Running through the bullets in Photoshop – Part I

In this tutorial, we will create a stunning frame with a girl running through the bullets using Photoshop.

This lesson will tell you about working with transformation tools and layer blending modes. Also, you will learn how to create a realistic effect of movement. As a result of the lesson you will receive a dynamic colorful collage.

Lesson plan:

  1. work with military aircraft and model;
  2. create the effect of destruction;
  3. add bullets and shards;
  4. work with adjustment layers for interesting effects;

Requirements for the implementation of the lesson:

  1. any version of Photoshop;
  2. inspiration and good mood;
  3. favorite music and a cup of tea :)

Resources for the lesson:

Step 1

Before starting the lesson, download all the resources into one folder on your PC (it will be much more convenient to work this way). Then, open Photoshop and start creating our collage!
Open the “Glass Room” image. To do this, go to File – Open – go to the source folder and open the image with the room (File – Open). To perform this operation, you can also use a hot key combination. Ctrl + O.

Step 2

Add to the work of the helicopter. To do this, go to File – Post – from the source folder, select the image with the helicopter (File – Place).

Step 3

Duplicate the helicopter layer twice (Ctrl + J). Then, merge all the layers with the flying ships into one group (Ctrl + G). We will begin work with the first original layer, therefore, temporarily turn off the visibility of layers-copies. To do this, simply click on the layer visibility indicator (mini-image with an eye).

Step 4

Reduce the size of the first ship using the key combination Ctrl + T (for a quick transition to the “free transformation” function). Reduce the size so that the helicopter fits into the window frame area in the background. When scaling a flying machine, hold down Shift pressed, it allows you to keep the proportions of the object. After scaling, rotate the helicopter by 13.55 º.

Step 5

Stand on the second layer with the flying ship. Go back to the transform (Ctrl + T) and reduce the size of the second helicopter. Then go to Editing – Transform – Flip Horizontally (Edit – Transform – Flip Horizontally). Next, turn the helicopter at an angle of -12.26 º. Click Enter, to apply the changes.

Step 6

Go to the last copied layer with the helicopter. Do not turn on its visibility. Drag this layer as shown in the image below. This way you export a layer from a group and it will be located at the top of the layers panel.

Step 7

Create five copies of the top layer (Ctrl + J). Then merge these layers into a new group (Ctrl + G) under the name “Ships” (“Ship”). Turn on the visibility of the Ships group layers by clicking on the mini-icon of the eye near the layer.

Step 8

Now change the size, angle and location of the flying vehicles, as we did in the previous steps. You can place the helicopters as shown in the example below, or come up with your own scene.

Step 9

After you place all the flying ships, add a layer mask to the “Ship” (“Ship”) and “Group 2” (“Group 2”) groups. Using the data layer masks, we will hide part of the ships that are outside the window, which will give our collage realism.

Step 10

Go to the toolbar and activate the tool. Brush (Brush Tool (B)). Set the following settings for the tool: size (size) – 10 – 20 px; opacity (opacity) and pressure (flow) – 100%; hardness (hardness) – 0%.

When working with layer masks, you can adjust the brush settings, but I recommend that you do not use a brush with a high stiffness, since you can get a rough transition at the edges.

Step 11

Set the brush color to black (D). In the image below you can see the areas that need to be hidden on the layer-masks.

Step 12

After working with layer masks, I got the following result:

Step 13

Now let’s add a reflection of the ships.
Duplicate the Ships group (Ctrl + J). Click Ctrl + T for a quick transition to transformation. Then right-click on the canvas and in the appeared submenu select the item “Flip Vertically“(Flip Vertical). Or you can reflect the group vertically by going to Editing – Transform – Flip Vertically (Edit – Transform – Flip Vertical). Place the inverted image as shown in the example below:

Step 14

Go to the layers panel and lower the opacity of the Ships copy group to 60%, and change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light).

Step 15

Add to the work of fiery elements! After all, our warships are hunting for the main character.
Create a new layer on top of all the previous ones by clicking on the sheet-like icon at the bottom of the word panel (or a combination of hot keys: Ctrl + Shift + N).
Activate the tool Brush (Brush Tool (B)) and set the following parameters: type of brush – spray; size (size) – 55 px; opacity (opacity) – 40%; pressure (flow) – 100%; hardness (hardness) – 0%.

Step 16

Set the brush color to # ad2008, and then draw two fire elements, as shown in the image below. Then change the brush color to # f2c21b, reduce the brush size and add lighter areas. Add more light elements using the color # f4ed33 and a smaller brush size.
Do not worry if the fire does not look too realistic, this element is not the key and you can make changes for this layer at any time.

Step 17

Arrange the workspace.
To do this, combine the groups with the flying ships into one group (Ctrl + G).

Step 18

Let’s start working on the main character!
To place a model in our working canvas, go to File – Place – select the path to the folder with the model (File – Place).

Step 19

Activate the tool Fast selection (Quick Selection Tool (W)) and create a selection around the contour of the model. If you, inadvertently, selected an extra area of ​​the image, hold down the key Alt and click on the area you want to remove from the selected area.

Then invert the selection using the key combination Ctrl + Shift + I.

