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Create a Magical Photo Manipulation with Flowery Effect in Photoshop

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 :)

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

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

Warm Version

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Cold Version

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OK Let’s get started!

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

Model

Rose

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:

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

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

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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:

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

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and here is the effect so far:

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Step 2

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

Black and White

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

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Levels

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Curves

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Brightness and Contrast

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and here is the effect so far:

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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:

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

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

Shape Dynamics

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Scattering

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Other Dynamics

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

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

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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:

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

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And you will have the following effect:

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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)

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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:

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Step 5

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

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Further rendered some cloud around the model:

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Also added some cloud/aura effect around sword:

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

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

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and here is the effect so far:

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

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

Warm Version

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Cold Version

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