Learn how to this surreal photo manipulation of an Great Enchantress with Photoshop. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create your amazing atmosphere and adventure tales with realistic shadows and lighting, then complete it with a bleak color tone effect. Throughout the tutorial, you’ll learn techniques that will help you create better matte paintings and photo manipulations. Read this tutorial and find out how easy it is!

What you’ll be creating

Let’s start creating pictures by creating a landscape, then add mystical items. The next step is to create the model and work with animals. The final step will be drawing the shadows and work on atmospheric paintings, correction and adding effects. You’ll need any version of Photoshop, inspiration and good mood!

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Step 1

Begin with we will create a vast landscape for our further manipulations. I believe that we will create that – something like an amphitheater. This will give depth and mystery our picture.

Start by creating! Create a new document. Go to File > New or the short key Ctrl+ N. A blank document with size of 3000 pixels wide and 2365 pixels high. I named the document “Incantation”.

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Step 2

Let’s start off adding the landscape to our manipulation. Go to File > Place and select the image of landscape.

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Step 3

After addition Place a landscape in the lower right corner without changing its size.

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Step 4

Duplicate the landscape 2 times. The short key Ctrl+ J.

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Step 5

Transform (the short key Ctrl+ T) the layer “background copy” on the size of a little more the working document.

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Step 6

Repeat the same with the last layer. Transform (the short key Ctrl+ T) the layer “background copy2” on the size of a little more the working document. Place it to the left, as shown in Figure.

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All we have done is to make the landscape more and more expressive. I think that if all the original picture landscape stretch for the entire document, it is not realistic to happen and there will be little space for our next steps.

Step 7

Begin to create. You have a unique opportunity to become briefly creator and create a new piece of magical scenery :) First, add a layer mask to “background copy” By clicking on the layer mask icon in the Layers panel.

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Step 8

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Now take the Brush Tool (B) on the toolbar. Expose what settings Size: 200px, Hardness: 0% Opacity: 50% Flow: 100%. Press D to set the color to black and white. Be sure to brush should be soft for a smooth transition between the layers background.

Step 9

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Begin to change. Turn off the top layer with the background by clicking on the eye icon in the Layers panel Activate the layer mask and remove the brush part of the landscape as shown. Draw black color.

Step 10

That’s how I got.

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Step 11

If you find that an option that arranges proceed to the next layer. Add a layer mask to the layer “background copy2” and remove some of the excess. To make it easier to paint over the stone, and then invert the layer mask (the short key Shift+ Ctrl+ I).

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Step 12

That’s it. Our landscape is ready. Now proceed to the creation of water. In the original image, water is not dynamic, so I decided to add dynamic waves. This will give freshness and unusual images.

30 thoughts on “How to Create This Amazing Artwork of a Great Enchantress in Photoshop”

  1. Whew, this is a looooooooooooong tutorial. I followed it and once you get into all the layers, it is amazing what you can pull out of the other end. Thanks!

  2. This looks horrible, most of them has said it to be beautiful, but very frankly it seems like everything has been forced upon to put together without matching itself.
    Art is not a mere claustrophobic thing, it should be simple but elegant. There are many brilliant Photoshop manipulation which looks beautiful, true many things have been imposed but there is a perfect balance in them. I am very sorry, that this manipulation is not impressive nor very attractive, mere imposing of glitters or emphasising of too many characters with rainbow colours will not make everything beautiful, hoping to get more creative and good manipulative PS from you.

  3. I love your work, how to look like, I spent a long time learning PS, but do not produce good works, I would like to chat with you, but I can’t speak English well, Hello, friend.

  4. Felix Concepcion

    I would like to know if there is a difference with the photoshop version your using and adobe photoshop elements 10? I was trying to follow this step by step but my version is different please help.

    1. Hi ShadowPuma, I’m a T2G dev student too. In the same siittuaon you were in really. Iv been working on my portfolio projects in section 2 and I’m struggling to find any extra information outside of the course content and one useful site on path finding. I haven’t had any luck with any of the other subjects so do you have any useful links you could send my way? would really appreciate it. Nice work on this site too by the way.regards

    1. Maria Semelevich

      Thank you very much!I am very pleased!
      I hope tutorial has been useful to you.

    1. Maria Semelevich

      Thank you very much!I am very pleased!
      I hope tutorial has been useful to you.

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