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Playing with Glows and Blurs – Fairy in the Woods Photoshop Tutorial

Learn how to make this eerie photo manipulation with fairy and dragonflies flying around her. I’ll show you, how to make amazing depth of field on your manipulation by simple steps. You will see, how to use different blurs and blending modes on your work. You will learn, how to make magical glow in Photoshop. Throughout the tutorial, you’ll learn techniques that will help you create better matte paintings and photo manipulations.

What you’ll be creating

You will create magical photo manipulation – Faerie in the woods. I really love playing with the lights in this work. You will learn special lightning techniques and blurring tips. You will need Photoshop CS 5.5 to follow this tutorial.


Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Create new file. Use portrait size.


Step 2

Place “Deep Forest” stock into your file.


Step 3

From top menu choose Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur… Set it to 2,8 px.


Step 4

As you can see, you can mask filters on your layer, by clicking white canvas next to Smart Filter Title. With big soft brush mask center of the ground. Don’t be afraid to use brush with smaller opacity. You can obtain true depth on your work! :)


Step 5

Duplicate your “Deep Forest” layer. Click RMB on Smart Filter title and choose Clear Smart Filters.


Click with RMB on your layer. Then choose Rasterize layer.


Step 6

From top menu choose Filter > Blur > Lens blur. I used this settings, but you can play with it, for gain other results :).


Step 7

Add mask to created layer (marked shortcut). Erase foreground and some trees on first plan.


Step 8

Decrease opacity of this layer to 35%.


Step 9

Now you will prepare your background to make night. Add Adjustment layer with Color Balance and set as is shown.


Step 10

Add new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N). In your color picker set black and white. From top menu choose Filter > Render > Clouds. I also make some black strokes on the bottom of the layer for better blending.


Step 11

For making foggy effect you should change blending mode to Screen and decrease opacity to 22%.


Step 12

In the night everything have less contrast, than in the day. Add adjustment layer with Brightness/Contrast and decrease contrast.


Step 13

Decrease opacity by making new Adjustment Layer with Hue/Saturation.


Step 14

Add Adjustment Layer with Brightness/Contrast.


Step 15

Set midtones with Color Balance.


Step 16

Add Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer.


Step 17

It’s time to add model. Place her into your file and mask.


Step 18

Add adjustment layer with Brightness/Contrast. Then click it by RMB and choose “Create clipping mask”.


Step 19

Add Color/Balance layer. Set midtones and also make this layer clipping.


Step 20

Add last adjustment layer on model. Create Hue/Saturation layer and make it clippy.


Step 21

Cool! Now you should add new layer (Shift + ctrl + N). Make it clippy by RMB > Create clipping mask. With soft brush #bfdaef color draw some lights on models arm, dress and on waist. Use brush with dynamic opacity for better results.

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