Transforming run-of-the-mill stock photos into dreamy, fantastical compositions is easy when you know how.


In this brilliant tutorial, Photoshop wizard Fabio Sasso puts layer masks and Photoshop’s built-in filters to good use to create a beautiful, enchanting image that wouldn’t be out of place in a children’s book.

Before you start you’ll need to download your stock images – Sasso has bought images from Shutterstock (shutterstock.com), although you can also use similar images of your own.

The girl image is at bit.ly/91S4Kx; the moon is at bit.ly/7Nfwch; some of the clouds are at bit.ly/5qJMFc. You’ll also need a star flare; NASA (nasa.gov) is a good source for these.


Step 1
Open Photoshop and create a new A4 document. Fill the background layer with a very dark grey (#0d0e10). Import the image of a girl on a ladder you downloaded from Shutterstock (bit.ly/91S4Kx). Extract the backround using the Lasso Tool (L) or any other method. Then remove the back strut of the ladder as shown here.