Create a Fantasy Manipulation with Light Effects in Photoshop

In this advanced manipulation tutorial I will show you how I created a lady floating in the air in the middle of a forest. We will create beautiful light effects and realistic depth of field.

This is a detailed tutorial that covers many topics:
– Turn day into night in Photoshop
– Complex masking made easy with Calculations
– Creating depth maps (for realistic depth of field)
– Easy hair painting using custom brush
– Create a hair brush
– Create realistic light glows
– Light effects using the brush tool
– Working with particle stock and creating your own

Skip to:
Intro: 0:00
– Create the light effects: 30:38
– Create the depth map: 57:21
– Add the floating woman: 1:08:01

This tutorial can be followed in Photoshop CS6, CC, CS5, CS4 or CS3

Hard Light Effects in Photoshop –

This is the first live tutorial I recorded so I had no idea what I will end up with. Basically I wanted to show how to get a high contrast hard light effect in Photoshop, almost HDR looking. I wanted to keep things realistic so I used the contrast masking technique to keep the original shadows of the model.

This tutorial can be followed in Adobe Elements as well.
0:00 Intro
0:51 Making the background
3:17 Background adjustments
7:49 Adding the model
8:54 Shadow masking in Photoshop
13:07 The hard light effect using dodge & burn
20:50 Hard light effect effacement with filters
23:49 The Shadows/Highlights filter for HDR effect
25:56 Sharpening

Model stock image by Marcus Ranum:
Background image by Julia Starr:
Sky stock image by Pelleron Stock:

Quick Tutorial – Realistic Depth of Field in Photoshop

Let’s face it, the Gaussian Blur filter does not deliver really realistic results. In this quick tutorial I will show you how to use the Quick Mask mode to create gradual selections and create a more realistic depth of field in Photoshop using the much more accurate Lens Blur Filter.