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Create a Fantasy Peacock Princess Composition

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In this tutorial you will learn how turn a standard stock photo of a female model into a fantasy Indian princess. Let’s get started!


Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial.


Step 1

The first step is to download and open the "main model image". You need to download the medium image which we will use for this tutorial. Once you have the image open go to the source folder and open the file "model paths", go to the main model image again select the Move Tool (V) and hold Shift down and drag the "main model" image into the "model paths". This will make it easier when selecting certain parts of the image as I have already drew the paths.



Step 2

Now select the Magic Wand Tool (W) with the tolerance of 25 and then click on the white background to the left of the model and then hold the Shift key and click on the white background to the right of the model. Go to Select > Inverse and press Command/Ctrl + Shift + D to get the Feather Selection and add a Feather of 1 pixel. Press Command/Ctrl + J to put the model on a new layer. You then click on the background layer and add a new layer above this and fill with black. Click on layer one and re-name it "main model".


Step 3

Now that we have a black background behind the model we can see were there is white highlights that need removing on the model. If you open the Paths Palette you will see a path called "hair sides trim" if you generate a selection from this path by pressing Command/Ctrl + Enter and add a feather of 3 pixels and then press Delete it will remove the white edges from the hair.



Step 4

We now need to remove the white highlights from under her neckline. If you go to the Paths Palette and generate a selection from the "neckline path" and give it a feather of 1 pixel, then select the Marquee Tool (M) then hold the Shift key and press the down arrow twice to nudge the selection down twenty pixels. Press Command/Ctrl + J to put it on a new layer. Select the Move Tool (V) and hold the Shift key down and nudge up twice so the new section of her neck covers the highlights. Add a Layer Mask to layer three and select the Brush Tool (B).  Then go to the Brush palette and select the soft round 100px brush. Then go to the mask layer on "Layer 3" and paint away the hard edge at the bottom of the new neck section to blend it in with her neck and finally press Command/Ctrl + E to merge down.



Step 5

We now need to clone out the last remaining highlights to the right of image as highlighted in red.



Step 6

Add a new layer above the model image and select the Clone Stamp Tool (S). In the clone stamp tool options in the options bar select Current and Below option in the drop down list so you have more flexibility when cloning. In the Clone Tool Brushes options select a 35px soft round brush then Alt click next to the white highlights then paint away to hide the highlights. If you then go to the layer options and select "create clipping mask" to clip it to the main model image and then finally you press Command/Ctrl + E to merge down.



Step 7

We now need to enlarge and add a slight slant to her eyes to give them a more Asian look. If you go to the Paths Pallete and select the "left eye enlarge path" and generate a selection from this. Once you have a selection press Command/Ctrl + J to put the left eye on a new layer. Now press Command/Ctrl + T to get the transform tool. Rotate it slightly to the right then hold the Shift key down and select the top left of the bounding box and enlarge by around 10% now press Enter to release the bounding box. We now need to add a Layer Mask to the "eye layer". If you select a 100px soft round brush (make sure to press B to get to the brush tool) and paint around the edges of the enlarged eye to blend it in smoothly with the rest of the face. Once you are happy with this press Command/Ctrl + E to Merge Down. Now do the same steps to the right eye, using the "right eye enlarge path" in the Paths Palette.



Step 8

Now we need to darken the skin on the model and colour it so she looks more Asian. Make sure the "main model" layer is active the press Command/Ctrl + J to duplicate and then add a ultiply layer blending mode to the layer with a 66% opacity. Add a selective colour options adjustment layer to colourise the skin. Command/Ctrl- click on the "main model" Layer to generate a selection then go to the layers adjustment options at the bottom of the layers palette and apply the settings as highlighted.



Step 9

We will now add the peacock feather texture to her forehead. Open the "feather texture" image and then double click on the background layer to put it on a layer. Drag it 25% over to the left and press Command/Ctrl + J to duplicate the image and go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal and drag this duplicate over to the right to fill the gap. If you then apply a Layer Mask to the duplicate layer and add a Linear Gradient Foreground to Transparent Gradient to the Mask to blend this layer in with the underlying layer now press Command/Ctrl + E to merge down.



Step 10

Drag this "feather texture" layer above the Adjustment Layer in the models document and resize the feather texture by 25% and Flip vertically. Now apply a soft light layer blending mode.



Step 11

 We now need to mask the feather texture so that it is just on the forehead area. Click the "Add layer mask" icon at the bottom of the layers palette and then select a 200px soft round brush from the brush palette and apply the mask as shown from the screen shot.



