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Welcome to Jasper’s Post-apocalyptic world with Avenging Angel from March 2022.

Photoshop Tutorial –  ‘Judgement Day’

We start with 12 photo :         woods.jpg                               stormcloud.jpg

                                                building.jpg                             rusty car.jpg

                                                another rusty car.jpg               model.jpg

                                                eagle.jpg                                  texture.jpg

                                                fog.jpg                                     dust.jpg

                                                fire.jpg                                     chain fence.jpg

Start

Open a new document.

Open the photo ‘woods.jpg’ and import it into the main document.

Re-size and position so the ground covers the bottom half of the document.

Open the photo ‘storm cloud.jpg’ and import it into the main document.

Re-size and position to slightly cover the ground.

Click the ‘Add layer mask’ icon at the bottom of the Layers Window.

With a soft black brush paint away the bottom of the ‘cloud’ layer (using the ‘feather’ part of the brush) so it blends into the ground.

Click the ‘create new layer’ icon at the bottom of the ‘layers window’ and attach it to the ‘sky’ layer be ‘Alt+clicking’ between them.

With a soft white brush paint in the light from the sun and reduce ‘opacity’ to suit.

Buildings

Open the photo ‘building.jpg’.

Select the ‘polygonal selection tool’ from the left side toolbar and click around the building on the left.

Select>Modify>Feather 1 pixel.

Press ‘Ctrl+j’ to place the selection on it’s own layer and import that layer into the main document.

Move this layer to be at the top of the ‘layers stack’.

Re-size and position to the left side of the document and slightly rotate anti-clockwise to give a small lean back of the building.

Keeping ‘Ctrl’ pressed select the bottom left corner and drag it down until the ‘floor lines’ of the building are running slightly down as it moves away and into the image.

Keeping ‘Ctrl’ pressed select the top left corner and drag it up and left until the vertical lines of the building are slightly leaning back.

Copy this layer by pressing ‘Ctrl+j’.

Edit>Transform>Flip Horizontal.

Move this building to the right side of the document.

Highlight the top ‘building’ layer and…

Layers>Merge Down.

Click the ‘Add layer mask’ icon at the bottom of the Layers Window.

With a soft black brush blend the bottom of the buildings into the ground (adding debris into the arches).

Cars

Open the photo ‘rusty car.jpg’.

Select>Subject.

Select the ‘polygonal selection tool’ from the left side toolbar, by keeping ‘Shift’ pressed you can add to the selection or by keeping ‘Alt’ pressed, delete from the selection.

Select>Modify>Contract by 2 pixels.

Select>Modify>Feather by 1 pixel.

Press ‘Ctrl+J’ to place the selection on its own layer and import that layer into the main document.

Move this layer to be at the top of the ‘layers stack’.

Re-size and position to suit.

Edit>Transform>Perspective.

Select the bottom left corner and drag down to change perspective.

Repeat with the photo ‘another rusty car.jpg’ and place this one on the right side.

Select the top ‘car’ layer.

Layers>Merge Down.

Click the Add new fill or adjustment layer’ icon at the bottom of the Layers Window and select ‘Hue/Saturation’ attach this to the layer by ‘Alt’ clicking between the two layers.

Reduce ‘saturation’ to about -65.

Click the ‘Add New Layer’ icon at the bottom of the Layers Window.

Move this layer to be just below the ‘cars’ layer.

With a soft black brush paint in the cars shadows.

Reduce ‘opacity’ to suit.

Open the photo ‘texture.jpg’ and import it into the main document.

Re-size to cover the full image.

Change ‘blending mode’ to ‘soft light’.

Copy this layer and adjust ‘opacity’ to about 70%.

Angel

Open the photo ‘model.jpg’.

Select>Subject.

Select the ‘polygonal selection tool’ from the left side toolbar, by keeping ‘Shift’ pressed you can add to the selection or by keeping ‘Alt’ pressed, delete from the selection.

Select>Modify>Contract by 2 pixels.

Select>Modify>Feather by 1 pixel.

Press ‘Ctrl+j’ to place the selection on it’s own layer and import that layer into the main document.

