Mythical Fantasy Female Photo Manipulation using Displacement Map in Photoshop


Your Waseem is back today! I know the quality of my tutorials was decreasing and that was the most disappointing thing for me, but I’m back, and to prove that, this is a the tutorial I made for you this week.

In this photo manipulation tutorial, we will use many effects and blending and toning techniques, I’m sure you’ll learn something out of it even if you already are a professional.

I have made this tutorial in a fast paced manner but make sure you have 3-4 hours when you start to follow it. It’s not a quick one.


Final Result

creating a fantasy scene in adobe photoshop

Let’s Begin

Lasso Tool selected, extracted the girl from background.

creating a fantasy scene in adobe photoshop

Here, I’m placing the heroine on the desired background.

creating a fantasy scene in adobe photoshop

Duplicate the girl’s layer, you can do this by pressing CTRL+J
Then turn the layer style to the Soft Light.

creating a fantasy scene in adobe photoshop

Time to add the stock photo now. After placing and transforming it properly, change the  layer style to Divide.

creating a fantasy scene in adobe photoshop

Select the Erase Tool and wipe off the unnecessary parts of the image.
The screenshot below is describing only the eraser brush size, not the result of erased image.

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Evaporation Effect

Now that we have erased all the unnecessary parts.
Now select Brush Tool, take a new blank layer, select the brush shown below and make a stroke with this brush on the edge of body. You can use any color here, that’s not important. Now CTRL+Click on the layer thumbnail in the Layer’s Panel, this should select the stroked area in the layer. Keep the selection alive and select the girl’s layer, and press CTRL+C.
We have just copied a part of our heroine. Now take a new layer again, and press CTRL+V. Your pasted pixels are match the background, now move them a little bit, right/left where ever you want. And you’ll get this result.

creating a fantasy scene in adobe photoshop

I’m repeating the same process on the lower part.

creating a fantasy scene in adobe photoshop

Repeating again but this time, on the arm.

creating a fantasy scene in adobe photoshop

And now the neck. Its important that we do this throughout the body, otherwise the result will seem amateur.

creating a fantasy scene in adobe photoshop

Spirits from Avatar

I felt this image was the missing the myth, so I added the little flying spiders from the movie Avatar. The following steps will guide you to make it.

Designing is all about using different stuff intelligently. And this is what I did here. I downloaded a lightning effect brush pack and made a few strokes.

creating a fantasy scene in adobe photoshop

Gave these strokes a little Outer Glow and done.

creating a fantasy scene in adobe photoshop

creating a fantasy scene in adobe photoshop

Displace Effect

This is a superb effect about which many people don’t know. I used the following Displacement Map on the layer containing the girl’s image.

creating a fantasy scene in adobe photoshop

Just go to Filter>Distort>Displace and then just hit OK.

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This is what we have made so far.

creating a fantasy scene in adobe photoshop

Finishing Effect

At this moment, I feel the background is standing out too much which is affecting our result, hence I did this:

I duplicated the background layer and then change the layer style to the Lighten and gave it the opacity level of 76.
If you think that a part of the background has gone too dark, you can erase it with soft eraser brush.

creating a fantasy scene in adobe photoshop


creating a fantasy scene in adobe photoshop

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  1. Mark Armstrong January 25, 2012 at 7:13 am

    The “Evaporation Effect” and using a layer style of “Divide” were both new to me. These are wonderful tips, and confirm my opinion once again that “Waseem” and “Genius” are synonymous!! : )

    Thank you, Wisest of the Wise!

  2. Ah Kar Phyo February 3, 2012 at 6:12 am

    very good photoshop

    1. waseem February 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  3. Khawar February 13, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Thanks for your Helpful tituroal…better than u can improve your tituroal…briefly…..Ashok….

    1. waseem February 14, 2012 at 8:05 am

      Thank you for the comment Ashok,
      I think you want me to make my tutorials shorter, I already try my best to keep them brief and to the point. I’ll try even more. thanks.

  4. shall002 February 17, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Very nice.

  5. Leena February 24, 2012 at 9:08 am

    hi….. Thanks for sharing your knowlwdge with us.. We were kinda missing your tutorials in between.. Glad you are again sharing tutorials..Thanks..

    1. waseem February 26, 2012 at 11:37 am

      Good to know that I’m missed… Actually I’m getting engaged so I was a little busy there but I’ll be back on track in March.
      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  6. Leena February 26, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Congratulations Wasim 🙂 🙂

    1. waseem February 26, 2012 at 12:29 pm


  7. Thiago March 13, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    First of all: AGREED!I am also a self-taught user of all those programms. And it doesn’t tatmer, wether it’s Cinema 4d, After Effects, Illustrator, Photoshop or what not, it’s sad, that people don’t get the meaning of tutorials at all.Thing is, most people post their tutorial outcomes on their site/blog an don’t mention where this comes from. I think it’s okay, to post your learning process, but you should also refer to the source.Well, for me, all those tutorials out there are more a bit like a huge library of techniques, which can be used, for fullfilling your own goal.I often get stuck in a situation, where I remember that I watched a tutorial, dealing with this certain issue. And than, going back to the tut, just to remember the steps to solve the problem is great.Another point is, that design schools can hardly catch up to this fast exploding variety of programms and options evolving in very short time. And tutorials fill this gap.

    1. waseem March 13, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      Completely Agree!
      I’d like to add that in schools we can only learn tools, they don’t have enough time to teach us techniques. Techniques and experience are directly proportional and that’s something we guys have to acquire ourselves.
      And come on, give the newbies a break, they don’t wanna show where the design comes from… we should let them brag about their designing skills. I think it is motivating. 🙂

  8. Renato Lanzieri March 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    O efeito final é bom, mas tá muito mal explicada algumas partes, faltaram muitos detalhes!

    1. Tayyab March 22, 2012 at 11:47 am

      Bem, talvez seja porque o seu não são tão confortáveis ​​em Inglês.

      Por favor apontar qual coisa que esqueci … queremos melhorar os nossos tutoriais e seu feedback é muito útil é o pino ponto o problema.

  9. Maria July 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    i love your photo shot … fantastic …

    1. waseem August 15, 2012 at 3:10 am

      Thanks Maria 🙂

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