Hi peeps, having a good week?

Here’s something fun for you to try out this weekend! In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a fantasy scene using a variety of photo manipulation techniques. You’ll learn how to make a fresh spring scene with grass, flowers, butterflies and especially a cute fairy kitten. Let’s begin!

Final Image

kitten30-final Software: Photoshop CS3 + Difficulty : Intermediate Estimated Completion Time: 90 minutes Resources Used In This Tutorial: Beautiful Butterfly 1: 24266163 Beautiful Butterfly 2: 40561462 Cute Kitty: 15276865 Meadow: 12891463 Pink Gerbera 3: 31779288 Pink Gerbera 1: 31779287 Pink Gerbera 2: 39540356 Pink Gerbera 3: 31779288 Summer Sky: 29458259 Step 1 Create a new 800×600 px document in Photoshop and fill it with white color. Drag the sky image into the white canvas as shown below: kitten1Step 2 Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation and change the Hue and Lightness settings: kitten2Step 3 Use a Curves adjustment layer to brighten the sky a bit. Select this layer mask and use a soft black brush to paint on the right side of the sky to make it a bit darker than the left (we aim to make the light come from the left): kitten3Step 4 Drag the grass image into our main document and place it in the bottom half: kitten4Add a mask to this layer and use a soft black brush to blend the sky part with the existing sky. Lower the brush opacity when blending around the grass area: kitten4aStep 5 Open the flower images. Isolate them from the white background and place them between the grass blades. Duplicate and transform them using Ctrl+T if needed to make them appear slightly different. Make one in the middle bigger than the rest – we aim to add the cat there: kitten5Step 6 Make a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer for the big flower and set it as Clipping Mask. Change the Magentas settings: kitten6Step 7 Use a Curves adjustment layer to brighten this flower. Paint on the right side to make it a bit darker than the left: kitten7Step 8 Select all the other flower layers and hit Ctrl+G to make a group for them. Change the mode of this group to Normal 100%. Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer within this group to change the flowers color: kitten8Step 9 Use a Curves adjustment layer to brighten these flowers: kitten9Step 10 Group all the flower layers including the big one. Add a mask to this group and use a hard black brush to show some grass blades, make them cover the flowers stems. kitten10Step 11 Isolate the cat and place him onto the big flower: kitten11Make a new layer under the cat one and use a soft black brush with the opacity about 30% to paint his shadow on the flower. kitten11aStep 12 Create a new layer and use a hard brush with the color #f1e9e2 and #d3c3b6 to paint the missing furs for the cat: kitten12Step 13 Make a group for the cat and the furs. Use a Color Balance adjustment layer and change the Midtones and Highlights settings: kitten13Step 14 Make a Photo Filter adjustment layer and pick the color #01ceec to create the reflection of the background light on the cat. Paint inside his body to make the effect only visible on the contour: kitten14Step 15 Create two Curves adjustment layers to correct the light and shadow on the cats. The selected areas show where to paint on the layer masks: kitten15 kitten15aStep 16 Open the butterfly wings image and isolate them from the background. Select a wing of the butterfly on the left and place it onto the cat back. kitten16Use a layer mask to blend the wing with the cat: kitten16a kitten16bStep 17 Select another wing of this butterfly and add it to the cat back. Place this layer under the first one: kitten17 kitten17a kitten17bStep 18 Make a group for the wings and use a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to desaturate them a little: kitten18Step 19 Create a Color Balance adjustment layer and change the Midtones and Highlights settings: kitten19 kitten19aStep 20 Use a Photo Filter adjustment layer and pick the color #10d2e9: kitten20Step 21 Make a Curves and a Levels adjustment layers to change the light and shadow of the wings: kitten21 kitten21a kitten21bStep 22 Cut out the butterflies from another image and add them around the cat.  Place one of them above the cat to fit his eye direction. kitten22Step 23 Use a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to change the butterflies color: kitten23 kitten23aStep 24 Make a Color Balance adjustment layer to make the butterflies more vibrant: kitten24 kitten24aStep 25 Create two Curves adjustment layers to increase the light for the butterflies: kitten25 kitten25a kitten25bStep 26 Make a Color Fill Layer on top of the layers and fill with the color #020913. Change this layer mode to Exclusion 100%: kitten26kitten26aStep 27 Create a Photo Filter adjustment layer and pick the color #edce01: kitten27 Step 28 Use a Curves adjustment layer to increase the contrast of the scene. kitten28Step 29 Add a Selective Color adjustment layer and change the Reds and Yellows settings: kitten29 kitten29aStep 30 Use a Vibrance adjustment layer to enhance the final effect: kitten30 kitten30aSo what do you think? Do you like the final effect or created something better using this technique? Do share with us in the comments below or email us at fb@123rf.com so we can have a good look at your finished work!
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