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How to Create a Beautiful Moonlight Angel Photo Composite

Everybody loves angels or demons – this is really popular theme in photo manipulations. You will create something new on the fundaments of old theme. You will earn much tricks for making your own photomanips. Sounds interesting? Read this tutorial and find out how easy it is!

What you’ll be creating

You will need Photoshop CS5 or newer to follow this tutorial. You will start by creating night background, then you will learn how to make lights on model and how to create this amazing wings. At the end you will learn, how to make an awesome aura effect.


Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Start from creating 1122x1600px canvas.


Step 2

Place “Sunny day” Into your file. Switch transform to warp mode. Then warp it as is shown. It will make foreground bigger.


Step 3

Now you will adjust whole layer to rest of the idea. Add Adjustment layer with Brightness/Contrast. Set it as is shown.


Step 4

I think this layer is too saturated. Fix it with adjustment layer – Hue/ Saturation.


It will be night, soon. Add color/Balance for making it. More blue and less red will be okay.


Step 5

Place sky stock into your file. Mask bottom of this layer with big brush.


Step 6

Sky is too bright and with big contrast. Fix it, by adding Brightness/Contrast layer. Make it clipping by clicking RMB on layer with Adjustment and choose Create Clipping Mask.


Step 7

Add more color to this layer by creating Adjustment layer with color Balance. Also make it clippy (RMB > Create clipping mask).


Step 8

Set #5e7184 color. Choose from Adjustments – Gradient fill. Set your color to transparent. Pick radial style and make scale larger – to 150%.


Step 9

Change blending mode of gradient layer to Color Dodge. Decrease opacity to 46%. You will make by this light source.


Step 10

Add Exposure layer. I think, that background is still to bright.


Step 11

Add brightness/contrast adjustment. It will make dark mood on your work.


Step 12

Duplicate Layer (Ctrl + J / Apple + J) with gradient and place it above brightness contrast. Change opacity of this layer to 100%.


Step 13

Add new layer. Select horizont line. From filter menu pick Render > Clouds. Use light blue and dark gray colors.


Step 14

Choose Erase tool. Set big, soft brush and erase top and bottom of the rendered layer. Then change blending mode of this layer to Screen.


Step 15

Good job! You’ve made background :). Now it’s time to model. Place stock into the middle of image. Mask her, baby! :)


Pro tip – use on mask brush with smaller opacity to make laces transparent.


Step 16

Create new layer and make it clippy. Use soft brush and with #a18d87 color raw lighter parts the models legs.


Step 17

Change blending mode of this layer to Multiply. Lights on leg will be more fitting to whole work.


Step 18

Again add new layer and make it clippy (RMB > reate clipping mask). With soft, light brush (#e1cdc2), draw lights on legs. Don’t be afraid of the drawing.


You can use mask for erase mistakes.


If lights are still to hard, choose from top menu Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur.


Step 19

Add new layer. Also clippy. Choose the same brush and set #c7c8dc (light blue) color. Draw some strokes on legs and on skirt.


If you need, blur this layer.


Change blending mode of this layer to Color Dodge. Decrease opacity to 40%.


Step 20

This stock photo is very bright. Add adjustment layer with Exposure. Then make it clippy by RMB > Create clipping mask.


Step 21

Add Adjustment layer with Color Balance.


Step 22

Add New layer and make it clippy. Choose dark blue color and draw with soft brush strokes on legs and skirt. You will emphasize light source.


Decrease opacity to 40% and change blending mode to Color Dodge.


Step 23

Again add clipping (RMB > Create clipping mask) adjustment layer with Hue/Saturation. You will make the magic! :)


Now change opacity to 41 % and set blending mode to Multiply.


Step 24

Add adjustment layer with Color Balance. Also make it clippy. Decrease opacity to 57%.


Step 25

It’s the last clipping mask on model, good job! Add clippy adjustment layer with Color/Balance.


Earse parts on the legs, torso, hands and face.


