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Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation (Exclusive Tutorial)

Today I want to share a few tricks on how to merge photos. For this composition I used a stock photo of a ballerina. Ballet is the most fascinating dance! So let's add it some expression with the help of lightning and nebulae of outer space.

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The final result:

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

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Step 1

Let's begin our tutorial with creating a new document. Go File - New or press Ctrl+N.

Select width and height you need and press OK.

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Step 2

Now we need to create a background for our photomanipulation. I used a photo of a night sky. You may use any stock photo you like.

Open your background in the new document. Copy and drag it into your work.

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Step 3

Add some gradient to your background. Go Layer - New Fill Layer - Gradient.

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Here is the result:

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Step 4

Open a new stock image. I have chosen this one.

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

We need to make the image in black and white. Press Ctrl+Shift+U.

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Step5

Drag the Ghost Nebula into your work. Use an Eraser Tool to wipe off unnecessary part of stock image.

Use large and soft bush.

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Our result:

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Step 6

In the same manner add more images.

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Step 7

Now it is time to add our ballet dancer.

Cut the girl using Magnetic Lasso Tool (L) or any other way you like.

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Step 8

Put the girl to the your photomanipulation with Blending Options below. Blending mode : Luminosity.

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

The result:

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Step 9

Open the next stock image from deviant.com

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Step 10

Drag it into your photomanipulation. Blending mode : Linear Dodge (Add)

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Step 11

Open another stock image. As always drag it into your photomanipulation.

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

The result:

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Step 12

Open one more stock image and drag it into the canvas then resize it and put it behind the Girl Stock.

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Step 13

Adjust the Hue and Saturation of the Nebula Stock to blend it in the composition. Pressing CTRL + U and set the Hue into 100 and Erase the edges (Diameter 100px, Hardness 0%). Change the Blending Mode into Linear Dodge.

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Step 14

Duplicate this layer several times and place it in the way you like.

Here's my result:

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Step 15

Open next stock image, drag and resize it, then place in your composition under the "Girl" layer.

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Step 16

In the same manner add more stock images. You can add as many images as you like. You can change a Blending Mode, Hue and Saturation and Blending options of the stock images.

Here is my result:

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Step 17

Create a New Layer with Blending Options:

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Step 18

Now we need some Lightning Brushes.

Add some lightnings to your composition.

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Step 19

Create a New Layer. Use the soft and large Brush to add some pink glow.

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

Step 20

Choose the stock image that we Use in Step ? 9. Add it to your composition over the "Girl" layer. Blending mode: Linear Dodge (Add)

Create a Lightning and Nebula Photo Manipulation

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Stacy Summers

Hello, I'm Stacy Summers. I want to show you amazing web things and hope you will love them just like me. If you have any questions, please contact me via email ([email protected]) or visit my Facebook page.

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