Wednesday, August 11, 2010

123RF Tutorial: Creating an Enchanting Ice Fairy - Part 2

This is the second part of a three part tutorial on how to create an enchanting Ice Fairy.

Take note that this is the 2nd part of the 3-part tutorial. First part can be found here.


Step 48

Open a new 300 Resolution file with Width 1680 pixels and Height 1050 pixels. This will be the working canvas in which we place all our work.

Step 49
Open a background image of your favourite icebound scenery and move it to this new composition file. Go to Edit > Free Transform or press Ctrl + T to scale the image to your desired size and move it to the proper position.
Image ID: 5331486 © Moodboard

Step 50
Click and drag the Ice Fairy (“Layer 1”) to the composition file.

Step 51
Press Ctrl + T to transform the Fairy image.

Step 52
Base on your composition ideas, scale the image and place it to your desired position.

Step 53
Press Ctrl + J or drag “Layer 1” towards the New Layer icon to duplicate a layer. At the same time, disable the eye icon on “Layer 2” to make it temporarily invisible.

Step 54
Next, go to Filter > Artistic > Cutout.

Step 55
The setting for this Cutout effect is Number of Levels:8, Edge Simplicity:1, Edge Fidelity:1.

Step 56
Go to Filter > Noise > Median.

Step 57
Set the Radius to 3 pixels.

Step 58
Go to Filter > Artistic > Plastic Wrap.

Step 59
The Plastic Wrap effect setting is Highlight Strength:3, Detail:3, Smoothness:10.

Step 60
Change “Layer 1 copy” to Multiply mode and 70% of Opacity.

Step 61
Select “Layer 1” and “Layer 1 copy”.

Step 62
Press Crtl + E to merge layers.

Step 63
Press Ctrl + B to change color. My setting for this color balance effect is Shadows:-21,+13,+26; Midtones:-34,0,+12; Highlights:-21,+2,+10.

Step 64
Press Ctrl + J to duplicate a copy of “Layer 1 copy”.

Step 65
Go to Filter > Stylize > Find Edges.

Step 66
This is how it should look like after Find Edges effect.

Step 67
Change this layer to Multiply and Opacity to 60%.

Step 68
Click and hold Shift to select these two layers.

Step 69
Press Ctrl + E to merge these two layers together.

Step 70
Select “Layer 2” and press Ctrl + J to duplicate another layer.

Step 71
Go to Filter > Stylize > Find Edges.

Step 72
This is the effect after Find Edges.

Step 73
Change this layer to Multiply mode and Opacity to 38%.

Step 74
Select “Layer 2” and “Layer 2 copy” by pressing and holding "Shift".

Step 75
Press Ctrl + E to merge the layers.

Step 76
Open a butterfly image. Press W to select Magic Wand Tool and click on the white background.
Image ID: 3733601 © Christian Musat

Step 77
Press Ctrl + Shift + I to inverse the selection of the white background.

Step 78
Go to Select > Modify > Feather Selection.

Step 79
Set the Feather Radius to 1 pixels.

Step 80
Press L to select Lasso Tool and press Alt to deselect unwanted areas except for its feelers.

Step 81
Ctrl + C to copy feelers and Ctrl + V to paste it to the layout.

Step 82
Press Ctrl + T to transform and activate the warp mode to bend the feelers. be continued
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