How to Create a Fantasy Door Photo Manipulation with Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Fantasy Door Photo Manipulation with Adobe Photoshop

Step 33

Isolate the child from the background and add her to the right of the pathway. Place this layer on top of the layers.

Step 34

Make a new layer below the child layer . Hold the Ctrl key while clicking the child thumbnail layer to load her selection.  Fill this selection with the color #170e04 and flip it vertically. Convert this layer to a Smart Object and use Ctrl+T to distort the shadow to fit the main light source.
Lower the opacity of this layer to 50% and apply a Gaussian Blur of 3 px to soften the shadow.
Make a new layer and use a small brush with the color #170e04 to paint shadow below the child's feet.

Step 35

Create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to change the dress' color.

Step 36

Make a Curves adjustment layer and increase the lightness. On this layer mask, paint on the back of the child to keep its shadow.

Step 37

Add 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 child to fit the light source.

Step 38

Create a new layer and use a small brush with the color #896d3d to paint  the highlight for the hair.

Step 39

Create a new layer and use a soft brush with the color #e3a39a to paint on the middle of the whole canvas. Change this layer mode to Overlay 100%.

Step 40

Make a Gradient Map adjustment layer and pick the colors #e10019 and #00601b. Lower the opacity of this layer to 20%.

Step 41

Create a Color Balance adjustment layer and change the Midtones and Highlights settings:

Step 42

Use a Curves adjustment layer to increase the contrast of the whole scene.

Final Result

Download the PSD

Fantasy Door Tutorial.zip

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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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