How I create a fantasy boudoir image
in 8 easy steps
Step 1 –
Use a background image that you love. I used a couple images for this piece. Each are from my backyard and I took one in focus and one out of focus, this gives me variety later and the ability to stack them to add depth.
Step 2 –
Over lay the blurry image on top of the focused background and set the blending mode to overlay in Photoshop.
Step 3 –
Shoot your subject, props, etc. with a similar lighting direction or evenly lit images. This will help when blending layers later.
Here I went with very simple props – a flower crown, pink bodysuit, and a white sheet. Fabric and sheets are great for creating movement in your images.
Also meet Becky, my assistant. She is awesome! Super helpful when taking self portrait work 🙂
Step 4 –
Cut & paste each piece onto the background using your lasso tool.
Step 5 –
Add a layer mask to each layer and use the paint brush to remove the edge of each piece and blend into background. Use black or white and adjust your brushes’ hardness to help blend evenly.
Step 6 –
Play with adjustments, color balance, and brushes to match pieces in their brightness/color and to add detail elements.
Here I adjusted the brightness of the skirt pieces and used a brush to add smoke.
Step 7 –
Adjust lighting or add lighting effects filters. Here I added directional light from the upper right hand corner of the image, I really wanted to emphasize the light coming down between the trees.
Step 8 –
The last step is when I add texture to the overall image, which occasionally will include color as well. For this piece I used one of the free texture overlays that Brooke Shaden graciously shares on her website – http://www.promotingpassion.com/free-textures/
Your finished fantasy boudoir image
I also created a quick video to show how I do this that I will upload to my IG stories if possible. This video is under 5 min to give a quick walk through of my process, however one fantasy boudoir image can take anywhere from 2-5 hours of editing depending on the complexity and what I’m trying to achieve.
I will try to record again where I can get the audio connection to work.
Till then, I hope this has been helpful!