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Lost Princess in the Magic Forest

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Tutorials Photo Manipulation 50085 Views April 16th, 2014

I was always a big fan of fairy tales like the ones written by Hans Christian Andersen or Grimm Brothers. The classic Arabian fairy tales were also some of my favorites as long with my native country stories. Princes and princesses captured me in my childhood and even now I find great pleasure in watching Disney cartoon movies inspired by this beautiful children's book fantasy stories. In this photo manipulation tutorial we'll create a fantasy magic forest landscape with an alive talking tree as main character. A lost princess surrounded by charmed white rabbits will complete the picture. This Adobe Photoshop tutorials is one of my first tutorials; I added some updates, so I hope you will enjoy it.

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In today tutorial I will try to create a magic scenery , a forest that unexpectedly comes to live revealing charmed trees that can talk , white rabbits and magic light sparkles . .....

Preview of the Final Image

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I've started by searching the internet to find an inspirational photo and I have found the most incredible photo , that I consider a true beauty. Not only that the photographer captured the image extremely well but the image itself , without any effect looks magic.

So this Old Danish Tree is my source of inspiration.

Open a new document size 1024 / 575 px. Because of this unusual size I will not be able to show the entire image in the tutorial I will have to crop parts to see the actual pixel size.

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The first photoshop treatment will be for the tree. The color is not important now, the main objective is to apply a face to the tree. An old tree goes well with an old face. With a little bit of luck I have found this beautiful photo Face .

Scale the photo to 60% .

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Crop only the face of the old man and remove the rest.

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Now change the blending mode of the Old Man Layer to Overlay 100%.

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You can see that there is a big difference between the Overlay mode and the Normal mode.

Unfortunately the tree as it is now is not perfect with the blending. The good news is that we can fix that .

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Take the Clone Stamp Tool and hide the area shown in the image below:

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Now with The Smudge Tool hide the little imperfection in the eye area:

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Face treatment. As you remember the face is obtained only from a layer with overlay blend mode.

Duplicate the Old Man Layer . Go to Image – Adjustments – Exposure and do the following settings:

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From this layer create 2 new ones . With the Magic Wand Tool select the lighted areas and put it in another layer CTRL + C and CTRL + V. Name this layer Light Areas and change the blending mode to Soft Light 80%.

Do the same this time with the dark areas . With the Magic Wand Tool select the dark areas and put it in another layer CTRL + C and CTRL + V. Name this layer Dark Areas and change the blending mode to Darken 80%.

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The result is this so far. To soften the look a little bit you can apply Gaussian Blur Filter to the Dark Areas Layer.

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Now it looks pretty good but there is a small color difference where the face ends. So we have to adjust all 3 layers with the Eraser Tool. Play with sizes and opacity to obtain a good result.

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24 comment(s) for "Lost Princess in the Magic Forest"

PSD Dude
7:00 AM Saturday, May 15, 2010
Hi guys,

please leave a message if you liked it... or even if you didn't like it

thanks,
PSD Dude reply
sorpresa
7:00 AM Sunday, May 16, 2010
muy buen tutorial y buen trabajo
un saudo reply
Linda
Linda
7:00 AM Sunday, May 16, 2010
Another great tutorial, keep them coming PSD Dude reply
hotpepper
hotpepper
7:00 AM Monday, May 17, 2010
find it interesting. reply
PsdDude
PsdDude
7:00 AM Monday, May 17, 2010
Gracias amigos! :)
i changed the image a little bit to give it color , i am hopping to update the tut soon :)
reply
Occupational Therapy
7:00 AM Sunday, May 23, 2010
I????????ve recently started a blog, the information you provide on this site has helped me tremendously. Thank you for all of your time & work. reply
school grants
7:00 AM Monday, May 31, 2010
What a great resource! reply
John
7:00 AM Wednesday, June 02, 2010
I have added the tut on my site! It looks really nice and the tree is amazing !
By the way i am working on adding a "submit tutorial" on my site so you can add the tut yourself!
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Arturo Velazquez
7:00 AM Thursday, June 03, 2010
Not bad ) but i would like it more with the original eyes and maybe play a bit more with the lights on the girl, keep the good working )) reply
PsdDude
7:00 AM Friday, June 04, 2010
Thank you Arturo! I will take into account all you advices! I am learning and all your comments are helping me to improve and i know i have a long road ahead!
By the way i saw your site , very good works you have there ! reply
Arturo Velazquez
7:00 AM Friday, June 04, 2010
)) thx!,
my best regards reply
parichay madhur
parichay madhur
7:00 AM Monday, August 02, 2010
hi this image very nice .... reply
PsdDude
7:00 AM Monday, August 02, 2010
Thank you ! reply
The Blue Dragon
7:00 AM Friday, December 03, 2010
wooow so great i will try to do it and i hope i get good result :) ..

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PsdDude
7:00 AM Friday, December 03, 2010
hi, i am glad you like it! maybe you post a link with the result if u decide to do the tutorial! reply
mike
mike
7:00 AM Saturday, December 04, 2010
nice lesson, only towards the end you say "Create a new layer and go to Image - Apply image..".
My question would be apply it to what? screen?
and is this just a blank layer your applying? reply
PsdDude
7:00 AM Sunday, December 05, 2010
Hi mike, thanks for the comment!

So the answer is: select the new blank layer and then Apply Image and choose Layer: Merged and Blending: Multiply ... the idea is to obtain only one layer with all the visible layers merged.
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white
white
7:00 AM Monday, January 10, 2011
super cool. reply
Zulfiqar
7:00 AM Monday, March 07, 2011
Its a nice tut dude. thanx reply
nicolle patrick
nicolle patrick
7:00 AM Thursday, April 07, 2011
merci pour ce tutoriel qui est bien expliqu????.
@+. reply
PsdDude
7:00 AM Friday, April 08, 2011
merci nicolle!!! reply
Rajni Setia
Rajni Setia
1:19 AM Saturday, May 03, 2014
Very nice tutorial, we have featured it here : http://theneodesign.com/best-adobe-photoshop-tutorials-april-2014/ reply
Lori Diane
Lori Diane
2:17 AM Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Hi PSD DUDE, I really loved your tutorial for the lost princess in the woods. I have never done anything like this before and you made it so easy to understand breaking down the steps and the flow of the process. I went a different direction with mine while still using some of your images and concepts and including my own as well, like my daughter sitting on the suitcase. I just wanted to share my finished piece with you and say thank you for inspiring and guiding me through the process! reply
PSDDUde
2:47 AM Wednesday, October 29, 2014
I am so glad you were inspired by my tutorial to create this beautiful photo manipulation. Very creative work, I love it! reply

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