Merry Go Round - Photoshop Contest [11 entries]

Mysterious Journey Picture

Winning entry, with a score of:
merry go round source image
Contest goal:

Download the provided image and manipulate it in any way you want. Good luck!

Required level: 10+ or higher.
Status: finished. Check out the winners below!

OliviasArts: what a beautiful merry go round ( 5 years and 3032 days ago )
robvdn: o darn it, we have to pick just 1 winner in this contest? ( 5 years and 3025 days ago )
Nelee: there's sooo many amazing entries ( 5 years and 3023 days ago )
Nelee: there's sooo many amazing entries ( 5 years and 3023 days ago )
Nelee: there's sooo many amazing entries ( 5 years and 3023 days ago )

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Mysterious Journey - created by suresh

Mysterious Journey
Favs: 8SBS: 12Hi-resRank: 1/11Score: 64.7% (54)24814 views

Only source. (5 years and 3029 days ago)

Merry Go Wild - created by CorneliaMladenova

Merry Go Wild
Favs: 7SBS: 7Hi-resRank: 2/11Score: 63.6% (47)28505 views

Source only. (5 years and 3027 days ago)

Merry Land... - created by Nellista

Merry Land...
Favs: 9SBS: 12Hi-resRank: 3/11Score: 62.4% (39)26657 views

I first carefully selected the merry-go-round in the source image, by using the pen tool.
Then I added the trees and gras backround and the clouds and sky. I blended them as good as possible using layer's masks. Colored them and gave them shadows.
I added Christmas lights using a very useful PNG file and baloons, also from a PNG package.
Added poppie field and changed blending mode to overlay. Blended it in.
I added more glow to the lights by using multiple layers with different blending modes (screen and color dodge), plus I added gaussian blur.
I added some gradient adjustment layers for coloring, brightness/contrast, and some soft brushes touch in some areas to enlighten them.

Credits to:
1. "Pyrator" on Flickr for an amazing backround image, at:
2. "Bluesse" on deviantart for an amazing stock, specially the PNG Packages which I strongly suggest that you go and have a look, they are extremely useful and totally awesome. Please visit account at:
3. "obsidiandawn" for another great PNG package, the Christmas lights, which are usually very hard to find on the web. Official site at:

Hope you like it! (5 years and 3030 days ago)

5 Sources:

Major overhaul - created by billyboy

Major overhaul
Favs: 1SBS: 14Hi-resRank: 4/11Score: 62.2% (31)28300 views

Photoshop, 3 DS Max
Render with V-Ray

No external source. Merry-go-round was re-create from scratches in 3D. Mapping with pieces from original source. (5 years and 3028 days ago)

Beauty from Past - created by Nellista

Beauty from Past
Favs: 3SBS: 19Hi-resRank: 5/11Score: 61.7% (24)24259 views

For this entry I thought of something different. The top part of the merry-go-round made me think of a that was my starting point.
I found a great portrait photo taken by "Fetishfaerie " on deviantart. I selected all merry-go-round and after that only the top side. I resized it slightly and added it on top of girl's head.
I added tassels and gause.
I selected only the tail from the most visible red horse on the merry-go-round.
I used warping, resizing and distorting to get the shape of the high collar and the top of the dress. I didn't want to recreate the entire dress as I planned to put shadows on the left side of the image.
I added jewelries on top of dress and face (blending mode multiply).
I colored the dress, added mask, blended. I also added a small horse from the source image in the middle of the corset and dropped shadow.
In the end, I added old frame, added a texture to make it look like a painting, also added a slight dry brush filter, colored more and added brightness/contrast using adjustment layers.

SBS upcoming!

Credits to:
1. "Fetishfaerie"on deviant art for some really amazing shots. Main account at:
2. "Bluesse" on deviantart for a really infinite useful stock. Main acount at:
3. "Night-fate" also on deviantart for a great texture. Main account at:

Hope you like it! (5 years and 3030 days ago)

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