Summary:

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"


Learn About:

Pen Tool Smudge Tool Blending Modes Merge Layers

•   This tutorial is part of the Portrait Project.

Other People's Work:

Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.

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Step #1: Get a Picture of Yourself ~

Get a picture and erase the background.

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Make a New Layer and call it Wings …

wings layer

… click the Pen Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (p) …

… select Paths in the menu bar …

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… 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.

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Step #4: Now you can Adjust your Shape ~

Holding the Cmd (⌘) key helps you adjust the lines.

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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 …

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Step #7: Blur Filters ~

Go to: Filter > Blur > Radial Blur and select Zoom

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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. 

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Step#9: Cmd+Click the Layer Thumbnail ~

Hold the Cmd (⌘) key down

… and click on the Layer Thumbnail …

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… which selects everything in the layer.

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Step #10: New Layer ~

Make a New Layer and call it wing-color

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Step #11: Colors ~

Pick some colors …

… and fill the selected area with another color of your choice.

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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.

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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 …

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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