In this lesson, Loredana Papp will show you how to create a beautiful composition with an angel on fire.
To get started, open the stock image with the background.
Next we need to extract the model, take PenTool (Pen), create a selection and then press Ctrl + J. Save the selection in a different PSD file, because you never know when it will be needed again. You do not have to bother with cutting the hair, as they will be drawn in the next steps.
Drag the model onto the background. Place it on the right side of the picture.
Now let’s remove the shadows on her dress. Create a copy of the model by pressing Ctrl + J. Select a tool Dodge tool (Brightener) and apply it to the model’s dress until it becomes lighter, as shown in the figure below.
Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) RGB channel c Output (Output) 50 and Input 117
Press Ctrl + Backspace and fill the layer mask with black. Then select Brush tool (Brush) and paint the areas shown in the figure below with white on the mask.
Next, insert the wings in the working paper. Since they are already cut, it is quite easy to use.
Add adjustment layer Color balance (Color balance). Set the following settings to +25, 0, and -35, as shown below.
Press Ctrl + Backspace and fill the layer mask with black. Then select Brush tool (Brush) with soft edges, then paint with white on the mask as shown in the figure. This layer is designed to create a feeling of light in the left corner.
Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) RGB channel c Output (Exit) 65 and Input (Input) 103. This will make the right corner darker and create some shadows on the model, so use a basic black brush with soft edges to erase some areas on the layer mask, as shown in the figure below.
Now let’s work with the grass around the model so that it harmonizes more with it. For this, I used brushes that I myself created specifically for grass. This type of brush is on the Internet, so finding it will be quite easy.
Create a new layer and a dark green brush “grass” walk around the place around the dress model. Create another new layer and go for a lighter green grass. Spend as much time on this operation as you need, but remember: for each shade of grass, create a new layer, because you never know when it will take to erase something.
In this step, we will create the right makeup for the model to enhance the drama of the picture. Create a new layer. Choose a tool Eyedropper tool (Pipette) and select the light color on her face. Next, select the main brush with soft edges and go over some parts of her face so that they look brighter, as she looks at the light.
Create a new layer for drawing the mouth, another new for the eyes and another for the sparkles. In order to get good results, increase the image by 200% -300%, after reduction it will look better.
Now let’s draw the hair. I will explain all the work in seven steps, so it will be easy enough for everyone to do. The first step is to create a new layer, then select the dark color that you want to use for the hair. This will be the basis. Next, select the main brush with soft edges (in this case no more than 30 pixels) and draw the shape of the hair as shown below.
Create a new layer, reduce the size of the main brush (about 10-15px in diameter depending on the image size) and choose a lighter color, but be careful, because if it is too light, it is close to the base – it looks rather strange. Draw a few lines in your hair where you think light should fall. Select Eraser tool (Eraser) (main brush with soft edges) and erase the ends of the lines so that they merge with each other.
If you think that the color that you received in light is too light, you can add a few lines of a darker color, as shown below.
Next, create a new layer and again reduce the brush size to approximately 5-6px, then set Opacity (Opacity) up to 60-70%. Choose a light color and draw a few lines, erase the edges so that they merge together.
Do the same as in step 16. Create a new layer, then choose a lighter color and reduce the brush size. Now make some final lines on the hair.
At this stage, we will draw a falling light on the hair. Create a new layer and, using a basic brush with soft edges (opacity up to 20-40% and a diameter of up to 1-2) and a very light color, start drawing small lines where there should be light, as shown below.
Now you have to merge all the layers of hair, select them and press Ctrl + E. select Burn tool (Dimmer), set the opacity to 60% and use it for the darkest parts of the hair, then select the tool Dodge tool (Brightener) set the opacity to 50% and create the incident light on the hair, as shown.
Add adjustment layer Photo filter (Photo Filter). Set Density to 25%.
Add adjustment layer Color balance (Color balance). Set the following settings to +15, 0, and -44. This is to create more light in the left corner. Erase some areas on the layer mask as shown below.
Create a new layer. For the light coming from the left corner, I used special brushes, but it can be easily made with the main brush, drawing several lines, and then setting the Opacity of the layer to 20%.
Add adjustment layer Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast). Install Brightness (Brightness) at 9 and Contrast (Contrast) 18.
Add adjustment layer Levels (Levels). Set the following settings to black marker 10, gray marker 1.00 and white marker 242. Erase some areas on the layer mask as shown below.
Next, apply an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) RGB channel, Output (Output) 60, Input (Input) 88. Erase the left side of the layer mask as shown below.
Drag the picture with blazing flames to the wing. Transform the image (Ctrl + T) to the required size and place it on the right wing.
Set the blending mode Screen (Screen)
Create a mask for this flame, the main brush with soft edges, black color erase the corners of the image
Again open the same picture with a blazing fire, reduce the size as shown. Place it at the top of the previous flame to make the wing larger.
Set the blending mode for this layer also to Screen (Screen)
Go to the adjustment layers and select Gradient Map (Gradient Map), apply the settings shown below.
Drag the image with the fire for the dress into the working document. Reduce the size and place the image on the model’s dress.
Do the same as for the fire on the wings. Set the blending mode Screen (Screen) and erase all edges on the mask.
To make it easier, press Ctrl + J and duplicate the layer as many times as necessary. You can reduce the size of the image or reflect it. Edit-> Transform-> Flip Horizontal (Edit -> Transform -> Flip Horizontally).
Drag and drop an image with fire into the working document this time for the background. Reduce it in size and place it between the light and dark parts.
Set the blending mode for it. Overlay (Overlap). Erase some parts on the layer mask as shown below.
Just linger and take a look at the image. This is how it should look like then.
Add adjustment layer Color balance (Color balance). Set the following settings to +16, 0, and -13. It is necessary to create a warm atmosphere.
Create a new layer. Select the main brush with soft edges. Set the brush opacity to 40-50% and select some warm color from the fire. Now draw some lines coming out of the fire.
Create a new layer for the wings. With a basic brush with soft edges, draw some feathers for the wings. You must choose a color for the feathers using Eyedropper tool ( Pipette).
Add adjustment layer Color balance (Color balance). Set the following settings to +25, 0, and -27. Use this layer only to lighten the details surrounding the fire, as shown in the figure.
Add adjustment layer Levels (Levels). Set the following settings to black marker 0, gray marker 1.00 and white marker 225
Now we will make a small change. Select the main brush and draw new lines on the right wing. Draw a lighter color than on other lines.
Add adjustment layer Curves(Curves) channel Red (Red) Input (Log in) 63, Output (Exit) 86. Remove some details on the mask. The correction layer should be applied only to the area of fire.
Add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation). Install Saturation (Saturation) -60, and then set the blending mode Color dodge (Lightening the basics). This layer applies only to grass, so wipe the other parts on the mask.
There are some strange details in the fire picture right near the model’s face. This problem can be solved by Clone stamp tool (Stamp).
Place a few feathers near the left wing. You can draw them so they merge. Just use a simple brush for this.
Add adjustment layer Color balance (Color balance). Use the following settings: Shadows (Shadows): -19, +38, -37; Midtones (Mid Tones): +19, 0, 0; Highlights (Lights): -19, +20, +13.
Add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation). Install Hue(Color tone) -5, Saturation (Saturation) -25, Lightness (Replacing light) -5.
Add adjustment layer Levels (Levels). Apply the following settings:
Blue (Blue): 0, 1.00 and 255
Green (Green): 11, 1.00 and 255
Red (Red): 19, 1.00 and 255
Rgb: 0, 1.00 and 255
Sit back and look at your final work.