Photo manipulation with a rocker in Photoshop

Final result

Source materials:

STEP 1. Create a new document (1100X1000px).
Fill the document with black:

STEP 2. Open the image of the Nebula, move the image to our document and scale the image to the size of the document.

Now, reduce Opacity (opacity) layer to 55% and apply to the layer layer mask . Using a large soft black brush, hide the top of the nebula on a layer mask.

Apply adjustment layer Levels (Level).
Settings for the adjustment layer Levels (Level):
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Load an image with a guitar player by moving it to the left side of our document, and then apply an adjustment layer to this layer. Levels (levels). Remember to use this adjustment layer as a clipping mask, so the adjustment layer will affect only the underlying layer, not the entire document.

Settings for the adjustment layer Levels (Level):
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Next, apply a layer mask to the guitar player image. Using a soft black brush, hide most of the background image with the guitar player. Also hide the legs of the guitarist on the layer mask to create a smooth transition with the background.

Fortunately, the background behind the guitarist’s hair already looks good in relation to our background, so additional use of hair highlighting is not required. This is very practical, because hair extraction – rather time-consuming work!

STEP 3. The wire from the guitar actually distracts from the composition as a whole.
Increase the scale of the image in the area of ​​the guitar, while the layer with the guitarist should be active. Using tool Stamp (clone stamp tool), hide the areas where the guitar wire is present:

STEP 4. We want to soften the background. To do this, create a new layer, name it ‘brighten the background’ by placing this layer on top of the Nebula / Background layers, but below the guitar player layer. Using tool Pipette (eye dropper tool), select light shades around the guitarist’s hair.

Next, using a large soft brush, paint over the top right side of the background.

STEP 5. Create a new layer, name this layer “cloudy ripples”.
Create a selection in the form of a circle in the center of the document. To do this, use the tool. Oval area (elliptical marquee tool), when creating a selection, do not forget to specify a feathering radius of 30px in order to have elegant soft edges.

Once you have created the selection, go Filter – Rendering – Clouds
(filter> render> clouds) and create black / white clouds:

Further. we go Filter– Transform for smart– of filters(filter> convert for smart filters). We will convert a circle layer with clouds into a smart object, which will allow applying filters to the layer without loss of image quality.

Let’s go Filter – distortion – Zigzag(Go to filter> distort> zigzag).

Settings for Zigzag filter:

Power (Amount): 100
Folds (Ridges): 8
Style(Pond Style): Circles on water(Pond Ripples)

Next, go Editing – Transformation – Deformation (edit> transform> distort). Deform the circle with the clouds until you succeed, as in the screenshot below.

I also used a layer mask, and using a large soft black brush with low opacity, hide the upper left part of the created shape:

Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (overlay). This will help to make the effect almost invisible, but you still have that subtle ripple effect in relation to the background and the guitarist:

Duplicate the ря cloudy ripple ’layer. After you duplicate the layer, the effect with ripples will be more visible and saturated. If necessary, you can hide most of the duplicated ripples on the layer mask until you are satisfied with the final result.

You can try to hide the left side of the ripples to create the impression that the ripples in the form of sound waves are coming from the guitar, reflecting the echo in the right side of the image.

Repeat the same technique when creating an oval with a smaller ripple on the right side of the document. Do not forget to change the blending mode for this layer also to Overlap (overlay), but at the same time, lower the layer opacity to 30% to make the effect subtle:

STEP 6. Create another small ripple in the guitar area. This will be the basis for the main sound waves.

So apply layer styles to this layer. External glow (outer glow), Internal glow (inner glow) and Color overlay (color overlay). Remember to use each adjustment layer as a clipping mask.

Settings for option External glow (Outer Glow):

Blend mode (Blend Mode): Overlap (Overlay)
Opacity (Opacity): 100%
Colour(Color): ffffff
Swipe(Spread): 0%
The size (Size): 81px

Settings for option Internal glow (Inner Glow):

Blend mode (Blend Mode): Overlap (Overlay)
Opacity (Opacity): 100%
Colour (Color): ffffff
Tightening (Choke): 0%
The size (Size): 98px

Settings for option Color overlay (Color Overlay):

Blend mode (Blend Mode): Chromaticity (Color)
Colour (Color): fdd092
Opacity (Opacity): 26%

Keep the opacity of the layer with small ripples at 100%, but at the same time reduce the opacity Fillings (fill) up to 8%:

STEP 7. Double duplicate the layer with ‘small ripple of clouds’. Reduce the size of each duplicate layer by placing it in the center of the guitar.

Due to the duplication and the imposition of layers in such a way, will create light and color shades in this area more saturated:

STEP 8. Select the brush tool, set the brush size to 2px, and the color to white.

Next, with the pen tool, create the outline of a wave pouring from a guitar. Right-click on the contour and select the option. Outline the contour (stroke path). Tick ​​in the box Simulate pressure (simulate pressure).

