Create a mystical photo manipulation with a statue in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, we will create a mystical atmosphere using simple but very powerful methods. We will create a mystical photo manipulation with an alarming and mysterious atmosphere from the statue, fog and photographs of the model.

And here, a preview of the final result:

Step 1

To get started, create a new document 2000? 1500 pixels, resolution 72 ppi, RGB colors 8 bits.

Then open the clouds image and paste into our document:

Then open the second cloud image and paste it into our work, as in the image below:

After that, change the blending mode of the second layer with clouds to Multiplication (Multiply) and reduce Opacity (Opacity) up to 35%.

Step 2

Open an image with a landscape and paste it above the layers with clouds:

Add a layer mask by going to the menu. Layers (Layer) – Layer Mask (Layer Mask) – Show all (Reveal All). Then take the tool Brush (Brush Tool) (B) with the following parameters:

  • The size (Size): 500 – 600 pixels
  • Hardness (Hardness): 0%.
  • Opacity (Opacity): 20%
  • Pressure (Flow): 100%

Stand on the layer mask and paint black on the selected area.

Then go to the menu: Picture (Image) – Correction (Adjustments) – Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation) and reduce saturation to -85.

Step 3

Add a new layer above the landscape layer: main menu – Layers (Layer) – New (New) – Layer (Layer), and paint a light haze with the brushes you downloaded.

Step 4

Now open the image with the sculpture and cut out the statue in any way you like.

Then paste the image of the sculpture, separated from the background, into our work.

Add a layer mask to the statue layer by going to the menu. Layer (Layer) – Layer Mask (Layer Mask) – Show all (Reveal All).

Then take the tool Brush (Brush Tool) (B) with the following parameters:

  • The size (Size): 900 pixels
  • Hardness (Hardness): 0%.
  • Opacity (Opacity): 30%
  • Pressure (Flow): 30%

Stand on the layer mask and lightly paint the lower part of the pedestal with black.

And then add a fill layer, black: main menu – Layers (Layer) – Newlayer fill (New Fill Layer) – Colour (Solid Color), put a tick “Use the previous layer to create a clipping mask”, opacity 40%.

Stand on the mask with the fill layer, take the Tool Brush (Brush Tool) (B) with the following parameters:

  • Size: 20 – 80 pixels
  • Hardness: 0%.
  • Opacity: 80%
  • Press: 80%

And paint black on the layer mask in the specified places to get a glow effect:

Step 5

Then, open the image of the wings and paste into our work, placing them below the layer with the sculpture:

Now let’s repeat the step with the fill layer, applying it to the wing layer: the main menu is Layers (Layer) – New layer fill (New Fill Layer) – Colour (Solid Color), check the “Use the previous layer to create a clipping mask” checkbox, opacity 100%, fill color for the Yellow layer # ebc654.

Stand on the fill layer mask and press Ctrl + I to invert the colors, or go to the – menu Picture (Image) – Correction (Adjustments) – Inversion (Reverse), as a result of these actions, the layer mask will be filled with black.

Stand on the layer mask, and using the brush with the previous settings, paint the selected areas with white to give the wings a yellowish glow:

Step 6

Now, open the image with the girl and separate the model from the background.

Then paste the model shape into our work, placing it above all layers.

Add a layer mask by clicking the button. Add layer mask (Add layer mask) – and the layer mask icon will appear next to the layer icon, now paint over black on the mask, hiding part of the model’s leg and arm, for realistic images.

Then go to Menu – Picture (Image) – Correction (Adjustments) – Levels (Levels), set the following settings:

Hold down the Ctrl key and click on the thumbnail of the layer with the girl to highlight her silhouette. Create a new layer above the model layer: main menu – Layers (Layer) – New (New) – Layer (Layer) and draw a small shadow, drawing black upwards, inside the selection:

Translator’s Notes: For a shadow layer, use a soft black brush with an opacity of about 50%.

Step 7

Then, open and paste in our work, above all layers, another image with clouds:

After that, go to Menu Picture (Image) – Correction (Adjustments) – Levels (Levels), set the settings as in the image below:

Then go to menu – Image (Image) – Adjustment – Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation) and reduce saturation to -76.

Now, add a layer mask: go to Layer – Layer Mask – Reveal All / Then take the Tool Brush (Brush Tool) (B) and paint it black on the mask, as in the image below:

Step 8

Then add a new layer above all layers: main menu – Layers (Layer) –New (New) –Layer (Layer) and paint the snow with the Snow brushes that you downloaded earlier.

Step 9

After this, re-open the last image of the clouds, copy and paste into our work, above the layer with snow.

And just like before, add a layer mask: go to menu Layers (Layer) – Layer Mask (Layer Mask) – Show all (Reveal All). Then take the tool Brush (Brush Tool) (B) and paint it black on the mask, as in the image below:

Then add a new layer: Menu – Layers (Layer) – New (New) – Layer (Layer) (Ctrl + Shift + N), and fill it with a gradient by going to the main menu – Layers (Layer) – New layerfill (New Fill Layer) – Colour (Solid Color). Choose blue color # 04082d

Then change the blending mode of the layer to Soft light (Soft Light).

Step 10

Add an adjustment layer Color Balance: Layers (Layers) – New Adjustment Layer (New adjustment layer) – Color balance (Color Balance), set the settings for the shadow and light, as in the image below:

Now add another adjustment layer: Layers (Layers) – New Adjustment Layer (New adjustment layer) – Gradient map (Gradient Map) with flowers: # 192640 and # 00cbfe

Change the blend mode of the Gradient Map layer to Screen (Screen) and reduce its opacity to 28%.

Step 11

Add another adjustment layer: Layers (Layers) – New Adjustment Layer (New adjustment layer) – Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation) and reduce saturation to – 48.

Now, open and paste into our work, above all layers, a bright light highlight.

Change the blending mode of the layer with the glare to Screen (Screen)

Then, holding down the Ctrl + Shift keys, click on the layers with the statue and wings and select the composition.

Step 12

Create a new layer: main menu – Layers (Layer) – New (New) – Layer (Layer), take the Tool Brush (Brush Tool) (B) with the following parameters:

  • The size (Size): 2 – 40 pixels
  • Hardness (Hardness): 0%.
  • Opacity (Opacity): 40%
  • Pressure (Flow): 30%

And paint the color # fff496 yellow on the outlines of the figures in order to achieve a warm illumination of the statue from the light glare.

Step 13

And finally, make a copy of the merged layer by pressing the key combination (Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E), then go to Menu – Camera Raw Filter, set the following settings:

And now, we admire the end result of our lesson:

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