Move this layer to be at the top of the ‘layers stack’.

Re-size and position to suit.

Open the photo ‘eagle.jpg’.

Select>Select and Mask.

Select the top tool on the left sidebar (quick selection tool) and select the left wing.

Select the second tool on the left toolbar (refine edge tool) run it over the bits which were not selected and the bottom edge of the wing.

‘Feather’ by 1 pixel.

‘Shift Edge’ to about 10%.

Tick ‘Decontaminate Colours’.

Click ‘OK’.

Highlight the ‘layer mask’ right click it and select ‘Apply Layer Mask’.

Import that layer into the main document move the layer to just under the ‘model’, re-size and position to suit.

Copy this layer.

Edit>Transform>Flip Horizontal.

Position on the other side of the ‘model’.

Evil Angel

Click ‘Add new layer’ icon at the bottom of the layers window and move it to be just above the ‘model’ layer.

With a soft red brush paint in the model’s eyes.

Reduce ‘opacity’ to suit.

Click ‘Add new layer’ icon at the bottom of the layers window and move it to be just above the previous layer.

With a soft black brush at 20% paint around the model’s eyes.

Reduce ‘opacity’ to suit.

Click ‘Add new layer’ icon at the bottom of the layers window and move it to be just below the ‘model’ layer.

With a soft black brush paint in the model’s shadow.

Reduce ‘opacity’ to suit.

Highlight all the layers associated with the ‘angel’ by Ctrl+clicking all of them (black eyes, red eyes, model, shadow, right wing and left wing) then right click on the highlighted selection and select ‘Group from Layers’.

Click the Add new fill or adjustment layer’ icon at the bottom of the Layers Window and select ‘Colour Balance’ attach this to the ‘group’ by ‘Alt’ clicking between the two layers, adjust ‘red’ to be +38.

Click the Add new fill or adjustment layer’ icon at the bottom of the Layers Window and select ‘Levels’ attach this to the previous layer by ‘Alt’ clicking between the two layers.

Move the left ‘pointer’ to about 14 and the right ‘pointer’ to about 199 (this should highlight the ‘angel’ from the background.

Smoke, Dust and Fire

Open the photo ‘fog.jpg’ and import it into the main document.

Position and re-size to cover the whole image.

Click the ‘Add layer mask’ icon at the bottom of the Layers Window.

With a soft black brush at 20% paint away the ‘fog’, repeat until looking correct.

With a soft black brush at 50% paint away the ‘fog’ over the model.

Open the photo ‘dust.jpg’ and import it into the main document.

Position and re-size to cover the whole image, change ‘blending mode’ to be ‘screen’.

Click the ‘Add layer mask’ icon at the bottom of the Layers Window.

With a soft black brush at 50% paint away the ‘fog’ over the model.

Open the photo ‘fire.jpg’ and import it into the main document.

Position and re-size to cover the whole image, change ‘blending mode’ to be ‘lighten’.

Click the ‘Add layer mask’ icon at the bottom of the Layers Window.

With a soft black brush at 50% paint away the ‘fire’ over the model.

Wire Fence

Open the photo ‘chain fence.jpg’ and import it into the main document.

Resize to create the desired effect.

Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur – somewhere around 27 should do it.

Click the Add new fill or adjustment layer’ icon at the bottom of the Layers Window and select ‘Hue and Saturation’ attach this to the layer by ‘Alt’ clicking between them, adjust ‘saturation’ to be about -74.

Finishing

Click the ‘create new layer’ icon at the bottom of the ‘layers window’ and move it to the top of the ‘layers stack’.

Click the ‘Create new fill or adjustment layer’ icon at the bottom of the Layers Window and select ‘Gradient Map’ – select a black to white gradient – change the ‘blending mode’ to ‘soft light’ – reduce ‘opacity’ to suit (round about 40%).

Click the ‘create new layer’ icon at the bottom of the ‘layers window’ and move it to the top of the ‘layers stack’.

With a large soft black brush at 20% opacity – paint in a vignette, repeat until you get the desired effect.

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