Lonely angel in photoshop

The final result. What we will have at the end of the lesson:

In today’s lesson, we will demonstrate the creation of a lonely, fallen, wetted rain angel in Photoshop, using different techniques for manipulating photos. Let’s start!

Images used in the lesson:

Step 1. Let’s start by creating a file in Photoshop A4 (210mm x 297mm) and a resolution of 300 dpi. Once created, fill the background layer in gray (# 424242).

Step 2. After creating the background layer, the first thing we need to do is to separate the boy from the background using our favorite tool. I made the selection with the tool Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso Tool) (L), then added a mask. There is no need to make the selection very accurate and accurate, as the boy will merge with the rest of the image. In the foot area, you can leave some details, such as a shadow between the legs; soften the edges soft brush(B).

Step 3. Now let’s create a halo for the angel. Create a layer, name it aureole and with the tool Elliptical selection (Elliptical Marquee Tool) (M) make an oval selection and fill it with white.

Create another selection inside the halo and delete the selected area. This way you get something like this:

Now we need to create the inside of a halo. Create a new layer, move it under the halo layer, name it “back of the halo” (“aureole back”). Make an oval selection and fill it with a light gray color (# b0b0b0).

Using the tool Blackout (Burn Tool (O)) in the mode of light tones, to give volume to the nimbus, to make it the shadows and light areas. As a result, you get about the same result as in the image below. After that, group the two layers with a halo to keep your layers in order.

Place a halo over the angel’s head.

Now you need to make the shadow of the halo. Create a layer and place it above the angel layer. Right click on the layer and create Clipping mask (Clipping Mask). Set layer blending mode “Multiplication” (Multiply) and using a soft brush (B) paint over the angel’s head, trying to imitate a shadow.

Step 4. Open the image with the wings, cut them out and place them behind the angel.

Create a new layer, set it overlay mode “Multiplication” (“Multiply”) and then create Clipping mask (Clipping Mask). Walk soft brush (B) black on the wings to create a shadow on the boy. Don’t forget to group the Wings and Shadow layers.

Step 5. Open the picture with the city, discolor it (Command / Ctrl + Shift + U). Then we go to Image> Correction> Levels (Image> Adjustments> Levels) to darken the image.

Now open the photo of the bridge, again go to Image> Correction> Levels (Image> Adjustments> Levels) to brighten the image.

After that, place the bridge and the city behind the angel, as shown in the image below. Group the two layers and create a mask to hide the edges of the image.

Step 6. It’s time to add land. Open the image with a piece of land, discolor it. Place the ground as in the image below, using a layer mask to hide the edges.

Open the splatter texture and discolor it (Command / Ctrl + Shift + U). Invert image colors (Command / Ctrl + I). Next, go to Image> Correction> Levels (Image> Adjustments> Levels). In the level window, select the black pipette and click on the black area of ​​the picture, as shown in the image.

After that, copy and paste the spray into your main file. Set the blending mode Lightening (Screen) so that black becomes invisible. Then hide the boundaries using Mask or Eraser (Eraser Tool) (E). Create multiple copies of the spray texture and place it in a way to get something similar:

Step 7. Now let’s add more details to the Background layer. Create a new layer above the Background and using a soft brush (B), create a soft white glow.

Place the clouds on top of the Background layer, discolor them (Command / Ctrl + Shift + U). We go to Image> Correction> Levels (Image> Adjustments> Levels). Use the Black eyedropper to set a black dot on the image, as shown below. After that set the blending mode Lightening (Screen).

Duplicate the cloud layer, flip horizontally and then place it like in the image below. Group layers with clouds and set Opacity (Opacity) 50%.

Step 8. Open the photo with the birds and move it to the main image. Discolor it using the method shown earlier in this lesson. Then we go to Image> Correction> Levels (Image> Adjustments> Levels) and a white pipette set a white dot on the image.

Set the blending mode Multiplication (Multiply) and position the picture like this:

Step 9. Open the image of the lantern and separate the lantern from the background layer. Place it on our main image above all layers. Now we are going to make a shadow. Copy the layer with the lantern, set the color to black and fill the lamp by blocking the transparent pixels.

Call free transform – Command / Ctrl + T – to create a lamp shade. Set the blending mode Overlap (Overlay), the opacity is 50% and place it behind the lamp.

Turn off the “Lock transparent pixels” layer with the lamp shadow and use the Tool Blur (Blur Tool) at the end of the lamp.

Create a new layer and use a soft brush to make a small shadow under the lamp.

Step 10. Now we have to add falling flying leaves to our composition. Open the drawing sheet, separate it from the white background (I used Color range) and then go to Image> Correction> Hue / Saturation (Image> Adjustments> Hue / Saturation) and set the settings shown below:

Duplicate the layer three times and place the other sheets around the angel. Use Tool Clarifier (Dodge Tool) (O) to make some places of leaves brighter. Do not forget the shadow of the leaf at his feet. To create it, use the same steps as when creating the lamp shade. After that, choose the largest sheet and score to it. Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) with a value of approximately 3.5 pixels. You will get the following result:

Step 11. Take the same spray that we used on the ground and place them on top of the lamp. In the future, we will create rain, so they should look like water spray from falling rain.

Step 12. Now we are going to add a highlight to the lamp. Create a new layer and fill it with black. We go to Filter> Rendring> Blick (Filter> Render> Lens Flare), use the following settings:

Bleach the layer and set the blending mode Screen (Screen) and opacity 70%. Now use the levels to darken the image a little.

Step 13. Draw a colored crystal. After the crystal is created, copy it and paste it into the main Photoshop document. Create a new layer and set the blending mode. Soft light (Soft Light), right click to create Clipping mask (Clipping Mask). Use soft Brush (Brush) (B) with black (for shadows) or white (for lights) in some areas of the crystal. This technique is useful if you don’t like using tools. Blackout (Burn) or Lightening (Dodge), because you can always correct mistakes if you want. It gives you more options.

Duplicate the crystal layer to create reflexes, place it under the layer with the initial crystal. Set the blending mode Linear Brightening (Linear Dodge), set the opacity to 50%, apply Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) with a radius of 35 pixels. After that, create a dark shadow (Multiplication (Multiply)) and opacity 30%) and soft shadow (Multiplication (Multiply)) and opacity 80%) under the crystal.

Step 14. To create rain, use the lessons from our site:

Step 15. Create a new layer and fill it with black. We go to Filter> Rendring> Clouds Overlay (Filter> Render> Difference Clouds), set the blending mode Screen (Screen) and use the layer mask to hide some areas of the fog we just created. If you want, you can add more fog.

Step 16. Now add the last part. Create Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Gradient Map (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Gradient Map). Use the following settings, set the blending mode Soft light (Soft Light).

Create a new layer, set it overlay mode Soft light (Soft Light) with opacity of 50% big soft black round brush around the edges.

Add new Black and White Correction Layer (Black White Adjustment Layer), Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Black and White (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Black White), set the blending mode Hard Light and the opacity is 50%.

Create a new copy of all layers merged together using Command / Ctrl + Shift + A, Command / Ctrl + C and Command / Ctrl + V. We go to Filter> Other> Color Contrast (Filter> Others> High Pass) and use the settings shown below. After that set the blending mode Hard Light (Hard Light). This will sharpen the image. Now everything is ready!

Final image
Here is our final result. I hope you enjoyed the lesson and learned something new.

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