Serene Fantasy Photo Manipulation

Serene Fantasy Photo Manipulation
Serene Fantasy Photo Manipulation

Trees on the left side need to be blended as well. You'll do it the same as you blended the trees on the right side by adding layer mask to LEFT TREES and painting with black over the parts which should be hidden.

On the picture below you can see where you should paint.


After this step your photo manipulation should look as it's shown below.


Step 12 - Adding the Swan

Open the picture of the swan in Photoshop. Grab the Lasso Tool (L) and select both the swan and its reflection on water. Press Ctrl + C to copy it and then paste it into your manipulation.

Name the new layer SWAN and place it on the top of all layers. Press Ctrl + T and resize the swan on the same size as in the finished picture. To apply resizing press Enter on your keyboard.

The body of the swan fits well to the rest of the image but the reflection needs some adjustment. According to me it should have lower opacity and should be more distorted because there is more waves in the water in the manipulation than it is in stock image.

Let's start with distorting the reflection. Go to Filter > Liquifity. Grab the Forward Warp Tool and set the Brush Size on 8 pixels.


Move with the tool in the direction of narrows shown it the picture below.


As I mentioned in the beginning of this step the reflection should have lower opacity. To fix it add layer mask to SWAN. Grab the Brush Tool (B), select some soft round brush, pick black color and lower the Opacity of the brush on about 50%. Paint gently over the reflection to make it semi transparent.


Step 13 - Mist on the River

This will be really quick step in which you'll add mist on the river. There is already some mist in the distance between trees and mountains but to make it believable it should also be on the river.

Add new layer on the top of all layers and name it e.g. RIVER MIST. Grab the Brush Tool (B) and select one of the mist brushes. Press Alt to activate the Eyedropper Tool and select some light color from the picture. Then paint some mist on the river.

To make the mist realistic looking paint it especially in the distance. If you look at some photos with mist you can see that in most cases the mist is thicker in the distance.

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9 comments on “Serene Fantasy Photo Manipulation”

  1. Sorry guys figured it out. I pressed the mask button while i was still in the channels tab. Clicking layers and clicking on the image followed by pressing masks fixed it ;)

  2. When removing the sky the sky turns darker, it doesn't disappear. I tried using a white brush to see if it changes but it doesn't. I am using CS6, can someone help. Thanks

  3. Wow, I can't thank you enough for making this tutorial of which I just completed. I made a couple of mistakes but I still love the final result. I have been using Photoshop and following many tutorials for over a year and did not learn as much as I did today with your one tutorial. Thank you, thank you, thank you : )

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