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.

David Cuerdon shows off his process from start to finish. First, shooting a model, then adding fantasy elements using Photoshop.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 02:34)

David talks about what he will be covering in this course

Lesson 2: The Model Shoot (Duration 07:50)

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

Lesson 3: Creating Backgrounds (Duration 09:03)

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

Lesson 4: Masking and Outlining (Duration 12:05)

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

Lesson 5: Creating a Feather (Duration 15:09)

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

Lesson 6: Creating the Feathered Wing, Part 1 (Duration 08:05)

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

Lesson 7: Creating the Feathered Wing, Part 2 (Duration 06:42)

Grouping the feathers and creating the layers of the wing

Lesson 8: Adding Wings to the Subject (Duration 06:00)

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

Lesson 9: Vampire (Duration 05:27)

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

Lesson 10: Creating the Vampire (Duration 10:12)

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

Lesson 11: Vampire Background (Duration 08:04)

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

Lesson 12: Adding the Moon (Duration 08:53)

Adding a full moon and clouds behind the vampire subject

Lesson 13: Adding the Fangs (Duration 08:53)

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

Lesson 14: Detail in the Eyes (Duration 09:20)

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

Lesson 15: Creating a Fairy (Duration 13:59)

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

Lesson 16: Background and Foreground (Duration 06:06)

Adding elements to the background and foreground of the fairy image

Lesson 17: Cropping and Shading (Duration 08:34)

Cropping out some excess size and adding some shading a highlights

Lesson 18: Color Adjustments to the Fairy Image (Duration 02:56)

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

Lesson 19: Adding Fairy Wings (Duration 05:29)

Adding fairy wings to the subject

Lesson 20: Fairy Dust (Duration 10:21)

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

Lesson 21: Reflections (Duration 06:39)

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

Lesson 22: Creating the Fairy Wing (Duration 14:22)

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

Lesson 23: Fairies, Devils, and Vulcans: Creating a Pointy Ear (Duration 11:03)

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

Lesson 24: Conclusion (Duration 01:43)

Thanks for following along. Hope you enjoyed the course

Meet Your Instructor: David Cuerdon

David Cuerdon is an award-winning visual artist and a true digital pioneer, who was among the world's first digital fashion photographers. He is widely recognized for his rare combination of…


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