Create Facial Photo Manipulation Surrounded by Electrified Orbs in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the process of creating this Create Facial Photo Manipulation Surrounded by Electrified Orbs in Photoshop. I will show some interesting methods to rendering the electrified orbs by utilizing lightning textures and various Photoshop tools.

We will go through manipulation techniques such as clipping mask, layer mask, layer blending modes and image adjustment layers.

This is an intermediate level tutorial so some steps can be tricky, but why not have a try!

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

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


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OK Let’s get started!

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


Stone Wall

Space Background

Lightning Texture

Step 1

Create a new document sized 860px * 1130px with black background. Create a new layer and use a soft, light-grey brush to paint a spot light from the centre of the canvas:

1 bg light

Load the model image into Photoshop, select the head portion and paste into our document, resize and position it to the centre as shown below:

1 paste

Step 2

Use a soft erase to remove/fade the edges around the face as shown below:

2 erase

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

Black and White

2 bw


2 lvs

Layer mask on this levels adjustment layer above:

2 lvs mask


2 curves

and here is the effect so far:

2 effect

Step 3

We can now add some roughness to the face with this stone texture. Let’s use the Lasso tool to draw a selection as shown below:

3 sel

Copy and paste the selection over to our image, put the layer above all previous layers and set it as a clipping mask to the model layer:

3 clipping mask

Change this layer blending mode to “Vivid Light” for this stone texture layer, with 70% opacity:

3 vivid light

Apply the following layer mask on this stone texture layer:

3 mask

and here is the effect so far:

3 effect

Step 4

We can add some cloud around the model with the cloud filter, or a cloud brush:

4 cloud

We can also warp the cloud to add some motions into the image:

4 warp

4 more warp

You can check out this video tutorial below (start from 5:15) to find out how to do a cloud warp:

We can now add some space background into our image. Load the space image into Photoshop and select a piece as shown below with a 40px feather Lasso Tool:

4 sel star

Copy and paste the selection over to our document, put the new layer below the model layer:

4 star paste

Duplicate this space layer once and apply the following Levels adjustment (Ctrl + L):

4 star lvs

Change the layer blending mode of this duplicated layer to “Screen”:

4 screen

Reduce the size of this duplicated space layer with free transform tool, and you will have the following effect:

4 effect

We want repeat the above process and add more space texture around the image, as shown below:

4 attach

Step 5

We will start make the orbs now. Let’s grab a white, solid brush and paint a dot as shown below:

5 paint

Then use a soft eraser with a slight larger size, do a few clicks to the part of the circle shown below:

5 erase

Then, use a soft white brush to paint a dot in the position shown below, and you will have the following effect:

5 dot

That’s it for the orb-making! Repeat this process and add a few more orbs as shown below:

5 dup

Step 6

We will add some electrified effect around the orb. Load the lightning image into Photoshop. Use the Lasso Tool with a 30 feather setting to select a portion as shown below:

6 sel

Copy and paste the selection over to our image, then apply the following image adjustments to it:

6 bw

6 lvs

Change the layer blending mode to “Vivid Light”:

6 vivid

Duplicate this lightning twice and attach them to the orbs, and here is the effect you will have:

6 attach

Step 7

We’re almost done! To add some colours to our image, add the following image adjustment layers:

Selective Color

7 reds

7 whites

7 neutrals

7 blacks


7 curves

Optionally, you can use a particle brush to paint some particles around image:

7 dots

I further added some shining lighting effect around the image, and here is the final effect: (click to enlarge)


Hope you enjoy this tutorial and find it useful. Drop me a comment below if you have any question.

Till next time, have a great day!


  • 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.

  • Show Comments

  • Deepu

    nice really actually awesome !!

  • Amr Abdden

    You’d better Make a Video instead of writing

  • aneesa93

    I totally agree, because following the steps is really hard.
    watching you doing it would be much better

  • Ross

    Really wanted to do this tutorial but i got stuck on step 2. when i added levels and curves etc it just didnt look the same, think you havent added all information

  • can i use the image in black and white? please email [email protected]