In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a fantasy scene of an autumn fairy. This tutorial will show you how to create hair, makeup, and apply lighting effects in simple steps to help improve your photo manipulation skills and techniques.

Preview of Final Results

Tutorial Resources

Step 1 – Model

Choose the model.
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Step 2 – Select the model

Use the Pen Toolto select the model. Make sure the option is in “Paths” like you see in the little box below.
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Step 3 – Make the Selection.

When you end with the selection press right-click. In the menu you have on the screen, choose the option make selection.
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Choose the option New Selection and press ok.
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Step 4 – Subtract model from the background

Press Ctrl+J to duplicate the model’s selection you made before. The result has to be like this:
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Step 5- Open a new file

To open a new file go to the menu File – New or press Ctrl+ N. The resolution is Width: 1750 x Height: 1400 pixels.
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Step 6 – Resize the model.

Now put the model in the new file and change the size to fit this resolution. To change the size press Ctrl + T (Free Transform).
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Step 7 – Find a Background

In this case, you can use a forest that doesn’t have too many branches, because the main focus is going to be the model.
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Step 8 – Gaussian Blur.

Apply blur to the background. Go to Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur. Add a radius of 4 pixels.
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Step 9- Contrast

Duplicate the background layer, press Ctrl + J. and change the layer color, to do this go to Image – Adjustments – Hue/Saturation or press Ctrl+ U. Press the option colorize and press ok.
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Step 10 – Change layer mode

Now change the layer mode to Soft light. And reduce the opacity to 80%.
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Step 11 – Merge layers.

To merge layers together, right-click in the layer and choose the option to merge down. In this way, you are only going to have one layer of the background.
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Step 12 – Model’s Skin

Select the model’s skin with the lasso tool. After you finish the selection press Ctrl+J to duplicate the selection.
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Step 13- Reduce Saturation.

Go to Image – Adjustments – Hue/Saturation (Ctrl +U) and in the option Saturation put -35, press ok to save the changes.
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Step 14- More Contrast

Duplicate that layer and change the layer mode to Soft light and reduce the opacity to 50%.
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Step 15- Merge the layer

Right-click over the layer and choose the option to merge down.
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Step 16 – Change skin color.

Duplicate the model’s skin layer pressing Ctrl + J. Then go to Image – Adjustments – Hue/Saturation or press Ctrl + U. Press the option colorize and in Hue put: 22 and in saturation 20.

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39 responses to “How to Create an Autumn Fairy Photo Manipulation”

  1. Schnuppe Avatar
    Schnuppe

    Ich bin zwar noch nicht ganz fertig und es wird nicht so aussehen wie deines liebe Andrea.
    Aber ich liebe solche Tutorials

  2. Yves Peeters Avatar
    Yves Peeters

    Very nice and clear tutorial , Andrea . Thanks for sharing !!! 👍👍👍👍❤😊

  3. AISHA Avatar
    AISHA

    Hey andrea!
    The tutorial is soo amazing!! I Tried creating this autun fairy photo manupilation in photoshop but i’m having a litte problem….The trird step of duplicating the background pressing ctrl+J is not happening so i there any other way to do this???…Hope u can help me!!

  4. AISHA Avatar
    AISHA

    hey andrea!
    The tutorial is really awesome but i”m having a little problem…
    when i stated doing this autumn fairy manipulation in photoshop..i’m not able the third step i.e duplicate the background pressing ctrl+J..
    is there any other way following which i can do it…???

  5.  Avatar
    Anonymous

    i wish you could make a video tutorial

  6. krish pilles Avatar
    krish pilles

    just awesome tutorial thank you very much for share this technique .

  7. dawn runyon Avatar
    dawn runyon

    Thanks…this is awesome!

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    Anonymous

    Une irritation des m

  9. Tri Avatar
    Tri

    Very nice !

