Go to the Brain layer then press Ctrl/Cmd+J to duplicate the layer. Change the blending mode of the new layer to Multiply.
Select the Dodge tool then set the range to Highlights and brush size to around 1000 pixels. Paint the front of the brain to brighten it up.
Select the Brain Copy and Brain layer (Hold Ctrl or Cmd to select multiple layers) then merge the layers (Ctrl/Cmd+E).
Now we’re going to create two iron bars for the handle. Create a new layer then move it to the top. Name this layer “Iron”.
Select the Rectangular Marquee tool then create a selection like shown in the image below.
Select the Paint Bucket Tool (G) then fill it with black. Press Ctrl+D to deselect.
Now we’re going to apply some effects to the iron with layer styles. Go to Layer > Layer Style > Bevel & Emboss. Apply the settings as shown below.
Create a new layer under the Iron layer. Select the original Iron layer then press Ctrl/Cmd+E to merge this Iron layer to the empty layer. We have only one layer again.
Select the Eraser tool then with a hard brush (7-0100% feather), delete the bottom and top areas of the iron so that it looks like it fits in the models hands.
Dodge and burn the layer a bit. Burn the part next to the hand and hole of the brain and dodge the middle of the iron to lighten it a bit.
Press Ctrl/Cmd+J to duplicate the Iron layer. Now we have two bars. Use the Free Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd+T) to scale and position the iron rod like shown below. Delete the unnecessary parts of the iron just like what you did earlier with the other iron bar.
Create a new layer above the Brain layer and name it “Shadow”.
Select the Brush tool (B) then using a soft brush, paint under the model like shown below.
We’re almost done! Let’s apply some more adjustment layers for the whole image. Select the Brain layer then apply the adjustment layers in the order shown in the image below.
Here’s how your layers should look.
Select the Sea layer then use the Blur tool at 50% strength to blur the top of the mountain.
Now go to Layer > Flatten Image.
Editors Note: This tutorial suggests to flatten the image which will merge all of your layers into one. Instead of flattening the image, you can convert all the layers into a Smart Object. To do this, select all of the layers then right-click on the layer and choose Convert to Smart Object.
Press Ctrl+J to duplicate the layer. Go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask. Apply the settings shown below.
Reduce the opacity of the new layer to 55%. Select the background layer then press Ctrl+J to duplicate it. Select the top layer then press Ctrl+E to merge it.
Press Ctrl/Cmd+J to duplicate the background layer. Go to Filter > Other > Custom. Do not change anything – just click OK. Lower the opacity to 20%.
As you can see, the sharpening effect is very strong. Reduce the opacity to 20%. Press Ctrl+E to merge the layer.
Create a new layer then fill the layer with black.
Go to Filter > Render > Lens Flare. Apply the lens flare shown in the image below.