Then change blending mode to Multiply and decrease opacity to 45%. You did amazing skirt! :)


Step 26

Add new layer. Pick 1px soft brush and use light blue color. Draw outline on the model.


Step 27

Change blending mode to Linear dodge (Add).


Step 28

Back below model layer (above rendered clouds). On new layer, with big, soft brush draw shadows below models legs. Use #3b3e4e color.


Then change blending mode to Multiply and decrease opacity to 36%.


Step 29

It’s time to wings. Everybody use feathers or leather for making wings. You will use thorns! :) Place stock under layer with model. Mask it!


Step 30

As you can see thorns have really big contrast. Fix it. Create adjustment layer with Brightness/Contrast. Make it clippy (RMB > Create Clipping Mask).


Step 31

Add Color/balance layer and make it clippy.


Step 32

With control holding select layer with thorn wings and clipping layers above. Duplicate it (Ctrl + J / Apple + J). Then, from menu Edit pick Transform > Flip horizontal.


Step 33

Add new folder and add new layer. With small brush strokes make outline on wings.


I made wings on one side, then duplicated it and flipped horizontal.


Change opacity of created layers to color dodge.


Step 34

Go above all layers. Did you remember light source? It’s in the middle of background. Add new layer and with soft brush (with decreased opacity) draw as is shown.


Change blending mode to Multiply, decrease opacity to 75%.


Step 35

Add new layer. With the same – but smaller – brush settings draw shadows on legs. Draw strokes below skirt and on the feets.


Set blending mode to Color burn, opacity to 50%


Step 36

In my opinion whole image is too bright. Add Hue/Saturation.


Step 37

You will make angels aura. Add new layer. Use big, soft brush with #d3ba6c color. Then draw long stroke above her head.


Step 38

Change blending option to Soft light.


Step 39

Duplicate created layer (Ctrl + J / Apple + J). Transform it (ctrl +T) – make it longer.


Step 40

Again duplicate layer. Then set blending option to Overlay and Opacity to 48%.


Step 41

Add new layer. With light-yellow color draw rough circle above her head. With darker yellow add shadows on aura.


Step 42

Click on this layer with RMB. Choose “blending mode” from menu. Then go to “Outer glow”. Set it as is shown:


Step 43

Add new layer. Use soft round yellow brush. Use different sizes.


Step 44

Good job! Again click on this layer with RMB, pick Blending mode. Go to Outer Glow.


Step 45

For colors harmony, add Color/Balance adjustment layer.


Step 46

Add new layer. Draw lights on wings and hair. Use small, light-yellow brush. Then decrease opacity to 70%.


Step 47

Place grass stock on the bottom of the picture.


Step 48

From top menu choose Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur. Set it as is shown.


Step 49

Grass is totally another of whole image. At first decrease saturation and make lightness bigger, by adding hue/saturation adjustment layer. Make it clippy (RMB > Create clipping mask).


Now add clipping layer with color balance.


Then add adjustment layer with Brightness/Contrast.


Step 50

Add adjustment layer with Gradient fill. Set it as is shown. Change blending mode to Multiply.


As you can see this layer doesn’t fit to full image. Erase part on the aura and near model.


Step 51

You’ll make glow on aura. Pick big, soft round brush with light-yellow color. Draw dot on the aura.


Cool! Now decrease opacity of this layer to 42%. Change blending mode to Soft Light.


Step 52

Create new layer. Choose soft brush and use yellow and blue colors. Draw as shown:


Blur this layer. Choose from top menu Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.


Then set blending mode to Color Dodge and opacity to 26%.


Step 53

Duplicate this layer and change blending mode to Soft light. Decrease opacity to 17%.


Step 54

Create Adjustment layer with Selective Color.


Step 55

At the end, add adjustment layer with Brightness/Contrast


Final Results


Download the PSD

Tutorial by Monika Nowakowska

Hi! Thank you for following the tutorial, you are the best! Write if you have any questions :). Personally I am coffeeholic and graphic designer from PL. If you are interested in my works, like my fb page. If you want to cooperation – see my portfolio.

– with love, msRiotte

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