How to Create a Photo Manipulation of an Assassin with a Flaming Arrow in Photoshop

How to Create a Photo Manipulation of an Assassin with a Flaming Arrow in Photoshop
Note: To rename a group, simply double-click on the words “Group 1” to prompt a text box to appear and then you may be able to rename it. See image below:
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Step 3: Create the Assassin

Now, we will be adding the Assassin which will be the subject of our artwork. To start, open “Southron Archer 4” by lindowyn stock. Once open, activate the Magnetic lasso Tool (L) and use it to create a selection area around the assassin. See images below:
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Once you’ve created the selection area around the assassin, activate the Move tool (V) and drag the selected assassin to our canvas. Position it above the Background group by dragging it on top of it.
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Name this layer to “assassin”. Naming a layer is simple and similar to naming a group. Just double click on the words: “Layer 1” etc. and then a text box would appear and then you can name it. Now, if you’ve noticed that we have to clean up the mess left on the assassin stock image. See image below:
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To remove that, we would need to activate the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L).
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Once activated, create a selection area around that remaining grass image from the “Southron Archer 4” image.
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The result of that should be similar to this:
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Next, we would have to blur the edges since we need to create a realistic depth of field which was lost during the process of creating a selection area around the assassin and moving it to the canvas. Activate the Blur tool (R) and input the following settings:
  • Brush size: 35px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Mode: Normal
  • Strength: 100%
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Next, blur the edges of the assassin as shown on the image below:
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The result:
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Next, we will enhance the color of this image to make it blend with the background. Click on the “assassin” layer and then go to Image > Adjustments > Color Balance. Once this is open, input the following:
  • Color Levels: +15, 0, -15
  • Tone Balance: Midtones
  • Preserve Luminosity: Check
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The result of that color adjustment should be similar to this:
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Next, we will enhance the shadows on the assassin. To start, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it “Darken”. Put this layer above the assassin’s layer and right click on it and once the contextual menu is up, click on “Create Clipping Mask” so the paint would only be seen or “clipped” on the assassin. See images below:
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Next, activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:
  • Brush size: 400px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 25%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
  • #: 000000 is the color black.
Once you’re done, let us now paint:
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The result of that should be similar to this:
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Select all the layers that we’ve created for this step and press Ctrl/Cmd + G. Name this group to: “assassin”.

Step 4: Create the fire arrow

In this step, we will be adding flames to the assassin’s arrow rendering it more deadly and efficient. To start, let’s create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) above the “assassin” group and name it “fire 1”. Next, activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:
  • Brush size: 600px
  • Hardness: Default
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: fff992
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Now, let’s paint:
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The result of that should be similar to this:
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Next, create another layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and then name it “fire 2”. Now, we will be using the “Fire Brushes” by Skippy3E, so activate the Brush tool (B) and then right click on the canvas to activate the contextual menu. Once activated click on the drop down menu and click on Load Brushes.

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