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A digital fairytale

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General, by The Photoshop Creative Team
July 27, 2011

Learn how to build environments and then give your photos a fantastical makeover

This is an excerpt from a tutorial in issue 77, where Kirk Nelson reveals how to give photos a magical makeover.

The story of the Cottingley fairies hoax is truly a fairy tale worth the telling. It’s a fascinating account of one of the first and most famous photographic hoaxes of all. In a time long before Photoshop or digital photo manipulation, two young girls created fake photographs that fooled countless people into believing fairies truly exist. Even after one of the girls confessed and the hoax was revealed, some people still insisted that the photos were fact and the confession was the hoax.

Today, one can hardly clone out a stray fence post without hearing the critical cries of ‘fake’, but we shouldn’t let that spoil our fun. Though we might not be able to fool the cynical world with our fairy images like the Cottingley girls, we can certainly have a bit of fun with our creations. If you have a sweet young lass of your own that always dreamed of fairy tales, then get set to bring a smile to her face by giving her wings! Have her dress in something light and fairy-appropriate, and stand in her best toadstool-balancing pose. If you don’t have the opportunity to get a photo of your own fairy princess, you are welcome to use ours, just grab the file provided on the disc.

This is an intermediate tutorial that will move quickly through a lot of steps in a short amount of space. Keep in mind that the specified settings are merely suggestions; we fully encourage you to take these techniques and modify them to fit your own materials.