Create an Artistic Photo Manipulation of a Girl in a Red Field

Create an Artistic Photo Manipulation of a Girl in a Red Field
If the after repeated Free Transforms you get hard edges of light, simply paint them away in the layer mask using a round, black soft brush. Clipping layers is a very important concept to know if you want to do anything decent in Photoshop so go ahead and study the help file or search for addition information on the Web because I will not be covering this in the present tutorial.
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In this step we will make the red fire at the bottom of our scene. Import the "Fire" brushes with the Preset Manager and make a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + N).Place this layer on top of all other layers and select a light red color (#fc1221) as a foreground color and black as background color. I will be naming this layers from 1 to 9 to make it easier for you to follow. Your results will probably be different than mine and it is perfectly normal. Don't forget to vary the size of the brush at each layer and to select from different brushes to avoid uniform results. If the brushes in the resources are not enough than you can search for addition fire brushes on deviant art or in other places on the web. Paint with red an black on layer 1. Paint with red and black on layer 2 and change the blend mode to Multiply. Paint with red on layer 3 and change the blend mode to Overlay. Paint with red on layer 4 and change the blend mode to Color Dodge. Paint with black on layer 5. Paint with more black on layer 6. Paint with black on layer 7 and change the blend mode to Vivid Light. Add a layer mask and using a black fire brush mask away the region below our girl. To make the flames even more interesting let's add some texture to it. Open file "Texture" and press Ctrl + A to select all and Ctrl + C to copy. Paste it into our document (Ctrl + V) and change the blend mode to Vivid Light. Lower the Opacity to 61% and the Fill to 28% and add a layer mask. Mask away all but the fire area.
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Step 7

Open file "Horse" and make a selection of the horse. Copy and paste the horse into our document. Place it below the "Girl" layer but above the "Ground" layer. To make our horse look integrated into the scene let's paint some shadow. Make a new layer and place it below the horse layer. Select a round soft brush tool at 80% Opacity and paint some shadows. As the light is coming from the top-right corner the shadow should be projected toward the left side. Above the "Horse" layer I added some clipped Adjustment layers to make it look more veridic. First a Curves Adjustment layer to make the horse darker overall. Next a Color Balance Adjustment layer to change it's hue to a dark blue. Because the light is coming from the right side of the scene I added a Curves Adjustment Layer and dragged the curve upward to lighten the scene. Than I filled the layer mask with black to hide the effect and with a round soft white brush at 80% opacity I painted only the right side of the horse. Following the same principle I added a Curves Adjustment Layer to darken the bottom of the horse.
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Step 8

Open file "Lion" and make a rough selection of the Lion. Copy the selection and paste it into our document. Resize it like shown below than place this layer below the "Horse" layer. Add a clipped Curves Adjustment layer to lower the overall lightness of the lion.

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9 comments on “Create an Artistic Photo Manipulation of a Girl in a Red Field”

  1. That was a fun tutorial. I used PSE9 so I didn't have some of the selections, but it still turned out pretty good. Thanks!

  2. Thank you for providing and amazingly written tutorial. As someone very new to photoshop this was very easy to understand for the most part so I appreciate that you took into account complete newbies by providing things like shortcuts for doing stuff as well as detailed enough but concise explanations. I wish I could find more tutorials of this quality.

    The only confusing part to me was the curve adjustment for the girl with the blue and red bit. I didn't really understand that step but I think there is only so much you can explain without showing it through video or something.

    Still an amazing tutorial.

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