Apply a layer style to a wave contour layer. External glow (outer glow):

Blend mode (Blend Mode): Normal (Normal)
Opacity (Opacity): 100%
Colour (Color): fdda87
Swipe (Spread): 0%
The size (Size): 13px

Keep this layer’s opacity at 100%, but reduce its opacity. Fillings (fill) up to 30%. Due to this, the effect of the line will be more subtle, while maintaining the excellent effect of the external glow:

STEP 9. Repeat Step 8 several times to create several light lines flowing from the guitar:

STEP 10. The time has come to add a little distortion to our light lines.
To do this, select the tool Finger (smudge tool) install Intensity (strength) by 30%.

Next, on each individual layer with light lines, apply the distortion to the lines using the finger tool, keeping the shape of the contours of the largest ripple.

In the screenshot below, you can see where I applied my finger to the light lines and in which direction I blurred the lines:

STEP 11. Create a new layer, name this layer ‘light over the lines’.
Using tool Polygonal Lasso (polygon lasso tool), feathering (feather: 30px), create a selection around the light lines.

Fill the selection with white:

Reduce the opacity of this layer to 50% and change the blending mode to Overlap (overlay). This should give a light effect to your light lines:

STEP 12. Now, duplicate the ‘light over the lines’ layer. Leave the same blend mode Overlap (overlay), but reduce the opacity of the layer to just 6%.

Apply layer styles Gradient overlay (gradient overlay), this overlay will give the lines a rainbow light effect:

Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay):

Blend mode (Blend Mode): Normal (Normal)
Opacity (Opacity): 100%
Gradient (Gradient): Default Rainbow Gradient
Style(Style): Linear(Linear)
Angle(Angle): 90

STEP 13. Create a new layer, name this layer ‘light particles’.
Select the brush tool and apply the settings shown in the screenshot below:

So, apply a brush that is configured to scatter particles over light lines:

Apply the light particles ’option (External glow (Outer Glow).

Blend mode (Blend Mode): Lightening (Screen)
Opacity (Opacity): 100%
Colour (Color): ffdd95
Swipe (Spread): 0%
The size (Size): 13px

STEP 14. Download the Light Beam Brush Set from the link at the beginning of this tutorial.
Use a pair of brushes to add light effects:

Reduce the opacity of the light beam until it looks like the screenshot below. Try to make the light effects subtle, and do not overload your overall composition with light rays:

STEP 15. Next, create a new layer, name this layer ‘vignette’. With the help of a big round black brush with an opacity of 50% walk around the edges around the document. In particular, focus on the bottom left of the document, as we want it to be the darkest area of ​​the image, while our guitar / light effects illuminate the right side of the image.

STEP 16. Next, create a new layer, name this layer “bleaching / darkening”. Let’s go Editing – Fill (edit> fill) and fill the layer with 50% gray. Then, change the blending mode to Overlap (overlay). This mode will hide your fill with 50% gray, but will allow you to make light correction without harming your image.

Use a soft black brush, about 10% opacity to create shadows and a soft white brush to lighten.

In the screenshots below, you can see the ‘bleaching / darkening’ layer under normal blending mode and blending mode Overlap (overlay):

STEP 17. On a new layer, type the word ‘ROCK’ using white text, just on top of the light lines in the illuminated area.

It is not so important what type of font you use, but try using something very elegant and not too short / short / bold:

So lower the opacity Fillings (fill) of this layer to 0%, while preserving the basic opacity of the layer to 100%.

Now, we will apply layer styles, options External glow (outer glow) and Stroke (stroke).

Blend mode (Blend Mode): Lightening basics (Color dodge)
Opacity (Opacity): 10%
Colour (Color): ffffff
Swipe (Spread): 0%
The size (Size): 50px

Settings for option Stroke (Stroke):

The size (Size): 1px
Position (Position): Outside (Outside)
Blend mode (Blend Mode): Lightening basics (Color dodge)
Opacity (Opacity): 50%
Stroke Type (Fill Type): Colour (Color)
Colour(Color): ffffff

STEP 18. Duplicate the text layer several times (I duplicated 9 times). Each layer with a duplicate slightly displace from the original. This offset must be performed by several pixels, but by lining up the layers with luminous text, you will get a beautiful typographic lighting effect.

STEP 19. Finally, create 2 new adjustment layers to create the integrity of your composition. These adjustment layers do not use as a clipping mask, because how we want the correction to be applied to the whole image.

Settings for the adjustment layer Levels (Level):
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Settings for the adjustment layer Gradient map (Gradient Map):

Gradient (Gradient): The default is purple-orange gradient.
Opacity (Opacity): 20%

And we finished the lesson!

You can view the final result below. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and would love to hear your opinion on the technique of performance and the result.

Final result

Author: Tom

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