Step 12

We will now add the eye makeup to the model. If you select from the "feather texture" layer down to the "main model" layer holding the Shift key and press Command/Ctrl + G to put these into a group and then rename the group "woman".

At the bottom of the layers palette click the new group icon and rename this group "eye makeup" now add a new layer from this group and call it "left eye shadow" select the upper brow with the Pen Tool (P) as show in the screen shot and then generate a selection from this and apply a feather selection of 4px. We now need to fill this with the green colour #3A601D by pressing Alt + Backspace. Now apply a Colour layer blending mode of 73%.



Step 13

Select the eyelid with the Pen Tool (P) and generate a selection from this with a 2px feather selection. Apply a blue colour with a Selective Colour Adjustment layer with the settings as shown in the screen shot. You now need to apply the same makeup techniques to the right eye.



Step 14

We will now colour the iris green to continue with the peacock theme. Select the Pen Tool (P) to select both of the irises and generate a selection from this. Apply a 1pixel feather selection and then apply a colour balance adjustment layer with the settings as shown in the screenshot.



Step 15

Open the "feather texture" image again and select the section of the picture highlighted in red by using the Pen Tool (P). Generate a selection from this path and add a 1px feather selection and press Command/Ctrl + J to put this on a new layer, drag this over to your model image above the iris colour adjustment layer.



Step 16

Rename this new layer "eye feather" press Command/Ctrl + T  to transform this layer so it fits under the eye as shown in the screen shot. Apply a Soft Light layer blending mode. Press Command/Ctrl + J, flip it horizontally and apply to the right eye and rename this layer "eye feather right."



Step 17

Create a new layer group above the "eye make up group" and call this "forehead dot". Open the image "feather dot" and then isolate the main eye in the feather, apply a 3 pixel feather and drag this is in the document and place it as shown in the screenshot. Apply a Hard Light blending mode with an opacity of 85%



Step 18

We will now add some accentuated eyelashes to the models eyes.  You can either use the "eyelashes path" provided in the paths palette or draw your own with the Pen Tool (P). Create a new group above the forehead dot group and call It "model eyelashes" Create a new layer in this group and name it "left eyelashes". Once you have the eyelashes path complete generate a selection from this and fill it with black. Duplicate this layer and flip it horizontally and drag it over to the right eye and rename this "right eyelashes."



Step 19

Open the "jewelry path" image and then download the "jewelry XLarge" image and open this.  Shift drag the "jewelry picture" into the "jewelry path" image you will have the path available to quickly isolate the necklace.



Step 20

Generate a selection from the "jewelry path" in the paths palette and apply a 0.5 pixel feather then press Command/Ctrl + J to put this on a new layer and re-name it  ''necklace''. Go back to your "main model" document and create a new layer group above the ''model eyelashes'' group and call this ''model jewelry'' go back to the "jewelry path" document and drag the isolated necklace into the new group that you have just created in the model document.



Step 21

We now need to separate the sections of jewelry into four layers. Make sure that the "necklace." layer is active then select the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) Draw a selection around the right earring and then press Shift + Command/Ctrl + J to put this on its own layer called ''right earring. If you do the same technique on the left earring and the forehead jewelry as shown in the layer screen shot. Take care when isolating the bottom of the left earring from the necklace.



Step 22

Please check out the screen shot for this step and try and place and resize the jewelry as i have placed it. You may need to use the Edit > Transform > Warp tool to correctly place the necklace. I also deleted the left earring as a section was missing and duplicated the right earring and flipped it horizontally.


Step 23

Once you have placed the jewelry as I have done you may notice that the top of the strings on both of the earrings do not come into contact with the models head. Make a selection as shown in the screen shot and then press Command/Ctrl + T and drag the centre point in the transformation box to the bottom centre so it rotates from the bottom and not the middle. Now slightly rotate this section of the earring until the top section comes in contact with the models head.



Step 24

We will now mask out the top of the necklace so it follows the neckline perfectly. Click on the "necklace" layer and then add a layer mask from the bottom of the palette. Now select the "neckline path" and generate a selection from this with a 1 pixel feather. Press Command/Ctrl + Shift + I to inverse the selection and choose a large 100 pixel black brush to paint away the top of the necklace in the Mask Layer.



Step 25

The jewelry looks too light so we will need to add a levels adjustment layer. Hold down Shift + Command/Ctrl and click on each of the layers in the "model jewelry" group to generate a selection from each of these layers. With the selection active make sure the top layer in the group is selected and then add a levels adjustment layer with the options shown in the screen shot.



