Blend im­ages to cre­ate a story

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AFLOATING MAN may be pretty im­pres­sive in real life, but it takes quite a bit more than ba­sic lev­i­ta­tion to pass for a su­per­hero these days. With this in mind, we’re go­ing to add some fiery wings to make our model re­ally look the part. Although it may sound ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to achieve, it’s a very sim­ple ef­fect, and can be ac­com­plished with a stock photo and the Screen Blend­ing mode. While you may not have a lot of im­ages of fire­balls at your dis­posal, you can eas­ily shoot fire­works or sparklers against a dark sky to get the same ef­fect, then you can use this sim­ple tech­nique to give your hero some fiery abil­i­ties of their very own.

1 Im­port your ‘spe­cial ef­fects’ shot

We have this shot of three fire­balls, which we’re bring­ing into the doc­u­ment by click­ing File>Place. Once in, du­pli­cate the Layer and hide the orig­i­nal by de-click­ing the tick to the right of its Layer. We will need this Layer later on.

2 Add your fiery wings

Use the Eraser Tool ‘E’ to delete all but one fire­ball. Once you have your sin­gle flame, use the Move Tool to put it into place, and change the Blend­ing Mode to Screen, which will hide any black in the image mak­ing it in­vis­i­ble.

3 Make the ef­fect even brighter

The Screen Blend­ing Mode can cause trans­parency. To get around this, du­pli­cate your Layer for a bet­ter ef­fect. Once you’re happy, hold Ctrl and click every fire Layer to se­lect them. Press Ctrl+G to put them all into a sin­gle group.

4 Mask out the front of the flames

Cre­ate a Layer mask for the new Group. Choose the Paint Brush Tool ‘B’ and set hard­ness to 50%. Se­lect black as the fore­ground colour and brush where you don’t want the flames vis­i­ble, which is the chest and arms.

5 Re­peat for the other wing

Take the flame Layer we hid ear­lier and make it vis­i­ble. Now re­peat the process, but when you’re us­ing the Move Tool to place it, right-click and choose Trans­form>Flip Hor­i­zon­tal. Now put it in place and mask it out, as per the pre­vi­ous step.

6 Paint in the flames’ re­flec­tion

Flames will cre­ate a colour cast, so we need to add that. Cre­ate a new Pixel Layer and use the Paint Brush Tool. Set Flow to 10% and the Fore­ground Colour to Or­ange. Paint where the light should fall and set the Blend­ing Mode to Soft Light.

7 Add some move­ment to your model

Click back to your model Layer and cre­ate a Live Fil­ter Mo­tion Blur. Set the ro­ta­tion to 90% (or to suit your pose) and Ra­dius to 30px, which should cre­ate a sense of mo­tion. Un­for­tu­nately, it’s blurred the whole model Layer...

8 Mask off the Mo­tion Blur ef­fect

Click on the Mo­tion Blur Layer, which in­cludes its own Layer Mask. Now use a black Paint Brush Tool to brush out the blur ef­fect over the model’s face and torso. You can al­ways paint it back in by switch­ing from black to white. 9 Add your fi­nal ad­just­ments Click on your top Layer and cre­ate a Curves Ad­just­ment. Add an ‘S’ curve, which looks like the ex­am­ple above, to add ad­di­tional con­trast. You can now also add any ad­di­tional ad­just­ments that you may have learned from pre­vi­ous tu­to­ri­als.

Above The abil­ity to use mul­ti­ple Lay­ers and Masks is a must for any­body who is cre­at­ing com­pos­ite im­ages.

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