How to Create a Stormy Fantasy Scene in Photoshop

How to Create a Stormy Fantasy Scene in Photoshop
step3m_pick_this_brush[4]
When you’ve selected it, right click on the canvas while the Eraser tool is activated and then input the following settings:
  • Brush size: 10px
  • Hardness: 100% (default)
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
Brush on the edges of the trees to give it some fine detail. Take note to zoom at 400% or up for you to erase accurately. See image below:
step3n_erase[4]
When you’re done, the edges of the trees should be similar to the image below:
step3o_edge_of_trees[4]
Now, we will need to merge the “island" layer and the “castle" layer so we could do the necessary adjustments on both simultaneously. To merge these two layers, simply, select the “castle" and the “sky" layer and then right click on any of them to bring up the contextual menu. Once the menu opens click on Merge Layers.
step3q_merge[4]
Now that they’re merged, we can adjust the light on both the island and the castle. Activate the Burn tool (O) and then use the following settings:
step3p_burn_tool[4]
  • Brush size: 100 px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Range: Midtones
  • Exposure: 15%
Adjusting the Hardness of the Burn tool is similar to that of the Brush tool. Use the Burn tool on the areas shown on the image below:
step3r_burn[4]
step3s_result[4]

Now, we're going to adjust the color of the island and the castle to blend in with the rest of the images on our canvas. Make sure that the Merge layer is selected and then go to Image > Adjustments > Color Balance and then input the following settings:
  • Color Levels: -50, 0, +10
  • Tone Balance: Midtones
  • Preserve Luminosity: Checked
The result should be similar to this:
step3t_result_color_balance[4]
Then, we would need to reduce the red colors of both the castle and the island; To do that, click on the merged layer again and go to Image > Adjustments > Selective Color. Use the following values:
  • Colors: Reds
  • Cyan: +25
  • Magenta: -40
  • Yellow: -65
  • Black: +40
step3u_selective_color[4]
step3v_result[4]
As part of the agenda to create an illusion of movement, we would need to use the Gaussian Blur once again on this merged layer. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and input the following values:
  • Radius: 3 pixels
step3w_gaussian_blur_applied[4]
After that, group these layers and rename it to: "floating island".

Step 4 - Add the Bird

In this step, we will be adding the bird on our canvas. Open the stock image: "Budgie in flight 8", separate it from its background using the Magnetic Lasso tool (L) and then once you've made the selection, move it to the canvas using the Move tool (V). Rename this new layer as "bird". Using the Transform tool, resize the bird to the scale shown below:
step4a_transform[4]
Next, let's adjust the colors of the bird to make him blend with the rest of the images. Click on the "bird" layer and then go to Image > Adjustments > Color Balance and then use the following values:
  • Color Levels: -35, 0, +26
  • Tone Balance: Midtones
  • Preserve Luminosity: Check
  • Color Levels: -10, 0, +15
  • Tone Balance: Shadows
  • Preserve Luminosity: Check
The result should be similar to this:
step4b_result[4]
Now let's adjust the light on the bird to make it look like it really is in the scene. Activate the Burn tool and input the following values:
  • Brush size: 150px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Range: Midtones
  • Exposure: 50%
Use the Burn tool on the bird on all areas of the bird, to come up with an image similar to the one shown below:
step4c_burn_result[4]
Now that’s done, put this layer in a group and name it: “bird">

Step 5 - Add the Girl

Now we will add the girl who's riding the bird. Open “persephone stock II" by PhoenixFireStock then separate it from its background using the Polygonal Lasso tool (L). Afterwards, move it to the canvas using the Move tool (V) then rename it to "girl". In order for the girl to appear at the back of the bird, you’d have to position the “girl" below the “bird" layer. To do that, simply, click on the layer “girl" and drag it below the “bird".

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