How to Create an Intense Movie Poster in Photoshop

How to Create an Intense Movie Poster in Photoshop
You can mask away any white areas you don't like or think it looks too much. For the right wing you should create another copy of this layer, press Ctrl + T and right-click within the image and click on 'Flip Horizontal'. Rename this layer to 'Vapor_trail_right_wing'. Rotate and place this layer on the right wing as you would like. Because we've put this layer on top of the aircraft the lower part of the plane still looks flat. We can fix this by making the upper tail wings looking less 2D, create a path around the left upper tail wing, right-click and click on 'Make Selection...' and click OK.
With the Layer Mask selected of the 'Vapor_trail_left_wing' layer, pick a large Soft Round brush and gently start masking away the top of the vapor trail on the top of the tail wing. Do the exact same thing for the right tail wing. The difference is subtle but noticeable.
We are done for now with the F15 fighter jet so let's move on to the Russian MiG-29. For the next step you should drag the MiG-29 folder below the F-15 folder. If you have followed this tutorial step by step, your order of layers should be exactly like the image below. Click on the image to view the entire order of layers.

Step 7

Download the 'Explosion' image and open it up in Photoshop. What we're going to do now is masking the explosion from the background. Go to Channels and select the channel with the highest contrast which in this case is the Blue channel. Right-click on the Blue channel and create a copy, make sure you are working on the copied layer otherwise the masking won't work properly!
Go to Image>Adjustments>Auto Levels. By clicking on Auto Levels you can see that this helps us tremendously as we need to separate the black from the white but there is still quite a bit left to be masked. Go to Image>Adjustments>Levels and the Levels menu will pop up. Enter the settings as shown in the image below.
Paint this over with a white color in Normal Brush Mode. Now that the explosion is as good as being separated we can start working on the explosion. Grab a Soft Round brush of any size, set your foreground color to black and set the Brush Mode to Overlay. By setting the mode to Overlay we won't be able to mask away the black color but we can darken or paint away the white and grey colors. Gently start painting outwards of the explosion, the final outcome will profit from this. Make sure you switch from the RGB channel to the corresponding channels to see what's actually part of the explosion and what isn't. To remove white or grey areas, simply switch your foreground color to white. When you're done painting on the layer mask, click on the RGB channel and head back to the Layers menu. Go to Select>Load Selection... and switch the Channel to the Blue copy Channel, make sure you check the 'Invert' box.
When you've done this, you will notice that the mask you have just created will be turned into a selection. Click on the Add Layer Maskicon and voila! A masked explosion has been created.
Now that this Layer Mask is done, drag it over to our poster canvas on top of the MiG-29 layer. Try to scale and rotate the explosion as shown below.
In the image below you can see I didn't do a really good job masking the explosion but we can fix this. By clicking on the Layer Mask thumbnail, we can still edit the mask by using black and white colors. It still doesn't have to be perfect as we're going to apply color correction later.

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