 50% gray):

Activate the tool Clarifier / Dimmer (Dodge and Burn Tool (O)), in the settings of this tool, set Mode (Range) on Mid tones (Midtones), and the value Exposure (Exposure) approximately 10-15%. With the help of this tool, carry out the correction of light and shadows on the model image. You can see my correction in the mode. Normal (Normal), as well as the result when Overlap (Overlay):

Step 13

Let’s go Layer – New Fill Layer – Color (Layer> New Fill Layer> Solid Color). Set the fill color to # cfe5f1.

Reduce the opacity of this layer with fill up to 20%. Switch to the mask of this fill layer and use the soft black brush to hide the fill effect over the main part of the model image except for the external contour around the head, face and shoulders to create a gentle smoke effect on these areas:

Step 14

Create a new layer and using a soft white brush, paint over the model’s head, face and shoulders to brighten these areas. Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay), opacity (Opacity) layer 100%:

Step 15

Open the original image with butterflies. Separate the butterflies from the background with the tool. Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool (W)). Select the top right butterfly to position it next to the model’s eye:

Let’s go Filter – Plastic (Filter> Liquify Tool). Choose a tool Deformation (Forward Warp Tool) to stretch the butterfly wings and make them look magical:

Step 16

Using free transform (Ctrl + T), zoom out the butterfly. To the butterfly layer, add a layer mask and use a soft black brush to align the butterfly with the corner of the eye:

Step 17

Duplicate the butterfly layer, and then flip horizontally the duplicate layer, for this we go Editing – Transformation – Flip Horizontal (Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontal). Move the duplicate butterfly to the right, zoom in so that you catch the direction of the model’s gaze:

To duplicate the butterfly layer, add a layer mask and using a hard black brush, size the brush (3-4 px), paint along the wings:

Step 18

Select all layers with butterflies, and then press the keys (Ctrl + G) to group them into one group. Change the blending mode for the layer with the mode group Skip (Pass Through (default group mode)) to mode Normal (Normal), opacity is 100%. Create a new adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) within the created group. Reduce value Saturation (Saturation) to -90 to discolor butterflies:

Step 19

Next, add an adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance) to match the color of the butterflies with the whole scene:

Step 20

Next, add an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) to enhance the brightness. Switch to the mask of this adjustment layer and use a soft black brush to hide the effect of curves over the butterfly near the eye, because It is hidden from the background light:

Step 21

It’s time to add pearl threads. Create a new layer on top of all other layers. Choose a tool Pen (Pen Tool), draw a few wavy lines on the model’s hair:

Change the foreground color to white, and also select a hard round brush, brush size 3 px. Press the key (F5) to change the settings for this brush:

Choose a tool Pen (Pen Tool), right-click on the drawn lines and in the appeared window select the option Outline the contour (Stroke Path), uncheck the box Simulate pressure (Simulate Pressure):

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 22

To the layer with pearl threads, add a layer mask and using a soft black brush, process the individual pearls in the hair (in particular, those located next to the shading):

Step 23

Create a new layer. Increase brush size to 6-7 px. Using a brush, draw a few large white dots on existing pearl threads.

Double click on the created layer and in the appeared window select the option External glow (Outer Glow). Set the glow color to white.

Step 24

Create a new layer and using a hard white brush, the brush size is very small (about 2-3 px), draw several lines around the corner of the eye, as well as on a large butterfly. For this purpose it is best to use a graphics tablet.

Step 25

Create a new layer and using a soft white brush, paint over a large butterfly. Change the blending mode for this layer to Lightening (Screen), opacity (Opacity) layer 30% to add a gentle glow effect to the butterfly.

Step 26

Create another new layer and use a hard white brush to draw a few dots around the big butterfly to create a scatter effect.

Press the keys (Ctrl + G) to create a new group for this layer with a scatter effect. Change the blending mode for this layer with the group to Lightening basics (Color Dodge), the opacity of the layer is 100% and the effect will look even better!

Step 27

Double click on the layer with the effect of dispersion and in the appeared window select the option External glow (Outer Glow). Set the glow color to white:

So, we have added a magical effect to our butterfly!

Step 28

Create a new fill layer Colour (Color Fill) on top of all other layers. Fill color # 353333. Decrease opacity (Opacity) of this layer to 60%, and then go to the mask of this layer with a fill. Using a soft black brush, hide the fill effect in the background, as well as over the top of the model image. This step is intended to shade the lower part of the model image in order to better combine it with the background.

Step 29

Create another fill layer Colour (Color Fill) on top of all other layers. Fill color # 29011c. Change the blending mode for this filled layer to An exception (Exclusion), the opacity of the layer is 100%.

Step 30

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) for a little brightening of the central part of the image.

Switch to the mask of this adjustment layer and using a soft black brush, hide the correction of the curves around the image except for the central part of the scene in order to preserve the bright colors.

Step 31

Add adjustment layer Levels (Levels) to darken the whole scene.

Switch to the mask of this adjustment layer and use a soft black brush to hide the correction levels on certain areas of the hair so that they are not too dark, and also to save the details.

Step 32

Add adjustment layer Photo filter (Photo Filter). Set the color to # eaa3d7:

Step 33

Add adjustment layer Vibration (Vibrance). Increase the value Vibrations (Vibrance) to the maximum:

Switch to the mask of this adjustment layer and with the help of a soft black brush, loosen the effect of the correction layer in the model’s eye area, as well as in the background area:

Step 34

Create a new layer and using a soft brush, brush color # 6f938d, paint over the background and hair to correct the color shades in these areas. Change the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (Soft Light), opacity (Opacity) layer 100%:

Step 35

Create a new layer and using a hard brush, brush color # b2fcef, paint the hair along the contour of the model’s head to create a reflective background light:

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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