Step 26

Duplicate the "right earring" layer and apply a Multiply layer blending mode with a opacity of 57%.  This needs to be darker as it is on the dark side of the models face.  Also duplicate the "necklace" and apply a Multiply layer blending mode to this and then mask out the bottom of the necklace with a 200 pixel black brush so it leaves a shadow on the necklace underneath her neck.



Step 27

We need to add some shadows to the jewelry. Select the "necklace" layer and apply the following settings that you see in the screen shot for the drop shadow. Once you have applied the drop shadow to the necklace, go to Layer > Layer Styles > Copy Layer Style and then select the forehead jewelry and go to Layer > Layer Styles > Paste Layer Style to apply the same drop shadow as the necklace.



Step 28

After looking at the image I noticed that some of the jaw line needs tidying up. Use the Pen Tool (P) and select the areas as indicated in red in the screen shot (please note that the areas you need to select may differ from my version depending on how you placed the necklace). Generate at selection and apply a 1px feather selection. Go to "main model" layer in the group named "Women" and delete these areas. Also select "Main Model Copy Layer" and delete the areas from this layer too.



Step 29

We need to darken the jewelry to match the lighting on the model. Go to the "Model Jewelry Layer Group" at the top of the Layers Palette and select the "Necklace Layer". Select the Burn tool (O) and select the Highlights Range in the Options Bar with an exposure of 32% and a brush size of 65 pixels. You now paint away the highlights on the right side of the necklace to darken this area. Now select the "Right Earring" Layer and paint away a few of the highlights on this.



Step 30

Open the "jewelry XL Image" and select the top of the models dress as indicated in red by using the Pen Tool (P) generate a selection from the path add a 2 pixel feather selection and press Command/Ctrl + J to put this on a new layer. Drag this over to your main model document, rename this layer " Dress" and put it in a layer group named "Peacock Dress".



Step 31

On the "Dress Layer" We need to cover the section of the dress where the jewelry is showing. Select the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) and select the area in red as show in the screen shot.  Add a 2 pixel feather and press Command/Ctrl + J to put this on a new layer, then drag it over to the right to cover the jewelry.



Step 32

On this new section we need to use the "Transform Warp Tool" to deform the section so it accurately follows the pattern of the dress. Go to Edit > Transform  > Warp and then drag the top right handle of the Bounding Box then drag in down till the pattern looks like it is following the pattern of the dress. Add a Layer Mask to this layer and select the Pen Tool (P) to draw a path that is indicated in red in the screen shot. Generate a selection from this. Apply a 6 Pixel Feather selection and Fill with Black on the Layer Mask.



Step 33

While still in the Layer Mask select a 100 Pixel Soft Layer Brush and blend the edges of the dress section as indicated in the Layers Palette. Click on the Layer then select the Burn Tool (O) in the Burn Tool Options select Midtones as the range and exposure 32% with a Soft Edge Brush Size of 65 Pixels. In the top right of the dress section carefully burn until in it darkens to match the section of the dress below. Finally press Command/Ctrl + E to merge down.



Step 34

Make sure you are on the dress layer press Command/Ctrl + T and re size and position the dress as shown in the screen shot. Duplicate the dress layer. Apply a Multiply Layer blending mode with an opacity of 75%.



Step 35

Press Command/Ctrl + Click on the Dress Copy Layer to generate a selection. Now add a Hue Saturation Adjustment Layer and use the same settings as indicated below in the Hue saturation dialogue box on the screen shot.



Step 36

Use the Pen Tool (P) to isolate the sections of the dress as indicated in red. Generate a selection from the path add a 1 Pixel Feather Selection. Click on the Layer Mask in the Hue Saturation Adjustment Layer and then Inverse the Selection and Fill With Black to reveal the blue sections of the dress.



Step 37

Use the Pen Tool (P) to select the Silver Motif on her dress as indicated in red. Generate a selection from this path and add a 1 Pixel Feather then create a new Hue Saturation Adjustment Layer with the settings as shown in the hue/saturation palette on the screen shot.



Step 38

Duplicate the layer "Dress Copy" add a Layer Mask to this Layer and then apply a Black Foreground to Transparent Gradient from left to right to darken the right side of the dress.



Step 39

Select the "Peacock Layer Dress" layer group and drag it below the "Model Jewelry" Layer group. Create the new Layer Group above the "Peacock Dress" Layer Group and name this Layer Group "Flower on Dress". Open the Clematis Flower Image and then isolate with the Pen Tool (P) generate a selection from the path add a 1 Pixel Feather Selection. Press Command/Ctrl + J to put this on a new layer and then drag into "Flower on Dress" Layer group.



