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How to Create an Electrifyingly Patriotic Manipulation in Photoshop


Step 24

Import the smoke brush. On two new layers create two wisps of smoke rising from below.


Step 25

Import the clouds brush. On a new layer paint some white clouds covering most of the bottom part of the working document. If you have exaggerated a little with your clouds or smoke (as I did) you can group them together, add a layer mask to the group and hide away the unwanted parts.


Step 26

Open the resource “Glitter” again. Copy and paste it into our working document and after you’ve converted it into a Smart Object change the blending mode to Screen. Add a layer mask and hide the area that falls over our guy.


Step 27

Create a new layer and fill it with black (press D first to switch to default colors and Alt + backspace afterwards). Render some flares by going to Filter > Render > Lens Flare. Use the 105mm Prime type of lens flare.


Step 28

Now change the lens flare blending mode to Screen and all the black disappears leaving us only with the lens flare. Add a layer mask and hide away all the bright areas leaving only the lower left part of the lens flare.


Step 29

Create a Gradient Map adjustment layer (Layer > Adjustment Layers > Gradient Map) and use the settings shown below. Change the blending mode of the gradient layer to Soft Light and lower the Opacity to 59%.


Step 30

Open resource “Broken Glass”. Copy all and paste into our working document. Change the blend mode to Soft Light and convert it to a smart object.


Step 31

Add a layer mask to the broken glass layer and mask away most of the upper areal leaving only the lower areas visible.


Step 32

Open resource “Snow”. Copy all and paste into our document. Change the blending mode to Screen. Lower the opacity to 72%.


Step 33

Add a layer mask and hide away the snow that falls on our guy.


Step 34

Import the rain brush. Create a new layer and create some white rain using one of the brushes. Add a layer mask and again mask the rain that falls over the guy.


Step 35

Create a new layer and choose a deep blue color (#2f35b0). Change the layer blend mode to Overlay and paste with deep blue color over the right side of the flag. With magenta (#c691c4) paint over the left side of the document.


Step 36

Create a new layer and change the layer blending mode to Overlay. With a round soft brush at 33% Opacity paint with white in the indicated areas in order to put focus on them.


Step 37

Create a new layer and change the blending mode to Overlay. Choose the standard chalk brush and lower the size to 2 pixels. Lower the opacity to 30% and paint a contour over our guy.


Step 38

Create a Photo Filter adjustment layer by going to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Photo Filter. From the presets choose Warming Filter 85 and increase the Density to 58%.


Step 39

Create a new layer from all the other layers. Apply a Unsharp Mask filter (Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask) with the settings shown below. Add a layer mask and hide the indicated area.


Step 40

Create a new layer. Sample a red color from the flag (alt-click with the brush tool selected to sample a color) and paint two red dots on each hand symbolizing wounds. Change the blending mode of the layer to Overlay.

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