Manipulating a WW2 Fighter Aircraft

Manipulating a WW2 Fighter Aircraft
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Step 6

Now change the blend mode of the plane layer to multiply, if you followed the previous tutorial you may have already done this.

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Step 7

Change the foreground color to black then select the gradient tool then click the drop down arrow in the main toolbar and select the second gradient which should go from transparent to opaque black, if not then just make a custom gradient like this. Make sure the gradient type is set at linear then hold Shift and drag from the bottom of the document up to about the middle of the wing and you should get something like the image below.

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Step 8

Change the blend mode of this layer to soft light.

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Step 9

Duplicate this layer and change the opacity to 75% and the blend mode to multiply. We did it in this way so we can have the image fade to black at the bottom but still preserve the color saturation of the image; this is a good one to remember. We darkened the bottom of the image for two reasons; firstly to draw the focus away from the dock which stood out too much and secondly so we place our text here and it will stand out.

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Step 10

We're going to go for a really cliche movie font, Trajan; used on more than half of all movie posters since 2000. Trajan is overused but we're going to use it here because we're not aiming for originality anyway. Select the type tool then click somewhere in the document then type 'the' and change the size to 40pt, the font to Trajan/Trajan Pro and the color to white. Now move the text to just below the guy like in the image below.

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Step 11

Now select the type tool again and click in the document then type 'PlanE' (note the uppercase/lowercase characters) and change the size to 180pt, I also changed the size of the 'E' to 170pt as it looked to big. The last thing that you need to do is to change the tracking (horizontal character spacing) of some of the letters to even it out. DO this by going Window>Character and highlighting one letter at a time and changing the tracking until it looks balanced and 'symmetrical'. Now move it to where it looks good.

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Step 12

Right click on the plane text layer and go to blending options and add a drop shadow and an inner bevel using the settings shown below.

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78 comments on “Manipulating a WW2 Fighter Aircraft”

  1. this app needs to get things right cant copy image this page lies to the public people using this page

  2. PLEASE: take the "word" BEGINNER out of the title. This is not for beginners! I am fairly good with Photo Shop and I could not follow your directions at all. I need to understand how to develop layers. I know what to do with them when they are there, but how to get them started is my problem. You do not explain things for beginners.
    Thank You
    MJ

  3. how do you make it so you can see the prop blur and still completely see the plane? my blur covers the plane unless i change the opacity but then the whole picture is really faint.

  4. Hey I was trying to do this and I dropped my donut and I accidently lost my mouse in the process, I was trying to figure like step 5 so can anyone help me as soon as I find my mouse?

  5. I'm new to photoshop, and I don't think this describes accurately how to make a clipping mask. To do so, you select the above image (in this case the noise layer), then go into Layer and tap Create Clipping Mask (Alt+Ctrl+G)

  6. I don't get it! Please help me. I added a layer mask on duplicated picture of the plain and then with black brush I painted the propeller. Now i have a hole in my work. How i get the propeller shown like abow?

  7. I am stuck on step 5. I duplicate the layer but then I the option of "add layer mask" once I right click it is unclickable. Please help! Thank you!

  8. Okay, I am using CS6 Photoshop964-Bit) the problem with the "selected area is empty". When you make a new project, it gives you a locked white background, duplicated this layer, then use that layer to add the noise. Quick way of doing it. Remember to put it on top of the layer of the plane. Then it works fine, also yes it's a dead link just use your common sense and copy the image from the tutorial.

    1. the first layer you had you must use it instead of creating a new layer since this new one will eventually be empty.

  9. Ya explained the work in the best manner. Understud very well, it was really helpfull. Please keep uploading more work with this type of explanation.. Thank you whu ever it is...

  10. hey i am not able to go step 4 , at step 5 i am struck badly as i couldnt understand wat to do?  if i right click the layer mask then it is applied directly on the duplicate layer otherwise if i right click the layer mask on the duplicate plane layer then i get an option to delete the layer masking or disable layer masking

    1. @jumman I got an option saying me to resterize the layer if i use smudge on the layer masked layer i.e., the duplicate plane layer

  11. I can't see the harden brush for smudge tool. I set the size and the strength but I can't see the harden tool or button or menu.

  12. It won't let me make noise on an empty layer. An error comes up saying:
    "Could not complete the Add Noise command because the selected area is empty"

    1. True, that won't work. I think that what is not mentioned is that this new layer should be filled with white before the noise is applied, this will give the desired effect and I assume that is what is done in this tutorial, just not mentioned. The noise will only be generated on that part of the layer that already contains something, eg. is NOT transparent.
      The easiest way to fill with white (or black) is to hit D on the keyboard. This will set default foreground and background color which is black and white respectively. To fill with the foreground color use ALT + BACKSPACE. To fill with the background color, use CTRL + BACKSPACE. On a Mac you would use Command instead of CTRL.

    1. You might want to look for some tutorials covering Layer Masks, they form the basis of a lot of things you can do in Photoshop. This tutorial clearly assumes some knowledge about Layer Masks as it does not describe the exact procedure of using layer masks in much detail.
      So check up on Layer Masks and give this tutorial a go afterwards.

    2. Thanks Simon for all your help here. I had to do this as an assignment and found it easier with your tips.

  13. Dont bother going to the dead link. Just right click the picture and press save as. Then open the file via photoshop.

    1. You can simply use the first image that is displayed in the tutorial, the picture of just the airplane with nothing added. Right click it and save it somewhere on your computer - then open it up in Photoshop.

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