Making of a Forest Magical Scene

Create a new document of 500×700 pixels. Download Forest 5 from Stock City here. Place the forest image into your document as shown in the diagram.
Download May Queen S11 from Mjranum Stock here. Open up the image in Photoshop, go to Filter > Extract to remove the background. You may wish to visit here to check out other methods of extraction.
Download Fairy S5 from Mjranum Stock here. Open up the image in Photoshop, go to Filter > Extract to remove the background. You may wish to visit here to check out other methods of extraction.
Drag and resize the extracted May Queen into your document. Right-click on the May Queen layer and choose Blending Options. Activate Outer Glow, set the Blend Mode to Color Dodge, Opacity to 22%, Color to #FFFFBE, Size to 46px and leave the rest as default.
Rresize the Fairy and place it on the palm of May Queen. Right-click on the Fairy layer and choose Blending Options. Activate Outer Glow, set the Blend Mode to Color Dodge, Opacity to 22%, Color to #FFFFBE, Size to 46px and leave the rest as default. Activate Color Overlay, set the Blend Mode to Color Dodge and Color to #C8FF05.
Duplicate May Queen layer. Select the lower May Queen layer and go to Edit > Free Transform. Scale the image downwards like the one shown in the diagram.
Go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation. Set the Lightness to -100. Then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Set the radius to 5px. Erase those unwanted shadows behind the May Queen with the Eraser tool.
Create a new layer and name it as Glitter. Select the Brush tool, set the size to 15px and brush type to Star. Set the foreground color to #FFFF00. Open up the Brush Palette and activate Scattering. Set the Scatter to 330%, Control to Pen Pressure, Count to 1 and Count Jitter to 0. Draw a path around the May Queen with Pen tool like the one shown below.
While selecting Pen tool, right-click on the path you have just drawn and choose Stroke Path. Set the mode to Brush and check on Simulate Pressure. Right-click on Glitter layer and activate Outer Glow. Set the Blend Mode to Color Dodge, Opacity to 75%, Size to 5 and leave the rest as default. Activate Color Overlay and set the color to #E9F8AC. Do the same for another new path around May Queen again.
Create a new layer and name it as Flare. Download CS4 V2 Light Effect Brushes here. Select the Brush tool and choose crismas2.psd. Set the foreground color to #FFFFFF and paint a large flare behind the May Queen layer. Set the Blend Mode of Flare layer to Overlay.
Now merge all the layers you have created so far and name this new layer as Original. Duplicate the layer and set its Blend Mode to Soft Light.
Duplicate another layer and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Set the radius to 10px. Set the Blend Mode of this layer to Screen.
Create a new Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer. Set the Hue to 0, Saturation to -50 and Lightness to 0. Colorize remain unchecked.
Create a new Color Balance Adjustment Layer. Set the Color Levels to -17, 16, -20. Leave the rest as default settings.
Create a new Curves Adjustment Layer. Set a point in the middle of the curve with Output at 120 and Input at 130.
Create a new Levels Adjustment Layer. Set the values to 20, 1, 239.
Create a new Color Balance Adjustment Layer. Set the Color Levels to 23, 0, -18. Leave the rest as default settings.
You may wish to add in more fairies to complete a more magical design like what I did below. Hope you have enjoyed reading the tutorial.

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151 Comments | Write a Comment

  1. Mostafizur says:

    Awesome!!!Nice work.Thanks for sharing.

  2. Alan Smith says:

    wow, it’s amazing.

  3. Marieu says:

    Thanks, it was beautiful.

  4. Jessica says:

    Thankss!!! it’s really good =)

  5. Dave D. says:

    Just walked through this tutorial, Very Cool! There are some really great techniques here. Great Job.

  6. Sabrix says:

    Good work, thanks for sharin’,, n for the cool new brushes too,,

  7. Gunn says:

    Awesome, I loved this ! Thank you

  8. kamal samant says:

    too gooood

  9. Shumi says:

    Its just awesome one. I am speechless. It seems that the queen of forest standing in the tree.

  10. junkier0307 says:

    wow..nice..thank you..i got new idea…

  11. Jinterwas says:

    Thanks for this wonderful tutorial! It was my first attempt to create something like this & it went very smooth (except, to be honest, the drawing with the pen, but that’s lack of skill on my account πŸ˜‰ !). You can see the result here:

  12. Awesome image ! Very much enjoyable ! Thanks.

  13. Anna Laura says:

    Thanks! IΒ΄m really apreciate!

  14. Sarah says:

    Lighting brush is one of my favourites. Have a look at some of my work at using the lighting brush.



  15. Debbie W. says:

    Just ran across you place. Love this tutorial…thanks so much.

  16. darryl brocklesby says:

    Thanks for this tutorial and the end result is ace. Let me know when you have more o look at!

  17. dandy says:

    Very nice piece of photo manipulation.

  18. Oh! ItÒ€ℒs Really Good thanks 4 all this stepsÒ€¦.! and the lighting brush is so gooodÒ€¦………….!

  19. Thanx …………. Good Work ……..!

  20. Thanx this work.. and added to my blog

  21. bono calacal says:

    This is soooo cool. Thanks a lot for posting!


  22. evilkitty75 says:

    loved it n enjoyed makin this ^.^

  23. promps says:

    wow…that awesome !!!thanks for sharing

  24. WoW πŸ™‚ Awesome tutorial. Easy and well defined tutorial. Thanks for sharing this nice post.

  25. Froi says:

    Great tutorials. Love the final image, great job.

