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How to Create a Breathtaking Medieval Manipulation with Realistic Deteriorated Flags

Learn how to create this windy photo manipulation of a woman leaning on columns with deteriorated flags. You’ll learn how to combine images, manipulate them to fir the windy scene, and work with lighting and shadows.

Preview of Final Results

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Tutorial Resources

Step 1 – File

Go to file and select the option New, use the size Height 2000px and Width 2000px

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Step 2 – Neutral Base

You can use something like this to have a base for the image.

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Step 3 – Model

Go to file and select the option Place, this will show you a new window and you can choose the image of the model.

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Step 4 – Select

To select the model, you can use the Pen tool or Lasso tool.

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Step 5 – Add layer mask

Go the bottom of the layer’s menu and choose the option add a layer mask.

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If you apply the layer mask correctly you will have something like this:

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Step 6 – Sky

Place the image of the sky.

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Change the color of the layer pressing Ctrl+U. Reduce the saturation to -50 and lightness to -25

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Step 7 –Layer Mode

Change the layer setting from normal to overlay and set the opacity to 60%

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Step 8 – Mountain

Place the mountains

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Step 9- Gaussin Blur

Go to the menu filter and choose the option Blur and then Gaussian Blur. Use 5px of radius

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Step 10 – Layer mode

Set layer mode to overlay and use the opacity in 65%

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Step 11 – Orange

Create a new layer Ctrl + Shift + N and set it in soft light mode, then pick a soft round brush with warm tones, (brownish) and paint over the layer. Also remember to configure the brush to pen pressure. You have to paint with a lighter in the middle and then becoming darker in the borders

Remember where is the light coming from, the layer in the image above is set to normal.

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Layer in soft light mode

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Here is the color palette you can use.

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Step 12 – Rock

Place the image of the rock and re size it to fit the model.

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Step 13 – Selection

Like before select the rock with the lasso tool and add a layer mask to hide the undesired parts

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Step 14 – Color layer

Place a layer of a sky

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Go to filter- Blur- Gaussian Blur- and apply 90px of radius to the image.

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Step 15- Soft Light

Change layer mode to soft light

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Step 16 – Orange

Now like before in a new layer paint with a soft round brush over the image, this time with orange and yellow tones.

Layer in normal mode

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Layer in soft light mode

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Step 17 – LIght

With some brushes you can create the light coming from the sky

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Change layer to soft ligth

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Step 18 – Ruins

Place the image of the ruins.

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Then as before select the columns and add a layer mask to hide the rest

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Step 19 – Model

Change the model position, to do this, press ctrl+T the free transform option to make the model smaller and make her fit with the image.

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