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Create a Divine Angel Montage in Photoshop

First of all I would like to thank Cucu Tudor for collaborating with me in creating this tutorial. The final image is an Angel that lights his way in the dark forest. You will create this photo manipulation using stock images provided by some really great artists, which I would also like to thank a lot.

Materials Needed:

Step 1: Create a new document

First of all open a new document in Photoshop (Dimensions: 1019×1219 px).

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Step 2: Apply Vegetation

Now import the first image “Vegetation1″ that we’ll use to create the background. Resize it and than place it to the top of the page.

Step 3: Reduce Saturation

Go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation and reduce the yellow saturation and grow up a little bit the yellow lightness.

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Step 4: Complete the background

Fill the background with black color and erase slowly the bottom part of the image you added so that it will blend in with the black.

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Step 5: Add the main character

Import the second image “Female” resize it and fit it in the centre of the image like below. Change the name of the layer to angel.

Step 6: Selecting the model

Using the Pen Tool (P) you need to trace the female model and erase the background behind her.

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Step 7: Correcting the colors

Go again to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation and reduce the yellow saturation. Than select the Burn Tool (O) and try to make the females dress a bit darker, till you reach a result like the picture below.

Step 8: Add more detail to the background

Copy and paste the next image we used for the ground Vegetation2 and place it below the angel layer.

Step 9

Erase the trees from the top of the image, make sure you use a soft brush for this and that you will only have the ground visible and than change the Hue/Saturation and the Color Balance from Image > Adjustments.

Step 10: Create the angel

Import the image, which contains the wings. Select the contour with the Pen Tool (P) and get rid of the black part of the image. Than use the Burn Tool (O) on the pointed area.

Step 11: Add some color to the wings

Go to Image > Adjustments > Color Balance and use the settings below. Than you can change the contrast from Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast.

Step 12: Building the star

Create a circle with the Ellipse Tool (U) (Shape Layers). Than go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, set the radius around 4%.

Step 13

Now you should smudge the circle from outside to inside, which will allow the finger be seen. To make it glow, right-click on the layer with the white sphere and go to blending options and use the options from the Outer Glow like below.

Step 14

The light should go over the face. So you must brush and smudge a white color over the face and the hair then set the layer to Overlay.

Step 15: Creating the star rays

Draw some lines like below and then select with the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) a circle.

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Go to Filter > Blur > Radial Blur set to around 15.

Step 17: Add mist

Create a new layer and fill it with black. Then go to Filter > Render > Clouds. For the colors use these codes: #bfb499 and #000000.

Step 18

Set the mist layer to Screen and Opacity 75%.

Step 19

Now create a new layer and move it below the clouds layer and add some shadow. Brush with black and then smudge a little bit to cover the legs and the dress.

Step 20

In this step you must create some more mist at the female’s feet. Make a selection with the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) and go to Filter > Render > Clouds. Use the same colors like before.

Step 21: Light behind angel

To create the light behind the angel create a new layer below the angel layer and brush it with #dbbe79. Set the layer to screen in the end.

Step 22: Rays of light

Create a new layer then create some straight lines using the Line Tool (U) set to 2px and color #dbbe79.

Step 23

Wile still on the rays layer go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and than Filter > Blur > Motion Blur effect till you get the same result like below.

Step 24: Add final light

This is the final step. Select all the layers (Ctrl + A) and copy merged (Shift + Ctrl + C) and paste (Ctrl + P). Then go to Filter > Render > Lens Flare. Using the Erase Tool (E) set to Opacity 70%, you need to slowly erase the lower part of the flare.

Final Result


Download the PSD


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    Lady picture is on a google picture search (picture 3) write this search words and you find it I did.

    lady11 deviantart

    (or go here I guess u can find the download I found it and I dont read the language )

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    FabiánReynoso (1 Point) January 29, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    wow super genial el tutorial intentare hacer una imagen similar =) gracias

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    Jorge Ramos (2 Points) January 20, 2011 at 2:44 am

    Muy buen tutorial me gusto mucho creo que lo usare como guia para alguno de mis trabajos… un saludo y reitero que es un exelente trabajo el tuyo… felicitaciones

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    Thanks guys, I really do find these sort of tut’s much better the the video”s. Much easer to keep going back to read and all so, here in the UK dongles are used alot and the darned video’s eat up our allowance like mad. Keep up the good work guy’s…. Thanks

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    Mark Armstrong (1 Point) December 28, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Wonderful! So many great touches and very clearly explained– thanks so much for sharing your amazing talent!

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    I am very major newbie to PS but I was able to follow your tutorial. You did an excellent job writing it. I used different wings. I used to be an avid Paint Shop Pro user and have lots of scrap pieces that I bought.
    My only regret is I have no way to show my results. Thanks for your fabulous written and visual tutorial.

