In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to create an ice fairy in an oceanic environment. Due to the length and complexity of this tutorial, it was divided into 3 parts. This is the first part of a three part tutorial on how to create an enchanting Ice Fairy. The index to all three parts are listed below for your bookmarking convenience.
Here's the rest of the tutorial. Enjoy!
First and foremost, open the main image. Press W to use the Magic Wand tool and hold Shift to select the white background. Once done, press Ctrl + Shift + I to inverse the selection. Next, click on the masking icon as shown below in the Layers' panel. You should be able to see the model on a transparent background by now.
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Click the arrow icon on the layers' panel and select Merge Layers or press Ctrl + E to combine “mask” and “layers 1” together.
Select “Layer 1” and press Ctrl + J to duplicate another copy of “Layer 1”.
Next, go to Filter > Noise > Median.
Click on the masking icon to add a new layer mask. Press B to use Brush tool for masking. You can always press “\” to check your masking areas. The red highlight are areas which will be enhanced on the model.
Press Ctrl + E to merge this two layers. Note: We might need to use “Layer 1” again in later steps, so duplicate it before merging or save it to another new file for back up purposes.
Press Ctrl + J to duplicate another layer.
Go to Filter > Liquify to adjust the edges of the toning so it is smoother.
Double click the foreground icon and set the color to R:146, G:203, B:252.
Select “Layer 1 copy 2” and change its Opacity to 70%.
Select “Layer 1 copy 3”.
Go to Filter > Artistic > Plastic Wrap.
Press and hold Shift to select “Layer 1”, “Layer 1 copy 2”, “Layer 1 copy 3” and “Layer 1 copy 4”. Press Ctrl + E to merge these layers.
Go to Filter > Sketch > Chrome.
Click on Masking icon to create layer mask and press B to mask the darkest area. I prefer to enhance the darkened area because it can create a depth of field on the object and maintain the quality of the focus point at the same time.
Press Ctrl + E to merge layers.
Press W to select Magic Wand tool and set the Tolerance amount to 12. Press and hold Shift to click on the highlighted areas.
Click on the Forground Color to change the color to R:193 G:238 B:248.
Again, you can press Ctrl + E to merge the layers.