Adding salute to a photo in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to add a salute to a photo.

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Step 1

Create a new document (Ctrl + N), set the following dimensions to 1715px x 1383px. Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + N), fill this layer with black (Press the ‘D’ key to set the default colors and then press the ‘Alt + backspace’ keys to fill the layer with the foreground color.

Step 2

Open the original image with a starry sky. Select the entire image (Ctrl + A), and then copy the selected image (Ctrl + C). Go back to our working paper and paste the copied image (Ctrl + V).

Press the keys (Ctrl + T) to scale the starry sky, as shown in the screenshot below.

Reduce the opacity of the star layer to 32%.

Step 3

Open the original image with a salute. Select the entire image, copy it, and then paste it onto our working paper. Apply scaling as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 4

Change the blending mode for the salute layer to Lightening (Screen). With this blend mode, we’ll get rid of the black background, leaving only the salute image visible.

Step 5

Open the original image with the Parliament building. Copy / paste the selected image of the building onto our working paper.

Step 6

Add a layer mask to the building layer, let’s go Layer – Layer Mask – Show All (Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal All). Next, go Selection – Color Range (Select> Color Range) and pipette somewhere over the black sky.

Step 7

Next, go to the layer mask by clicking on it. Invert the active selection (Ctrl + I). Thus, we will hide the black sky, leaving only the image of the building visible.

Step 8

Go to the original salute layer. Press the keys (Ctrl + J) to duplicate this layer. Move the duplicate salute layer to the top, placing it on top of all layers. Name this layer “Reflection”.

Step 9

Press the keys (Ctrl + T) to transform the layer with the reflection of the salute, also applying the scaling, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 10

Change the blending mode for the salute reflection layer to Lightening (Screen), and also reduce the opacity of this layer to 27%.

And we have completed the lesson!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

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