Create “Eagle Warrior” Human Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the process of creating “Eagle Warrior” Human Photoshop Manipulation in Photoshop. We will mix a warrior model image with a couple of eagle images, and add some custom brush paintings to spice up the effect.

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This is an intermediate level tutorial and prior knowledge of Photoshop layers, image adjustments, layer masks are required.

Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in Photoshop CC – therefore some screenshot may have slighting different layout as in the earlier version. Some brushes are exclusive to Photoshop CS6 or above.

Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)

eagle-man-flatten

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OK Let’s get started!

To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stocks:

Warrior

Eagle 1

Eagle 2

Rock

Splatter Brushes (Pick a few from the list)

Step 1

Create a new document sized 850px *1200px with white background. Load the warrior image into Photoshop and select the warrior:

1 sel

Copy and paste the selection onto our document and place it as shown below:

1 paste

Apply the following image adjustment layers as clipping masks to this model layer:

Black and White

1 bw

Levels

1 lvs

Curves

1 curves

and here is the effect so far:

1 effect

Step 2

We will add some rock texture over the warrior in this step. Load the rock stock image into Photoshop, use the Polygonal Lasso Tool:

2 poly

Make a selection of any layered rock piece like this one below:

2 se

Copy and paste the rock selection to our document, then apply the following Black and White adjustment:

2 bw

Use the free transform tool, adjust the shape of the rock and fit to to the warrior’s body as shown below:

2 attach

Use the same process, add a couple more rock textures to the warrior:

2 more

Then make a new layer BELOW the warrior layer, use the splatter brushes you downloaded, paint some patterns around the body and canvas. My effect looks like this:

2 splatter

Step 3

We will add some rocks around the canvas and behind the warrior in this step. Again we make a selection of a portion of the rock stock image:

3 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document and put its layer below the warrior layer. Use the free transform tool to adjust its size and use the splatter brush as eraser and basically rough up the edge:

3 erase

Apply the following Black and White adjustment to this rock layer:

3 bw

You will have the following effect so far:

3 effect

Repeat the above process, add more rocks around the canvas as shown below:

3 more

Step 4

Load the “Eagle 2” stock image into Photoshop and select the left eagle:

4 sel

Copy and paste the selection onto our document and place it above the rock as shown below:

4 paste ori

Apply the following Black and White adjustments to this layer:

4 bw

and here is the effect you will have:

4 paste

Step 5

Load the “Eagle 1” stock image into Photoshop and select the eagle:

5 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document and place it behind the warrior as shown below:

5 paste

Apply the following image adjustment layers as clipping masks to this eagle layer:

Black and White

5 bw

Levels

5 lvs

Curves

5 curves

and here is the effect so far:

5 effect

I further added some colours for the image, and here is my final result:

eagle-man-flatten

Please experiment your own colour scheme and the adjustment layers, and see what result different colour brings you.

That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful! If you have any questions about the steps, please contact me or leave a comment below. I will try my best to answer them.

Till next time, have a great day!

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  • My name is James and I have been using Photoshop since version 5.0 (long time ago!). PSD Vault is my spare time hobby and I write majority of the Photoshop tutorials and articles here. I hope you enjoy my blog, and feel free to leave a comment or contact me if you have any questions.

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