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A Wizard and His Pupil – Create a Fairy Tale Manipulation in 75 Steps

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Make some more duplicates of the “Converted Lamp” layer. Resize them and place them along the road as shown below. The further a lamp it is from us the smaller it should be to create the illusion of perspective.

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Create a new layer and change the blending mode to Soft Light. Choose a yellow color (#ffee32) and with a round soft brush at 20% Opacity paint some light around the lamps. If the effect is too strong lower the Opacity. Name this layer “Lamp Light”. Group all the lamp related layers (including the light) and name the group “Lamp Posts”.

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Open the file “Walking” and make a selection of the walking man. Copy and paste it into our image. Convert it to Smart Object. Resize and position the layer as shown below.

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Phew. That was some work but we also have some pleasing results. Group all the layers except the Background and the Moon layer and name the group Castles. Press Ctrl + 0 to bring all the scene into view and enjoy your work.

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Now let’s make a horse fly. Open the file “Horse” and make a selection of the horse. Copy and paste it into our scene. Convert it to a smart object. Resize and position the horse as shown below.

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Right-click the horse layer and choose Blending Options from the drop down menu. Apply some Inner and Outer glow in order to create a magic looking effect.

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Step 46

Create a new Curves Adjustment layer. Drag the curve up to lighten and clip the curves layer to the horse layer.

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Step 47

Import the Fantasy Lighting brushes. Choose a glitter brush (if the Brush Presets window is not opened choose Window > Brush Presets) and with white as foreground color draw some glitter behind the horse to make it look like a trail of stars behind him.

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Open the file “Wings”. Copy and paste the wings into our document. Convert the imported layer to a smart object. Resize and position as shown below. Apply Inner and Outer glow to the wings like we did at step 45. Group all the horse related layers and name the group “Flying Horse”.

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Open the file “Wizard Duo”. Make a selection of the wizard and his pupil. Copy and paste it into our scene. Convert it to a smart object. Resize and position as shown below.

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Create a new layer and change the blending mode to Color Dodge. Clip this layer to the wizard layer. Paint some outlines around the wizard and his pupil with a round soft white brush.

I am going to share with you a little secret. In order to have beautiful compositions perform this step for all your imported objects in most of your scenes. There are some objects for which this effect doesn’t work but for most of them outlining with white (or a light color) will make them stand out and give them a special glow.

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Create a new layer and change the blending mode to Overlay. Clip this layer to the wizard layer and paint with white and black some shadows and highlights on the wizard and his pupil.

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Open the file “Grass” and make a lower selection of the grass. Copy, paste into our scene, convert to smart object and add a layer mask. Import the Fern Brush and in the layer mask paint with black in order to randomly hide portions of the grass and making it look natural.

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