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Fantasy Portraits
David Cuerdon
with David Cuerdon
David Cuerdon shows off his process from start to finish. First, shooting a model, then adding fantasy elements using Photoshop. READ MORE
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Fantasy Portraits
lessons: 24 Course Lessons
duration: 3hr, 19min
published: 2009
watched: 935 Member Views
Fantasy Portraits
with David Cuerdon
David Cuerdon shows off his process from start to finish. First, shooting a model, then adding fantasy elements using Photoshop. BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: Introduction (free course preview)

David talks about what he will be covering in this course

2min, 34sec
lesson 2: The Model Shoot

We start with a photo shoot in which the subject will be showing off both a good and evil side

7min, 50sec
lesson 3: Creating Backgrounds

Creating a background behind the model using the cloud filter in Photoshop

9min, 3sec
lesson 4: Masking and Outlining

David talks about the different ways to mask and outline a subject and shows how he prefers to work

12min, 5sec
lesson 5: Creating a Feather

The first step in making an angel wing is creating the first feather

15min, 9sec
lesson 6: Creating the Feathered Wing, Part 1

Starting with that first feather, it is time to start designing the entire wing

8min, 5sec
lesson 7: Creating the Feathered Wing, Part 2

Grouping the feathers and creating the layers of the wing

6min, 42sec
lesson 8: Adding Wings to the Subject

Taking the wings and adding them to the shot of the model

6min, 0sec
lesson 9: Vampire

Shooting the model with a color gel on the light and trying to bring out a darker side

5min, 27sec
lesson 10: Creating the Vampire

Using the darker image of the model, the process begins of transforming the subject into a vampire

10min, 12sec
lesson 11: Vampire Background

Using the clouds filter to create the dark background behind the vampire

8min, 4sec
lesson 12: Adding the Moon

Adding a full moon and clouds behind the vampire subject

8min, 53sec
lesson 13: Adding the Fangs

Adding details to the face of the model to make her appear more like a vampire

7min, 48sec
lesson 14: Detail in the Eyes

Add the finishing touches to the vampire by darkening the eyes and adding spot light glow

9min, 20sec
lesson 15: Creating a Fairy

Starting with a shot of the subject, the first step is masking the subject and adding a crescent moon

13min, 59sec
lesson 16: Background and Foreground

Adding elements to the background and foreground of the fairy image

6min, 6sec
lesson 17: Cropping and Shading

Cropping out some excess size and adding some shading a highlights

8min, 34sec
lesson 18: Color Adjustments to the Fairy Image

Adjusting the hue and saturation to put the finishing touches on the fairy image

2min, 56sec
lesson 19: Adding Fairy Wings

Adding fairy wings to the subject

5min, 29sec
lesson 20: Fairy Dust

Creating a fairy dust brush and then using it to scatter fairy dust patterns into the image

10min, 21sec
lesson 21: Reflections

Adding reflections of the moon and fairy dust towards the bottom of the image

6min, 39sec
lesson 22: Creating the Fairy Wing

Creating fairy wings takes some technical knowledge but here are some step-by-step directions for how to do it

14min, 22sec
lesson 23: Fairies, Devils, and Vulcans: Creating a Pointy Ear

Using an earlier shot, this lesson shows how changing wings and ears can transform an angel into a fairy

11min, 3sec
lesson 24: Conclusion

Thanks for following along. Hope you enjoyed the course

1min, 43sec
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Award-Winning Commercial Photographer & Fashion Retoucher
David Cuerdon is an award-winning visual artist and a true digital pioneer and was among the world's first digital fashion photographers. He has worked a photographer, retoucher, and trainer for over 30 years. He is widely recognized for his rare combination of creative vision and advanced technical skills. David's clients have included Playboy, Glamour Magazine, Neiman Marcus, and May Company.
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