Dark Angel in Photoshop

In this lesson, we will learn how to create an angel who has risen from hell. You will learn how to create a depth of field with some special tools. You will learn how to combine images using the Brush tool and several adjustment layers so that the alignment is smooth, creating a single picture. You will learn how to create chiaroscuro to make the background look seamless.

Final result

Source materials:

Step 1

Create a new document 2200 px wide and 3860 px high, resolution 100 dpi (dots per inch). Background content (Background Contents) should be white.

Step 2

First, open the Desert image in Photoshop. We use this image in our composition, therefore, we need to move this image from the desert to our working paper. Name this layer “Earth”.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 3

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Curves (curves), this correction can be activated through the lower toolbar by clicking Create a new adjustment or fill layer (Create New Fill / Adjustment Layer).

Apply the settings shown in the screenshot below:

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation), this correction can be activated through the lower toolbar by clicking Create a new adjustment or fill layer (Create New Fill / Adjustment Layer).

When the adjustment layer window appears Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation), apply the following values:

Next, create an adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance), this correction can be activated through the lower toolbar by clicking Create a new adjustment or fill layer (Create New Fill / Adjustment Layer).

When the adjustment layer settings window appears Color Balance (Color Balance), apply the following values:

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Next, add a vector mask. You can create a vector mask through the bottom toolbar.

Select the brush tool and apply the following values ​​to the brush:
Brush size (Brush size): 400px
Rigidity (Hardness): 0%
Opacity (Opacity): 40%
Pressure (Flow): 100%
Colour: # 000000

Paint over the selected area.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 4

Next, we add an image of a nymph. First, open the image of Nymph Daphne in Photoshop. We use this image of the nymph in our composition, therefore, create a selection around the nymph, and then move the selected image of the nymph to our working paper. Name this layer “Girl”.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

In this step, we will perform a more accurate hair extraction using the tool. Refine edge (Refine Edge Tool).

Create an active selection around the image of the nymph using the tool Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool (W), as shown in the screenshot below.

Next, apply the tool Refine edge (Refine Edge Tool). For this, let’s go Selection – Refine Edge (Select> Refine Edge) and in the drop-down menu, select the option On black(On Black (B).

So instrument Specify edge (Refine Edge Tool) helps you highlight the details of the hair. Next, select the option New layer (New Layer) from drop down menu Conclusion on (Output To) and click OK to see the result of the magic tool.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 5

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation), this correction can be activated through the bottom toolbar. Hold Alt + left-click between the nymph layer and the hue / saturation adjustment layer to create a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer window appears Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation), apply the following value:

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Brightness / Contrast (brightness / contrast), this correction can be activated through the lower toolbar. Hold Alt + click with the left mouse button between the adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation) and adjustment layer Brightness / Contrast (brightness / contrast) to create a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer window appears Brightness / Contrast (brightness / contrast), apply the following value:

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Duplicate the nymph layer (Ctrl + j), name this layer “Cracks in the nymph”:

Step 6

In this step, we will add cracks to our image of the nymph. To start, create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N), name this layer “crack brush”. Next, select the tool Brush (Brush tool (B) and load a brush set: “Cracks.” Downloading brushes is very easy, on any layer, right-click on a document to display the brush settings window, and then click the icon that is shown in the screenshot below:

As soon as the context menu appears, select the option Download brushes (Load Brushes):

The program will direct you to the following directory: Adobe Photoshop> Presets> Brushes, so make sure that you download the brush in this folder. Select the set of brushes you need and press the OK key. Once again, right-click on the document, and in the window that appears, you will see the loaded Brushes Cracks. So let’s choose a brush:

Add a vector mask, this option can be activated through the bottom toolbar.

Apply the following values ​​for the brush:
Brush size (Brush size): 400px
Rigidity (Hardness): 0%
Opacity (Opacity): 40%
Pressure (Flow): 100%
Colour: # 000000

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 7

Next, let’s go back to the original layer with the image of a nymph.