  26. Darklords says:

    Un tutorial muy bueno y con un acabado excelecente. Gran trabajo, felicidades πŸ˜‰

  27. Enoch says:

    wow i just do not know what to write it’s awesome

  28. Henriette. says:

    I didt find the “extract”..? I am using CS4.
    Please help ? (A)

  29. Very nice Post! Really love it your post! thank you very much for your Information

  30. Rajib says:


  31. Addict says:

    I love your stuff. But I am confused, I am really new to photoshop.
    On the part-“Drag and resize the extracted May Queen into your document” How do I do that, It wont let me.

  32. bdsm says:

    awesome tutorials

  33. Ragna says:


    is it permitted to use this tutorial to translate into German?
    Please answer me.

    It is to say that this tutorial is very understandable and well after can be done. Class work.

    Greetz R.

    • Johnson Koh says:

      Hi Ragna, thanks for liking this tut. You may translate only this tut with proper credits to 10Steps.SG. Do send me a link when its published? Cheers πŸ˜‰

  34. robb says:

    nice tuts !!

  35. Johnson Koh says:

    @Conaircan: I’m sorry that I totally missed your valuable comment earlier. Thanks for your support! πŸ˜€

    @michq: Hi there! Are you from Singapore too? If yes, I think Nanyang Poly’s Digital Media Design course is pretty cool. Interviewed several students from there have shown me great course works before. You may wish to check out more from their website.

  36. michq says:

    hi Johnson, your really hold the magic of photoshop! i would like to be a web designer, i should go for what course? photoshop and flash?any institute can recommend for me to study these courses?

  37. Conaircan says:

    Hi..I’ve been checking all your tutorials, ITS GREAT MEN TOTALLY AWESOME, I just wonderin how can you get all that ideas its cool really, Honestly, you’re one of my idol… Good Job!!!

  38. Johnson Koh says:

    Thanks a lot Tim! You are making nice signatures!

  39. Tim says:

    Good tutorial, nice outcome, keep it up!

  40. Johnson Koh says:

    @Miss Angie: You’ve done a good job!

    @Lim: It benefits both the readers and myself. Thanks for sharing some of your pointers.

  41. Lim says:


    Reducing saturation is an easy way to coordinate elements between them but the result is always the same ; gothy/moody and colors are unnatural. It’s more professional and difficult to adjust one element to the background than polish the entire picture with grey levels. Colors were better on the original stock. Black is too intense. A softy touch would have been more magical.


  42. Hans says:

    Amazing thanks alot

  43. Miss Angie says:

    THis is a great tutorial, I loved the easy to understand instructions. I learned a lot I used your technique on my first photo manipulation here

  44. Johnson Koh says:

    Thanks everyone.

    @dnaman: To hide the original pen path, simply go to Paths Tab and click anywhere other than the Work Path layer πŸ™‚

  45. Amro says:

    I wann to thank u for this tutorial . It is really usefull and helpful to create amazing photo effect. I hope u add another tutorials because I am student ( Graphic and design ) In malaysaia.Thank u for co-peration

  46. dnaman says:

    hey this is a great tutorial but ive come into a problem its killing me! when you want us to use the pen tool to make a path around the woman i cant get my original pen path to dissapear after applying the brush to it. please help me!

  47. Great work! keep posting these top quality tutorials!

  48. Una retoque fotografico muy interesante y divertido.

  49. hadise says:

    thank YOU

  50. natalia says:

    thank you

  51. Thank you so much for the tut. The outcome is amazing.
    I’ll be using this for a school project.

  52. Great result, Keep the good work

  53. paul0 says:

    This is beautiful. Thanks!

  54. Very cool!!!


  55. seoMetuzalem says:

    nice tutorial, txs

  56. CgBaran Tuts says:

    Great tutorial thanks

  57. Johnson Koh says:

    Hi Lexx, you will need to right-click on your path with Pen Tool.

  58. Lexx says:

    The path I made with the pen won’t stroke,stroking doesn’t even come up as an option.

  59. Johnson Koh says:

    Thanks guys πŸ˜€

    @lawrence77: Let me try that out!

  60. lawrence77 says:

    Amazing how u got knowledge of doing this much tut!

    Write a Tut on PSDTUTS.COM u and ur site get popular and u got $150 also! πŸ˜‰


  61. Dan Neal says:

    Another great tut, thanks.

  62. moih60 says:

    thanx for the tutorial

    and added to my blog

  63. Salmen says:

    Thank you ;), i launched, yesterday with the new design
    I’m glad you enjoy my video tutorials ( in italian language πŸ™‚ )

  64. Johnson Koh says:

    Thanks for coming back Salmen! I have been visiting your site these days too πŸ˜€ Enjoy all your video tutorials!

  65. Salmen says:

    Awesome tutorial

    Keep up πŸ™‚

  66. Johnson Koh says:

    Thanks bro! I just had this idea last night and cannot go to bed unless I complete it. πŸ˜€

    May need to rest my brain for little while… *kidding*

  67. I like whole workflow and I am amazed how many new tutorials You can think of and create. keep up πŸ™‚

  68. Johnson Koh says:

    Thanks for your support, Ivan! I just posted this up and is happy that you like it.
    Have a good day there! πŸ˜‰

  69. Ohhhh…! it’s really goood… thanks 4 all this steps….! and the lighting brush is so goood…..

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