Create sparkling fairy dust scenes in Photoshop

Have you ever wondered how the “magic” in a picture of a fairyland kingdom came to be? How the magically encircling pocket of light or the dazzling fairy dust’s faultless path from the fairy wings?

Tutorial for Fairy Dust in Photoshop
Surely post-processing can handle all of this, am I right? The answer is definitely yes! It’s crucial to know how to create this environment for yourself or for customers who would want to have this for their children since, let’s face it, seeing a genuine, living fairy isn’t something that happens very frequently (we’re still waiting).

We’re here to lead you through the process of making a fanciful and realistic fairyland scenario in Photoshop, step by step. Everyone should buckle up and hang on to their hats because it’s going to be a spectacular journey!

Take your photo first. Although it should go without saying, you must take a shot of your subject in a forest or another location you believe would best capture your magical vision. Because fairies naturally live in forests in most fairy tales, forests are a common location for fairy photography. Select a site that supports your vision. Once you’ve taken the ideal picture of your subject in the ideal setting, you can start considering how to add the ideal finishing touches to complete the whimsical vibe of the picture and make everyone drool.

Second, establish focus. You just need to slightly brighten your subject to make her stand out from the backdrop and darken the background to generate emphasis in your fairyland picture. This is maybe the single most crucial action you can do in Photoshop post-processing to give your picture a magical quality. The good news is that doing this is really simple. You’re going to like the straightforward step-by-step procedure we have outlined for you to finish this look even if you have no prior experience with layer masking or applying selective tweaks to your photographs.

Let’s first discuss how to make the backdrop darker. To selectively apply the enhancement to the backdrop of the picture where we wish, we will utilize a layer mask in this instance. The Levels adjustment tool will also be utilized since it can be found in most versions of Photoshop and Elements. Naturally, you are free to utilize Curves if you prefer that tool.

Start by decreasing the mid-tones (the center dial) to the right of the slider to add a dark adjustment layer (using Levels). Your layers panel will have a levels adjustment, and you should see that the whole picture now looks darker. We are preparing to make some amazing adjustments, so this is OK for the time being.
Step 2: In order to do targeted modifications, let’s turn this Levels adjustment layer into a mask. To achieve this, click the white rectangle next to your Levels adjustment icon to pick your layer mask, then press the cntrl+I or command+I keys to invert the mask. The dark adjustment that affected your complete picture should now seem to have no effect on it and the rectangle should be black. That’s great!

Step 3: Choose a soft brush from the tool panel, set the foreground color to white, and paint on your image wherever you want the darker tone to appear—in this example, that would be the background. To create a more realistic-looking feathered effect, I like to paint with a brush that is 100% opaque around the perimeter of the picture and slightly less opaque as I move closer to my subject.

Now let’s illuminate your topic. The only difference is that instead of using Levels to create a dark adjustment, you will use it to create a bright adjustment layer. To do this, move the top right dial on the Levels tool’s slider to the left. Apply this to your topic by continuing with the aforementioned masking processes. Keep in mind to be delicate and not go overboard! A little amount can really make a big difference!

Paint a whimsical glow third. Let’s now talk about how to create a gauzy glow or a pocket of light that envelops your subject. If you want to selectively add some light to a picture, you may apply this Photoshop technique in any manner you wish.

Step 1: Locate your menu bar and choose Layer>Duplicate Layer from the menu. This will choose your background layer and duplicate it.

Step 2: Switch the Duplicate Layer’s Blend Mode to Screen. The Blend Modes are located in the Layers Panel and should be set to Normal by default. Click on it to bring up a drop-down option, then choose Screen.
Step 3: Everything in your photograph should now be really brilliant, but just for a short while, my buddy! Because, you guessed it, we’re going to make a Layer Mask! Since the duplicate layer won’t come with a built-in Layer Mask, we must make one by selecting Layer>Layer Mask>Hide all. Your improvement will now seem to be concealed.

Step 4: Choose the paintbrush from the tools menu and “paint” a light pocket wherever you want it to appear. The most attractive way to do this is to paint around your topic. You don’t want to overbrighten your subject, so be cautious not to paint the light onto her. Simply add black to your foreground color to hide any enhancement that has been made in order to take away any brightness.

Finishing touches come in fourth. It’s time to add a few more enchanted details to our fairyland picture. We will begin by applying some lovely fairy wings that we discovered in an internet store called Pretty Photoshop Actions. These are simple to use; just relocate the wings with the move tool and use the layer mask to hide any parts of the wing that aren’t naturally visible. This will make the wings seem as realistic as possible.

Photoshop Brush for Fairy Dust
The next step is to add some fairy dust. You may do this by choosing your pre-existing brushes in Photoshop, slightly altering their sizes, and stamping them about in various regions of your picture while trailing swirls, sparkles, or whatever other kind of fairy dust trail you desire—the sky’s the limit here! You may also utilize any of the fairy dust brushes we got from Pretty Actions if you want to save some time. It’s kind of cool how the fairy dust organically follows and disperses wherever you move your brush. Apply your dust as directed, then step back and take in the lovely fairyland scenario you have just produced.