Photoshop: Help with creating film poster

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So I am an A-level student studying media studies and as part of my coursework I have to create my own film poster from a style model, mine being beauty and the beat, which I will link below. However, I am not good on photoshop at all, my main question is how to make the girl in my poster (I will link below) look like she blends in and doesn't look out of place if that makes any sense. When you compare my one and the official beauty and the beast one you can see a clear difference with how the girls look on the page just wondering if someone could help me out with this, or any other advice you have for me.
Thank you so much.
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katie evans

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Warren Heaton

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You're off to a good start.  You want to read up on how to create a feathered edge to your layer mask.  Do you have access to Lynda.com or the Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Book?  There's probably a good YouTube video on it as well.
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Quick update:  If you're matching the Beauty & the Beast poster, you'll notice that the wall above the window below the title is extended upwards such that it provides a dark grey-ish blue that serves as a backing for the movie title.  This grey-ish blue feathers into the main characters. 
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There is a lot that you'd need to cover if you are new to photoshop, but there are a LOT of tutorials online specifically for just this task. Try searching for "photoshop how to make composite movie poster".

The first step to making it seem less out of place would be to adjust the color balance on the subject to  match the lighting of the background. In this case, probably have cooler blue/purple shadows and warmer orange in the highlights.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Google "Puppet Warp Photoshop" - That feature might help with the pose of the girl.
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After you have all the layers in place try playing around with the Color Lookup Adjustment Layer. It will add a cohesive "look" to all the lower layers that will make them look like they live in the same world. Some of the choices will look to severe.  Some won't do much but you will find one that unites your graphics. I studied with a Hawaiian painter named Fred Tangalin, he called it color ohana which means family in Hawaiian. You want the parts to look like they belong together. Good luck!