I saw this beautiful stock image with the girl and decided immediately that she is perfect for an angel so this is how my image came to life. It is an easy to create photo manipulation and you can play with settings, colors, shadow and light! I hope you enjoy reading this tut! Let's start!
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Preview of the Final Image
The Fallen Angel
Because it is so beautiful I will not change it to much. Place the image on the right side of the screen. Duplicate this image and Flip it Horizontally, than place it on the left side as shown in the image.
I have also deleted some parts from the left side image but it is not so obvious so I will put an image with the left side colored to have an idea:
Another thing that I have to do is to fill the empty area from the bottom of the image. For that use the Clone Stamp Tool. Use ALT and click to select the starting point. Make sure that the option Sample All Layers is selected. I am lucky with this image because I can use the Clone Stamp Tool very easy. But even with this image you have to be careful and give the floor a realistic look.
Add the Wallpaper. Add this beautiful floral pattern.
Resize the image to 50%. Change the blending mode of this layer to Multiply 20%. Place the wallpaper on the back wall and erase the unnecessary areas like in the image. Also use the Eraser Tool , lower opacity 50%, to erase parts from the pattern to give the impression of old wall.
Change the blending mode of this layer to Overlay 100%. Also go to Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur :
Go to Image – Adjustments – Brightness/Contrast and change the balance to obtain a similar look:
In this step I want to add a little dramatic aspect to the angel. For that I will add sea foam on the bottom of the dress as if the angel caught into earthy elements.
Scale this image to 80% than flip it horizontally and place it like in the image :
Change the blending mode of this foam layer to Hard Light 100% . Use the Dodge Tool to blend better the foam with the dress.
Create a new layer similar to the Foam Layer above but this time scale it to 50% . The blending mode is also Hard Light 100%.
This is the image we have so far
Scale the big size image to 52% and erase the background.
Select the left side wing and resize it as shown in the image:
Change the Color Balance :
Adjust also the Brightness/Contrast Balance by increasing the Contrast and lower the Brightness.
With the Eraser Tool erase part of the cross to blend with the rest of the image:
Use also the Burn Tool to add shadow on the cross and give the illusion that it is under a rock. Use also the Dodge Tool to add light accents.
Add Black Birds. Now I will add this beautiful photo Black Wings by ~DarkCrissus . Change the blending mode of this layer to Linear Burn 100%. Keep only the black birds . Duplicate the image and flip it horizontally to have birds on the both sides of the room.
Change the Color Balance of this texture and change the Blending Mode of the layer to Overlay 100%.
Ok I notice now that the wings are not very good looking. So return to the wings layer and increase the exposure:
The last thing that I did was a light painting with the Burn/Dodge Tool. Use these tools for the Texture Layer and also for the Old Room Layer. The Idea is to give contrast , to add light and shadow ( for example use burn tool for the wings shadow on the floor) .
I have tried to darken the background and put the accent on the angel and cross.
This step and the final image is at your choice ... you can also change the tone color , desaturate etc.
Final Image - The Fallen Angel Photoshop Tutorial