Create an Angelic Sculpture

by Guest Writer

Create an Angelic Sculpture Made of Ice in Photoshop using Adobe Photoshop CS3...

create an ice sculpture in PhotoshopSometimes all you need to create an incredible photo manipulation in Photoshop is a rough sketch, some nice imagery, and some knowledge of how to use Photoshop's transformation tools.  In today's tutorial we will demonstrate how assemble an angelic ice sculpture from a rough sketch and some beautiful scenic photos.

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Step 1

Create a new document 2048 X 1215 in CMYK color mode at 100 dpi. Name it "ice angel". I like to use this color mode because I have a better control over the colors.

Step 2

Open the "sketch.jpg" image file in Photoshop. You can do this by dragging the thumb of the picture on top of the Photoshop icon.

Press CMD+A to select the entire picture, then hit CMD+C to copy it. Go to Window > ice angel.psd and hit CMD+V to paste it in. We will use this image as reference for our actual ice angel.

Then click the "eye" in the layers palette to make it invisible.

Now lets create a background for our ice angel. Since it's made of ice, it's important that we don't place it on a bright background, because it will look more like a surge of light.

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Step 3

Open the "lake.jpg" picture and do the same thing as in STEP 2, except turning off the visibility.

Step 4

Select the Move Tool (V). Make sure you have the "Show Transform Controls" box checked, in the top left of your screen. Now click and drag one of the corners of the picture to make it fit our layout. Hold the Shift key to keep the proportions of the picture. Make it look like the image below.

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We only need the lake from the picture, so let's remove the rest. First, rename the "Layer 1" to "Lake" by double-clicking its name.

Step 6

With the "Lake" layer selected, go to
Layer > Layer mask > Reveal all
to create a layer mask. This way we don't have to wreck the original image and will still be able to return to a previous point just in case something goes bad.

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Step 7

Grab the Brush Tool (B). Set the brush Hardness to 0% (top left corner of your screen) and start painting with black (#000000) over the tree and the rocks like in the image below. The "Reveal All" mask hides what you paint over with black. Do this until you get something like below.

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Step 8

Open the "Trees.jpg" picture and do the same as in STEP 2. Now select the Move Tool (V) and resize it to fit our drawing. Make it look like below. Drag the "Layer 2" layer under "Lake" layer and rename it "Trees".

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Step 9

Notice there is a loose branch over the lake? Let's fix that. Grab the Clone Stamp Tool (S). Press and hold the ALT key to select a source. You'll know you're in the source selection mode when your cursor turns into crosshairs. Click somewhere on the water where there is a same tone of shading. Release the ALT key and create a new layer (CMD+SHIFT+N) and click over the branch. You have to select different tones of shades to make that blend in, but you have to select the "Lake" layer each time to get the source, then select the "Layer 3" to fix it.

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Step 10

Do the same for the part of branch over the grass.


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