Create a new adjustment layer. Curves (curves), this correction can be activated through the bottom toolbar. Hold the Alt + key and left-click between the nymph layer and the adjustment layer. Curves (curves) to create a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer window appears Curves (curves), apply the settings shown in the screenshot below:

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation), this correction can be activated through the bottom toolbar. Hold Alt + click with the left mouse button between the adjustment layer. Curves (curves) and a hue / saturation adjustment layer to create a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer window appears Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation), apply the following value:

In order to strengthen the shadows on the nymph, go Image – Correction – Exposure (Image> Adjustments> Exposure) and apply the value Exposure (Exposure) = 0.18 and Gamma Correction (Gamma Correction) = 0.86.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 8

Next, activate the tool Oval area (elliptical marquee tool). Create a new layer, name this layer “Shadow”. Using the oval area tool, create a selection under the nymph.

Next, go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter-Blur – Gaussian Blur) and apply the following values.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 9

First, open the dried tree image in Photoshop. We use the tree image in our composition, therefore, we need to move it to our working paper. For this, let’s go Image – Calculations (Image> Calculations) and in the drop-down menu in the settings Channel (Channels), select the option Blue channel (Blue Channel).

Next, using Levels (Levels), we will strengthen the silhouette of the tree image.

To load the outline of the tree, let’s go, Selection – Load Selection (Select> Load Selection) and in line Channel (Channel), select Alpha 1 option. Next, click OK to load the selection around the dried tree image.

Next, copy the active selection to the new layer.

The result should be as in the screenshot below. Name this layer “Roots”.

Step 10

First, open the stock image of the Photo Frame in Photoshop. We use fragments of the frame in our composition, therefore, we will need to move the fragment of the frame to our working paper. Name the layer with the frame fragment “Frame”:

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance). Hold Alt + click with the left mouse button between the adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance) and a layer with a fragment of the frame to create a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer window appears Color Balance (Color Balance), apply the following value:

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Brightness / Contrast (brightness / contrast). Hold Alt + click with the left mouse button between the adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance) and adjustment layer Brightness / Contrast (brightness / contrast) to create a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer window appears Brightness / Contrast (brightness / contrast), apply the following value:

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation), this correction can be activated through the bottom toolbar. Hold Alt + click with the left mouse button between the adjustment layer. Brightness / Contrast (brightness / contrast) and a hue / saturation adjustment layer to create a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer window appears Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation), apply the following value:

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Create additional fragments using a frame to create a complete composition around the nymph. Use the bend line of the body of the nymph as a guide line for the arrangement of flowers. Also consider body shadows, protrusions and transition lines to create visual harmony:

Step 11

Next, create a new layer. Name this layer “Light from behind nymph 1? .

Apply the following values ​​for the brush:
Brush size (Brush size): 100px
Rigidity (Hardness): 0%
Opacity (Opacity): 65%
Pressure (Flow): 100%
Colour (Color): # cf7c07

Now, paint over the specified area.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Next, create another new layer. Name this layer “Light behind nymph 2? .

Apply the following values ​​for the brush:
Brush size (Brush size): 50px
Rigidity (Hardness): 0%
Opacity (Opacity): 55%
Pressure (Flow): 100%
Colour (Color): # ea9f35

Blend mode (Layer mode): Overlap (Overlay)

Now, paint over the specified area.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Next, create another new layer. Name this layer “Light behind the nymph 3? .

Apply the following values ​​for the brush:
Brush size (Brush size): 50px
Rigidity (Hardness): 0%
Opacity (Opacity): 55%
Pressure (Flow): 100%
Colour (Color): # ea9f35

Blend mode (Layer mode): Overlap (Overlay)

Now, paint over the specified area.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 12

Next, create another new layer. Name this layer “Light Lines”.

Choose a tool Pen (pen tool (p). With this tool, draw a line.

In the brush settings, set a soft round brush, brush size 5.

Next, right-click on the document and in the window that appears, select the option Run stroke contour(Stroke path).

In the window that appears Outline the contour (Stroke path), set the following settings:

Then, once again right-click on the document and in the window that appears, select the option Delete circuit(Delete path).

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Repeat the same process. Draw more lines.

Step 13

Next, let’s go back to the “Roots” layer and create a selection of the roots. To do this, hold down the Ctrl key and click on the thumbnail of the “Roots” layer.

Create a new layer on top of the “Roots” layer. Name this layer “Light on the Roots”.

Apply the following values ​​for the brush:
Brush size (Brush size): 50px
Rigidity (Hardness): 0%
Opacity (Opacity): 90%
Pressure (Flow): 100%
Colour (Color): # ea9f35

Now, paint over the specified area.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 14

Next, create another new layer by placing it below the layer with the nymph and roots. Name this layer “Light on Earth 1? .

