Next, create a new layer again (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and then name it “Light 3”. Activate the Color Picker again through clicking the Foreground Color box. Once its open input the following value:
  • #: fffff4
Now, activate the Brush tool (B) and use the following settings:
  • Brush size: 800px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Flow: 100%
Apply the brush on the region shown on the image below:
Next, we’ll be darkening some parts of the image to give emphasis to our subject which will be added later on. First, let’s create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it “Darken BG1”. Open the Color Picker and use the following settings:
  • #: 000000
Then input the following brush settings:
  • Brush size: 700px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 25%
  • Flow: 100%
Use the Brush on the region shown on the image below:
Finally, when you’re done select all the layers that you’ve created and the press Ctrl/Cmd + G to group these layers. You’d notice that a folder will be created; to see the layers, simply click on the drop-down button. Rename this Group to “Background”. Note: Renaming a group is similar to renaming a layer.

Step 3: Create the Sorceress

Now in this step, we will be adding our subject – the sorceress. To start, open “Black Magic 22” by liam stock. We need to separate it from its background. To do that, we will need to activate the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L). “INSERT step3a_plt.jpg”
Select the Polygonal Lasso tool (L) and click on any point around the sorceress and drag your mouse to create an outline over the woman until you’ve reached your starting point. See image below:
Once you’ve done that, dotted lines will form around the area you selected (in this case, the sorceress) and after that, we’re now ready to move the lady to our canvas. To do that, simply activate the Move tool (V) and drag the selected area to our canvas. Position it similar to the image shown below:
Next, we will have to rename this layer to avoid confusion. Rename this layer to “sorceress”. Now, we’re going to erase a part of the sorceress’ cloak to produce glare from the light on the background. To do that, we would need to activate our Eraser tool (E).
When it is activated, use the following settings:
  • Brush size: 600px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 25%
  • Flow: 100%
Use the Eraser on the region shown on the image below:
Next, we will be blurring the edges of the coat to make the depth of field look more realistic. To do that, activate the Blur tool (R).
When activated, input the following values:
  • Brush size: 175px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Mode: Normal
  • Strength: 100%
Apply the Blur tool on the region shown on the image below:
Now we will be changing the sorceress’ Color Balance. Before you proceed, make sure that the “sorceress” layer is selected, and then go to Image > Adjustments > Color Balance. When the Color Balance box opens, input the following:
  • Color Levels: -27, -15, 0
  • Tone Balance: Midtones
  • Preserve Luminosity: Checked
The result should be similar to this:
Now we’re going to add light on the background to emphasize the details of the cloak. First, let’s create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it “Light 4”. Then, open the Color Picker through clicking the Foreground Color box. When the Color Picker opens, input the following:
  • #: ffffe6
Now with the brush color set, activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following values:

6 thoughts on “How to Create a Magic-Yielding Sorceress Photo Manipulation”

    1. Photoshop Tutorials Editor

      Thanks for letting us know! Don’t know how the links went missing but we added them back!

  1. Hi, Im doing this tutorial but I can’t seem to find the CRASH_SPACE.abr brush. I’ve looked everywhere. Is there any other brush that can replace it? Thanks fot your help. Cool tutorial

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