Create This Striking Fairy Tale Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Create This Striking Fairy Tale Photo Manipulation in Photoshop
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Step 7 - Adding Lighting

In this step you'll start creating more interesting and dramatic lighting and you will continue with it in some of the following steps. In this step you'll focus on adding more distinctive highlights on those parts of the image where light hits. Add new adjustment layer Levels and set the Input Levels on 0; 4,35; 255.
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After adding the adjustment the whole picture is really bright. But you want to brighten only certain parts of it. To hide the adjustment grab the Paint Bucket Tool (G), pick black color and fill the layer mask of this adjustment layer. Grab the Brush Tool (B), select some soft round brush, lower its Opacity on 5% and pick white color. Paint over the areas you want lighter. You can get the inspiration on the following picture. Areas where you should paint are highlighted with red color.
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Step 8 - Local Darkening

Now its time to darken some parts of the image. To do that add new adjustment layer Levels and set the Input Levels on 0; 0,15; 255.
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Fill the layer mask of this adjustment layer with black color to hide the adjustment and then grab the Brush Tool. Use the same settings as in the previous step and paint over the areas which should be darker. Take a look at the following image for inspiration.
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Step 9 - Increasing Contrast of the Background

Photo of a woman has higher contrast than the rest of the image. You'll balance it by increasing contrast in this step. Add new adjustment layer Levels on the top of all layers and set the Input Levels on 20; 1,00; 235.
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Woman should have the same level of contrast as before the adjustment which means that you have to hide adjustment in that area. Activate the mask of WOMAN by Ctrl + clicking on its layer thumbnail.
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Click back on the adjustment layer Levels you've added moment ago. Click on its layer mask. Grab the Brush Tool (B), set the Opacity on 100% and pick black color. Paint inside the mask to hide the adjustment there. After you're done press Ctrl + D to deselect it. Your photo manipulation should be similar to the one below.
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Step 10 - Adding Fog

To create more magical atmosphere you'll add some deep fog in the background. Download the fog brushes listed in the beginning of the tutorial. These brushes are paid but feel free to use any fog brushes you like! Install them into Photoshop. If you don't know how to install brushes you can take a look at this tutorial. Add new layer on the top of all layers and name it FOG. Grab the Brush Tool (B) and select one of the fog brushes you've just installed. Hold Alt on your keyboard to activate the Eye Dropper Tool (I) and pick some very light cyanish color from the picture. Now simply paint some mist! Be aware of not to paint over the WOMAN. On the following picture you can see how much fog you should paint.
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Step 11 - Adding Sun Rays

In this very quick step you'll add some sun rays to create more interesting lighting. Add new empty layer on the top of all layers and name it SUN RAYS. Install the sun rays brushes listed in the beginning of the tutorial. Grab the Brush Tool (B) and select one of the sun rays brushes you've just installed. Pick some very light yellow color and paint sun rays similarly as on the following picture. Notice that the sun rays are in the same direction as the main light source to create logical, natural looking light scene.

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