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How to Create an Electrifyingly Patriotic Manipulation in Photoshop

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Create a new layer and clip it to the male layer. Change the blending mode to Overlay. Use a round soft brush at 30% opacity to paint with white over the chest, abs, palms and face.

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Step 12

Create a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer by choosing Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation. Lower the saturation to -64. Clip the Hue/Saturation layer to the male person layer.

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Step 13

Create a Curves Adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves) and clip it to the male person layer. Click once on the white diagonal line and drag it down to darken. In the layer mask of the curves adjustment layer paint with black over the areas we highlighted at step 11 (face, palms, abs, chest).Create a Curves Adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves) and clip it to the male person layer. Click once on the white diagonal line and drag it down to darken. In the layer mask of the curves adjustment layer paint with black over the areas we highlighted at step 11 (face, palms, abs, chest).Create a Curves Adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves) and clip it to the male person layer. Click once on the white diagonal line and drag it down to darken. In the layer mask of the curves adjustment layer paint with black over the areas we highlighted at step 11 (face, palms, abs, chest).

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Step 14

Import the debris brush. Create a new layer and create some debris using black color.

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Add a layer mask to the debris layer and hide all debris that falls outside our guy by painting with black over the areas you want hidden.

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Step 16

Create a new layer. Choose the standard Chalk Brush and lower its size to 30 pixels. Using red and black paint some wounds on the chest, abs and his left arm. In order to create a wound paint with red a loose line and then gently paint with black around it.

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Step 17

Create a new layer. Use red and blue to paint some war paint on the guy’s cheekbones. I sampled the colors directly from the flag.

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Step 18

Open the resource “Statue of Liberty”. Copy and paste the statue into our working document. After you’ve converted the statue layer into a Smart Object add a layer mask and using a round soft brush paint over the layer mask to hide some of the bottom parts of the statue. This will make the statue blend nicely with the background sky.

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Make a new layer and clip it to the statue layer. Change the blending mode to Overlay. Paint with some blue sampled from the flag the right side of the statue and with some red paint the left side.

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Step 20

Open the resource “Flare1”. Select the upper left lens flare using the Rectangular Marquee Tool. Copy and paste the flare into our working document and convert it to a smart object. Place it as indicated below.

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Step 21

Change the blending mode of the lens flare to screen.

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Open the resource “Lens Flare2”. Unpack the archive somewhere on your disk. You will see that there are 130 lens flares. Choose lens flare 059 and open it in Photoshop. Copy all and paste into our working document over the already existing flare. Convert the lens flare into a smart object and change the blending mode to screen.

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You will notice some subtle but visible hard lines around our lens flare. Group the two lens flares together (Shift-click on each and press Ctrl + G). Add a layer mask to the group and using a round soft brush hide the hard edges by painting over them in the layer mask with black.

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