Create a magic scene with an angel in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a magical scene with an angel. You will learn how to combine different source images into one single scene using adjustment layers, masks and brushes. You will also learn about working with layers and groups, about creating light effects and much more.

The final result:

Step 1

Create a new document 1400 px x 1500 px in Photoshop. Set the settings that are shown in the screenshot below.

Step 2

Open the original sky image in Photoshop. Using tool Move (Move Tool (V)), move this image to our working paper. Position the image with the sky, as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 3

To soften the sky, apply a filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), for this we go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Install Radius (Radius) blur 8 px:

Step 4

Next, go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Curves (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Curves) to brighten the sky image.

Next, go to the adjustment layer mask. Curves (Curves) and using a soft black brush paint over the right side of the sky to keep shading in this part of the image.

Step 5

Add another adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) to reduce the brightness.

Now go to the mask for this adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) and using a soft black brush, paint over the left side of the sky to keep the brightening in this part of the image.

Step 6

Open the original image with a rock in Photoshop. Separate the rock from the background, and then move the selected rock image to our working document, placing it in the lower right side of our scene:

Step 7

To the rock layer, add an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask. Reduce the brightness of the rock image:

We are planning to create a light source in the upper left side of the scene. So go to the mask for this adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) and using a soft black brush paint over the left side of the rock where the light will fall:

Step 8

Add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to change the color of the rock.

Step 9

Create a new layer as a clipping mask, change the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay), opacity (Opacity) layer 100%, and also fill 50% gray (50% gray):

Using tool Clarifier / Dimmer (Dodge Burn Tool (O)), in the settings of this tool set Range (Range) on Mid tones (Midtones), and the value Exposure (Exposure) by about 20-25%, increase light and shade on the rock. You can see the result of the brush processing in the screenshot below under the blending mode. Normal (Normal) and the final result in the blend mode Overlap (Overlay):

Step 10

Open the original image with the model in Photoshop. Separate the model image from the background using your favorite object selection technique. Create a new layer, and then select a tool. Stamp ( Clone Tool (S)). With this tool, remove the tattoo and twigs on the legs of the model:

Step 11

Create a new layer, using a hard brush, brush color # 989079, paint the missing flowing hair. In this case, I recommend that you use a tablet pen.

Step 12

Change the brush color to # deddc8. Add lighter hair to the model:

Step 13

Select all the layers related to the model (the selected image of the model, the stamp layer and the layers with hair) to merge them into one layer. Move the merged layer with the model to our working paper, placing it on the rock.

Step 14

Create a new layer below the model layer. Using a soft black brush opacity (Opacity) approximately 40%, draw the shadows under the model’s legs:

Name layer with shadow Shadow 1 (shadow 1).

Step 15

To the model layer, add an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) as a clipping mask to discolor the model image:

Step 16

Add adjustment layer Photo filter (Photo Filter), set the filter color to # b3defd. Next, go to the mask for this adjustment layer. Photo filter (Photo Filter) and using a soft black brush, paint over the model’s dress, because I don’t want the filter correction to affect it.

Step 17

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to darken the model image a bit:

Next, go to the mask for this adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) and with the help of a soft black brush hide the correction of the curves in the upper and in the left part of the model image:

Step 18

Create a new layer with the same settings as in Step 9. Using the tool Clarifier / Dimmer (Dodge and Burn Tool), spend correction of light and shade on the model image, and also add details on the model’s dress.

