Child’s Dream – A Photoshop Manipulation
What You’ll Be Creating
1. This tutorial requires photos of two children reading books, one lying on his/her back and the other lying on lap.
2. A background image of a lot of white cloud high above the sky.
3. Another image of white cloud.
4. Brush of a half moon.
5. Brush of Bubbles.
For the purpose of this tutorial, I have chosen the following images..
5. (moon brush)
6. (bubble brushes)
Open a new file with
Color mode- RGB, 8 bit
Resolution – 300 pixels/inch
Width – 2500 pixels
Height – 3000 pixels
Now place the background image of cloud on the new canvas created and position and scale it suitably.
Now create a blank layer above the cloud background. Then select a brush of bubble of your choice and click once on the blank layer and position and/or scale it suitably.
Also lower the opacity and fill of that layer accordingly so that the bubble blends perfectly with the cloud background.
Now open the first image of the child who is incidentally no one but my younger daughter, in a separate tab in Photoshop.
Then isolate the child from her background. There are various methods by which you can do so. I normally mask out the background with a hard brush having opacity of 100% then soften the edges to some extent with Blur Tool having suitable hardness and strength and then saving the image in PNG format.
In order to match the contour of the child’s figure with that of the bubble I used the warp tool after placing the isolated figure over the Bubble.
Now notice that the edge of the child’s figure is not matching with the background! So, again I masked it so that it’s edges perfectly match with the background.
In order to make the child’s figure over the the bubble more realistic I performed some skin toning and shadow making.To do so, I made a new layer above the child’s layer with the following specification:
Mode – Soft light
And “Fill with soft light neutral color ( 50% gray)” Box checked.
Now with a soft brush of hardness 6% and opacity 8% I darkened some portion of the figure and made some shadows of the child on the bubble so that it looks more realistic.
Now the turn for the 2nd child, in this case who is my eldest daughter.
I directly placed the image of the 2nd child over everything and positioned, scaled & rotated suitably.
To remove the background of this image I again used the layer mask tool with a hard brush having opacity of 100%, then soften the edges to some extent with Blur Tool having suitable hardness and strength.
Then I made 3 adjustment layer of Level, Curves & Exposer with clipping mask to enhance and adjust the image of the 2nd child with the surrounding.
In order to lay the 2nd child over a cloud I placed another image of cloud just beneath her and positioned, scaled & rotated accordingly as usual.
Then I used a layer mask as usual to remove the background of this cloud also.
To look more realistic I inserted one blank layer in between the layer of this cloud and the 2nd child and made some shadows.
Then created two new blank layers one above the other. Then I selected one of the Moon Brushes (Moon_brushes_5) and clicked once on the first newly created blank layer and positioned, scaled & rotated suitably. I left the layer’s opacity and fill at 100% each.
Similarly I created the small cloud above the first child and blended it properly.
And now I am finished! Take these techniques and go apply them to photos of your friends and family members to create some fun, unique and personal images!
The final outcome..
Thank you for visiting PICSEDIT. I’ll be uploading many more such type of simple and interesting photoshop tutorials in future which will help you to manipulate your personal photos to make them really interesting, fun and unique.