Create a Mythical Fantasy Female Photo Manipulation

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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.

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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

Done..!!

creating a fantasy scene in adobe photoshop

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Published on: January 23, 2012,

This post is in: Free Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials

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waseem

Waseem Amjad is the chief Graphic Designer and official Photographer of Designzzz.com When he is not writing tutorials or creating freebies, he can be found in streets capturing photographs.
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