Create a Fantasy Fiery Portrait Photo-Manipulation

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In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a fantasy fiery portrait of a woman. You’ll learn how to use textures, add fire and create lighting effect.


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Step 1

Create a new document with size of 1000×1100 px and fill it with black. Press Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+N to make a new layer. Active Brush Tool (B) with color #4e1502 and size 1200 px. Paint on the center of the black canvas:

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Step 2

Create a new layer, change brush color to #f6bc2f. Paint inside the dark red area and change the mode to Color Dodge 100%:

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Step 3

Use same brush to paint again on a new layer, put the mode to Overlay 70%:

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Step 4

Open nebula stock. Use Move Tool (V) to drag it into our canvas:

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Step 5

Click the second button at the bottom of Layer Pallete to add mask to this layer. Use soft black brush with opacity about 40-45% to reduce nebula effect on some parts. You can see how I did it on layer mask and result on picture:

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Step 6

Duplicate this layer and erase some parts with layer mask to get the result below:

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Go to Filter-Blur-Gassian Blur and choose radius as 2 px:

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Step 7

Open model stock. First I used Polygonal Lasso Tool to make a selection around model (no need to be so precise with the hair):

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Double click background layer to unlock it.

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Click the layer mask button to hide background part:

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Step 8

Right click the mask of Layer 0, choose Refine Mask:

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Use Refine Radius Tool with size about 100 px to paint around the head to reveal more hairs.

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Here is my result after refining (I used a red background to make you see it more clearly):

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Step 9

Place model after extracting into our main picture, on the top of layers:

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Step 10

I want to reduce the lightness on the bright parts of the model so create a new layer above model one with Clipping Mask:

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Use brush with color #e6e2e9 to paint on the bright hair, face and hand parts and change the mode to Multiply 100%:

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Step 11

Continue reducing the light on model face, arm with a new layer (Clipping Mask) and same brush. I altered the mode to Multiply 50%:

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Step 12

I want to give more details for model hair so on a new layer I used brush with color #5a595b and size about 20 px. Here is the result after drawing more hair:

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Step 13

To add some red color to the model, I used an adjustment layer with Clipping Mask. Go to Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Hue/Saturation:

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Step 14

I added a Color Balance layer with same purpose:

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Step 15

Make a Curves layer to darken the model:

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On Curves layer mask I used soft brush to remove and reduce dark intensity.

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Step 16

Create a new layer and use brush with color #f66e2b to paint on the hair and hand. Change the mode to Color 100%:

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Step 17

On a new layer use same brush to add more vivid red to the hair and body contour. Set the mode to Overlay 100%:

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Step 18

I used brush with color #f5c25f to paint on model contour again to give some orange there. Change the mode to Hard Light 100%:

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Step 19

Make a new layer and use same brush to paint on some hair ends and put the mode to Overlay 100%:

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Step 20

Create a new layer, I used color #f66e2b to paint inside the eyes then put the mode to Linear Dodge mode 100%:

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Step 21

Click brush menu, choose Reset Brushes to active default brush preset. Now on a new layer, change foreground to #f66e2b and click Fuzzball brush:

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Lower brush size to 80 px and spot inside the eyes. I altered the mode to Linear Dodge mode 100%:

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Step 22

To enhance some face details, I made a new layer, changed the mode to Overlay 100% and filled with 50% gray:

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Use Dodge and Burn Tool (O) with Midtones Range, Exposure about 20-25% to brighten the eyes effect, face side and nose, darken eyebrows, nose bridge. You can see how I did it with Normal mode and result with Overlay mode:

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Step 23

Make a new layer on the top, use soft brush with color #bd5733 to paint at the bottom of the image:

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Step 24

To make a stronger effect there I used soft brush with color #f6bc2f and changed the mode to Overlay 100%:

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Step 25

On a new layer use brush with color #f6bc2f to paint on two hands. I changed the mode to Hard Light 100%:

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Step 26

Drag sparks image into our canvas and put the mode to Color Dodge 100%:

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I named it “sparks 1″.


Step 27

Add layer mask to this one. Use brush to remove and reduce sparks intensity on some parts below:

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Step 28

On sparks 1 layer, go to Filter-Distort-Twirl:

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Apply Gassian Blur with 2 px:

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Step 29

Duplicate this layer, use Cmd/Ctrl+T to rotate it to get the result below. You can use layer mask to remove any unwanted parts:

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Step 30

Open fire images. I’ve chosen two these images to work with:

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Use Retangular Marquee Tool (M) to make selection for a fire part on image 1:

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Place it at the bottom of model body, change the mode to Screen 100%:

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Step 31

To remove white edges remained after changing blending mode, double click this layer, choose Blending Options. Hold Alt/Option key while dragging black slider of This Layer until the white edges disappear:

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Step 32

Take another parts of the fires and put them around model hair and body. I applied same settings of Blending Options with all of these layers and used layer mask to remove unecessary parts.

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I used 14 layers for this effect.


Step 33

Make all fire layers selected then press Cmd/Ctrl+G to make group for them. Change the mode of this group from Pass Through (default group mode) to Screen 100%. On layer 14 go to Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Curves:

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On Curves layer mask use brush to erase fires on the arms, hair and bottom as I don’t want them too bright:

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Step 34

Final step: Press Cmd/Ctrl+Option/Alt+Shift+E to merge all visible layers. Go to Filter-Sharpen-Unsharp Mask:

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And We’re Done!

I hope that you enjoyed the tutorial.

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  • Dariusz

    brilliant stuff!

  • Kayla Ann

    I really like this website. It has taught me so much. Thank you PhotoshopStar. This tutorial just adds on to it’s awsomeness. Sorry that sounded childish. This is a very nice and educational site. I hope whoever is reading this will have a lovely day! <((CRAYOLA()

  • Tim

    I ‘m having extreme difficulty trying to get mine to work for some reason and nothing is looking right. If i sent you a pic i wanted done like this, could you do it for me?

  • Hannah

    I can’t seem to open the Nebula or Model links. The others open fine… Is it my computer or the actual links?

  • Suki Fox Murley

    Thank you, I gave it a shot with my own pictures :) It turned out alright I think, but not as good as yours!