How to Create a Fantasy Door Photo Manipulation with Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Fantasy Door Photo Manipulation with Adobe Photoshop
How to Create a Fantasy Door Photo Manipulation with Adobe Photoshop

Step 9

Open the star image and use the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) to select the sky part to move it onto the main canvas.  Change this layer mode to Screen 100%

Step 10

Create a Levels adjustment layer (set as Clipping Mask) to reduce the stars effect and the dark edges

Add a mask to the stars layer and use a soft black brush to erase the remaining hard edges  and stars' visibility.

Step 11

Make a Color Balance adjustment layer to change the color of the stars a little.

Step 12

Open the pathway image  and select the pathway using the Polygonal Lasso Tool.  Place the pathway in the middle of the canvas and use the Free Transform Tool (T) to enlarge the bottom of the path.

Add a mask to this layer and use a medium-hard black brush to remove the hard edges on both sides and blend the pathway with the existing ground.

Step 13

Create a new layer above the pathway layer and set it as Clipping Mask. Select the Clone Tool (S) to remove the wires on the front of the pathway.

Step 14

Make a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and change the Master values. On the layer mask, paint on the middle of the pathway to remove the effect there.

Step 15

Add a Curves adjustment layer to darken the front of the ground. Paint on the rest to keep its lightness.

Step 16

Open the door image and use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to select the door to add the middle of the canvas. Flip it horizontally  by choosing Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal.

Add a mask to this layer and use a hard black brush to remove some details on the top of the door and use a soft black brush to blend the door's bottom with the ground.

Step 17

Create a new layer below the door one and use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to draw a shape below the right of the door one and fill it with the color #170e04. Convert this layer to a Smart Object.

Step 18

Lower the opacity of this layer to 50% and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the radius to 3 px.

Step 19

Do the same to add shadow to the left of the door.

Make a new layer and use a small brush with the color #170e04 to paint shadow below the right panel.. 

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2 comments on “How to Create a Fantasy Door Photo Manipulation with Adobe Photoshop”

  1. Using this with my high school photography class as a lesson in using layer masks and color adjustments! Thanks :)

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