• Brush size: 600px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 30%
  • Flow: 100%
Apply the brush on the region indicated on the image below:
The result should be similar to this:
Now, we’re going to darken the areas that won’t be affected by the light that we will be putting on the sorceress’ hands. Create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it “Darken 1”. We would need black paint so let’s change the brush’s color. Activate the Color Picker and input the following:
  • #: 000000
Now let’s activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:
  • Brush size: 600px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 30%
  • Flow: 100%
Apply the brush on the region indicated below:
The result should be similar to this:
Next, let’s further darken these areas that wouldn’t be touched by the light. Create a new layer and name it “Darken 2”. Before you proceed, make sure that the brush’s color is still black. Now, activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:
  • Brush size: 600px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 30%
  • Flow: 100%
The result would be like this:
Create a new layer again; “Darken 3”. Use the black colored brush and then activate the Brush tool (B) then input the following values:
  • Brush size: 500px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 30%
  • Flow: 100%
Use the brush on the following region:
The result should be similar to the image below:
Now, let’s activate the Burn tool (O); we’re going to darken the sorceress’s pale arms because darkening it will just make it black and not darkened. When the Burn tool is activated, input the following values:
  • Brush size: 500px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Range: Midtones
  • Exposure: 25%
The result should be similar to the image below:
When you’re done, select all the layers that you’ve created in this step and then press Ctrl/Cmd + G to group them. Name this group to “Sorceress”.

Step 4: Create the Butterfly

Now in this step, we will be adding the butterfly. To start, open “Butterfly Stock 12” by Shoofly Stock.
Activate the Polygonal Lasso tool (L) and drag a selection area around the butterfly shown on the image below:
After creating the selection, activate the Move tool (V) and drag that butterfly to our canvas. Once it’s on the canvas, rename this layer to “butterfly”. Position the butterfly as seen on the image below:
Now, let’s resize the butterfly using the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T). See image below:
After that, let’s reduce the Brightness of the butterfly; to do that, simply click on the “butterfly” layer and then go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast. When the box opens, input the following values:
  • Brightness: +5
  • Contrast: 0
The result should be similar to the following:
Now when you’re done, group this layer and name it “butterfly”.

Step 5: Create the Magical Light

In this step, we will be adding the light coming from the sorceress’ hands. To start, make sure that you have downloaded the Sparkles brush by Tempting-Resources. To open that brush after downloading, simply extract or copy the brush (.abr file) to this destination: Adobe >Adobe Photoshop > Presets > Brushes. Once you’ve done that, we will now open this brush pack in Photoshop. First, activate the Brush tool (B), once it’s open right click on the canvas to bring up the menu. When the menu shows up, click on the drop-down menu button located on the upper right portion of the menu. See image below:
After clicking that, a new menu would show up – click on “Load Brushes” from the contextual menu.
When the load brushes box opens, locate the file: “sparkles_by_an3czka.abr” and press OK. Now, when you activate the Brush tool (B) and right click on the canvas, you’d see a different brush pack – you’d now see the “sparkles brushes”. Now, let’s start adding the magical light. First, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and then name it “Magic 1”. Activate the Brush tool (B) and right click on the canvas and then choose the brush shown on the image below:

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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