Deviant Style Forest Lady Tutorial
Tutorial by Orion Williams
deviantart style design I'm once again using
some great mjranum stock from
He's got a lot of great stock that you can use under the terms
Keep in mind that there is some images of nudity
which may show up based on your settings - so
Almost always we'll have to get a selection of our main character
from it's original image to take it into our design.
Here I'm taking the magic wand and starting to select the
background. I pretty much go with the easiest possible option
to start using a good tolerance on the background and modify it from
If you're using the magic wand tool and you select something
you're not supposed to as such...
..you will have to undo or modify the selection. Go to your
lasso tool and then 'subtract from selection'.
Select around the area that was over-selected to de-select it.
You can also use the polygonal lasso..
..to select the areas to de-select as well. This is just
knowing how to use the selection tools as I teach better on the live
Once we have the easier outside selected, right click and select
inverse to get the main subject selected.
Go to your moVe tool, click inside the selection and drag it into
the other document.
Ctrl/Cmd T to get Free Transform to do any necessary
With the moVe tool I'm just
centering her in the middle, then pressing enter to apply the
(Forgive me for
switching my pronouns around).
To take things further, we
can add an adjustment layer such as the new Black & White one in
Here I'm choosing the blue
Press OK to create the
adjustment layer and then change the blend mode to Hard Light.
automatically have a layer mask.
We can take a brush with
black as the foreground color and 'mask' or 'hide' away the effect
of this layer.
Here I'm just masking the
center of the adjustment layer around the model.
To take it further, add a
color balance adjustment layer.
And tweak the settings.
Working on each tone balance
will generally apply to that levels range.
So our highlights or
'lightest' areas will balance towards yellow instead of blue.
Adjusting the shadow balance
affects the tone in darker areas towards the colors you choose.
And then you can toggle
through the blend modes looking for a nice contrasty effect.
Click on the background layer
to make it active.
Then click on the new layer
icon to create a new blank layer above the background layer.
Now you can choose some brushes.
I purchased these brush sets
I'm loading some Grass brushes and then going to the shape dynamics
Here is where you can adjust
several parameters such as size jitter which will spread them
randomly apart more.
By bringing up the Angle
Jitter it will just rotate the brushes strokes as you can see in the
When you click to paint with
the brush your results will show up on our new blank layer.
Of course it will paint with
whatever is your foreground color. We can go ahead and change
our foreground color with the color picker.
For this forest theme, I'm
getting an olive drab foreground color.
Still on the 'B'rush tool,
I'm lowering the opacity so it will blend more into the background.
On a new layer I am adding
some more brush strokes with the lower opacity.
Remember can change the blend
mode anytime you want. This will lighten the mixture of the
Here is what we have so far.
Note that the brush layers are beneath the model in layer order.
Duplicate the background
layer by dragging it to the new layer icon.
Ctrl/Cmd L to bring up levels
on this duplicate background layer. Now let's darken this
layer by dragging the left levels slider to the right.
Now that we have a darker
version of this layer, click on the layer mask icon to add a layer
Get your Brushes tool and
lower the opacity.
Now we can just use whatever
brush we have and start hiding or 'masking' of this layer.
Now I'm adding a curves
adjustment layer. In Photoshop CS3 you can now see the levels
in the dialog box. I'm lowering the mid region to make it
We can always modify the
opacity or blend mode of these adjustment layers.
Create a new layer.
Choose a similar foreground
Move the blank layer to the
Load a different brush set;
here I'm bringing up Fairies.
Choose a different brush.
Since I have Scattering and
Shape dynamics boxes checked, it will apply those attributes
(instead of just giving one brush stroke) so it spreads them out.
Click on the Gradient Fill
Change it to reflected with
reverse to get the same effect with whatever your foreground color
If you want you can create a
layer comp to remember the current visual appearance.
I teach you this better in
the video tutorials or tutorialkey.
I've created 2 slightly
different gradient fills.
Try changing the blend modes
to see how they blend together in the image.
Now we have a darker effect.
Changing the layer order will
affect the overall appearance.
And you can save a new
position as a layer comp.
I'm going to load the Webs
I'll pick a web brush.
And create a new layer to put
it on to retain it's independence.
Now I'll click to apply the
single web brush in a couple locations.
We can move the webs layer
above our model to have the webs appear in front. Note: It
seems I rarely label my layers when I work thus creating more
confusion to some.
Here's something you may not
have heard of: Press Alt+Ctrl+Shift E to create a new merged
layer with everything you have so far.
On this layer we can go to
Filter: Render: Lighting Effects
And then we can add some
lighting effects. Find something you like as an option and
See the top layer is now this
merged copy with the lighting affect applied to it.
We can bring in a Pattern
Change the blend mode to
Overlay just to adde some texture as another potential feature of
the final design.
Try changing the layer order.
Now grab a brush so we can
mask parts of this layer so it's not consistent across the 'entire'
The darker areas on the mask
are what are hidden.
And here's our semifinal
design which I created live in the process of making this tutorial.
You can do other things such
as bringing in new color balance and toying around with that.
The automatic positions of
the order of layers will instantly create interesting results and
add some unique color in the design.
There you go (by no means
'finished' in the details but)...a lot of things covered in this
deviant art style tutorial that will give you a lot of knowledge to
harness the power of Photoshop to let YOUR creativity run wild!
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