Step 20

Then go to the function Refine edge (Refine Edge) by clicking on the icon at the top of the work pane.

The first thing you need to do is install View Mode (View Mode). To do this, expand the menu View (View) and select from the list Overlay (Overlay).

We proceed to the removal of white areas of the background around the hair model. To do this, activate the tool “Refine radius” by clicking on the mini icon with the image of a brush. Work through the area near the girl’s hair, as shown in the example below.

Check the box next to “”Smart radius“(“ Smart Radius ”). In the settings, set the following values ​​to 4.2 pixels. Then go to”Edge setting“and set the value for the function”Smooth out“(Smooth) – 12%.

Step 21

After applying the settings, add a mask by clicking on the mask icon in the layers palette.

Step 22

Scale the image with the girl. Standing on the layer with the model, hold down the key combination Ctrl + T, and zoom out the model. After that, place the character as shown in the image below.

Step 23

Probably you noticed in the last picture that I created a reflection of the girl? Make it very easy! Create a duplicate of the layer with the model by pressing the key combination Ctrl + J.

Step 24

Then, you need to reflect the layer of the copy with the girl vertically. To do this, go to Editing – Transform – Flip Vertically (Edit – Transform – Flip Vertical). Move the inverted copy below the main image with the model. Leave a small gap between the layers in the sole area (as shown in the example below).

Step 25

In order for the reflection to look more realistic, you need to slightly change the perspective of the inverted copy layer. Click Ctrl + T, to transform the reflection. Then right-click on the canvas and in the appeared submenu select the item “Perspective“(” Perspective “).

Step 26

Modify the reflection as shown. Set the horizontal angle: 6.46.

Step 27

Go to the toolbar and activate Brush (Brush Tool (B)). In the tool settings, enter the following values:
– size (size): 55 pixels;
– hardness (hardness): 0%;
– Opacity: 100%;
– pressure (flow): 100%;
– black colour
Now, on the layer mask of the layer with the reflection of the model, hide the girl’s head, hair and shoulders.

Step 28

Change blending mode of layer with reflection change to Overlap (Overlay), and lower the opacity of this layer to 39%.

Step 29

I think the pink hair of the heroine is not well suited for our fantastic action. Much more spectacular will look fiery red hair. Let’s repaint your hair! Create a new layer by pressing the key combination. Ctrl + Shift + N.

Step 30

Activate the tool Brush (Brush Tool (B)). Set the following settings:
– size (size): 20 pixels;
– hardness (hardness): 0%;
– Opacity: 100%;
– pressure (flow): 100%;
– color – # 13e8e0

Now gently dye the model’s hair. Change the blending mode of the layer with new color to Subtraction (Subtract).

Step 31

I like the result!
Now select all the layers that belong to the model and combine them into the “Model” group.

Step 32

Now let’s work on the effect of broken glass and flying bullets.
First of all, let’s load the necessary brush sets into Photoshop. To do this, activate the tool Brush (Brush Tool) – then in the settings panel of the size and stiffness, click on the mini image of the triangle – select “Load brushes” in the submenu – go to the folder with the set of necessary brushes.

Step 33

Create a new group called “Glass” (Glass). Place this group under the Model group (Model).
In the group “Glass” create a new layer. Activate the tool Gradient (Gradient Tool (G)). Gradient type – “Linear”, color transition – from white to transparent.

Step 34

Fill the new layer with a gradient as shown in the image below.

Step 35

Add a layer mask to the gradient layer. Activate the tool Brush (Brush Tool). Set the following settings:

  1. size (size): 10-50 pixels;
  2. hardness (hardness): 0%;
  3. Opacity: 100%;
  4. pressure (flow): 100%;
  5. black colour

Process the areas shown in the figure below in order to hide the effect of the white gradient.

Step 36

Add bullet holes in the glass.
Create a new layer. Activate the tool Brush (Brush Tool). In the brush library, select one of the Broken Glass brushes. Install the following settings:

  1. size (size): 200-550 pixels;
  2. hardness (hardness): 0%;
  3. Opacity: 100%;
  4. push (flow): 100%

Step 37

We continue to create the effect of broken glass. In the image below, blue brushes from the Broken Glass set, which I used in my work, are marked. You can experiment with the size, location, type of brushes to get the best result.

Step 38

To the layer with broken glass, add a layer mask. Use this layer mask to hide the extra hole areas on the window frame, wall and floor. To work, use a black round brush with the following settings:

  1. size (size): 10-50 pixels;
  2. hardness (hardness): 0%;
  3. Opacity: 100%;
  4. push (flow): 100%

Step 39

Add more bullet holes in the floor.
To do this, use the same set of brushes. Also, for a more realistic effect, use the transformation tool “Perspective»(Perspective) and modify glass cracks. Or, you can refer to the brush tool settings, and set the value for the “The form“(Roundness) about 32%. When working, do not forget to use layer masks to hide unnecessary parts of the glass.

Step 40

The process of placing glass holes, absolutely individual step. You can show imagination and diversify your work as you like! A small hint: in order to make it easier to work with bullet holes, temporarily disable the visibility of the Model group (Model).

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