Autumn is all about colors and pretty little things! This week’s tutorial will focus on creating a surreal doll fairy that will blend perfectly well with this cool season!
Program: Photoshop CS6
Time: 45 min.
Extract and position your model. I opted to remove the hair, and I also thinned out the neck.
To add branches to our models head, find flat images of black branches on a white background (image#10041408) and set the layer to “Multiply”. Position it accordingly.
Next we are going to add leafs to our faeries branches. To do this find and image of some fall leaves (image#5839537) and extract them. Do not worry about the branches, you just need the leafs. Make sure to keep a large version of the leafs as we will be using this same image for wings later.
Once you are happy with the placement of your leafs, group them together and name them “Leafs”. Create a new layer and clip it into the group. Set the layer to “Soft Light”. Now with a round brush paint the leafs red, orange and yellow.
Now we are going to ad to layer styles to the wings, an inner and outer glow. Inner glow set to Screen, opacity 75%, color #ffffbe, and and semi large size (mine is 46, yours will likely be larger). Outer glow set to screen, opacity 75%, color #ffe075 and a large size.
Now we are going to add a glow all around our faerie’s body. Create a new layer behind out model and set it to soft light. With a large white brush set to white, paint around your model. Create another layer and keep it set to “Normal”. Paint more concentrated white around out model’s head.
Next, we are going to blend the faerie into her surroundings. First, clip a Color Balance adjustment layer onto our model. Set it to Red 32, Green 4, Blue -27. Next clip a Brightness/Contrast layer into our model. Set it to Brightness -12, and contrast 100.
To create the faerie’s makeup we are going to also use the leafs from her head. Duplicate a few leafs and place them around the model’s eyes.
Finally we are going to bring everything together using some bokeh and adjustment layers. Create a new layer above all other layers and set it to “Screen”. With a bokeh brush paint red, yellow and orange around your image. Blur out the bokeh if needed. You can also use a bokeh texture if you do not have a brush.
Lastly we are going to warm up the image using three adjustment layers: Color Lookup set to “Soft Warming” Color Lookup set to “Fall Colors” Color Lookup set to “Edgy Amber” Set all three layers to 50%.