In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a fantasy, heavenly scene with a beautiful dreamer. You’ll learn how to play with color, blend using adjustment layers and brush, add texture, work with lighting effect and more.

What you’ll be creating

We’ll start this tutorial by creating a beautiful lake scene from a sky image. Then we’ll add nebula texture to increase fantasy effect for the scene. Later we’ll add clouds, paper boat, model, castle and blend them using adjustment layers, masking and brush. Then we’ll continue to build up the color and light of the image with light and nebula textures. Finally, we’ll use an adjustment layer to enhance the final effect. I recommend you to use Photoshop CS3 or newer to follow this tutorial properly.
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Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop with the given settings:
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Step 2

Open the sky stock. Use the Retangular Marquee Tool (M) to make a selection of the sky part:
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Use the Move Too (V) to drag this selection onto the top of our white canvas:
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Name it “sky”.

Step 3

Press Cmd/Ctrl+J to duplicate this layer. Go to Edit > Transform > Flip Vertical, move it down then place this layer under the sky one.
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Go to Filter > Blur >Motion Blur and pick the settings below:
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Name this layer “lake”.

Step 4

To add some red and blue to the scene, I used an adjustment layer. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Balance:
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dream4a

Step 5

I used a Curves adjustment layer to add some nice cyan tone to the picture:
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dream5a

Step 6

To change the contrast of the pic, I used a Levels adjustment layer:
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On this Levels layer mask use a soft black brush with opacity from 20-25% to erase the center and right side of the pic. You can see how I did it on the layer mask and result on the picture:
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Step 7

To create more light for the sky I used a soft brush with color #f9e398 to paint over the right of the horizon. Change the mode to Overlay 100%:
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Click the second button at the bottom of the Layers Panel to add mask to this layer. Use a soft black brush to reduce the light effect as the image below shows:
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Step 8

Place the nebula 1 image over the picture, then change the mode to Hard Light 100%:

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21 responses to “Create a Wonderfully Colorful and Everlasting Dream Fantasy Manipulation”

  1. angel Avatar
    angel

    beautiful thanks a lot

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    Anonymous

    Amazing tutorial!!

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    Anonymous

    beautiful thank you

  4. sai vivek reddy Avatar
    sai vivek reddy

    Thank you! really great work.

  5. Inxzen Avatar
    Inxzen

    More posts like this. Excellent

  6. Inxzen Avatar
    Inxzen

    Yup Indeed

  7. Irina Avatar
    Irina

    My pic http://j-p-g.net/if/2015/08/16/0941499001439726706.jpg
    Thanks. I love this wonderful lesson. Author – genius. the great manipulator adjustment layers

  8. Parasuniversal.com Avatar
    Parasuniversal.com

    What a great tutorial and different to what you usually see. Thanks.

  9. scrimmy bingus Avatar
    scrimmy bingus

    Dank memes brah
    (look at the date)

  10. Maidul Islam Avatar
    Maidul Islam

    amazing!! great to see the amazing work of great experienced art directors!!

  11. irfan Avatar
    irfan

    Awesome…

  12. Alcides Avatar
    Alcides

    Thanks, really good work!

  13. Sash Avatar
    Sash

    Thank you for the tutorial!

  14. agus Avatar
    agus

    amazing…

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      Anonymous

      super

  15. Mahbub Avatar
    Mahbub

    Thank u..

  16. Ollie Rodrigues Avatar
    Ollie Rodrigues

    Breathtaking picture!! I will try

  17. Fatemeh Sadat in Iran Avatar
    Fatemeh Sadat in Iran

    خوب بود.ممنون
    means:good thank you!!

  18. Samuel Avatar
    Samuel

    Final image looks amazing brilliant job !!

  19. bansi Avatar
    bansi

    okay only…

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