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    facebook (1 Point) December 4, 2010 at 7:13 am

    çok güzel mükemmbel resimler wery good

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    facebook (1 Point) December 4, 2010 at 7:12 am

    This is totally awesome!…. Just that some of the pixels and percentages were not stated. made it a lil hard to do the color balance and contrast etc. but i totally enjoyed it! Great tutorial! x

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    it would help with images..

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    Lindsay (1 Point) October 27, 2010 at 7:03 am

    This is totally awesome!…. Just that some of the pixels and percentages were not stated. made it a lil hard to do the color balance and contrast etc. but i totally enjoyed it! Great tutorial! x

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    Marsel Ilhan speaks after his victory on first round in austrailan open

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    tungsten (1 Point) October 7, 2010 at 3:38 am

    owesome! now that is magic

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    facebook (1 Point) October 4, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Thank you is going to be very nice to develop some more in

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    facebook (1 Point) September 25, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    If i set the layer with the woman to overlay, than the woman will disappear. Thanks..

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    Thanks a lot !!!!
    that’s my first tutorial in photoshop, i’m so proud of me!! =D

    by the way, the picture of the girls isn’t available anymore, so i choose another character quiet well-known, i let you see in here:


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    soroush(iran) (1 Point) September 7, 2010 at 6:53 am

    thast s great….tnx a lot…:X:X:X:X:X:X:Xvery useful:X:X

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    theansofia (1 Point) September 7, 2010 at 3:48 am

    very beutiful..lots of new things i learned and thnk you for…

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    jerly (1 Point) July 31, 2010 at 7:20 am

    very creative!!…..hope you could post another tutorial here!…Thanks for sharing..

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    Theone (1 Point) July 8, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to share such wonderful tutorials, for those of us who need help. This was very easy to follow, with great results.

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    facebook (1 Point) July 8, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    best of muzikleri cekici oldugu kadarda guzel thanks hepsinden guzel.facebook video..

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    fabled (1 Point) June 18, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Thanks alot, its very useful and awsome tut

    I just dont like the shadows on the girl

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    Judy (2 Points) May 14, 2010 at 10:57 am

    AWESOME!!!!! very good tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. I am learning photoshop and I know this site will help me. I am glad I found it!!! ;D

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    mark (1 Point) May 3, 2010 at 1:08 am

    waaaaw dis was very helpfull

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    HD HQ WALLPAPERS (1 Point) May 1, 2010 at 4:31 am

    magnificent tutorial. 10x

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    it was so easy but yet so beautiful. thank you

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    MaciWorks (1 Point) April 5, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Great tutorial, but I have a problem with it (I think with the layers). Step 13 or is ok, but I have a problem with the “set layer to overlay” step. Which layer? If i set my last layer with the star, the star will disappear (depends on opacity). If i set the layer with the woman to overlay, than the woman will disappear.
    So this step (The light should go over the face. So you must brush and smudge a white color over the face and the hair then set the layer to Overlay) is not working to me. :(
    I smudged some white color to the face but after that anything I make my picture does not looks like in the tutorial. My light effect is not good.

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    Padrisima la pagina encerio muy buenos tips de diseño. gracias

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    Sarfaraz (2 Points) February 8, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Very useful…. Thanks for sharing…

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    ฟังเพลง (2 Points) February 1, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    its very nice. Great post21

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    ฟังเพลงออนไลน์ (1 Point) January 30, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Excellent post. Thanks

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    dude, plz give me some tric for photo diginig…

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    thanhk you !
    …….very good!

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    thanks 4 give us the instruction

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    PhilippineOutsourcing (1 Point) September 28, 2009 at 3:44 am

    thanks for the tuts.. nice designs!!

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    Koji@ ebook cover software (1 Point) September 18, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Very nice Post! Really love it your post! thank you very much for your Information

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    clippingimages (1 Point) September 7, 2009 at 5:10 am

    very handy and easy steps tutorial , thanks for shearing…

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    I really liked your tutorial. I tried to follow it at 100% but I have Elements and many things are diferent. Starting by how to select. I’m very bad selecting with my mouse and the lasso tool.

    Here’s my attempt. I used one of my own photos though, since the female file was not longer available.

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      Cucu Tudor I. (1 Point) October 8, 2009 at 4:31 pm

      Hey mate ! nice try..but you didn’t select the blending options to the smoke for example(soft light/overlay).Another thing is that you used LASSO TOOL and not PEN TOOL..try to erase some parts of the images used for creating the background with the eraser tool using a very big feather.

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    canhphong (1 Point) August 31, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    :D, thanks for the tutoring. I created one, but not subtle like yours. check it out.

    My version:
    direct image:

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    Coji Lee (1 Point) August 14, 2009 at 12:48 am

    The original pictures are good enough~~~!!

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    flantrex (1 Point) July 22, 2009 at 2:37 am

    I like that picture, nice ;)

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    SB Landscape Photography (1 Point) July 17, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Interesting tut, thanks for sharing.

