I can’t tell you how many requests I get, from people asking to make more Fantasy Art tutorials. Following the enormous success of “Plasma in a Lake“, “Fairy and Sunset Landscape“, “Mysterious moonlit landscape“, and “Sinking Moon Eclipse” (and some others)… I hadn’t much time recently and therefore made very little tutorials over the past months, but now I decided to give in to the massive-peer-pressure and make some more, truly amazing fantasy art tutorials for our read LoreleiWebDesign.com readers. Today you will be designing a beautiful moment seized in time, of a girl captured in a jump under the rain. This composition is called “Silentio” (and as you might have guessed, it means “silence” in Latin). I used to make more of “dark fantasy art” previously, but now I am more fascinated with the light, colorful and angelic composition, that Photoshop allows you to create. Before I forget, if you want to share your result, feel free to add it to our Flickr group.
So, Let’s get started…
You will need a few stock photos to get started:
Open the landscape photo. First we want to adjust it a little bit because the original picture is a bit, so go to Image >> Adjustments >> Levels and set the following settings for RGB channel.
Now that our background has better contrast, open the girl’s image and crop it carefully. We used Magnetic Lasslo Tool to do the cropping but of course, you can also crop using the infamous mask technique, the choice is yours. Once the image is cropped…
…place the girl on the landscape canvas, where you want her to appear. Remember, that we want to capture a jump, so she should not be too close to the ground or any object if you have any on your background image.After we adjusted the background using the Levels, we now want to adjust the contrast of the girl’s photo as well, to make it match the juicy shot of the sea. Open the Image >> Adjustments >> Levels panel and drag both arrows, white and black, a little bit towards the center to highlight darker and lighter aspects of the image.
Now, the trickiest part so please pay attention. If you mess something up here you might end up wit ha see-through lady or even without her at all. As you noticed, the veil is holding, is nearly transparent, it’s a sort of organza material, but once we pasted the girl onto the seashore photo, the fabric is no longer see-through. But we want it to be.
This is quite easy to do but you might mess it up here so you will need to re-do several times. Alternatively, scroll down to the bottom of the page and download our PSD file of this tutorial FREE.
- Duplicated the cropped lady’s layer.
- Make the first layer invisible for now.
- Set this layer’s opacity to “Multiply”.
Make the layer you just set to “Multiply” invisible and bring the other layer back on the canvas. Leave it’s blending options on Normal, and crop the organza veil out, so that you will only have this on your canvas..
Switch back to see the layer you have on “Multiply” and crop the lady out, leaving only the veil on the screen..
Time to do the magic — make both layers visible and there you go — you have a lady jumping with a see-through veil in her hands, through which you can see the remaining parts of the landscape photo.
Since this does not look any natural without shadow, we are going to add a shadow, to create the full illusion of the girl being in the air.
If you had a third copy of the cropped layer (which will save you merging and unmerging now) — just select the entire area by clicking on the layer in Layer’s panel, make a New Layer, and fill this selection with a dark gray color of your choice.
Take that selection and using the “Distort” option (available upon Right Mouse Click when you press Ctrl+ T) — place the shadow in a position that will suit your perspective point.
I also went ahead and pressed the shadow down a little bit to make it smaller, so that the light point will look natural.
Since I wanted to give my composition is a nice angelic and touching touch, I also added a few doves, chaotically flying around the main character. I used this image of a dove, and just pasted it on top of the canvas without cropping. Simply set the blending options to “Multiply” as well and the background will blend in by itself, leaving you with a perfectly placed image on the composition.