Create a new file by going to File > New and choosing the settings shown. I ended up cropping the final result a little bit, but A4 is always a nice size to start out with.
Open the foggy forest, select all (Ctrl + A), copy it (Ctrl + C) and place it (Ctrl + V) on a new layer. Darken in Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation. I didn't resize it because I liked how the trees were positioned.
Now place the other forest on top of it and resize it to fit by hitting Ctrl + T and then dragging from the corners until the size fits your original canvas. You must drag from the corners - if you don't, your image will look stretched and ugly.
The bottom part of the second forest will show up strange .
. Leave it as is.it will be fixed later.Step 4
Set the layer mode to Multiply.
Midtones and Highlights more blue.
. +9 should be enough for all three.Go to Image > Adjustments > Curves set the Output around 140-180 and Input to 50-90. Then go to Color Balance and make Shadows. then move the Vibrance slider to -40.
Now use the eraser tool.
. set Tolerance to 50 and make sure the Contiguous box is unticked. Size 300 soft round. soft round size 300 and opacity between 10-25% and erase some of the treetops to blend them better. click ok. Then hit Shift + F6 and a box pops up: set the feather to 5. Just click around. Strength 50% and blur the treetops on the second forest layer. select Blur tool.Step 5
Zoom in to 100%.
Grab the Magic Wand tool.
Now select the bottom part with the marquee tool (shortcut M). Also add a Blur Filter (Filter > Blur > Blur). then adding some blue colour and reducing Vibrance by 50 (Image > Adjustments > Vibrance). right-click and choose "Layer via Copy" and blend it in by darkening it with Gamma Correction (Image > Adjustments > Exposure). Then blend it in with a soft round eraser on low opacity (10-
this is mostly just clicking around and seeing what works the best. Again.
.30%) and I also darkened the sides with the Burn tool on low opacity.psd file how I blended it. You can see from the . too.
. set Feather to 150 and hit Delete twice.Step 8
You should see a similar result. Select the upper part with the Marquee Tool. I allow myself to have some slight colouring mistakes since in the end I'm going to apply an additional colour which will make everything better :)
Copy and paste the bottom ground photo.
turn it more blue/green. If you want something to be less yellow/orange.Step 10
Lower Vibrance and add some Cyan midtones in Color Balance to achieve a similar result.
. I don't usually write down the exact settings I use for getting nicely blended colours. but keeping in mind some colour theory is always the best.
Blend both layers with a soft round eraser as always.
I usually erase the background quite loosely so that I can see better where to fit her (optional step).
Copy and paste the model (ash 33 by faestock).
Cut out the model with the Pen Tool. using the settings shown. Sometimes you need to click and drag. and sometimes you have to do lots of little dots that are very close to each other.
This is an example of the „little dots" technique.
Sometimes I don't cut out unimportant and blurry parts.
Cut the hair like this.
. Loose strands are not imporant right now.
Unite the last two dots to finish the path.
This is what it looks like before it's about to be cut out. Hit Ctrl + Shift + I to invert the selection and then Delete to get a clear background. Right-click and make a selection. You will probably need a graphics tablet for this.
Hair can be a bit tricky.5px. Use the Smudge tool. strength 80-90% and create loose hair strands by moving outwards and inwards in the hair area. then set the Feather to 0.
smudge. Smudge. I tend to keep my Fuzziness around 100 or so to get a nice. This is also the final hair result.
. clean saturation.
Enchance Reds in Replace colour (Image > Adjustments > Replace Color) by clicking on the hair area once and moving the saturation bar to right.although some people can paint similar results with a mouse (I never had a tablet until September 2011). smudge.
Using a hard round eraser on low opacity.
. softly blend in the edges of the model.
Do some additional darkening with the Burn Tool if needed.Step 20
Draw an circle around the model's upper body with the elliptical marquee tool (the elliptical marquee appears if you click and hold on the usual marquee in the toolbar) and select inverse. Slightly darken it in Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation.
. Right-click and set Feather to 150.
Basically. you can call the photomanipulation complete. Then set the layer mode to Darken . Paste the raven near the model to create a nice composition.
.it will blend it pretty well. but I'd like to add some more details.
Use a hard round eraser on maximum opacity to remove the branches. so use the Smudge tool on high strength to retrieve it. As you can see. Also desaturate the raven (Shift + Ctrl + U) to get rid of ugly green undertones. half of its tail is gone. Smudge the wings as well. Sometimes a little Blur can do wonders!
This can be also done with a mouse.
. It's not easy to explain. take the brush tool and set both the opacity and flow between 40-60% and paint some more feathers to add volume to the crow. but I have included a separate screenshot of the shape I painted. as long as you keep erasing and smudging the ends.Step 23
Create a new layer underneath the raven.
then go to Gradient Maps and using something like my gradient „ohne dich" create some new colours. merge everything down again and duplicate the background layer. set it to Soft Light 45% opacity.Step 24
Colours. To get a colder version. the whole lot comes with it. (I cannot share just one gradient. open it in Photoshop and use the Color Picker tool to "take" the colours from these boxes)
. I usually flatten everything together and then I use a slightly modified version of Julia Trotti's „modern things" curve on a new layer and set the layer's opacity to 75%... so save this image to your computer.
I decided to go with the "modern things" version.