How to Create a Beautiful and Emotional Angel Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

How to Create a Beautiful and Emotional Angel Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

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In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a beautiful scene for the angel by manipulating different stock images. You will create an angel by working on the blend mode, shadows & lighting, colour matching techniques and push your manipulations skills to a new level in Photoshop.

You will learn how you can create this Angel Manipulation in photoshop.We’ll first combine different stock images to create a nice scene and then use texture to give it a vignette effect. Then add model to the scene and work with shadows,lights,deal with hair and add wings to her create an angel. Blend the angel to the scene with variety of blendings techniques.Then add the leaves to the scene and finish it up with applying final adjustment layer.At the end I will show a simple way to make the aura or circle for an angel.You’ll need Photoshop CS6 or newer to follow this tutorial.

Tutorial Resources

  • Sand Beach –
  • Sky – SalsolaStock
  • Nebula by – JennyLe
  • Rain texture by – Koko-Stock
  • Beach by – Fotophi
  • Model by – Mjranum Stock
  • Hair stocks by – CindysArt
  • Wing by – Wolverine
  • Leaves by – MaureenOslder
  • Debris brush by – Zigabooooo

Step 1

Start by creating a new document.Goto file>new and set the setting as shown in the image below.


Step 2

Now place the sand beach image to the main canvas by selecting File>place then locate the sand beach image and name it base.We use place command because photoshop automatically place the image as smart object.


Step 3

Now add a layer mask to the base image by selecting second button on layer panel or see the below image.Then pick the brush tool by pressing (B) on keyboard and gently paint with soft round black brush on the layer mask. You can see the result below.


Step 4

Now, add a Hue/Saturation(layer>new adjustment layer>hue/saturation or see the image below)adjustment layer then click the button shown in the image to create a clipping mask.By Creating Clipping mask this layer(Hue/Saturation) will only effect the layer which is clip to it not to the rest of the layers.Set the setting of the Hue/Saturation as shown in the image below.

Here are the results.

Step 5

Now, Place the sky image below the base layer.


Step 6

Now,Add a Curves and Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer to sky and set the setting as shown in the image.


Here are the results.


Step 7

Now, place the nebula image above the base layer. Now activate transform tool(Ctrl/Cmd+T or Edit > Free Transform) and then transform the image the as shown in the image below.


Then change the blend mode to soft light and reduce the opacity to 65%.Here are the results.You can see that we have created a vignette effect.We will add more vignette effect to the scene at the end of this tutorial.


Step 8

Place the Rain texture above the nebula layer.


Step 9

Add a layer mask to the rain texture and paint with soft round black brush on layer mask to hide the unwanted part.You can see the result on layer mask as well as on the main canvas.


Change the blend mode to soft light. Here are the results


Step 10

Place the beach image to the canvas and activate the transform tool then scale it as shown in the image.Then change the blend mode of beach to Multiply.


Step 11

As you can see the arrows and selected part indicating the base image part and we have to hide these parts to blend base image properly to the scene.


To do this, again select the layer mask of the base image and paint with soft round black brush to hide it.You can see the results on layer mask and the overall results.


Step 12

Now,Create a new layer by pressing (Ctrl+Shift+N) on keyboard then pick the soft round brush reduce the opacity and flow to 30%.Choose the color #0d2c2e and paint as shown in the image below.


Then change the blend mode to color dodge.You can see the results.Before heading forward,select all the layers we have created so far by holding shift key select the top layer then select the bottom layer and then group them by pressing CMD/CTRL+G. Name that group base.


Step 13

Extract the model using your favourite selection tool then place it to the main canvas.


Step 14

Now create a new layer(Ctrl+Shift+N) below the model layer and pick soft round black brush set the opacity and flow to 30% then paint some shadows(see the arrows).