How to add fairy or butterfly wings to a picture using adobe photoshop

Updated February 21, 2017

Angels may get their wings every time bells ring, but butterflies and fairies don't have to wait that long. Create your own flying transportation using Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop makes it as simple as a flap of the wings to draw or copy wings, making them look as cartoon-like or realistic as you prefer. The Photoshop graphics software provides a "fairy tale" interface where, after a few brush strokes, newly winged creatures may live -- and fly -- happily ever after.

Open Photoshop, click on the "File" menu and click "Open." Locate the picture to add wings to, and double-click the file name.

Click "File" and "Open" again. Browse to an image with butterfly or fairy wings, and double-click the picture. If possible, choose an image with bigger wings or ones that are in perspective with the person in the other photo.

Click the lasso tool. Draw an outline around one wing. Press the "Control" and "C" keys to copy the wing. Switch to the picture you want to add the wings to. Press the "Control" and "V" keys to paste the wing.

Click on the "Edit" menu. Click "Transform." Click "Scale." Click a corner of the box surrounding the wing and shrink it into perspective; it's always better to shrink than enlarge. Drag the wing into place on the person or item in the picture.

Click back to the image with the wings, and repeat the lasso process to select the other wing, copy and paste it into the other photo and shrink it down to size.

Open Photoshop, click on the "File" menu and click "Open." Locate the picture to add wings to, and double-click the file name.

Click the brush tool, the paintbrush icon in the middle of the tools pane. Double-click the colour picker at the bottom of the tools pane. Choose the main colour for the wings, and click "OK."

Position the cursor slightly above and to the left of the head of the person getting wings. Draw one wing, which looks similar to a heart on its side. Draw a wing on the other side of the body.

Click the paint bucket tool and click inside each wing to fill it with colour.

Switch back to the brush tool, select a new colour with the colour picker and add designs to the wings, such as swirls and circles.

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Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.