How to Create a Magical Butterflies Scene Photo Manipulation with Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Magical Butterflies Scene Photo Manipulation with Adobe Photoshop

Step 16

Open the lamp image and isolate the lamp from the background. Place it on the top middle of the door. 

Step 17

Make a Color Balance adjustment layer for the lamp layer (set as Clipping Mask) and increase the Red values:

Step 18

Create a Curves adjustment layer and reduce the lightness. On this layer mask, paint on the light part of the lamp so it won't be darkened by this adjustment layer.

Step 19

Make a new layer on top of the layers and use a hard brush with the color #130818 to paint a bail for the lamp.
Add a mask to this layer and use a small hard black brush to erase the lower middle of the bail covering the small hole on top of the lamp. 

Step 20

Make a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer for the bail layer (set as Clipping Mask) and alter the Master settings:

Step 21

Create a Curves adjustment layer to increase the light on the lower part of the bail to fit the main light from the lamp. On this layer mask, paint on the rest to keep its shadow and contrast.

Step 22

Open the butterflies image and use the Lasso Tool (L) to select one butterfly on the lower part to add to the right of our main document.

Step 23

To remove the hard contour around the butterfly, hold down the Ctrl key and click the thumbnail of the butterfly layer to load its selection.  Go to Select > Modify > Contrast and  set Contrast By to 1 px.  Click the Add layer mask icon and you should have a result like the screenshot below shows:

Step 24

Add more different butterflies around the door and ivies using the same method.

Step 25

Double click the first butterfly layer, choose Outer Glow. Set the color of glow to #fd845e.
Right click this layer, choose Copy Layer Style. Hold down the Shift key and select all of the butterfly layers and then right click this selection, choose Paste Layer Style.

Step 26

Select all of the butterfly layers and hit Ctrl+G to make a group for them . Change the group's mode to Normal 100% and make a Curves adjustment layer within this group. Increase the lightness  and redness to make the butterflies brighter and fit the color of the background.

Step 27

Make a new layer on top of the layers, change the mode to Overlay 100% and fill with 50% gray:
Activate the Dodge Tool (O) with Highlights Range, Exposure about 50% to paint more light on the ivies and the door. to fit the brightness of the glowing butterflies. You can see how I made it with Normal mode and the result with Overlay mode.

Step 28

Create a new layer and use a soft brush with the color #f5d87e to paint the light effect on the door and ivies. Change this layer mode to Overlay 100%.

Step 29

Make a new layer and use a soft brush with the color #f8b7c3 to paint light on the top and middle of the door (except the lamp)  and the door steps. Change this layer mode to Overlay 100%.

Step 30

Add a new layer and use a soft brush with the color #341104 to paint on the butterflies to add more glow to them. Change this layer mode to Linear Dodge 100%.

Step 31

Make a new layer and use a soft brush with the color #f5ca7e to increase the light on the butterflies and the door steps. Change this layer mode to Overlay 70%.

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