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  • 01 - How to Create a Forest Background, Add Atmosphere, Create Fairy Wings, and Color Tone a Fantasy Composite Photo in Photoshop

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How to Create a Fairy Effect in Photoshop


This extremely in-depth tutorial covers every single step from choosing images to manipulating color to adding amazing distortion effects. Follow along and edit each individual pixel to bring this fantasy story to life.

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18 Sample Images   |   1 Video Tutorials   |   PS Brush

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Create the Ultimate Composite

When creating a multiple image composite, you may encounter areas of your photo that require some special attention. Learn how to complete a complicated task by breaking it into smaller, more familiar tasks.

Build Depth

Take your images further by learning how to split them into multiple layers and add atmospheric elements in front of some areas and behind others. By adding layers and effects you will
achieve more realistic depth in your images.

Composite a Fairy

In order to create the fairy in this image, several photos need to be composited together. Use a butterfly’s wings to let the fairy fly. Learn how to combine different images together to create a realistic composite.

Make Fairy Dust

Create amazing fairy dust with thousands of specks, each unique to the next. See how we take the difficult work out of the equation and create awesome effects much quicker than you ever thought possible.

Create Reflections

Creating reflections in Photoshop varies depending on the surface that reflects your subject. Reflections might need to be smooth and clear, or other times blurry and distorted. Learn how to make reflections that apply to different types of images.

Distortion Mapping

Adding a reflection to water can be really challenging. Learn advanced techniques to create waves and ripples in the water. Then, create a reflection that matches your subject and scene perfectly.

Create Fog

With the included Phlearn Custom Fog Brush you can create fog and add atmosphere in any image. Learn the best ways to paint and edit to achieve the best results possible.

Create Blurs

Use a creative blur to help draw attention to specific parts of your images. In this tutorial, you will learn the most important parts of using a blur and how to make it look as though it is a part of the original photo.

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    It probably took me 10 hours to get to the end of this really cool project…but I enjoyed every minute ! I love the way Aaron explains to us, with such a good vibe, how to overpass the complexity of Photoshop. With the Night Fairy, you’ll learn a bunch of things . No waste of time, I can assure you that!

    PHLEARN Staff
    Yay! You did it! Yes, this challenging and fun tutorial that is certain to reveal at least a few new techniques to any student.
  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Enjoyed it very much, added my image. It’s not the best. I’m no where near the pro level of this tuturial, but I had fun and learned many new things. Thanks Aaron

  3. (verified owner)
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Not for the faint hearted this one, wow what a challenge but the rewards have exceeded all exceptions!

    If you are serious about wanting to learn how to composite, this is a definite buy; just watching Aaron do his thing is rewarding enough! Make sure you have your finger over that pause button and take lots of notes on this one!

  4. (verified owner)
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Thank you Aaron!!!
    Without you I would not be able to create composite!
    I have now many skills with photoshop and it is all thanks to you!
    Phlearn is the best thing that has happened to me you really make a difference!

  5. (verified owner)
    Rated 5 out of 5

    All I can say is wow. 5 stars. I ended up taking 4 pages of notes to go a long with this! This was SO much fun. I counted over 100 layers in my final image. This is definitely for advanced advanced advanced Photoshop users, and it is WELL worth every penny. You get into distortion maps, channel mixing, advanced color grading. AWESOME 🙂

  6. (verified owner)
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Great tutorial!

    I needed some serious help with a composite I was working on for a friend’s birthday present. I was doing a completely different picture, but the techniques taught here helped me so many times throughout the process.

    Thanks again Aaron!

  7. (verified owner)
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Never used so many layers in an image in my life! phlearnt loads. it’s long but Aaron makes it fun enough to follow through. Thank you and hope I didn’t make you cringe with my image 😉


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