Manipulating a WW2 Fighter Aircraft 4.75/5 (95.00%) 4 votes

In this tutorial we will be learning how to take a few different stock images and put them together with some text to make a movie poster/DVD cover design. If you followed the first part of this tutorial on destroying a plane then you can use that image as well.

For the purpose of this tutorial we’ll be making a scaled down version but if you were planning to use this for a poster then you would want to increase the document size and resolution. Let’s get started then!


How to Create a Movie Quality DVD Cover Photoshop Tutorial

Step 1

Create a new document with dimensions; 1000x1415px then go here and copy this image then paste it into your document and scale it to fit the full page.


Step 2

We’re going to add a bit of disruption in the water so copy this image then paste it into your document then go Image>Adjustments>Desaturate then just scale an move the image until you have something that resembles the image shown below.


Step 3

Change the blend mode of this layer to overlay.


Step 4

Obviously we don’t want the peoples heads showing at the front and we want the sky and water to blend in. First add a layer mask to the layer with the explosion on it by clicking the layer mask button at the bottom of the layers panel. Select the brush tool and choose a 125px soft round brush then set the brush opacity to 20% in the main toolbar. Make sure the foreground color is set as black and the layer mask is selected. Now just brush around the parts that you want to hide so brush over the edges of the image first to soften them then over the people and brush over the water a bit to get it to blend. Keep brushing until you get something similar to the image below, if you feel you’ve brushed to much then just change the foreground color to white then that should unhide the parts that you now brush over.



  1. It won’t let me make noise on an empty layer. An error comes up saying:
    “Could not complete the Add Noise command because the selected area is empty”

    • True, that won’t work. I think that what is not mentioned is that this new layer should be filled with white before the noise is applied, this will give the desired effect and I assume that is what is done in this tutorial, just not mentioned. The noise will only be generated on that part of the layer that already contains something, eg. is NOT transparent.
      The easiest way to fill with white (or black) is to hit D on the keyboard. This will set default foreground and background color which is black and white respectively. To fill with the foreground color use ALT + BACKSPACE. To fill with the background color, use CTRL + BACKSPACE. On a Mac you would use Command instead of CTRL.

    • You might want to look for some tutorials covering Layer Masks, they form the basis of a lot of things you can do in Photoshop. This tutorial clearly assumes some knowledge about Layer Masks as it does not describe the exact procedure of using layer masks in much detail.
      So check up on Layer Masks and give this tutorial a go afterwards.

    • You can simply use the first image that is displayed in the tutorial, the picture of just the airplane with nothing added. Right click it and save it somewhere on your computer – then open it up in Photoshop.