Learn how to create this dark photo manipulation of fallen angel with Adobe Photoshop. In this tutorial I’ll show you how you can create a dark background for an angel by manipulating different stock images. You’ll also learn how you can create an angel by adding wings to a person, working on shadows & lights, practice dodge & burn and much more.
Preparing Dark Background for Angel
Create a new document in Photoshop by selecting File > New with following settings :
Place the sky 1 into our main canvas by selecting File > Place Embedded or Place . Resize it using Transform Tool (CTRL + T) to get its brighter parts and also keep some space from the bottom.
Open up the sky 2 image and then drag this into main canvas using Move Tool (V) and place it below the sky 1 layer. Use the Transform Tool (CTRL +T) to rotate it.
In the below image you can clearly see how I rotated it.
Now use the Transform Tool (CTRL + T) enlarge it to make it fit for entire document.
Here are the overall results:
Add a Layer Mask (Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All) to sky 1 and use a soft round brush with opacity and flow about 30% to blend the sky 1 with sky 2.
Use a Curves (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves) for sky 2 to decrease its brightness and for adding cyan tones to it. Here are setting for Curves .
Make a Curves adjustment layer above the sky 1 to reduce the brightness of both sky layer.
Here are the results and process so far:
Place the moon to main document.
Reduce the noise on moon using Dust & Scratches filter. To apply the filter, select Filter > Noise > Dust & Scratches . Set the Radius value to 3px and Threshold to 1px. Don’t overdo it otherwise it will gonna make the moon blurry.
Change the blend mode of moon layer to Soft Light .
Add a Layer Mask to moon layer and use a soft a soft round brush to mask the hard edges of moon layer.
Due to sky 1 layer, our moon looks dull and it is not brightening as I want to brighten it. To fix this, we’ve to hide the sky 1 parts exactly on moon portion. Select the sky 1 layer mask and hide out the sky 1 parts to make the moon brighter.