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Fairytale Photo Manipulation - The Mermaid
Tutorials Photo Manipulation 31330 Views October 1st, 2010

This is my second tutorial inspired by the the misterious life of the sea. The first was 'The Age of Pirates'. It is not hard to create, I consider it medium level . It is of course a mixture of many photos , matte painting, brushes, textures and imagination . I hope you will enjoy it!


Stock Images : Nude Mermaid , Beautiful beach , Beach rock , Sea foam , Dark clouds ,

Beautiful golden texture , Little sea stars , Fish texture , Paper texture

Preview of The Final Image

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Step 1 – The Mermaid

Open a new document with the size 670 / 625 pixels. Open this beautiful photo Nude Mermaid by rajeevnair1981. The statue stands beautifuly on Kollam Beach , India . Scale the image to 80 % .

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It is now time to crop the mermaid from her natural landscape. With the Pen Tool trace the mermaid shape. Call this shape layer - Mermaid Shape layer. Press CTRL and click the thumbnail of the Mermaid Shape layer . Now make sure that the Mermaid Layer is selected. Pick the Magic Wand Tool , right press inside the selection and choose Select Inverse. Press delete.

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Step 2 – Adjust the Mermaid Photo

As you can see the mermaid has a leftover from a metal fence or something and some grass. So we really have to get rid of that. So for that you can use many tools: Spot Healing Brush Tool , Smudge Tool or Clone Stamp Tool. I will use the last one because I will obtain not only an propriate color but also the stone statue texture.

First Press CTRL and click the name of the layer to create a selection. That way you make sure that you not exceed the edges of the mermaid. Use ALT + click to choose the starting point.

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Now another problem is with the behind of the woman. She intially stands on a hard surface. This time I will sitt her on the sand so I want to make her shape a little curved.

Because I don’t have a graphic tablet I will draw the extension with the Pen Tool (paths).

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Use the same Clone Stamp Tool to fill the selection. Be carefull how you choose the start point because you want the girl to look real.

Step 3 –The Sand Beach Background

I am placing the mermaid on a different beach . The blending process is never easy for me …. There is always a struggle for finding the right photo . This time I have choosen this beautiful beach photo. Resize the photo and place it like in the image below. Call this layer Sea Beach Layer.

Use the Clone Stamp Tool to fill out the empty sand space.

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I will use the photo but I will draw the sand shape and the water shape with the Pen Tool.

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So draw two shapes, one for the sand and one for the water with the Pen Tool (Shape Layers Option) above Sea Beach Layer. Call the two layers Water Shape Layer and Sand Shape Layer. Change the blending mode of Sand Shape Layer from Normal to Multiply 100%.

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Step 4 – Water Texture

Finding the water texture, here is another adventure . I will use this beach rock photo because I like the texture of the water even though it is just a small part. I will crop parts and try to blend them. So duplicate two times the selection below three times and merge the layers. Call the layer Water Texture Layer.

Now make a selection from Water Shape Layer and crop the Water Texture Layer with this shape. Call this new layer Water Texture Layer and delete the old one . Set the blending mode of this layer to Soft Light 50%.

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The next thing that we have to do to make this water real is to add sea foam. I have found this sea foam photo . Resize it to fit the screen. Call this layer Sea Foam Layer . Select and delete the sky and part of the sea. Cange the opacity of this layer to 50 % . Than adjust the Color Balance as shown in the image below.

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15 comment(s) for "Fairytale Photo Manipulation - The Mermaid"

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7:00 AM Thursday, March 18, 2010
Great tutorial! I like the warm tones. Thank you for the tutorial. reply
7:00 AM Friday, March 19, 2010
Beautiful ! I like that old fairytale look and i love the way you have combined all those photos into a lovely image !

7:00 AM Monday, March 22, 2010
Great work ... It looks like an old painting ! beautiful colors and textures reply
7:00 AM Monday, May 03, 2010
Hi guys! I am glad you like my tut ! Actually Mary i am a big fan of painting and oil painting especially! In fact i've spent a lot of time painting :) reply
7:00 AM Tuesday, May 04, 2010
great post as usual! reply
7:00 AM Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Mind Blowing Hard Work ! Really Awesome ! Concept is very clearly defined ! & Tools used are perfect for the work !! Great Work ! Keep It UP ! Thanks For Sharing !! reply
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7:00 AM Monday, June 21, 2010
Great site. A lot of useful information here. I????????m sending it to some friends! reply
7:00 AM Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Hi!Thanks ... i am going to dentist right now ! :(((( reply
7:00 AM Monday, January 10, 2011
i learned a lot reply
7:00 AM Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Just fabulous! A great tutorial-thanks! reply
7:00 AM Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Thanks Lynne!
I am glad you like my work :) reply
9:09 AM Sunday, January 01, 2012
At first i say . it is awesome . Then i want to say I am really shocked by happiness for this site . reply
1:15 PM Friday, April 20, 2012
You work is beautiful but you should pay more attention to the little details, sometimes I work 2-3 days on a photo manipulation to make sure it looks ok.
I don't know why the link is broken but here is another fish texture that is very similar to the original.
By the way, thank you for practising my tutorials !!! reply
12:11 PM Thursday, August 13, 2015
I have started doing this fabulous tutorial but I'm stuck as I can't get the fish texture ! The page is not valid. Can you help me ??
12:11 PM Thursday, August 13, 2015
I have managed to find another fish texture on the net ! So here is my work. I must say I like your result but I found that tutorial difficult ! reply

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