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In this Photoshop Tutorial we will combine several images together to make a beautiful manipulation. The story of this art is the girl is searching for her love in heavenly skies. The girl will be painted in photoshop. You will need a wacom tablet for this work. Working with a wacom will make ur work easy and fast. So lets start!

By nishagandhi, on August 08, 2011, under Photoshop Tutorials
 

In this Photoshop Tutorial we will combine several images together to make a beautiful manipulation. The story of this art is the girl is searching for her love in heavenly skies. The girl will be painted in photoshop. You will need a wacom tablet for this work. Working with a wacom will make ur work easy and fast. So lets start!

  • Resources needed:
  • Clouds LINK
  • CrossLINK
  • Bird ReferenceLINK

 

Final Result Preview:

 

 
 

Step 1:

 

Open the sky image. Duplicate the sky layer. Apply Filter > Sketch > Water paper . The values are as shown below.

 
 

Now reduce the layer's Opacity to 50%

 
 

Apply inner glow to this layer.

 
 
 

Step 2:

 

Open the bird image. Mask out the bird from the background. I used pen tool to extract the bird. Now your image looks like this.

 
 

Now apply Filter > Artistic > Plastic Warp. The values are as shown.

 
 

Now use the Smudge Tool(set at 55%) and smudge the bird. It looks like this now. I smudged the wings (and the tail which i erased later). This can be little difficult with a mouse. (I've used a tablet)

 
 
 

Now apply Outer Glow to the bird. I added a layer mask to the bird. The bird looks like this now.

 
 
 

Step 3:

 

Now open the cross image and remove the background from it. Drag the cross image to the sky.

 
 

Duplicate and resize the cross layers as shown.

 
 

Merge the cross layers. Reduce the Opacity to 40% of the merged cross layer.

 
 

Apply Inner Glow, Color Overlay to the cross layer.

 
 
 

Apply gradient overlay to the cross layer.

 
 

Apply Color Balance and Hue Saturation.

 
 

Apply Photo Filter.

 
 
 

Step 4:

 

Add layer mask to the photo filter layer.

 
 

Again, apply Photo Filter.

 
 

Apply Layer Mask to the 2nd photo filter.

 
 

Apply Gradient Fill. Settings are as shown.

 
 

Apply photo filter again. You may note that its the 3rd time we are applying this filter.

 
 

Apply Vibrance.

 
 
 

Step 5:

 

Now I start painting the girl. Select a white color brush. Draw the basic shape of the girl's dress and start smudging. Note that this will be very easy working using a pen tablet. I had done the dress only on 1 layer.

 
 

Apply the following effects to the dress.

 
 
 
 

After applying all the effects, Duplicate the dress layer.