Go to tab “Sharpness” (black & white triangles) and set following values – Luminance: 21, Luminance Detail: 50, Amount: 20, Radius: 1.0, Detail: 25 and hit OK to apply changes.
Draw your own light/shadow map how we need it. To do this, you can use Screen/Multiply layers and work with Brush Tool (B), but I do not need much change the contrast of the image, so I just use one “Overlay-neutral” layer. Hold Opt/Alt and click on “Create a new layer” icon. In window that appear, set Mode: Overlay, checked “Fill with Overlay-neutral color (50% gray)”. Use Dodge Tool (O) and Burn Tool (O) to create shadow and light. Set the settings to each tool like shown in the image below. Try to darken highlights on left leaves and lighten very dark parts of the image. On image below red shows the shadows, cyan – where must be a light.
When I finished with the background, I added a lilies image (818382_82358191) in a working document slightly increasing its size and flip it horizontally. Try to find a harmonious arrangement of plants and the prospects for the overall composition. Do not be afraid to add details (as this image). This diversity of backgrounds and create a harmonious composition.
Add a layer mask (“Add Layer Mask” button in the layers panel or Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All) to this image and with black color brushed all cut and unnecessary parts. Try to mix these images on a layer mask by reducing brush “Opacity”.
Now back to the trees and to give them some attention. On the leaves were bright white highlights and should weaken their intensity. Create a new layer by press “Create a new layer” icon or use Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + N, change Blending Mode to “Multiply”. With Eyedropper Tool (I) set from leaves shadow foreground color and with soft round brush (Size: 100 – 200px, Opacity: 20%) brushed all highlights on both sides of image. If you find that the foliage looks a bit smoky, decrease “Fill” of this layer (in my case Fill: 80%).
After I created the necessary background, I can add the model. This does not mean that we are done with background. Place into working document image “anett_frozen_ice_queen_by_anettfrozen-d4kdpjw”. Use Pen Tool (P) to create a flat path of a model. Make selection from path by clicking on “Make Selection” button on tool properties panel. Set Feather Radius to 0 and click OK. Add a layer mask (“Add Layer Mask” button or Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection) to remove background.
To get rid of the background on the lace use “Mask Edge…” (as in Step 3) and brushed lace several times. Set check box on “Smart Radius” and Radius around 1.6px, Shift Edge to -10. After that you stay need cleaned some parts manually in order not to lose the details. Use Brush Tool (B), right-click to get the Context Brush Panel. Select the Hard Round brush preset, and set the brush Size 50 – 100px and Hardness to 100%. Clean up bird cages and model’s crown on a layer mask.
After cleaning the model, I added a bit of correction to an image to improve the quality of the photo and adjust the color of the image. Use “Camera Raw” filter (Filter > Camera Raw or use Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + A) with there settings: Exposure: +0.15, Contrast: -10, Highlights: -2, Shadows: 0, Whites: -5, Blacks: 0, Clarity: +19.