How to Create Dramatic Light in Your Fantasy Photo Manipulation

How to Create Dramatic Light in Your Fantasy Photo Manipulation
How to Create Dramatic Light in Your Fantasy Photo Manipulation

Step 9 - Adding Skirt

Download photo of the skirt listed in the beginning of the tutorial and drag it into your photo manipulation. Place it on the top of all layers and name it SKIRT. Luckily this photo has already the background cut out so you don't need to worry about it.Press Ctrl+T on you keyboard to activate the Free Transform Tool and rotate the skirt the same direction as shown on the following image.

Step 10 - Creating the Bun

In this step you'll build the bun. Download set of hair photos listed in the beginning of this tutorial. Follow the diagram below to place each of the numbered photos to create big surreal bun. You'll blend each part of hair in next step.Place all layers on the top of current layers.

Step 11 - Blending the Bun

Now it's time to blend each part of hair properly with the rest of the bun. Go layer by layer, add layer mask to each and then with black brush paint over the edges of the hair you want to hide. Use the same setting of the brush as before - set its Hardness on 50% and Opacity on 100%.Take a look at the following image to get the idea of what you should blend.

Step 12 - Blending the Dress

Blending the edges of woman's dress could be really tricky- It's semi transparent fabric on quite dark background so you can't use Levels separation like in most of similar cases. To create really realistic result I have to come up with new, bit unusual technique of blending. Hope it helps you in similar cases of blending as it did me.First you need to hide all layers where woman, dress and her hair are to see only the picture of library.
Press Ctrl+A on your keyboard to select the whole image. Press Ctrl+Shift+C to copy it merged and then Ctrl+V to paste it. Place this new layer on the top of all layers and name it DRESS RETOUCH.Add layer mask to this new layer and fill it with black color to make it invisible.Grab the Brush Tool (B). Set its Hardness on 0% and Opacity on 10%. Pick white color and carefully paint over the semi transparent parts of the dress. See picture below to get the idea where you should paint. These parts are highlighted with red color.
Take your time with blending. Try different size of the brush to get the most realistic result.After this step your photo manipulation should be similar to the one shown below.

Step 13 - Adding Mist

In this step you'll add some mist behind the woman to create more magical atmosphere.Download the mist brushes listed in the beginning of the tutorial and install them into Photoshop. Add new empty layer under layer WOMAN. Grab the Brush Tool (B), select one of the brushes you've just installed, set its Opacity on 30% and pick some light yellow color (for example #e4e1c9). Now paint some very gentle mist.Take a look at the image below to get the idea.

Step 14 - Light Behind the Bun

To separate the bun from the background you make the area bit lighter in this step.Add new adjustment layer Curves under the layer WOMAN and set it as shown below.
Grab the Brush Tool (B), select some soft round brush and set its Opacity on 80%. Pick white color and paint two big white dots on the layer mask of this adjustment layer under the bun. On the following image you can see the result of this step.

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