How to Create an “Alice in Wonderland” Inspired Artwork with Photoshop

How to Create an “Alice in Wonderland” Inspired Artwork with Photoshop

Step 6

Choose the Brush Tool and set the Opacity to 50%. Gently brush over the remaining visible pieces of the background using black. Remember you can use the [ and ] keys to change your brush size on the fly. When working in tight spaces or along the model's skin, you may find it more comfortable to use the Polygonal lasso tool to outline the area before brushing over to reduce the risk of mistakes. To bring back any part of the model you brushed over, change the foreground color to white.
Here is how she should look when finished:

Step 7

Create a new layer called "gradient." Right-click the Bucket Tool in the left toolbar and choose the Gradient Tool. Set your foreground to black and ensure the "Foreground to Transparent" gradient is selected in the Gradient options bar, and click the "Radial Gradient" button and "Reverse" checkbox.

Step 8

Left-click the document just above the model's belly and drag downwards to extend the gradient beyond the document's bottom edge. Release to create the gradient.
Choose the Move Tool and drag the bottom of the gradient down a little to lighten up the floor. This is a good point to re-adjust your background if you need to. Here is how your image should look so far:

Step 9

Select the gradient layer and click "Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All." Ensure the foreground is set to black and choose the Brush Tool. Set it to about 420 pixels at 40% opacity and click a few times over the model to brighten up the area around her.

Step 10

Right-click the model layer and choose "Duplicate Layer." Turn off the original layer by clicking the little "eye" icon to the left of the layer name in the layer panel. Righ-click the copy layer and choose "Rasterize Layer." It's always a good idea to create duplicates of your layers before making a major change to it, in case you ever need to go back to the original layer state. Rasterizing the layer will allow you to access the Adjustment options, which were previously unavailable.

Step 11

With the model copy layer selected, click "Image > Adjustments > Curves." Click the line and drag three nodes into position as shown here. Curve adjustments allow you to brighten parts of the model such as her skin and dress while maintaining a solid level of black and an even brightness in her hair. Curves avoid too much contrast and blown-out highlights which can be a problem when using similar tools such as Contrast/Brightness or Level Adjustments.

Step 12

Alice's hair is currently hanging straight down, which won't work if we want her to appear to be falling. To fix this problem, you can warp her hair to bend upwards, and use some custom hair brushes to restore detail to the strands. Begin by using the Polygonal Lasso Tool to cut out her hair. Copy this new selection.
Create a new layer and hit Shift+Cmd+V (MAC) or Shift+Ctrl+V (PC) to paste the selection into the layer. Add a mask to remove the background. Choose the Move Tool and click the corner node of the hair selection. Click the "Warp" button in the top toolbar and begin dragging the nodes upwards to create a "U" shape.

Step 13

Create a new layer called "hair." Open the Brush panel and load the hairbrush set by clicking on the Preset Manager button located at the bottom of the panel window. Set the foreground to white and select the hair strand brushes to paint in some detail over the flowing hair on the layer below. Use the Brush panel to rotate the brushes and set an appropriate size. Uncheck the "Spacing" box for a better preview.

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