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How to Create an Electrifyingly Patriotic Manipulation in Photoshop

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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%.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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%.

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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.

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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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