Warzone Photo Manipulation

  • Black and white tool (Image > Adjustments > Black and White)
  • Hue/Saturation (Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation)
  • Channel Mixer (Image > Adjustments > Channel Mixer)

Step 8 - Create broken windows, cracks and fire

Add a layer mask to the layer Original. To do this, select the Original layer in the Layers palette then click on the Add Layer Mask button. Now use the Pen tool (P) to draw a crack on the window. Right click on the path then choose “Make Selection”. Press the delete key on your keyboard or choose Edit > Clear.
Open an image of fire and copy and paste it into the current document. Position the fire under the layer Original. I used a picture of a camp fire from my vacation photos. Name this layer Fire then erase around the fire so that you have only the fire in the layer. Convert the layer to black and white using any technique mentioned above such as using the Black and White adjustment layer. Use the Free Transform tool (Ctrl+T or Edit > Free Transform) to resize and position the fire inside the broken window. Use the Polygonal Lasso tool to create a selection of the glasses in the window. Once you have the selection of the glasses in the window, press delete to remove that area. The fire from the layer below should be visible. Select the layer Original then change the blending mode to Difference. Now you can see the layers below to see where you can erase. Use the Eraser tool (E) to erase parts from the top and bottom to make the fire look like it’s coming out like shown in the screenshot below. Switch the blending mode back to Normal when you’re done.
Use the Smudge Tool (R) to smudge the fire to create a hazy effect like shown in the image below. Repeat this entire step (Step 8) on the rest of the windows. . Now we are going to work on the cracks. Select the Original layer then select the Lasso tool (L). Draw a figure on the wall in the shape of a hole in a wall. Press Ctrl+J to create a duplicate of that selection on a new layer. Then, right click on the new layer and choose Layer Style. Enable the Bevel and Emboss style then adjust the settings to create a bevel effect like shown below.w

Step 9 – Creating the smoke

Duplicate the clouds layer then name this new layer “Smoke”. Use the Free Transform tool (Ctrl+T or Edit > Transform) to rotate the layer then erase around the smoke so that it looks like smoke is coming out of the windows. Put the Smoke layer above the Fire layer(s). Use the Smudge tool to blur the edge of the smoke for a windy effect.

Step 10 – Lamppost

Select the layer Original then use the Lasso tool to create a selection of the lamp post. Press Ctrl+J to duplicate this selected area into its own layer. Rotate it using the Free Transform tool (Ctrl+T or Edit > Free Transform). Rotate and position the lamp post like shown in the screenshot below. Once you’re done, use the Clone Stamp tool to erase parts of the bottom of the lamp post so that it looks broken.
Position this lamp post layer above the layer Original. Use the Eraser tool (E) to delete the area so that it looks like it is behind the metal statue.

Step 11 – Plane Wreckage

On my holiday to Norway, I was hiking and found some plane wreckage. I took some photos of it and now I’ll be using it as part of this photo manipulation. Isolate the plane wreckage then paste it in our photo manipulation project.

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