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Christmas Fantasy Tale Photoshop Manipulation Tutorial
Tutorials Photo Manipulation 12606 Views December 15th, 2014

The winter holidays are just around the corner, so for today I propose you a new Christmas Photoshop tutorial. You will learn how to create a Christmas Fantasy Tale Photoshop manipulation. We will turn a girl into a surreal winter queen character. This beautiful spirit of Christmas goes beyond the earth boundaries into the entire galaxy. Hope you all enjoy this new Christmas tutorial.


Let's start with this beautiful Christmas Background which is a free premade background. If the background is to small in height you might have to fill the empty space with #020339 color.

Because we want to makea a fantasy photo manipulation I decided to create a winter goddess character. So use this girl stock image and place it like shown in the image. Use the Pen Tool to remove the background.

After removing the background the image should look like this:

As you can see there are some differences between the color tones/saturation/brightness of the Girl Layer and the color of the Christmas Background Layer. To fix that you will have to add some adjustment layers and we'll start with a Hue/Saturation adjustment. Make sure you add the adjustment as Clipping Mask using the "Click to clip to layer" button like shown in the image.

Now add a Color Balance adjustment. Make the following settings on the Shadows and the Midtones ; don't forget to press the "Click to clip to layer" button.

Add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment with these settings:

In the layer mask of the Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer use the Brush Tool to paint over the girl face and shoulders area. Use the color black and a soft round brush with different opacity levels.

Add a Gradient Overla style to the Girl Layer to darken this area. The colors for the gradient are #5c5cc6 and white.

Select the Girl Layer and its adjustments, duplicate and merge them. Keep the original ones in a group and hide it. From this point we'll work on the duplicated layer. Let's call it Winter Goddess layer.

Now we'll use our painting skills to blend the bottom area of the dress with the snow. Use the Smudge Tool for this task. Check the Sample All Layers option to blend the images better. You have to take your time and make sure you obtain the best results. It is easier to do that with a graphic tablet but I used the mouse for this tutorial so it is doable.

For a smooth result you can create a new layer above and use the Brush Tool to piant over the dress. Use a soft round brush; pick a color from the snow using the Eyedropper Tool. Set the opacity to 50%.

Create a new layer and use the Clone Stamp Tool to make some tree copies like shown in the image. Place the tree copies on the girl dress.

For this step I will use this Red Deer stock image. YOu have to remove the background and the best tool for cutout images is the Pen Tool

Resize the image and place it like shown in the preview. Make a duplicate of this layer and call the original Reindeer Layer and the copy Shadow Effect. First we have to adjust the color tones so for that we'll add a Hue/Saturation and a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layers. Make sure you create this adjustment as clipping mask only for the Reindeer Layer.

Add these layer styles to the Reindeer Layer to create some shadow and lightning effects.

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9 comment(s) for "Christmas Fantasy Tale Photoshop Manipulation Tutorial"

3:04 AM Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Thank you for this great tutorial. I tried and adapted for the model. Here is my realization:

PS: I added the link to my realization, as it was displayed any blur on your site.

3:20 AM Wednesday, December 17, 2014
It's great to know you like our new Christmas Photoshop tutorial. Your photo manipulation looks great and I am glad you used another girl image. reply
1:12 AM Sunday, May 10, 2015
Just finished your tutorial - did mine a bit different but thank you so much, I have been trying forever to get glow effects in my art to look right and your tutorial helped me so much. :) reply
1:17 AM Sunday, May 10, 2015
I am glad you liked our Fantasy Tale Photoshop tutorial :) reply
2:50 AM Monday, July 27, 2015
Thanks for this fantastic Photoshop lesson. Very difficult and laborious lesson requiring mental effort. Only seems easy. reply
2:52 AM Monday, July 27, 2015
We are glad that you enjoy practicing our Adobe Photoshop lessons so much :) Your photo manipulation looks great and your progress in learning Photoshop is obvious! reply
2:19 AM Friday, July 31, 2015
I'll do all your Photoshop lessons because they are beautiful and lovely. reply
11:16 AM Monday, January 04, 2016
This one reminds me of Elsa the Snow Queen from Disney's Frozen movie. This work was made by Vita. reply
2:37 AM Wednesday, January 06, 2016
I found another fan art that I absolutely love. Here is the Winter Queen made in Photoshop by tanyadesign reply

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