Mar 10 2011

Dreamy Fantasy Art Photoshop Tutorials

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Creating fantasy artwork requires a lot of imagination as well as expertise in softwares which are used to create such marvelous pictures. Almost anything is possible; whether it’s a supernatural fairy, an old fantasy space city or an armored dragon jewelry box. All of these tutorials are useful and will definitely give you the chance to improve your Photoshop skills.

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Fantasy Art Tutorials

Serene Fantasy Photo Manipulation
In this tutorial you can learn how to create a serene fantasy photo manipulation:

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Castle in the Sky
Here is a detailed tutorial where you can learn how to create a fantasy castle in the sky:

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Design Surreal Composition Fallen Angel’s Dream Fly
In this tutorial we’ll learn how to design a surreal composition of an angel:

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Fairy Night
In this tutorial you can learn how to correct the photo’s colors, change the eye color, work with the layers, apply ready brushes and designs, create your own design and also to picture the stars:

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Combine Photo Elements to Create a Surreal Photo Manipulation
In his Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to use a variety of color, lighting, and the cut-and-paste techniques to create a surreal photo manipulation. Combine your creativity with these Photoshop techniques to create your own photo manipulation artworks:

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Create a Beautiful and Dramatic Scene with Photo Manipulations
Here are a number of techniques to help you add drama to a fantasy photo manipulation:

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Create a Fantasy Illustration in Photoshop
In this tutorial, the artist shows you how to create a fantasy montage in Photoshop using some stock images and brushes.This tutorial is simple but the final image looks amazing:

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How to Create a Fantasy Landscape Photo Manipulation
In this tutorial, you can learn how to create a fantasy landscape using some simple and easy techniques. Everyone with basic Photoshop skills can succeed to recreate this simple image using the most important thing in this kind of photo manipulation – the right image stock:

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How to Create a Fantasy “Mother Nature” Scene
This tutorial is about creating a fantasy scene called “Mother Nature.” We will use well chosen images, brushes and most off all our imagination in combination with Photoshop techniques to create an outstanding image:

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The Creation of “Lost in Memory” Epic Fantasy Artwork in Photoshop
In this tutorial, the artist shows you the steps he took to create this epic fantasy-like artwork “Lost in Memory” in Photoshop:

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Design an Awesome Fantasy Floating Mountain Scene in Photoshop
In this tutorial, the artist explains the process completed to create this really cool, fantasy style floating mountain scene in Photoshop. This is an intermediate level tutorial and some steps can be tricky, but why not have a try:

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Turn a Flawless Blonde Beauty into a Sword-Wielding Fantasy Action Hero
In this tutorial we are going to learn how to turn a flawless blonde beauty into a sword-wielding survival huntress. To do this, we are going to make her skin sweaty and dirty, her dress stained and torn, we’ll add blood stains to the sword, manipulate her hair, and create a post-apocalyptic background full of smoke and fire effects. Check it out:

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Create Awesome Dark Fantasy Scenary in Photoshop
In this tutorial you will learn how to create an awesome dark fantasy scenary in Photoshop:

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Design a Surreal, Ancient Fantasy Scene in Photoshop
In this tutorial, the artist elaborates the steps he took to create this artwork. We will take several real world objects and seamlessly blend them together. We will also use a number of Photoshop brushes to spice up the effect. The techniquses involved in this tutorial include layer blending, image adjustments, filter effects, custom brush tools, adding layer mask, etc.:

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Create an Out of Bounds Fantasy Illustration
In this tutorial, we will take you through the process of creating a fantasy scene, make water pour out of a painting, make some sort of a absorption effect and end up with a really nice looking color:

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Create a Beautiful Lonely Fantasy Fairy
This tutorial will explain how to make a beautiful fairy from a single source image. We will go over each step on how to make the feathers, the hat, the background, the grass and the mountains:

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Design a Fantasy Style Mountain River Scene in Photoshop
In this tutorial, the artist will show you the processes to take to create such a fantasy-like mountain river scene like this one with the help of Photoshop. This is an intermediate level tutorial so some steps can be tricky, but why not have a try:

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Create an Old Fantasy Space City
This tutorial will explain how to make an old space city from a single source image in Photoshop:

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Design a Black and White, Dreamy Style Surreal Artwork in Photoshop
In this tutorial, the artist shows you the steps to take to create this black and white, dreamy style sureal artwork in Photoshop. Have a try:

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Making a Book of Magical Playground Scene
This tutorial will show you how to create a fantasy book scene. By using various advanced Photoshop techniques, we can try to make the composition as realistic as possible:

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Create a Fantasy Scene with Death
In this tutorial the artist explains how he made this masterpiece and what decisions he made before and during making the image. Step-by-step images are provided to illustrate the techniques.Check it out:

