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Step 22 – Swap the layers
Switch the position of the two shattered glass layers. Move the bottom one above the top one. This is because the shattered glass on the models left ankle is supposed to appear in front of his left ankle.
Here’s a before and after comparison of switching the layers. You can see that the shattered glass doesn’t appear to be wrapping around the models legs. We’ll fix this with a layer mask in the next step.
Step 23 – Add masks to the shattered glass layers
Select the second layer with the shattered glass then click on the button to add a layer mask.
Zoom in to 100% and use the move tool to position the center of the shattered glass on the leg.
Select the eraser tool, right click anywhere in the document window, then set the hardness to 100%.
Erase the upper part of the shattered glass that touches the leg and the beam of light like shown below. Now it looks like the shattered glass is wrapped around the leg but not in front of the beam of light.
We’ll repeat this for the other leg. Select the other layer then click on the to add a layer mask.
Like before, erase the upper area of the shattered glass that touches the leg as shown below.
Step 24 – Make the beam of light glow
To finish this photo manipulation, we’ll make the swirling beam of light glow. Right click on the layer with the beam of light then choose blending options.
Select the outer glow layer style then adjust the size until you see a glow on the beam of light.
Select a color that you like for the glow.
Next, enable the inner glow layer style and zoom in so that you can see the beam of light. Press Ctrl+ to zoom in and drag in the document window to reposition. Set the blend mode to normal.
Set the color to the same or similar color you used in your outer glow layer style then adjust the size so that the inner glow is more visible.