Create “Rage Planet” Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create “Rage Planet” photo manipulation in Photoshop. This tutorial is suitable for intermediate skill Photoshop users.

Along the way, we will use a rock stock image to create our planet, merge this planet with a human “rage” face, and finish the effect with fire effect.

This tutorial requires prior knowledge of layer masking, selection, brush & eraser tool.

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NOTE: THE PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL IS DONE IN PHOTOSHOP CC 2017 – 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)

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Let’s get started!

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

Space background

Rock

Model

Fire

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1440px * 800px with black background. Load the space background image into Photoshop, copy and paste the entire image onto our canvas as shown below:

Apply the following layer mask (using a big, soft eraser) onto the new space layer – this will fade some parts of the space layers:

Apply the following image adjustment layers to the space layer:

Black & White

Levels

and here is the effect so far:

Step 2

We will work on creating the planet in this step. Load the rock stock image into Photoshop and use the elliptical marquee tool (set feather to 10px) to make a circular selection as shown below:

Copy and paste the selection to our document, place it at the centre of canvas:

Apply the following image adjustment layers as clipping mask to this planet layer:

Black & White

Curves

Use a soft eraser, remove parts of the planet as shown below:

Group the above planet layers we created in step 2 into a folder. Make a duplicate of this layer folder and rotate it clockwise 90 degree, as shown below:

Paint some nebula effect with a cloud/smoke brush. This is my effect so far:

Step 3

Load the model image into Photoshop. This image contain 7 facial expression and I picked up the bottom-left one.

Use whatever you see fit to cut out the face, place it onto our document as shown below:

Make sure you tidy up the selection by clean up the edges of the face. So it blends into the rock planet.

After you tidy up the edges of the face selection, change the blend mode of this face layer to “Hard Light”:

Apply the following Black & White adjustment to this face layer:

and here is the effect so far:

Step 4

We will add some meteoroids by making small selections of rocks from the rock stock image, as shown below:

Scatter those small rocks around the canvas as shown below: (Make sure you rotate, re-size each of them to add variety to the image)

Step 5

We will add fiery effect to our image in this step. Use a soft brush to paint an orange light on a new layer:

Use the Warp tool to the warp this new fiery eye layer as shown below:

Paint a white dot on top of the above fiery eye layer:

Load the fire stock image into Photoshop, use the Lasso Tool with 20% feather to select this part of the fire:

Copy and paste the selection to our document, change the layer blend mode to “Screen”:

Attach the fire to the eye, as shown below:

Use the same method, select and add more fire around the canvas. Here is the effect so far:

I further added some colour to the image with the colour balance & selective colour adjustment layers, and this is my final result: (click to enlarge)

That’s it for this tutorial! Leave me a comment below if you have any questions. Enjoy it? Help me share it around by using the share buttons at the top of the tutorial!

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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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