Learn how to create this photo manipulation with this detailed step-by-step walkthrough. You’ll learn how to combine a beautiful redhead model with a black raven in a mystical landscape scene.
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Into the Wild Photoshop Tutorial
- Foggy Forest – Malleni-Stock
- Redhead model – FaestockForest I – Malleni-stock
- Forest II – 10Ravens
- Lower Ground – Compot-stock
- Raven – Tasastock
Create a new file by going to File > New and choosing the settings shown. I ended up cropping the final result a little bit, but A4 is always a nice size to start out with.
Open the foggy forest, select all (Ctrl + A), copy it (Ctrl + C) and place it (Ctrl + V) on a new layer. Darken in Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation. I didn’t resize it because I liked how the trees were positioned.
Now place the other forest on top of it and resize it to fit by hitting Ctrl + T and then dragging from the corners until the size fits your original canvas. You must drag from the corners – if you don’t, your image will look stretched and ugly.
Set the layer mode to Multiply. The bottom part of the second forest will show up strange – it will be fixed later. Leave it as is.
Go to Image > Adjustments > Curves set the Output around 140-180 and Input to 50-90, then move the Vibrance slider to -40. Then go to Color Balance and make Shadows, Midtones and Highlights more blue, +9 should be enough for all three.
Zoom in to 100%, select Blur tool, Size 300 soft round, Strength 50% and blur the treetops on the second forest layer. Just click around.
Grab the Magic Wand tool, set Tolerance to 50 and make sure the Contiguous box is unticked. Then hit Shift + F6 and a box pops up: set the feather to 5, click ok. Now use the eraser tool, soft round size 300 and opacity between 10-25% and erase some of the treetops to blend them better.
Now select the bottom part with the marquee tool (shortcut M), right-click and choose “Layer via Copy” and blend it in by darkening it with Gamma Correction (Image > Adjustments > Exposure), then adding some blue colour and reducing Vibrance by 50 (Image > Adjustments > Vibrance). Also add a Blur Filter (Filter > Blur > Blur). Then blend it in with a soft round eraser on low opacity (10-30%) and I also darkened the sides with the Burn tool on low opacity. Again, this is mostly just clicking around and seeing what works the best. You can see from the .psd file how I blended it, too.
You should see a similar result. I allow myself to have some slight colouring mistakes since in the end I’m going to apply an additional colour which will make everything better :)
Copy and paste the bottom ground photo. Select the upper part with the Marquee Tool, set Feather to 150 and hit Delete twice.
Lower Vibrance and add some Cyan midtones in Color Balance to achieve a similar result. I don’t usually write down the exact settings I use for getting nicely blended colours, but keeping in mind some colour theory is always the best. If you want something to be less yellow/orange, turn it more blue/green.
Blend both layers with a soft round eraser as always.
Copy and paste the model (ash 33 by faestock). I usually erase the background quite loosely so that I can see better where to fit her (optional step).
Cut out the model with the Pen Tool, using the settings shown. Sometimes you need to click and drag, and sometimes you have to do lots of little dots that are very close to each other.
This is an example of the „little dots” technique.
Sometimes I don’t cut out unimportant and blurry parts.
Cut the hair like this. Loose strands are not imporant right now.
Unite the last two dots to finish the path.