In this Photoshop tutorial I’ll show you how to create a fantasy photo manipulation named ‘Walking Away’ in Photoshop. We’ll learn how to create a fantasy and colorful scene using a range of photo manipulation techniques. You’ll also learn about color matching techniques, blending and making the scene relaxing and vibrant. A tea of coffee and some snacks would be great for company.
Preparing Fantasy Background
Start by creating a new document with height 900px and width 1500px.
Place the sky image to our main document and place it by clicking File > Place Embedded.
The colors in sky are great and perfectly suitable for any dreamy, fantasy photo manipulation. The benefit of this kind of colors in any photo, gives you complete freedom to convert the colors into those which you want. Make a Curves adjustment layer and use the Green Channel to add Green colors to it. You can add an adjustment layer by clicking on third icon at the bottom of layer panel.
Place the bridge image to main document as shown below.
Activate the Quick Selection Tool (W) and make the selection of sky.
While the selection is active, click on add Layer Mask
icon at the bottom of panel to extract the sky parts of bridge.
Now we’ll match the colors and brightness of bridge with the sky.
First, add a Curves adjustment layer to bridge and increase the brightness. Remember to set this layer as Clipping Mask.
Also, use the Red and Blue channel to add some colors to it.
Add Color Balance adjustment layer to bridge and continue coloring it. Only change the value of Midtones and Highlights.
Reduce the opacity of Color Balance to 80%.