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Create fantasy compositions (part 2)

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
February 15, 2015

Part 2 of our amazing fantasy composition tutorial!

12. Create the ear

Again on a new layer, make a selection of the ear shape. Fill with a base skin colour, then use the Eyedropper to sample colours from the face to develop the inside of the ear. Look in the mirror for reference.

13. Clone the hair base

Hit Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+N. Now use Clone Stamp – sampling the hair often – to create a volumised base for the hair coming over the shoulders. Use a soft round brush, as it allows samples to blend with each other.

14. Paint in hair strands

Grab the Eyedropper again and begin by sampling a hair colour. Using a tiny soft round brush, create strands that are flowing in the same general direction as in the photo. Include strands that overlay others, as well as a few in opposing directions, for a natural look.

15. Merge and enhance

Hold down Shift and then select all the layers from the top of the stack to the model layer that we worked on. Press Cmd/Ctrl+E to merge them together. Now use a soft brush on the face – in the Normal, Hard Light and Colour brush modes – to enhance makeup.

16. Add some enchantment

Create a new layer. Use the Brush tool to paint over the figure, adding lights and visual effects. To add lighting around the edges of the hair, jump over to the model layer and run Dodge (O) along the edge.

17. Insert the crown

Now make a new document and use the selection tools in conjunction with Edit>Stroke to create the shape you want for the crown. Or, if you’d rather, find and paste a pre-made crown from online.

18. Make the crown fit

Free Transform again to resize the crown if necessary. Use Edit>Transform>Warp to conform the crown to the curve and perspective of the forehead. Use an opaque brush to make a chain – a custom chain brush makes quick work of it!

19. Finish up the crown

Lock the crown layer’s transparency and then colour with a brush in the desired shade. Use Layer>Layer Styles>Bevel and Emboss and Drop Shadow to instantly add form to the crown. The Dodge and Burn tools – used lightly – can make some nice metallic finishing effects, too.

20. Bring in the pixie

Now we can get things going by adding extra elements. Bring in a prepared photo of your choice and use Free Transform if necessary to resize or position as desired.

21. Adding the glow effect

Now let’s add a glow around the pixie with Layer>Layer Styles>Outer Glow. Choose a light pink colour and make sure the blend mode is set to Linear Light, and that the Opacity is around 30%.

22. Create the pixie dust

Make a new layer right at the top and then set the blend mode to Linear Dodge. Create “pixie dust” special effects using a hard round brush with the Spacing and Scattering options set as desired.

23. Finish things up

Press Cmd/Ctrl+Opt/Alt+Shift+E to merge all of the visible layers together on a new layer. Harmonise and bring everything together with any final blending or painting effects. Filters such as as Paint Daubs can also be used, if lightly set.