How to Create a Quick Fairy PhotoManipulation in Photoshop

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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.

Final Result

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Resources

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Forest Background

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Fairy

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Tiger

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Step 1

In this step we adjust the levels of the background forest image, you can open this panel by striking CTRL+L

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Step 2

We cut the fairy from the image using basic methods, selection with Pen Tool and then converting it to a Marquee Selection.

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Step 3

I adjusted the Levels again but this time on the Fairy’s. You can see the color values below.

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Result so Far

After setting color levels of the Fairy image, this is the result we should get.

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Step 4

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.

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Step 5

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.

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Step 6

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.

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Step 7

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.

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Step 8

After that, I made another empty layer and filled this color.

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Here I used Gaussian Blur for making the glow realistic and Make the opacity to 32.

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Result after adding the Glow

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Step 9

I added Lens Flare By going to Filter > Render > Lens Flare

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After Addition of the Lens Flare

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Step 10

I took the Tiger and place in near the fairy’s feet. That will give it a mythical look.

The Tiger

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Here, the tiger is placed

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Step 11

Now let’s adjust the Levels of tiger.

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After Adjusting the levels of the Tiger

Final Result

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Comments
  1. Tampa Band Photos July 11, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    How did you know which colors to use in steps 5 & 6? Are there any general rules that guide your decision-making process when it comes to color matching in composites? This is something that consumes a great deal of my time, so any tricks you can share would be much appreciated!

    Thanks for the tutorial,
    Russ

    1. waseem July 12, 2011 at 12:53 am

      @Tampa Band Photos

      Your question had me puzzled for a while πŸ™‚ but I think I got an answer.
      First basic rule: your color should match the environment of the photo. If the colors used in the photo are warm, your composition colors should also be same.
      2nd Rule: the composition color should be the a little lighter in shade from the dark parts of the background. Here, in this photo the dark parts were wood, dirt and absolute darkness, so I added some muddy colors.

      Hope this will help, if you need any more help, don’t hesitate.

  2. Tampa Band Photos July 12, 2011 at 4:19 am

    OK, that sort of answers my question. I know that getting the colors to match is one of the most important (and difficult) tasks for a compositor– about as important as getting the lighting to match. In my own composites, I tend to use a process of trial and error to determine what “looks” right, frequently relying on things like Solid Color adjustment layers in various blend modes, as well as Photo Filters. Basically, I just keep playing with these techniques (usually for several hours) until everything seems to fall into place and the scene looks believable.

    On the other hand, I was hoping to learn a more mathematical/scientific approach to this problem that might save me lots of retouching time. Something along the lines of analyzing RGB color values to determine how much (or how little) each source image in a composite differs from the other(s) in terms of color cast, and then making adjustments accordingly.

    So I guess what I’m asking is, when you do composites, is it really just a simple process of trial and error to determine the best way to manipulate color(s) and get everything looking like you want it to? Or do you have a more specific and less experimental method (based on RGB values) of determining what needs to be adjusted?

    Thanks for taking the time to respond….I appreciate it!

    -Russ

  3. lastt3mri July 12, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Good

    1. waseem July 16, 2011 at 3:05 am

      @lastt3mri
      Thanks.

    2. waseem July 23, 2011 at 6:12 am

      @lastt3mri
      Thanks πŸ™‚

  4. gattani.leena July 13, 2011 at 9:44 am

    i really like articles by Designzzz… They are nice πŸ™‚ keep posting…

    1. waseem July 16, 2011 at 3:04 am

      @gattani leena
      Thanks for commenting, Glad to know that you like the tutorial πŸ™‚

    2. waseem July 23, 2011 at 6:11 am

      @gattani.leena
      Thanks for the motivation πŸ™‚

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