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.

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Preparing Dark Background for Angel

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop by selecting File > New with following settings :


Step 2

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.


Step 3

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:


Step 4

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.


Step 5

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 .




Step 6

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:


Adding Moon

Step 7

Place the moon to main document.


Step 8

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.




Step 9

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.


Step 10

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.



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