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In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to Create a Magical Photo Manipulation with Flowery Effect in Photoshop. This is an intermediate tutorial so some steps can be tricky, but why not have a try :)

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Along the way, we will use some photo retouch skills, create a flower particle brush and add a flying rose to the image :)

Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)

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OK Let’s get started!

To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stocks:



Step 1

Create a new document size 780px * 1100px with black background, load the model image into Photoshop, cut out of the model and paste it onto our document as shown below:

Use a soft eraser tool, tidy up the edges of the model as shown below:

Remove the feet of the model with the eraser tool to produce some floating, surreal effect:

You can also use the liquify filter (use the forward warping tool) to add some flying effect on the silky part of the sword on top:

Use the the Sharpen Tool with around 20%  strength to sharpen the eye areas of the model a bit:

and here is the effect so far:

Step 2

Let’s add the following image adjustment layer as clipping mask for this model layer:

Black and White

On the layer mask of this black and white adjustment layer, reveal the following area:



Brightness and Contrast

and here is the effect so far:

Step 3

Now let’s create a new brush to add some flower particle effect to the image – to do this, create a new document and use the Pen Tool to draw a shape like below and close the path:

Fill the path with black colour, and turn off the background layer, use the Image > Trim and trim off the transparent pixels:

Define a new brush via Edit >New Brush Preset, then apply the following brush options:

Shape Dynamics


Other Dynamics

Use this newly created brush, paint some particles around the model as shown below with red colour:

Also paint some bigger particles around the canvas with a lower opacity, as shown below:

Step 4

Now we will add the rose into the image. Load the rose stock image into Photoshop, use the magic wand tool to select the rose, and copy it out:

Paste the selection onto our document, flip it horizontally once and apply the following motion blur setting to it:

And you will have the following effect:

In order to produce a flying effect, we can add some warped cloud (render the cloud via the cloud filter) behind the rose: (check out this tutorial on PSD Vault if you have issue with the cloud warp (scroll down and find the cloud warp section)

Duplicate the cloud layer twice, resize them to a smaller scale and attach them to different areas of the cloud, in order to add some variety:

Step 5

We’re almost done! For some final retouches, I added a curvy line with Pen Tool to the model as shown below:

Further rendered some cloud around the model:

Also added some cloud/aura effect around sword:

Added some highlight on the sword to make it shine: (this is done via a soft white brush painting)

Use the warp tool to adjust the highlight in order to fit the shape of the sword:

and here is the effect so far:

Furthermore, you can add some colour to the cloud and sword to make the image look more magical and surreal:

I then further added some colour and light adjustments and here is the final effect I have: (click to enlarge)

Warm Version

Cold Version

That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful! Till next time, have a great day!

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