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In this particular tutorial you will learn how to create an elegant fantasy photomanipulation, and yet keeping a twist of realism.
Start by opening your background image. As you can see, there’s a frame that is distracting the attention from what we want to achieve, so we are going to start by removing it.
Make a selection of the background, Right Click – Layer via Copy.
Drag the copied part of the background over the frame. Make sure you erase the margins with a soft round brush for a better blending.
Open your model image, and crop it. Drag it over your background. Because the model is sitting in a different position, we will first need to flip our background. Right click on your background and chooseImage -> Layer from Background.
Now go to Edit – Transform – Flip Horizontal.
I have also cropped the top of my background to avoid losing details.
Duplicate your model layer (in case something goes wrong), hide the original, and name your new layer“model copy”. Now, we need to analyze the light source. Even if it’s a closed space, the light must come from somewhere. Our light source comes from right, which means all the shadows will fall to the left side. Start by selecting the dress and leg of the model, Right click -> Feather and choose something between 100px – 200px. Now go to Image -> Adjustments -> Brightness & Contrast, and darken your image until you feel it looks good. (My values: Brightness -95 // Contrast 43 )
Don’t forget to make a selection of the dress and slightly desaturate it, to keep the white tone, after darkening the image.