How to Create a Magical Town in the Clouds Using Photoshop

How to Create a Magical Town in the Clouds Using Photoshop
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Next, let’s create a different set of bubbles. Create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and then rename it to “Bubbles 2”. Activate the Brush tool (B) and choose the following brush from the “Bubble Brushes” brush set.
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With that brush selected, apply the following settings:
  • Brush size: 125px
  • Hardness: Defaulty
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffffff
Now, let’s paint! Brush in the Bubbles as shown below:
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Next, let’s create the smaller bubbles. Create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it “Bubbles 3”. Use the following brush:
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  • Brush size: 50px
  • Hardness: Default
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffffff
Paint in the brushes as shown below:
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So far, the image should be similar to this:
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Step 9: Add the magical dust

In this step, we’re going to add a little fairy dust in the sky. To start, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name this layer: “Magic 1”. Activate the Brush tool (B) and Load this brush set: “Starfield Brush Set” by gvalkyrie. Once these brushes are loaded, choose the following brush:
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After that, input the following settings:
  • Brush size: 1100px
  • Hardness: Default
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffffff
Paint in the magic on the area shown below:
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The result:
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Next, create another layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it “Magic 2”. Activate the Brush tool (B) and choose the following brush from the “Starfield Brush Set”.
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Input the following brush settings:
  • Brush size: 2500px
  • Hardness: Default
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffffff
Paint in the magic on the area shown below:
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The result:
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Select all these layers and group them. Name the group: “Magic”.

Step 10: Retouch the Image

Now let’s enhance the colors of our image to make it look more magical! For starters, we’re going to create a Solid Color adjustment layer. To do that, simply click on the button shown on the image below:
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When it opens, click on the following:
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Once you’ve clicked on Solid Color, the Color Picker menu would open. When it opens, input the following color:
  • #: 56351a
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Next, change the Blending mode and Opacity of this Solid Color to the following:
  • Blending Mode: Soft Light
  • Opacity: 30%
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Next, create a Channel Mixer adjustment layer from the Create New Fill/Adjustment Layer button.
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When the Channel Mixer menu opens, input the following:
  • Output Channel: Gray
  • Source Channels:
  • RedL -70%
  • Green: +200%
  • Blue: -30%
  • Constant: 0%
  • Monochrome: Check
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Next, change the following for the Channel Mixer layer:
  • Blending Mode: Luminosity
  • Opacity: 40%
Now, let’s create a Color Balance adjustment layer.
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When its menu opens, input the following:
  • Color Levels: -13, -28, +16
  • Tone Balance: Midtones
  • Preserve Luminosity: Check
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Finally, let’s create a Gradient Map adjustment layer, still from the Create New Fill/Adjustment Layer button.
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When it opens, choose the following Gradient:
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Now, the whole image is Black and White, but we don’t want that, so we’ll need to change the Blending mode and Opacity to the following:
  • Blending Mode: Luminosity
  • Opacity: 50%
Now, the image should be similar to this:
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Author’s Comment

image125 I am a huge fan of fantasy artworks and themes, so here’s one freshly picked from my head. I hope you’d enjoy creating this tutorial and I hope this would help you in whatever you’re doing. Anyway, thank you for visiting this page and using my tutorial, if you want to see more of my art works, give me a shout at my website: https://www.wix.com/theflickerees/michaelVmanalo

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