Etheric Angel Composite PhotographWhile taking images of a model and basically doing some freeform posing I captured an image that immediately struck me as something special. Seeing it on the back of the camera I was excited to see it on the big screen for editing.

Jojo Cottle was my enthusiastic model a few weeks ago and I mentioned to her I had an idea for this specific image. I have been moving more and more into composites and this was a perfect chance to do one.

The original image and the first edit are below: (click on an image to view larger size)

Jojo Cottle Raw image

Raw Image

Jojo Cottle Triangles Image

Edited Image

 

The wings:

Wings file before background removed

 

The first process is to extract the subject (Jojo) and the wings out of the background. From there I place each on its own layer in Photoshop. Next I used a selection tool to select each wing separately and move them to their own layers. Now I have two separate wings, left and right, as well as my angel on a transparent background.

Moving the wings in to place behind here, I then used the transform tool to allow me to warp the wings a bit to get a new and unique look. I duplicated each wing layer and applied a shadow and blur filter to each of these new layers. Moving them to be behind each respective wing, I adjusted their position to be slightly down and to the right so they would show. I repeated this with Jojo so she looked a bit more 3 dimensional.

Adding a white background layer behind it all got me close to the look I wanted. Now to add a clouds and blur/glow effect.  A new layer was created as a composite of all the previous layers. On this one I use the Clouds filter on top of it. I expanded that cloud layer larger an beyond the image boarders. This made the clouds softer and larger. Duplicating this cloud layer I move the clouds again. Adjusting the blending mode to Soft Light and adjusting the opacity of each down to until I liked it.

Finally I took the image out into NIK Software Color Efex Pro to add some blur and glow to the image. Back in Photoshop I added a mask to this new layer and painted out some of the blur an unwanted stuff on her face. I actually had been doing this all along the process as not to lose the great eyes and look.

A few passes with a lighten and darken brush layer and I was now ready to flatten all the layers into one image. Below is the result. The Etheric Angel I envisioned weeks ago.

 

Click to view larger image:

[Best_Wordpress_Gallery gallery_type=”thumbnails” theme_id=”1″ gallery_id=”3″ sort_by=”order” order_by=”asc” show_search_box=”0″ search_box_width=”” image_column_number=”5″ images_per_page=”30″ image_title=”none” image_enable_page=”1″ thumb_width=”360″ thumb_height=”180″ popup_fullscreen=”0″ popup_autoplay=”0″ popup_width=”1050″ popup_height=”625″ popup_effect=”fade” popup_interval=”5″ popup_enable_filmstrip=”1″ popup_filmstrip_height=”70″ popup_enable_ctrl_btn=”1″ popup_enable_fullscreen=”1″ popup_enable_info=”0″ popup_enable_comment=”1″ popup_enable_facebook=”1″ popup_enable_twitter=”1″ popup_enable_google=”1″ popup_enable_pinterest=”0″ popup_enable_tumblr=”0″ watermark_type=”none” watermark_link=”http://web-dorado.com”]

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail
error: Content is protected !!

Subscribe To MyNewsletter

Join my mailing list to receive the latest tutorials, workshops, events and posts.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This