How to Create an Elf Photo Manipulation with Adobe Photoshop

How to Create an Elf Photo Manipulation with Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an Elf Photo Manipulation with Adobe Photoshop
In this tutorial, I'll show you how to create an elf woman using a variety of photo manipulation techniques. First, we'll import the model and retouch her. Later, we'll add the forest background and the armor and blend them together using adjustment layers, masking and brushes. After that, we'll add the headpiece and decorate the armor and then import the arrows. We'll make the ears, paint the hair and use several adjustment layers to enhance the final effect.

Preview of The Final Result

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Step 1

Create a new 1607x1000 pxdocument in Photoshop and fill it with white. Open the model image and drag it into the white canvas using the MoveTool (V). Place this image in the middle of the canvas.

Step 2

We aim to remove the headpiece on her forehead so hit Ctrl+Shift+Nto make a new layer. Activate the Brush Tool (B)and set this layer as Clipping Mask. Use a soft round one with the color #dfc8c0to paint on the forehead.

Step 3

Create a new layer and use a soft brush with the color #cba294to paint shadow on the both sides of the forehead.

Step 4

Make a new layer and select the Clone Tool (S)to remove the branch on the foreground and the headpiece parts on both sides of the hair.

Step 5

Create three layers and use the colors #d1b8af, #dfc8c0and #e3e7e8to paint the missing hair part of both sides of the head, especially the cloned part in the previous step

Step 6

Make a new layer and use a small brush with the color #d4b8aeto paint on the contour of the lower lip to make it a bit smaller.

Step 7

Create a new layer, change the mode to Overlay 100%and fill it with50%gray:
Activate the Dodge andBurn Tool (O)with Midtones Range, Exposureabout10-15%to refine the light and shadow on the image. You can see how I did it with Normalmode and the result withOverlaymode.

Step 8

Add a Hue/Saturationadjustment layer and alter the Cyans settings to change the color of the background.
Make a Color Balance adjustment layer and change the Midtonesand Highlightsvalues. On this layer mask, use a soft black brush to erase both sides of the cheeks, the shoulders and the hair part on the right shoulder (from the viewer).

Step 9

Create two Photo Filter adjustment layers and pick the colors #03d3ecand #d9efa5.On the mask of the second layer, paint on the skin of the face, neck and shoulders.
Make a Curvesadjustment layer to reduce the contrast on the model and the part around her. Paint on the rest to keep the lightness.

Step 10

Open the skin image and use the Magic Wand Tool (W) or any methods you're familiar with to isolate the neck and body to add to the body of the existing model. Add a mask to this layer and use a medium-soft black brush to remove both sides of the skin part, leaving the middle visible only

Step 11

Make a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to desaturate this skin part. Bring the Saturationvalues down to -98:
Create a Photo Filteradjustment layer and pick the color#e7f6fa.
Make aCurves adjustment layer to darken the skin part on the body On this layer mask, paint on the neck to keep its lightness.

Step 12

Create a new layer and use a soft brush with the color #8c756e to paint onthe right of the neck to remove the hard edge of the skin.

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