Create this angelic photo manipulation using Smart Filters and drawing techniques! This tutorial will show you how to create a dramatic cloud background, add glowing wings to an angel, and add some particles.
Preview of Final Results
Start by creating 1416×1416 px image. These are dimensions of cd cover.
Paste “Dark clouds ahead” stock
Add new adjustments layer (menu Layer > New adjustment Layer) with brightness/contrast. Set it:
Now background is too dark. For fix it you should draw mask. Choose mask layer, beside adjustment. Take a 360px soft, rounded brush and draw gently by right side of picture. My results of masking
How should it looks:
Still background isn’t well. Add new adjustments layer with brightness/contrast. Set it:
Now you should add some lights on background. Add new layer. With the same brush and #f46307 color draw, where you want to show lights.
Then you should blur it. Choose from menu Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur. Set 125px.
Change this layer mode to Soft Light and change opacity to 80%. Yay, you are awesome! :)
It’s time to model! Paste “A slow fall stock” and mask it.
Step 7 – drapery
But what with this awesome silk material? Here’s the trick! Choose 38 px soft brush and change opacity of it to 40%. Then draw gently on lighter parts of material, but remember: try to use different opacity and size. On folds, opacity should be smaller.
Now prepare model to particles. With Rough round bristle black brush on mask draw some on the edge of material.
Results for this moment:
On layer with model add adjustment layer with color balance. (Right Click on Adjustment layer > Create clipping mask)
At adjustment layer draw mask. Orange light goes from right side of picture. Follow this tip :). My mask:
Result of masking
We’ll start making wings. Under the model layer paste first wing. Transform it free and in perspective.
Do the same with second wing.
Now press ctrl and choose layers with the wings. Then Click Right Mouse Button and from menu choose Convert to Smart Object.
From menu choose Filter > Filter gallery. From menu choose Stylize > Glowing edges.
Then choose layer with wings. Change mode to Screen.
Wings should be like gold, so add adjustment layer with hue/saturation.
Step 16 – optional
But wings appears like empty. Duplicate wings layer. Change mode to Color Dodge and opacity to 55%
With small (ex. 1-3px wide), soft brush color #d9cb04 draw contour of wings.
Step 18 – glow
Wings will be glowing. Draw gently lights on model from it. Choose the same brush as was as before, with #f7e802 color. On the back, hair, drapery.
Step 19 – particles
Create new layer. Now choose Clone Stamp Tool, Rough round bristle 100px. Click with alt on edges of model on the image and draw somewhere on image. Pay attention that it will take some time. Be patient :)
I added also orange light on the drapery. With the 1px soft round brush #df8726 draw. Red arrows will help you :)
Add new layer. Choose the same brush. On back of model draw lights. I used #ebac67 and #ffffff colors.