Intense Fallen Angel Composition in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial I’ll show you how to create an intense fallen angel composition in Photoshop. You’ll learn how to create a forest scene for an angel with beautiful lights of the woods. You’ll also learn how to correct shadow details from an image, making the scene intense and emotional.

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Preparing Background

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop with Height 900px and width 1500px.


Step 2

Place the forest image to our main document by selecting File > Place Embedded.


Step 3

As you can see that there are overexposed shadows on forest. We need to get rid from them and for that, I am using Shadow/Highlights filter. First, convert the forest layer into Smart Objects. Now go to Image > Adjustment > Shadow & Highlights and under the Shadows section, reduce the Tones to 0% to reduce the lights on shadows. For detail explanation on this filter, read our Fantasy Magical Forest tutorial.


Results after fixing shadows:


Step 4

At the lower right and left corner of forest, there are some Magenta colors tones and I don’t want them. To fix this, make a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to forest. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue Saturation and now select the Magentas on master drop down list and set the Saturation slider to -100.




Step 5

Make a Color Balance adjustment layer to forest. Now start adding some more colors to it. Only change the values of Midtones and Highlights.




Step 6

Create a new layer and name it ‘light rays’. Load the light rays brushes in Photoshop. Set your foreground color to #FFFFFF or White and using light rays brush, paint some light rays as shown below. Paint the light rays on the right side of the forest where the lights coming from. I used the light rays brush with the size of 1305 pixels.


Now set the blend mode of ‘light rays’ layer to Color Dodge.fallenangel6a

Step 7

Open up the beach image in Photoshop and drag it into our main document using Move Tool (V). Place it on the middle of the background.


Add a Layer Mask to beach image. You can add Layer Mask by clicking on second icon at the bottom of layer panel. Use a soft, basic black brush to mask the hard edges of beach and blend it smoothly with the existing background.


Step 8

Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to beach image and set it as Clipping Mask. Desaturate the Red Colors from it, little bit, and use the Reds color with the following settings :






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