Fairy… what beauty elegance charm and magic just the word brings. It is ultimate of human imagination (if it is an imagination) and it is the symbol of peace and happiness. But today, as usual, we will go against the rules and create a sad photo manipulation of a fairy using Adobe Photoshop.
This is a very quick tutorial and does not need any expertise in Photoshop. Even though it is designed for beginners, the seasoned professionals should also take a look, there’s always something new.
These are the resources we grabbed from internet. They are all linked back to.
In this step we adjust the levels of the background forest image, you can open this panel by striking CTRL+L
We cut the fairy from the image using basic methods, selection with Pen Tool and then converting it to a Marquee Selection.
I adjusted the Levels again but this time on the Fairy’s. You can see the color values below.
Result so Far
After setting color levels of the Fairy image, this is the result we should get.
Now I used Burn Tool to darken the edges of the Fairy’s Layer. Use a little more strokes on the feathers and a little less on the dress.
I created a new empty layer. I CTRL clicked the fairy’s layer to marquee select this area. After that I went to the new layer and applied this color. Changed the Blend Mode to Soft Light and Adjust the opacity to 70.
Repeat Step 5 but this time, apply this color on the new layer And Change the Blend Mode to Overlay and Adjust the opacity to 28.
Now if you look closely, the fairy was still pretty bright and the background was dead dark, definitely not looking natural.. .So I’m creating a glow behind her. It would also give us a magic kind of feel.
After that, I made another empty layer and filled this color.
Here I used Gaussian Blur for making the glow realistic and Make the opacity to 32.
Result after adding the Glow
I added Lens Flare By going to Filter > Render > Lens Flare
After Addition of the Lens Flare
I took the Tiger and place in near the fairy’s feet. That will give it a mythical look.
Here, the tiger is placed
Now let’s adjust the Levels of tiger.
After Adjusting the levels of the Tiger