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Create a Mystical Rising Angel Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Learn how to create this mystical image of an angel rising to the heavens from inside a castle. This tutorial will show you how to create bright heavenly light and ambient lighting, blend images together to create an angel, and finish it off with a soft focus photo effect.

Preview of Final Results

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How to Create a Rising Angel Photo-manipulation in Photoshop

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Step 1

Now, let’s start by creating a new image file, go to the Menu bar and click File > New, and then input the following values on their respective fields:

  • Preset: Custom
  • Width: 2480 pixels
  • Height: 3508 pixels
  • Resolution: 300pixels/inch
  • Color Mode: RGB Color
  • Background Contents: Transparent

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Step 2

In this step, we will be creating the stairway inside the castle. To start, open “Nightstock 701” by Nightstock. Next activate the Move Tool by pressing V on your keyboard and then left-click on the stock image and then drag it to our canvas. Position the stock image as shown on the image below:

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Step 3

Next, we will resize this image to fit our canvas. To start, activate the Transform tool by pressing Ctrl/Cmd + T. Once the Transform tool appears, a series of squares would appear on the sides of the stock image to be transformed. Drag the encircled square to the respective direction as shown below:

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The resized image should appear like this:

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Step 4

Now, we would need to image’s angle and to do that we would need to activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) once again. Now, that it is activated, right click on the canvas to prompt the appearance of the Transform tool’s contextual menu. Once it appears, click on Distort.

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Now, let’s distort the image:

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The result:

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Step 5

Next, we will fix the lighting on this stock image. To do that, select the image and then activate the Curves adjustment tool by pressing Ctrl/Cmd + M. Once it opens, drag the line to the point shown below or you may also input the following values on their respective boxes:

  • Channel: RGB
  • Output: 125
  • Input: 103

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The result of that should be similar to the image below:

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Step 6

Now, that we’re done, select all the layers that we’ve made in this step and then press Ctrl/Cmd + G to group them. We would need to group the layers in order to avoid confusion in later steps.

Rename the layer to “Background”, renaming a group is similar to renaming a layer – simply double-click on the words: “Group 1” (you can find that on the layer window) to prompt a text box to appear and then type in the name you want to put.

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Step 7

Now, we will be creating the girl who pretended to be a mortal and now is bewildering the woman below on such a holy sighting. To start, let’s open “262-float” by wolfcatstock. Now, that it is open, activate the Polygonal Lasso tool (L) because we would use this to select the woman and isolate her from her background.

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Now, let’s create a selection area around the woman:

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Step 8

Now, that we’ve made a selection area around the woman, activate the Move tool (V) and drag the woman to our canvas. Once on the canvas, rename this layer to “woman”.

Note: Renaming a layer is similar to renaming a group; simply double click on the word: “Layer _” and then input the name you want to put.

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