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    Leongwd (1 Point) July 14, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    dam nice, perfect !! pro !!!

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    Harmeet (1 Point) June 11, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Really Excellent work.!!!

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    very nice job I’m hope can do like this but I’m can’t very nice

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    Fer Pamintuan (1 Point) June 7, 2009 at 7:11 am

    Very interesting……. thanks a lot …. i learn something

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    Kevin (1 Point) May 22, 2009 at 3:08 am

    I Looooooooooooooooooooooooove that verrrrrrrrrry much

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    doodman mcgee (1 Point) May 18, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    yes very nice !!!

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    amit sachdeva (1 Point) May 18, 2009 at 12:31 am

    realy it’s to good

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    torka (1 Point) May 14, 2009 at 11:05 am

    thank you!
    really cool tips & tricks :D

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    Maicon (1 Point) May 11, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    I liked a lot! thank you.

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    Jhenrique (1 Point) May 11, 2009 at 12:34 pm



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    sami (1 Point) May 4, 2009 at 3:50 am

    great!! i would like to try this.

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    huwaw69 (1 Point) May 2, 2009 at 8:50 am

    This is so enlightening! good tutorial man!

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    I think step 16 looks better than the end result…
    But this is a very nice concept, and thanks for the detaled tutorial :]

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    Millionaire Acts (1 Point) April 23, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    WOW! You have a rocking site in photoshop tutorial! I found your site thru retireat21! Great content and niche dude! I’m sure you’ll be attracting a lot of Photoshop fanatics out there.

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    lazer epilasyon (1 Point) April 23, 2009 at 11:08 am

    great tutorial. But shadows on girl’s dress doesn’t match scene lighting. anyway very detailed stuff. Thanks.

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    Cucu Tudor Ionel (Crimzprod.) (1 Point) April 22, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    I’m very happy that most of you liked it and i hope you’ll enjoy my tutorials further on.

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    lawrence77 (1 Point) April 20, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Wonderful lights…
    I love these! :)

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    Wow. I cannot believe.Wonderful thanks.

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    Best Graphic Design (1 Point) April 20, 2009 at 3:31 am

    Very nice effect….and I like the step by step process that leads to the effect. Surely going to try this out…

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    I am lost for step 19. U mentioned to create a new layer. What should i do for that new layer?Do i need to fill it with black and how do i add shadow? Please help. Thanks.

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      Cucu Tudor Ionel (Crimzprod.) (1 Point) April 22, 2009 at 3:29 pm

      Create the layer using (Command+Shift+N) and place it behind the smoke..

      The shadow is the black path created with the Brush Tool(B) on the buttom part of the female,over the foot.

      Hope you understood..Don’t hesitate to ask me if it’s something you couldn’t done

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    Didyma (1 Point) April 18, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Nice, need to try this now, thanks

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    Lufutu (1 Point) April 17, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Very creative ! I like this design !

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    I can’t get the effect for step 13. The blending option i get is different from yours. I can’t find the structure, element and quality function for the outer glow. Please help. Thanks.

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      Crimzdesign (1 Point) April 18, 2009 at 5:24 am

      I don’t know why you can’t find it but you can also do it like this:

      1)Select the layer and go to the top menu at Layer>Layer Style>OuterGlow and select the same characteristics like i did.

      2)Another option is to create a new layer and place it behind the white sphere layer.In this layer you must brush with the Brush Tool(B) a circle with the yellow colour(if it’s needed you can use gaussian blur) and than select the Screen blending mode.

      Hope to be usefull..

      I used Photoshop CS3 when i created this chop.

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    Johnson Koh (1 Point) April 16, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Pretty cool. Great work!

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    Callum Chapman (1 Point) April 15, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    very nice outcome and great tutorial! keep ‘em coming!!

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    Brandon (1 Point) April 15, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Very nice tutorial. Lighting is amazing.

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    Shane – Inspiring your Success (1 Point) April 15, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Very beautiful picture! Anybody can have the techniques, but to make something look so nice you must have creativity.

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    Not all that impressed, honestly, but the concept is good.

    But yeah, the star doesn’t interact with the ground at all, even though it’s casting some intense (and realistic) light on the girl, and the girl in general pops off too crisp against the background. I’d suggest lowering the saturation and tinting the girl some more, and maybe applying some grain to the entire image.

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    closeupman (1 Point) April 15, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Nice look combo.

    But what does Ronald Reagan have to do with this ? :P

    See Step 6 :P

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    Great technique for getting the light ray effect as if it’s coming through branches or something. Nice tutorial, and nice composition Constantin :)

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    LBrother (1 Point) April 15, 2009 at 10:36 am

    I think the outcome is not that stunning but I liked the way you put all things together. Even beginners can achieve this effect. And it doesn’t look bad at all!

    Thanks for the increasing amount of tutorials in here ;)

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    Razvan (1 Point) April 15, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Looks very nice. keep up the good work

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    wow…. i love that… thanks for share.

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