Step 40

Position the flower and resize as shown in the screenshot.  Duplicate and apply a Multiply layer blending mode with an opacity of 23%.  Command/Ctrl - Click on the bottom flower layer to generate a selection then add a hue/saturation adjustment layer as shown in the screenshot.



Step 41

Select the Clematis and apply the drop shadow with the settings as indicated in the screen shot.



Step 42

We now need to place the model in the appropriate settings. Create a new document with a setting of "1600 pixels wide x 1200 pixels wide" and a resolution of 72dpi. Save this document as " Indian scene". Open the image "Ornate Window" drag it into the background and re-size as shown.



Step 43

Duplicate the Ornate Window Layer, Flip it horizontally and then drag it over to the right as shown in the screen shot. Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) to select the White Edge to the left of the Duplicated Layer and then press Delete and Command/Ctrl + E to merge down.



Step 44

Use the Pen tool (P) to select the Large Ornate Window. Generate a selection from this path and add a 0.5 Pixel feather selection then go to "Layer > Layer Mask > Hide Selection.



Step 45

Rename this layer "Ornate Window" and then duplicate it and add a Multiply Layer Blending Mode at 44%. Open the "Taj Mahal" image then select the Magic Wand Tool (W) with the Tolerance of 12. Hold Shift down and keep Shift Clicking on the Sky until it is all selected. Inverse the selection and apply a 0.5 pixel feather selection and press Command/Ctrl +J to put this on a new layer.  Drag this layer into your main document underneath the "ornate window layers" and rename it "Taj Mahal". Resize and position this layer as shown and then duplicate and add a Multiply Layer Blending mode with an opacity of 44%. Flip both these layers horizontally.



Step 46

Download the sky image and resize and position as shown in the screenshot.  Duplicate this layer and add a Multiply layer blending mode of 42%.



Step 47

Make sure the peacock princess model document is open, select all the layers and groups and add these in a group called "peacock princess". Drag this group into the "Indian scene" document and resize and position the model as shown in the screenshot. (If you see a white thin line to the left of the model you need to delete this from the " main model" layer in the group named "woman").



Step 48

Open the "peacock" image and isolate it using the Pen Tool (P) and apply a 1 pixel feather, Press Command/Ctrl + J to add this too a new layer and drag it into the "Indian scene" document and position it above the "ornate window layer". Rename the layer "peacock." 



Step 49

Open the "Ivy 1" Large sized image and the "ivy alpha channel" image from the source folder. Press Command/Ctrl + A on the "ivy alpha channel" image then copy this and go to the "Ivy 1" image.  Add a new channel in the channels palette and press Shift + Command/Ctrl + V to paste the ivy selection into the alpha channel. Command/Ctrl-click on the alpha 1 channel to load the selection then click on the RGB channel. Go to the layers palette and press Command/Ctrl + J to put the selected Ivy on a new layer.



Step 50

Drag the isolated ivy layer into the "Indian scene" document above the "peacock layer" name this layer  "ivy" and resize and position as shown in the screenshot.  Duplicate this and add a Multiply layer blending mode with an opacity of 60%.



Step 51

Add a drop shadow layer style to the "ivy"  layer with the settings as shown in the screenshot. Duplicate the  "Ivy copy" layer,  increase the opacity to 76%. Add a layer mask and then paint with a large black brush to mask out all the ivy on the left side of her face so the ivy on the right side of her face is darker.



Step 52

Open the "bird brushes" and add the " birds 1" brush to a new layer above the sky at 166pixels size. Rename this layer  "birds".



Step 53

Create a new layer group above the " peacock princess" layer group and name this "finishing colour touches" Add a hue/saturation adjustment layer with the settings shown in the screenshot. Reduce the opacity of this layer to 45%.



Step 54

Create a new layer above the hue/sat adjustment layer and press Command/Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E to merge all the underlying layers onto one layer. Add a hard light layer blending mode with an opacity of 57%. Add a Gaussian blur of 6 pixels to soften the effect.



Step 55

The final step is to create a new layer above the Hard Light layer. Press Command/Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E to merge all the underlying layers onto this layer. Apply Multiply layer blending mode with an opacity of 67%. Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Hide All. Select the Gradient Tool (G) and choose the transparent to foreground linear gradient with white as your foreground color. Add a subtle gradient from the right and also one from the bottom to darken these edges.



Final Image

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you discovered some new techniques to apply to your own creations.


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