In this Photo Manipulation Tutorial, I will explain how to create an oracle with a nice abstract background.
First of all, create a new document. Mine is 1100px wide x 1100px high. Now our first task is to create a nice abstract background. To do this we'll draw a radial gradient down using these two colors: #ebb3bc to #000000.
Create a new layer Shift+Ctrl+N . Draw a radial gradient down using these two colors: #fe8fa1 to #000000. Name it bg2. Change the layer Blending Mode to Overlay.
Take a new layer. Name it "clouds". Change the foreground color to black and background color to white. Go to Filters-render-clouds.
Now go to Filters-Distort-Waves.
Number off generators: 5
Wavelength: Min. 93, Max. 256
Amplitude: Min. 1, Max. 75
Scale: horiz. 100%, Vert. 100%
Change the layer Blending Mode to Overlay. It will look something like this.
Create a new layer and paint it using brush tool with #13d1ed, as shown below.
Change the layer blending mode to Color.
Place the "Venice mask" image on the new layer. Go to filter-distort-wave. Than go to Edit-Fade. Fade it by 40%.
Change the layer blending mode to "Soft light"
Place the Venice mask on a new layer. Name it "VM".