Hi peeps, having a good week?
Here’s something fun for you to try out this weekend! In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a fantasy scene using a variety of photo manipulation techniques. You’ll learn how to make a fresh spring scene with grass, flowers, butterflies and especially a cute fairy kitten. Let’s begin!
Software: Photoshop CS3 +
Difficulty : Intermediate
Estimated Completion Time: 90 minutes
Resources Used In This Tutorial:
Beautiful Butterfly 1: 24266163
Beautiful Butterfly 2: 40561462
Cute Kitty: 15276865
Pink Gerbera 3: 31779288
Pink Gerbera 1: 31779287
Pink Gerbera 2: 39540356
Pink Gerbera 3: 31779288
Summer Sky: 29458259
Create a new 800×600 px document in Photoshop and fill it with white color. Drag the sky image into the white canvas as shown below:
Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation and change the Hue and Lightness settings:
Use a Curves adjustment layer to brighten the sky a bit. Select this layer mask and use a soft black brush to paint on the right side of the sky to make it a bit darker than the left (we aim to make the light come from the left):
Drag the grass image into our main document and place it in the bottom half:
Add a mask to this layer and use a soft black brush to blend the sky part with the existing sky. Lower the brush opacity when blending around the grass area:
Open the flower images. Isolate them from the white background and place them between the grass blades. Duplicate and transform them using Ctrl+T if needed to make them appear slightly different. Make one in the middle bigger than the rest – we aim to add the cat there:
Make a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer for the big flower and set it as Clipping Mask. Change the Magentas settings:
Use a Curves adjustment layer to brighten this flower. Paint on the right side to make it a bit darker than the left:
Select all the other flower layers and hit Ctrl+G to make a group for them. Change the mode of this group to Normal 100%. Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer within this group to change the flowers color:
Use a Curves adjustment layer to brighten these flowers:
Group all the flower layers including the big one. Add a mask to this group and use a hard black brush to show some grass blades, make them cover the flowers stems.
Isolate the cat and place him onto the big flower:
Make a new layer under the cat one and use a soft black brush with the opacity about 30% to paint his shadow on the flower.
Make a group for the cat and the furs. Use a Color Balance adjustment layer and change the Midtones and Highlights settings:
Make a Photo Filter adjustment layer and pick the color #01ceec to create the reflection of the background light on the cat. Paint inside his body to make the effect only visible on the contour:
Create two Curves adjustment layers to correct the light and shadow on the cats. The selected areas show where to paint on the layer masks:
Open the butterfly wings image and isolate them from the background. Select a wing of the butterfly on the left and place it onto the cat back.
Use a layer mask to blend the wing with the cat:
Select another wing of this butterfly and add it to the cat back. Place this layer under the first one:
Make a group for the wings and use a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to desaturate them a little:
Create a Color Balance adjustment layer and change the Midtones and Highlights settings:
Use a Photo Filter adjustment layer and pick the color #10d2e9:
Make a Curves and a Levels adjustment layers to change the light and shadow of the wings:
Cut out the butterflies from another image and add them around the cat. Place one of them above the cat to fit his eye direction.
Use a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to change the butterflies color:
Make a Color Balance adjustment layer to make the butterflies more vibrant:
Create two Curves adjustment layers to increase the light for the butterflies:
Make a Color Fill Layer on top of the layers and fill with the color #020913. Change this layer mode to Exclusion 100%:
Create a Photo Filter adjustment layer and pick the color #edce01:
Use a Curves adjustment layer to increase the contrast of the scene.
Add a Selective Color adjustment layer and change the Reds and Yellows settings:
Use a Vibrance adjustment layer to enhance the final effect:
So what do you think? Do you like the final effect or created something better using this technique? Do share with us in the comments below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can have a good look at your finished work!
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