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Magic Fairy Dust Photoshop Fantasy Manipulation Tutorial
Tutorials Photo Manipulation 2225 Views June 8th, 2017

Learn how to create a fairy pixie dust magic trail in Photoshop using overlay textures, blending techniques and glow styles. You can create beautiful fantasy fairy effects in Photoshop using these simple tips.


Create a Fairy with Sparkle Dust Trail in Photoshop

magic fairy dust photoshop tutorial

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For this tutorial you need the following stock images and textures.

How to Create a Fairy with Sparkle Dust Trail in Photoshop

magic fairy dust photoshop tutorial

Create a new PSD file, size around 690x700px to give you an idea about the width and height proportion. In a new layer add this forest background and resize it like shown in the image.

Use the Clone Tool to fill the rest of the image with tree texture. It doesn't have to look perfect because we will add other layers and also darken the background. But make it look good. It is a good Clone Stamp Tool exercise.

Add this Girl Stock and remove the background using one of the Photoshop selection tool cut out techniques. I used the Magic Wand Tool. Call this layer Fairy.

Press Control-T to flip the image horizontally. Set the Horizontal Scale to -100% . You might have to use the Clone Stamp again to make the dress of the girl longer. We will add foliage layer over the image but still you have to fill a little more.

How to Add a Green Leaf Border in Photoshop

In a new layer add this green leaf border and use the Eraser Tool to keep leaves on the top, bottom and some on the edges like shown in the preview. Call this layer Leaf Frame.

Add an Inner Shadow layer style using color #445f21 for the shadow.

Duplicate the Leaf Frame layer and resize to around 120%. Keep only some leaves and use the Eraser Tool to remove the rest. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and make these settings.

Create a new layer and add this tree branch PNG on the top left side of the image. Add a Levels adjustment. Right click on the Levels and choose Create Clipping Mask.

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