This is the final part of a three part tutorial on how to create an enchanting Ice Fairy. If you've missed the first two parts, don't worry, the index to the first 2 parts are listed below.
Scale the size and place it on the head of the ice fairy.
This is how it should look like once it is done.
Open another butterfly image. This time, we are going to cut out the wings. Use Magic Wand Tool (press W) to select the white area.
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Press Ctrl + Shift + I to inverse the selection.
Use the Lasso Tool(press L) and hold Alt to deselect unwanted areas, leaving only one side of the wings available.
Drag it to the composition and scale it to the desired size. Move it under “Layer 2 copy”.
Press Ctrl + J to duplicate another copy of “Layer1”(Wings).
Go to Filter > Artistic > Cutout.
My setting for the wings is Number of Levels:8, Edge Simplicity:1, Edge Fidelity:3.
Go to Filter > Noise > Median.
Set the Radius amount to 2 pixels.
After that, go to Filter > Artistic > Plastic Wrap.
The setting is Highlight Strength:10, Detail:8, Smoothness:8.
Press Ctrl + J to duplicate a copy of “Layer 1 copy”.
Go to Filter > Sketch > Chrome.
Set Chrome detail to 3 and Smoothness to 8.
Press Ctrl + B to change wing's color.
Select “Layer 1 copy” and temporarily off the “Layer 1 copy 3” by clicking on the eye icon.
Use the previous settings to change the wings color again.
Change “Layer 1” to Hard Light mode and Opacity to 40%.
Change “Layer 1 copy” Opacity to 35%.
Change “Layer 1 copy 3” to Soft light mode and 45% of Opacity.
Select “Layer 1 copy 3” layer and go to Filter > Stylize > Find Edges.
Press and hold "Shift" to select these 3 layers.
Drag towards the new layer icon to duplicate another set of wing layer.
Go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal to flip the wing.
Press V to select Move Tool.
Press Crtl + T to transform and move the wing to where you see appopriate.
Go back to “Layer 2 copy” and click on the icon as shown to add layer mask.
Press B(Brush tool) to mask the fairy's belly and make sure you change the Opacity value to make it look more realistic. In this masking process, I changed the Opacity value from 5% to 55% to complete the whole masking process.
Create shadows for the wings and move it behind the fairy.
That's it. Hope you enjoy it.