In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a fantasy scene of an autumn fairy. This tutorial will show you how to create hair, makeup, and apply lighting effects in simple steps to help improve your photo manipulation skills and techniques.

Preview of Final Results

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Step 1 – Model

Choose the model.
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Step 2 – Select the model

Use the Pen Tool to select the model. Make sure the option is in “Paths” like you see in the little box below.
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Step 3 – Make the Selection.

When you end with the selection press right-click. In the menu you have on the screen, choose the option make selection.
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Choose the option New Selection and press ok.
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Step 4 – Subtract model from the background

Press Ctrl+J to duplicate the model’s selection you made before. The result has to be like this:
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Step 5- Open a new file

To open a new file go to the menu File – New or press Ctrl+ N. The resolution is Width: 1750 x Height: 1400 pixels.
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Step 6 – Resize the model.

Now put the model in the new file and change the size to fit this resolution. To change the size press Ctrl + T (Free Transform).
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Step 7 – Find a Background

In this case, you can use a forest that doesn’t have too many branches, because the main focus is going to be the model.
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Step 8 – Gaussian Blur.

Apply blur to the background. Go to Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur. Add a radius of 4 pixels.
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Step 9- Contrast

Duplicate the background layer, press Ctrl + J. and change the layer color, to do this go to Image – Adjustments – Hue/Saturation or press Ctrl+ U. Press the option colorize and press ok.
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Step 10 – Change layer mode

Now change the layer mode to Soft light. And reduce the opacity to 80%.
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Step 11 – Merge layers.

To merge layers together, right-click in the layer and choose the option to merge down. In this way, you are only going to have one layer of the background.
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Step 12 – Model’s Skin

Select the model’s skin with the lasso tool. After you finish the selection press Ctrl+J to duplicate the selection.
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Step 13- Reduce Saturation.

Go to Image – Adjustments – Hue/Saturation (Ctrl +U) and in the option Saturation put -35, press ok to save the changes.
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Step 14- More Contrast

Duplicate that layer and change the layer mode to Soft light and reduce the opacity to 50%.
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Step 15- Merge the layer

Right-click over the layer and choose the option to merge down.
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Step 16 – Change skin color.

Duplicate the model’s skin layer pressing Ctrl + J. Then go to Image – Adjustments – Hue/Saturation or press Ctrl + U. Press the option colorize and in Hue put: 22 and in saturation 20.
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Step 17- Eraser

Use the eraser over the model’s eyes lips and hair.
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Step 18- Nails

Make a new layer Shift +Ctrl + N, and paint over the model’s nails with a soft round brush in a green tone.
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Step 19- change layer mode

Use the layer in soft light mode
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Step 20- Make up

To make the lips, you have to go to the model’s original layer select the lips with the lasso tool, then press Ctrl+J to duplicate the selection.

38 thoughts on “How to Create an Autumn Fairy Photo Manipulation”

  1. Hey andrea!
    The tutorial is soo amazing!! I Tried creating this autun fairy photo manupilation in photoshop but i’m having a litte problem….The trird step of duplicating the background pressing ctrl+J is not happening so i there any other way to do this???…Hope u can help me!!

  2. hey andrea!
    The tutorial is really awesome but i”m having a little problem…
    when i stated doing this autumn fairy manipulation in photoshop..i’m not able the third step i.e duplicate the background pressing ctrl+J..
    is there any other way following which i can do it…???

  3. سلام خسته نباشیدخیلی سایت عالی داریداماچون انگلیسی هستش من
    یجاهایی به مشکل میخورمونمیتونم جلوبرم خیلی دوستدارم کارایی که به نمایش گذاشتیدویادبگیرم میشه لطف کنیدوبهم کمک کنید

  4. thanks for the tutorial :) helped me learn a heap of new things. Btw you should have a few more steps on how to add the heart as it’s a little confusing on your own.

    1. That blog image is very attractive. I like it very much & I read this blog it is very nice. Thanks for the sharing. Keep it up.

  5. I can not download the background and wings. The link takes to the site, but not the images. I am disappointed because I was really looking forward to this my first manipulation.

    1. @JohnBurger Yes sometimes that happens, but you can try different images and also get the same result.
       
      Andrea

    1. Woow… Andrea !!! You are one of my favorist teacher. Thank you so so much for sharing your artistic.
      -andy

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