How to Create a Fantasy Creature with Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Fantasy Creature with Adobe Photoshop

Step 41

Create a group for the horns and make a Color Balance adjustment layer within this group.. Alter the Midtones settings:

Step 42

Make a Curves adjustment layer to brighten the front of the horns. Paint on the rest to keep its lightness.

Step 43

To make shadow for the creature, select the giraffe, fins and legs group and right click them, choose Merge Layers. Move the merged layer above the top of the layers and hit Ctrl while clicking this thumbnail layer to load its selection.  Fill this selection with the color #201b11 and convert it to a Smart Object. Flip it vertically and use Ctrl+T to distort this shadow to fit the main light source from the right.

Step 44

Lower the opacity of this layer to 40% and apply a Gaussian Blur of 6 px to soften this shadow. Add a mask to this layer to remove the parts which cover the feet.

Step 45

Open the grass image and take the blades to add to both sides of the foreground. You can duplicate, resize them to make them appear different. Right click each of these layers and choose Convert  to a Smart Object.
Apply a Gaussian Blur of 6 px for all of these blades layers.

Step 46

Create a group for the blades layers and add a Color Balance adjustment layer to change the blades' color a bit.
Make a Curves adjustment to brighten the top of the blades. Use a soft black brush with the opacity about 15-20% to reduce the light on the bottom.

Step 47

Add a mask to this group and use a soft black brush to erase the top of the blade on the right.

Step 48

Isolate the leaves from the background and take some leaves to add to the horns. Add a mask to the upper leaves to make a part of them hidden behind the hairy head.

Step 49

Add more leaves to the scene and use Ctrl+T to vary their sizes. Apply the Gaussian Blur filter of 6 px to the leaves which are near the middle right. I've changed the radius to 9 px for the rest of the leaves.

Step 50

Make a group for the leaf layers and add a Color Balance adjustment layer to change the leaves' color a bit.
Create a Curves adjustment to brighten the right of the leaves to fit the light on the background. On this layer mask, paint on the left to keep the shadow and contrast there.
Add a Levels adjustment layer to brighten the left of some leaves more. Paint on the leaves on the middle, the foreground and on the horn area to keep their lightness.

Step 51

Make a Curves adjustment layer for the leaf on the foreground to darken its lower a bit. Paint on the upper so it won't be affected by this adjustment layer.

Step 52

Create a Color Fill layer on top of the layers and pick the color #02081f. Change this layer mode to Exclusion 100%
Make a Gradient Map adjustment layer and pick the colors #e10019 and #00601b. Change this layer mode to Soft Light 20%.
Add a Color Fill layer and pick the color #f6ddc7 and alter this layer mode to Color Burn 100%
Create a Color Balance adjustment layer to give the whole scene some vibrant color and contrast.

Step 53

Make another Gradient Map adjustment layer and pick the colors #97461a, #fbd8c5, #6c2e16 and #efdbcd.  Change this layer mode to Hard Light 10%.

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