Photo Manipulation

Create a Night Fairy Tale of a Mysterious Girl in Photoshop


Step 30

As in the case with bird, use images below to create a color light from the bird on the model. As I mentioned earlier make from all this layers (except hair layer and thereafter) a clipping mask (Cmd/Ctrl + Opt/Alt + G or hold Opt/Alt and click between layers). With this function, you apply effects only to a “Model” group.



Step 31

All colors are taken from the bird by using Eyedropper Tool (I). If your version of the bird is different in color and the lighting model should be changed to match the reflection of the light source.



Step 32

With lighting we finished and we can proceed to the hair. I traced each strand of hair to make them stand out and emphasize reflection. All manipulations were carried out with the hair on the same layer but different colors. Create a new layer (Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + N), with a Brush Tool (B) (Soft Round brush, Size: 5 – 7px, Opacity: 50% ), apply from mid-tones (#292228 and #352b34) and then add a little shadow (#1f1b1f) and highlight to the lock using the lightest color (#5a4958).


Step 33

Let’s return to the group “Foreground”, select all dragonfly layers, right-click on a layers > Convert to Smart Object. Add a style “Inner Glow” and “Outer Glow” (“Fx” icon at the bottom of layer panel or go to Layer > Layer Style > Inner Glow/Outer Glow). In window that appear set Blend Mode to “Color Dodge”, Opacity to 41%, Size to 21px. Go to tab “Outer Glow” and increase Opacity to 46%, Size to 24px and click OK to apply styles.



Step 34

Duplicate this dragonfly layer (Cmd/Ctrl + J or go to Layer > Duplicate layer…), again convert it to Smart Object and duplicate it. Go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur… Apply Angle: 19 degrees, Distance: 22 pixels. This filter will make the effect of flight for dragonflies. Move this layer under the original dragonflies.


To make the glow from dragonflies, more and saturated, add to a copy the filter “Gaussian Blur” with Radius: 70 pixels and change layer Blending Mode to “Color Dodge”.


You can also add a bit of flying sparks near dragonflies. Take Brush Tool (B) with brush from Step 20, Size: 10px, color #dcc3ed and on a new layer draw near dragonflies.


Step 35

In this mysterious place has to be the fog. It will emphasize the mystery and drama. To not use a brush we make a realistic fog with the help of Photoshop. Create a new layer (Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + N) with Blending Mode “Screen” (“Fill with Screen – neutral color (Black)”). Reset foreground and background colors to default (D). Go to Filter > Render > Clouds. Now a little decrease layer Opacity to 75% and Fill to 80%.


Use Free Transform Tool (Cmd/Ctrl + T or Edit > Free Transform). Right-click and from the drop-down list use two tools “Skew” and “Distort”. With “Skew” you can put layer on a plane of the river, and with the help of “Distort” correct perspective. Hold Opt/Alt + Shift keys and move to the center top right point. Move bottom right point from the center to push forward layer. With “Distort” use only the upper and lower midpoints. Lower the top mid-point to the horizon, the lowest point, lift to the edge of the working area. Try to match the perspective of the image.


Add a layer mask to this layer (“Add a layer mask” icon at the bottom of Layer panel or go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All). Use black brush on this mask and remove fog layer edge and some fog from foreground plants.

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