  10. Maidul Islam Avatar
    Maidul Islam

    amazing!! great to see the amazing work of great experienced art directors!!Thanks for sharing

  11. Mireille D Avatar
    Mireille D

    Thank you for this wonderful composition and tutorial, I loved achieve:
    http://cartes-mireilled.eklablog.com/montage-d-une-fee-d-automne-en-musique-a112430168

  12. Brendan Avatar
    Brendan

    I was fine till I got to the makeup…then it all went to hell.

  13. karan sharma Avatar
    karan sharma

    thanks your work is very appriciable

  14. sahar Avatar
    sahar

    سلام خسته نباشیدخیلی سایت عالی داریداماچون انگلیسی هستش من
    یجاهایی به مشکل میخورمونمیتونم جلوبرم خیلی دوستدارم کارایی که به نمایش گذاشتیدویادبگیرم میشه لطف کنیدوبهم کمک کنید

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  16. EMMA ALVARADO Avatar
    EMMA ALVARADO

    ES UN PRECIOSO TUTORIAL APRENDI MUCHAS TECNICAS QUE NO PODIA RECIBE UN FUERTE ABRAZO Y MIS RESPETOS PARA TI

  17. Vânia Paiva Avatar
    Vânia Paiva

    Tutorial muito bom. Gostei muito de fazê-lo. Obrigada.

    http://vaniapaiva.deviantart.com/art/Autum-Fairy-by-VPaiva-403958498

  18. dylan Avatar
    dylan

    thanks for the tutorial :) helped me learn a heap of new things. Btw you should have a few more steps on how to add the heart as it’s a little confusing on your own.

  19. Paramita Avatar
    Paramita

    Excellent. Nice one :) now I will create one with my own image :)

  20. Teresa Avatar
    Teresa

    Me gusta mucho el tutorial, el resultado final es fantástico y está muy bien explicado paso a paso.
    Congrtulations

  21. Hoa Avatar
    Hoa

    die link?

  22. kentostudios.com Avatar
    kentostudios.com

    wow! such guide to step by step tutorial for cool work
    thanks man

  23. Michelle Avatar
    Michelle

    Wonderful tutorial, I made a FB cover for friend https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=459440810783327

  24. Sila Mahmud Avatar
    Sila Mahmud

    An  excellent  tutorial, very clear and a fantastic outcome, thank you very much.

  25. Paul_Bola1 Avatar
    Paul_Bola1

    creativity never ends and If you guys keep sharing such a great tutorial It will definitely enhance the creativity

  26. unaiscmk Avatar
    unaiscmk

    I have been looking for this.. thank you very much…
     
    http://www.antsmagazine.com

  27. pareeerica Avatar
    pareeerica

    Beautiful tutorial, thank you   :)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pareeerica/8248380807/

    1. AndreaG Avatar
      AndreaG

      @pareeerica I’m so glad you found it useful thank you so much for the link 
      Andrea

    2. Clipping Path Avatar
      Clipping Path

      That blog image is very attractive. I like it very much & I read this blog it is very nice. Thanks for the sharing. Keep it up.

  28. JohnBurger Avatar
    JohnBurger

    I can not download the background and wings. The link takes to the site, but not the images. I am disappointed because I was really looking forward to this my first manipulation.

    1. Opal Avatar
      Opal

      @JohnBurger That’s the thing about free stocks… they just disappear
       
      I can find some similar ones on DeviantART search here:
       
      http://browse.deviantart.com/resources/stockart/?order=9&q=wings

    2. AndreaG Avatar
      AndreaG

      @JohnBurger Yes sometimes that happens, but you can try different images and also get the same result.
       
      Andrea

  29. Ferobanjo Avatar
    Ferobanjo

    Great work, thanx

    1. AndreaG Avatar
      AndreaG

      @Ferobanjo I’m glad you like it!

    2. Andy Avatar
      Andy

      Woow… Andrea !!! You are one of my favorist teacher. Thank you so so much for sharing your artistic.
      -andy

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