In this Photoshop Tutorial we are going to create dark fantasy photo manipulation of a lost girl in the dark. Follow through this tutorial to learn how to set lightning, blend images, masking and some other important techniques in manipulating images. Resources needed: Background LINK Model LINK Lantern LINK Pumpkin LINK    

By Dek Wid, on October 26, 2013, under Photoshop Tutorials

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Step 1

Start by opening the background image in photoshop. We will use this image to set the background of the scene. This is really a beautiful image however I decided to alter it a little bit by eliminating the moon.


Step 2

This is what we should do to get rid of the moon: firstly take rectangular marquee tool in the tool panel and make selection on the upper part of the image. Then, hit Ctrl+J to duplicate the selection into a single new layer. Select the new layer and flip it horizontally. Finally, move it upward to the position where needed.


Step 3

Next, give the new layer a layer mask. Take the brush tool and choose a very soft round brush (0% hardness) set to opacity of 20-40%. Mask the new layer to make it well blended with the main layer.


Step 4

In this step we will paint over the background to eliminate the moon. Now create another new layer above the previous new layer by hitting Shift+Ctrl+N. On this new layer, paint over the moon. Use the soft round brush at low opacity of 10-15. I used combination colors of dark and light grey which are sampled from the nearest colors around the moon.


Step 5

After eliminating the moon, select all the background layers and merge (Ctrl+E) them to create a new single background layer. I named this layer: BG. Select the BG layer. Go to layer > smart objects > convert to smart object. Then, go to filter > blur > surface blur. This will give the smart object layer a smart blur filter. Set the value of the blur as shown in the screenshot and set the blending of this filter to normal at 70% opacity.


Step 6

We will alter the color of the background by giving it a little bit blue tone by giving it photo filter adjustment layer. Go to layer > new adjustment layers > photo filter to do this. Set the value as shown in the screenshot.


Step 7

Cut out the model and copy it to the main canvas.


Step 8

Give this model layer a new adjustment layer with a clipping mask. I gave it hue/saturation adjustment layer. Set the value of this layer to the one shown in the screenshot. Set it to normal at 100% opcity.


Step 9

Give another new adjustment layer with a clipping mask: photo filter. Set the layer to normal at 100% opacity.


Step 10

Create a new layer above the photo filter layer. Make sure to give this new layer a clipping mask. On this layer, paint some shadow on the right side of the model as indicated in yellow arrows. Use a very soft round brush set to very low opacity of about 5-10. I named this layer shadow