How to Create a Fantasy Door Photo Manipulation with Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Fantasy Door Photo Manipulation with Adobe Photoshop

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.. 

Step 20

Make a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer above the door layer and set as Clipping Mask. Reduce the Saturation values to -19 and on this layer mask, paint on the left of the right panel and the contour of the rest panel. 

Step 21

Create a Color Balance adjustment layer and alter the Midtones and Highlights settings. On the layer mask, paint on the space between the panels of the door.

Step 22

Add a Curves adjustment layer to decrease the lightness . Paint on the right panel, especially the shadow areas to reveal some lightness there. 

Step 23

Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to select the right contour  of the right panel and go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves and set as Clipping Mask.  Reduce the lightness to increase the shadow there.

Step 24

Make a new layer, change the mode to Overlay 100% and fill with 50% gray. Activate the Dodge and Burn Tool (O) with Midtones Range, Exposure about 10% to refine the light and shadow on the contour of the panels. You can see how I did it with Normal mode and the result with Overlay mode.

Step 25

Drag the clouds image into our working document and place the sun area in the bottom middle of the door. Set this layer below the door's shadow layers. Add a mask to this layer to remove the part outside the door's frame.

Step 26

Create a new layer (set as Clipping Mask ) and use a soft brush with the color #fed67f  to paint around the sun's highlight to reduce the light effect there. 

Step 27

Make a Curves adjustment layer to increase the contrast of the clouds and sun.

Step 28

Create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and change the Master values:

Step 29

Open the tree image and use the Move Tool to to drag it onto the middle of the clouds. Use a layer mask to remove the tree's bottom.

Step 30

Make a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to change the color of the tree.
Create a Color Balance adjustment layer to give the tree some yellow light.

Step 31

Add a Curves adjustment layer to increase the lightness. On this layer mask, paint on the trunk to remove the light there.

Step 32

Make a new layer, change the mode to Overlay 100% and fill with 50% gray. Use the Dodge and Burn Tool  to refine the light and shadow of the leaves.

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