Photo Manipulation

How to Create a Fantasy Photo Manipulation with Fire

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At the end, you should mark ligher parts on the picture – here: small dot on ground, where fire will glows. Add Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer (Layer > New adjustment layer…) and set it as is shown. Then, mask part which should be lighter. Use soft round brush.

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Step 13

Place model stock. Drag it from folder and drop to your file. Use hard round brush to mask details and body shape.

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Step 14

Erase leafs on feet. Add new layer. Right-click on layer and choose “Create clipping mask” (Alt+Ctrl+G or Layer > Create Clipping Mask). Use clone stamp tool and erase leafs. Click with alt to make source, then click where leafs are.

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Step 15

Add new Hue/Saturation layer (Layer > New adjustment layer…). Right-click on adjustment layer and choose “Create clipping mask” (Alt+Ctrl+G or Layer > Create Clipping Mask). You’ll decrease saturation of bottom part. Let’s mask top part of the canvas, by soft round brush wih dynamic opacity.

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Step 16

Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift + Ctrl + N), then right-click on blank layer and choose “Create clipping mask” (Alt+Ctrl+G or Layer > Create Clipping Mask). Pick soft round, small – around 15px brush and set #515151 (dark gray) color. Draw some shadows on feets.

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Change blending mode to Multiply, decrease opacity to 80%.

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Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift + Ctrl + N), then right-click on blank layer and choose “Create clipping mask” (Alt+Ctrl+G or Layer > Create Clipping Mask). Use clone stamp tool and click with alt to make source, then click where you want to fix model’s skin.

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Step 18

Light source (fire) will be in model’s hand and on the floor. Draw shadows on her legs. Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift + Ctrl + N), right-click on blank layer and choose “Create clipping mask” (Alt+Ctrl+G or Layer > Create Clipping Mask). Pick soft round brush and set light-gray color (here: #827c7d). Draw shadows on the back of legs.

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Change blending mode to Multiply.

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Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift + Ctrl + N), right-click on blank layer and choose “Create clipping mask” (Alt+Ctrl+G or Layer > Create Clipping Mask). Pick soft round brush and set light-yellow color (here: #827c7d). Draw lights on the front of legs.

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Decrease opacity to 32%.

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At night, without light everything is less contrasted. Show it on your work. Add Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer (Layer > New adjustment layer…) and set it as is shown. Right-click on layer and choose “Create clipping mask” (Alt+Ctrl+G or Layer > Create Clipping Mask).

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Step 21

This step will be necessary for making hand, holding fireball. Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift + Ctrl + N) and with white, small, soft brush draw some lights on her fingers. Then, decrease opacity of this layer to around 70%.

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Step 22

This is another way to make lights. Create new adjustment layer with Brightness/Contrast (Layer > New adjustment layer…). Right-click on layer and choose “Create clipping mask” (Alt+Ctrl+G or Layer > Create Clipping Mask). Then, by soft brush mask (click on white canvas, next to layer thumbnail) parts, which should be darker. Remember about light source.

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Step 23

Repeat this step, but mask lighter parts. I recommend to use bigger brush with dynamic opacity.

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Step 24

Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift + Ctrl + N), right-click on blank layer and choose “Create clipping mask” (Alt+Ctrl+G or Layer > Create Clipping Mask). Pick soft round brush and set white color. Draw some lights at arms, face, breast and hands. With this step, you can make lights more precisely than with adjustment layer.

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