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Create an Armored Fantasy Dragon from a Jewelry Box Image
This tutorial shows the step by step process to turn a normal photo into a spectacular image, by simply using creativity and some technical knowledge:

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Create a Fantasy Scene with a Sorceress and Tree Monster
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to transform a normal photo of a woman walking in the park into a fantasy image of a sorceress facing a tree monster. Some basic Photoshop knowledge is required to follow this tutorial:

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How to Create a Fantasy Flower Creature
In this fantasy tutorial, we are going to create a cool flower creature with Photoshop CS3. And this is exactly how to do it:

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How to Create a Sparkling Fantasy Photo Manipulation
In this tutorial, we’re going to create a photo manipulation using different techniques. By adjusting each layer and element, we can make a compact final image. We’ll also be using multiple photos and a handful of effects to create this work. Let’s get started:

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Awesome Fantasy Style Castle Scene Creation in Photoshop
In this tutorial, the artist shows you the steps he took to design this awesome fantasy-like castle scene with an icy background texture, space and debris brushses:

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Creating Your Own Fairytale Scene
In this beautiful tutorial we will learn how to create a mindblowing fairytale scene:

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Making a Beautiful Pair of Fantasy Eyes
In this tutorial we will explore the basics on how we can create such effects with the help of Photoshop:

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Making of a Forest Magical Scene
In this tutorial you can learn how to make a forest magical scene:

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Mysterious Lightning
In this tutorial you can learn how to make a fantasy scene with mysterious lightning:

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Beautiful Spring Fantasy Photo Manipulation
This tutorial usees different Photoshop tools such as combining stock images, using brushes and the transform tool as well as adjusting colors to create a beautiful fantastic spring scene:

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Skating in Clouds – Magic Scene
In this tutorial you can learn how to create a magical scene among clouds:

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Nightly Prayer Tutorial
A step by step tutorial that shows how to make a nightly prayer. It was made in Photoshop CS but should work just fine with PS 7 and other versions:

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Create Breathtaking Fantasy Light Effects
Learn how to combine brushes and blur effects in Photoshop to create a beautiful fantasy scene in this step-by-step guide by Murilo Maciel:

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Angel Praying Among the Clouds
In this tutorial you can learn how to create a fantasy photo manipulation with an angel who is praying high among the clouds:

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The Making of Secret Pond
In this tutorial the artist explains how he created the lighting effects in the making of the ‘Secret Pond’:

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Create a Falling Fantasy Photomanipulation Using Painting Techniques
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a falling fantasy photomanipulation using stock images and some digital painting techniques. You’ll also learn how to extract, preserve and recreate flowing hair, and you’ll learn how to manipulate twirling vines:

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Create an Incredible Story Coming Alive Fantasy Photomanipulation
In this fantasy photo manipulation tutorial, you will learn how to start with just a few stock images and quickly build up an incredible story-based artwork. You’ll see how you can manipulate images, add effects and create amazing artwork with the help of this tutorial:

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Floating Island
In this tutorial the artist illustrates how simple it is to make a floating island! You will need two images for the sky and castle. You’ll also need two other images for the mud and grass textures:

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About the Author

Aquil Akhter is a web graphic designer and has been working in this field for 8 years. He also runs the blog webdesigncore.com, which focuses on free web resources and inspiration for designers and developers.

Comments and Discussions
  • Fashion Singapore, 15 March 2011

    Great tutorials… Thanks.

  • toslim, 03 April 2011

    Wonderful! Which i expected.

  • Zia, 30 April 2011

    This is a great site..I think from newbies to experts all people need this site.Thanks for such kind of hard work…

  • Cazare Eforie, 12 May 2011

    I am stunned by how great are these images. I am very impressed by the imagination of the designers. I wish i could do something like that one day.

  • John, 29 August 2011

    Thank you for featuring my Floating Island tutorial!

  • K4Kreativity, 17 October 2011

    Great Tutorials for any designer. I learned great things from these tutorials. Thank you for Including it.

  • Bernice, 25 April 2012

    I am a 73 year old learner in art. I attend art class weekly. Our subject this term is ‘Fantasy’. Not having a very good imagination, I am struggling. I must admit after looking at this site, you have inspired me. Thankyou so much.

  • Julie, 04 September 2012

    Would I be able to use any of these tutorials to create the projects in PSE?

  • ALVIN LEE, 11 October 2012

    hallo Aquil, My name is Alvin lee from Singapore. i want to contact you re: converting reasl sandcastles into work of fantasies. please let me know how to email you. thanks.

    i have beeen building sandcastles for more than 18 years. i have a lot of photos. i want to translate them into gorgeous works like yours. please let me know. thank you.

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