Step 19

Open the original image with wings in Photoshop. Using tool Move (Move Tool), move the wings to our working paper, placing them behind the back of the model:

Step 20

Create a new layer (convert this layer to a clipping mask) and use the tool Stamp (Clone Tool), remove the individual parts on the feathers:

Step 21

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to darken the wings. Next, go to the mask for this adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) and with the help of a soft black brush hide the blackout effect on the edges, as well as in the upper part of the wings, keeping them light:

Step 22

Add another adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) to lighten the top of the wings. Now go to the mask for this adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) and with the help of a soft black brush hide the correction of the curves in the lower part of the wings:

Step 23

Add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to change the color of the wings:

Step 24

To create the shadow of the model and the wings falling on the rock, create a new layer below the model layer and above the layer Shadow 1 (shadow 1). Hold down the keys (Ctrl + Shift) and click on the thumbnail of the model and wings layer to load the active selection around them:

Fill the selected area with black color and using free transformation (Ctrl + T), turn the fill, as shown in the screenshot below:

Decrease Opacity (opacity) layer with shadow up to 50% and using a layer mask, hide the extra part of the shadow:

Next, go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Install radius (Radius) blur 4 px:

Step 25

Set the Brushes Pens, and also set the foreground color to # e5e5e5. Choose a brush Feathers that you like (a great solution would be if you choose the brush where the feathers look like feathers on the wings). Arbitrarily draw flying feathers all over the scene.

For drawn feathers, apply a filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur). Set a blur radius of 8 px:

Step 26

Change the brush color to a darker shade (# a8a8a8). Draw small feathers around the model.

Step 27

Select all the layers with feathers, and then press the keys (Ctrl + G) to group them into one group. Change the blending mode for the layer with the group from the mode Skip (Pass Through) (group default mode) to mode Normal (Normal), opacity is 100%. Using the adjustment layer Curves (Curves), darken the feathers:

Now go to the mask for this adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) and with the help of a soft black brush hide the correction of the curves in the areas that are highlighted in the screenshot below:

Step 28

Add adjustment layer Color Balance (Color Balance) on top of all other layers:

Step 29

Add another adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance):

Now go to the mask for this adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance) and with the help of a soft black brush hide the correction of the color balance over the whole scene except for the rock:

Step 30

Add adjustment layer Vibration (Vibrance) to enhance color:

Step 31

Add another adjustment layer. Vibration (Vibrance) to further enhance the effect. Switch to the mask for this adjustment layer. Vibration (Vibrance) and with the help of a soft black brush hide the effect of vibration on parts of the image that looks too saturated with this step:

Step 32

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to enhance the contrast of the whole scene. Now go to the mask for this adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) and with the help of a soft black brush hide the brightening in the lower right part of the scene, keeping the shading in this area:

Step 33

Create a new layer on top of all other layers. Using a soft brush, brush color # 321603, paint over the top left of the scene. Change the blending mode for this layer to Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge), opacity (Opacity) layer 100%:

Step 34

Change the brush color to # f89e77. Using this brush, paint over the top left of the scene, the wings and the model. Change the blending mode for this layer to Hard light (Hard Light), layer opacity 100%:

Step 35

Using the same brush, add light effects to our scene, as well as on the wings, model and rock. Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay), 100% layer opacity:

Step 36

Add light effects to the rock image using the same brush and the same blending mode:

Step 37

Open the set with light highlights in Photoshop. Choose any highlight that you like, move the favorite highlight to our working paper, placing it in the upper part of the wing, which is located closer to the observer. Change the blending mode for the layer with the glare on Lightening (Screen), opacity 100%:

Using a layer mask, soften the hard edges of the highlights:

Step 38

Open the original image with a halo in Photoshop. Move the halo to our working paper, placing it above the model’s head. Change the blending mode for the layer with a halo to Lightening (Screen), opacity is 100%. With the help of free transformation (Ctrl + T), reduce and also make a thinner halo.

Step 39

Using the adjustment layer Curves (Curves), increase the brightness of the halo to make it more noticeable:

Step 40

Create a new layer and using a soft brush, brush color # ffcab2, add a glow around the halo. Change the blending mode for the glow layer to Soft light (Soft Light), opacity (Opacity) layer 100%:

Congratulations! We have completed the lesson!

I hope that you liked this lesson, and you learned something new for yourself. Thank you for attending the lesson, and I wish you a good time at this lesson.

The final result:

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