Apply the following values ​​for the brush:
Brush size (Brush size): 400px
Rigidity (Hardness): 0%
Opacity (Opacity): 40%
Pressure (Flow): 100%
Colour (Color): # ea9f35

So, paint over the specified area.

Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay) and reduce the layer opacity to 65%.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 15

Next, create another new layer. Name this layer “Light lines on the ground ?.

Choose a tool Pen (pen tool (p). With this tool, draw a line.

In the brush settings, set a soft round brush, brush size 5.

Next, right-click on the document and in the window that appears, select the option Run stroke contour(Stroke path).

In the window that appears Outline the contour (Stroke path), set the following settings:

Then, once again right-click on the document and in the window that appears, select the option Delete circuit(Delete path).

Next, on the layer with the line, apply Layer styles (Layer style):

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Repeat the same process. Draw more lines.

Step 16

Next, let’s open the Black Angel Wings image in PSD format in Photoshop. We use the image of the wings, therefore, we need to move them to our working paper.

Press V to activate the tool. Move (Move Tool). Clamping the wings with the left mouse button, move the wings to our document. Name the wing layer “Wings”.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Create a new layer. Name this layer “Light on Wings”.

Apply the following values ​​for the brush:
Brush size (Brush size): 100px
Rigidity (Hardness): 0%
Opacity (Opacity): 40%
Pressure (Flow): 100%
Colour (Color): # ea9f35

So paint over the wings.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 17

First, let’s open the Crows image in Photoshop. We use the image of Crow in our composition, therefore, we need to move this image to our working paper. After you move the image with the raven, name the raven layer “Crow 1 ?:

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Create a new adjustment layer. Curves (curves), this correction can be activated through the bottom toolbar. Hold the Alt + key and left-click between the layer with the raven 1 and the adjustment layer Curves (curves) to create a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer window appears Curves (curves), apply the settings shown in the screenshot below:

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Add another crow image to our working paper. Name the second raven layer “Crow 2? and apply the same correction that you made to the raven 1 image.

Step 18

Next, create a new layer. Name this layer “Crow Light”.

Apply the following values ​​for the brush:
The size brushes(Brush size): 400px
Rigidity(Hardness): 0%
Opacity(Opacity): 40%
Pressure (Flow): 100%
Colour (Color): # ea9f35

So, paint over the specified area.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Create another layer. Name this layer “Eye of the Crow 1”.

Activate the tool Oval area (elliptical marquee tool) and with this tool, create a selection around the crow’s eye. Fill the selection with a tint of # ea9f35.

Repeat the same process with the image of a crow 2.

Step 19

Next, let’s do a general image correction.

Choose a tool Gradient (Gradient Tool (G). See screenshot below:

When the setup window appears Gradient (Gradient), apply the values ​​that are shown in the screenshot below:

Change the blending mode for the gradient layer to Overlap (Overlay) and reduce the layer opacity to 25%.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 20

Create a new adjustment layer. Exposition (Exposure), this correction can be activated through the lower toolbar by clicking Create a new adjustment or fill layer (Create New Fill / Adjustment Layer).

When the adjustment layer window appears Exposition (Exposure), apply the settings that are shown in the screenshot below:

Create a new adjustment layer. Gradient Map (Gradient map), this correction can be activated through the lower toolbar by clicking Create a new adjustment or fill layer (Create New Fill / Adjustment Layer).

When the adjustment layer window appears Gradient Map (Gradient map), apply the settings shown in the screenshot below:

Change the blending mode for the gradient map layer to Soft light (Soft light) and reduce the opacity of the layer to 10%.

Create a new adjustment layer. Exposition (Exposure), this correction can be activated through the lower toolbar by clicking Create a new adjustment or fill layer (Create New Fill / Adjustment Layer).

When the adjustment layer window appears Exposition (Exposure), apply the settings that are shown in the screenshot below:

Create a new adjustment layer. Curves (Curves), this correction can be activated through the lower toolbar by clicking Create a new adjustment or fill layer (Create New Fill / Adjustment Layer).

When the adjustment layer window appears Curves (Curves), apply the settings shown in the screenshot below:

Create a new adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation), this correction can be activated through the lower toolbar by clicking Create a new adjustment or fill layer (Create New Fill / Adjustment Layer).

When the adjustment layer window appears Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation), apply the settings shown in the screenshot below:

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Final result

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