[Autumn Tutorial] Create A Surreal Doll Fairy In Photoshop

Autumn is all about colors and pretty little things! This week’s tutorial will focus on creating a surreal doll fairy that will blend perfectly well with this cool season!

Program: Photoshop CS6

Level: Advanced

Time: 45 min.

Images Used:


Stock Photo - last of autumn leaves on branch isolated on a white background

5839537 @ Rafael Valeev


Stock Photo - tree branches isolated on the white background

10041408 @ Olena Zaskochenko


Stock Photo - tree branches isolated on white background

10424694 @ Wuttichok Panichiwarapun


Stock Photo - Beauty portrait of lovely girl fashion model with natural soft make-up and clean healthy skin

12669418 @ gromovataya


Stock Photo - Beautiful scene misty old autumn forest

31397643 @ subbotina


Stock Photo - Autumn maple leaves isolated on white background

11852364 @ wolna


Stock Photo - Multi-colored autumn leaves falling down, with white copy space

10280828 @ smileus

Step One

Extract and position your model. I opted to remove the hair, and I also thinned out the neck.


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To add branches to our models head, find flat images of black branches on a white background (image#10041408) and set the layer to “Multiply”. Position it accordingly.


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Next we are going to add leafs to our faeries branches. To do this find and image of some fall leaves (image#5839537) and extract them. Do not worry about the branches, you just need the leafs. Make sure to keep a large version of the leafs as we will be using this same image for wings later.


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Now we are going to add a glow all around our faerie’s body. Create a new layer behind out model and set it to soft light. With a large white brush set to white, paint around your model. Create another layer and keep it set to “Normal”. Paint more concentrated white around out model’s head.


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Next, we are going to blend the faerie into her surroundings. First, clip a Color Balance adjustment layer onto our model. Set it to Red 32, Green 4, Blue -27. Next clip a Brightness/Contrast layer into our model. Set it to Brightness -12, and contrast 100.


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To create the faerie’s makeup we are going to also use the leafs from her head. Duplicate a few leafs and place them around the model’s eyes.


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Finally we are going to bring everything together using some bokeh and adjustment layers. Create a new layer above all other layers and set it to “Screen”. With a bokeh brush paint red, yellow and orange around your image. Blur out the bokeh if needed. You can also use a bokeh texture if you do not have a brush.


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