Create an Emotive Fallen Angel With a Disintegrating Wing Effect

In this tutorial we are going to learn how to create fantasy wallpaper using stock photos. Follow these simple steps to learn how to combine simple stock photos in order to create a fantastic artwork that can also be used as a desktop background, by applying techniques in Photoshop like using masks, lighting, shading, cropping, color correcting, blurring and much more.
Final Image

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

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Step 1

Go to file -> New and put width: 1920 pixels. Height: 1080 pixels. Tick also the boxes “constrain proportions” and “resample Image” as shown in the picture below.

Step 2

Now go to File-> place -> select the image of the valley and click open. The image will automatically be inserted to Photoshop as a smart object. Now place the image as shown in the picture below.

Step 3

Now go to the layers palette and right click on the “background” image and select “duplicate”. Name the layer as background blur as shown below.

Then go to filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur and add 2,2 to the blur radius.

Step 4

Now open the image of the cliff. Choose File -> open -> and select the image.
Now go to the layers palette and double click on the layer “background”. Notice that the layer is locked.

Now name the layer Main cliff and click OK, this will unlock the layer.

Choose the magic wand tool and make one click on the sky as shown in the picture:

Now hold down the shift key on the keyboard and select all the unselected areas.

Click until all the areas of image are selected except for the cliff. The result should be similar to this :

While having the magic wand selected, right click on the mouse and select “refine edge”.

Now put the parameters like this: View -> overlay, radius -> 0,0 px, Smooth -> 4 px, Feather -> 1,2 px, Contrast 0%, Shift Edge 57%. Click ok

Wile the selection is still on, right click on the mouse and select inverse. This will select everything but the cliff.

Go to the layers palette and add a mask. After you do that go to image -> image rotation -> Flip canvas horizontal.

Step 5

Now let’s place the image of the cliff into our Photoshop project while keeping the mask.

Make sure you have selected the move tool (v) and the layer of the cliff selected as well. Now drag the image of the cliff into our Photoshop project.

The result should be similar to this.

Great! Now position the image of the cliff on the right corner at the bottom. Like this :

Choose the brush tool (B) right click and set a brush size of 35 px and hardness 70%.

Select the mask of the “main Cliff” layer. Set as foreground color black and background color as white, default (d,x). No start painting with black color the edge of the cliff like this

When you’re done the result should be like this.