Create Wings On Yourself in PhotoShop
● Learn about Blending Options. They add a lot of value to your work.
● Blending Options can Turn a "C" into a "B"
✓ Pen Tool ✓ Smudge Tool ✓ Blending Modes ✓ Merge Layers
• This tutorial is part of the Portrait Project.
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Step #1: Get a Picture of Yourself ~
✗ Get a picture and erase the background.
✗ Make a New Layer and call it Wings …
✗ … click the Pen Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (p) …
✗ … select Paths in the menu bar …
✗ … and draw a wing shape.
✗ Don't worry about making a perfect shape right now, you can adjust it later.
Step #2: Close The Shape ~
✗ When you get back to where you started, close the shape.
✗ You know the shape is closed when the tool has a little circle:
Step #3: Add Anchor Points ~
✗ Cmd (⌘) +Click the line to activate it.
Step #4: Now you can Adjust your Shape ~
✗ Holding the Cmd (⌘) key helps you adjust the lines.
Step #5: Fill the Path ~
✗ Right-click and hit Make selection …
✗ … go to: Edit > Fill and fill the area with white …
✗ … and then hit Cmd (⌘) + D to deselect the marching ants.
Step #6: Smudge Tool ~
✗ Select the Smudge Tool which is behind the Blur Tool …
✗ … pick a Soft Round Brush …
✗ … adjust the strength of the smudge - about 50% …
✗ … and smuge the egdes of the wing.
✗ You may need to put a temporary black background to see what you're doing …
Step #7: Blur Filters ~
✗ Go to: Filter > Blur > Radial Blur and select Zoom
✗ You can position the center of the radial blur here …
✗ Hit Cmd (⌘) +F to repeat the blur filter as many times as needed.
✗ Go to: Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur to smooth the grainy texture.
Step#9: Cmd+Click the Layer Thumbnail ~
✗ Hold the Cmd (⌘) key down
✗ … and click on the Layer Thumbnail …
✗ … which selects everything in the layer.
Step #10: New Layer ~
✗ Make a New Layer and call it wing-color …
Step #11: Colors ~
✗ Pick some colors …
✗ … and fill the selected area with another color of your choice.
Step #12: Blending Mode ~
✗ Scroll through the Blending Modes and find one you like …
✗ Try Multiply, Screen or Overlay or whatever you like …
✗ If you see other blending modes you like as you're scrolling down, don't be afraid to experiment.
✗ Blending Modes are awesome!
✗ Hint: You can scroll through the different Blending Modes by hitting Alt (⌥)+Shift+Plus:
✗ You may also try filling the selection with a gradient.
Step #13: Merge your Wings Layers ~
✗ Shift-click your wing layers to select them both …
✗ … Right-Click and Select Merge Layers or hit the keyboard shortcut letters: Cmd+E.
✗ Right-Click and duplicate the merged layer.
✗ Flip it over by hitting Cmd (⌘) +T, right-clicking the image and selecting Flip Horizontal …
Last Step: Save for Work and Attach
✗ Go to: File > Save for Web … and save it as a .jpg
✗ Save it as a .jpg approximately 500 pixels wide