The Creation of “Stone Eagle” Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps to create this “Stone Eagle” Photo Manipulation in Photoshop. We will cover the application of textures and the blending of different objects. We will also go through a number of selection tricks and image adjustments.

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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:

Eagle (Registration required)

Rock (Stone)

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1000px * 1000px with black background. Use a light grey brush to paint a spot light in the centre:

1 light

Load the stone image into Photoshop, select a piece from it as shown below:

1 sel

Copy and paste the selection over to our document, set the new layer’s opacity to 60%, and use a soft eraser to fade the following areas as shown below:

1 erase

De-saturate this layer, then add the following 2 adjustment layers on top:


1 lvs


1 curves

and here is the effect so far:

1 effect

Step 2

Now load the eagle image into Photoshop and cut the eagle out:

2 eagle

Paste it onto our document, and use a soft eraser to fade the following parts for the eagle:

2 erase

Sharpen the eagle layer by applying the following Unsharp Mask filter twice:

2 unsh

Add the following adjustment layers as clipping mask to this eagle layer:

Black and White

2 bw


2 lvs


2 curves

and here is the effect so far:

2 effect

Step 3

We will now add the stone texture onto the eagle. Firstly load the selection of the eagle layout:

3 sel

Drag the selection over to the stone image, and select a piece as shown below:

3 move

Copy and paste the selection over and cover the eagle as shown below:

3 paste

Set the layer blending mode to “Hard Light” for this new stone layer, and mask out the following area:

3 hard light

Then, duplicate this stone layer and move them to different part of the canvas, as shown below:

3 dup

3 dup 2

and here is the effect so far:

3 effect

Step 4

We want to add some flying stone pieces around the eagle to add some dynamics into the image. So select a small piece from the stone texture as shown below:

4 sel

Copy and paste the selection over, and resize it as shown below:

4 paste

Apply the following image adjustments:

Black and White

4 bw


4 lvs

Apply a slight motion blur to the stone as shown below:

4 mo blur

Duplicate this layer a couple of times, and move them to different positions as shown below:

4 attach

Step 5

We will add some final touches to the image to spice up the effect a little! We will use the brush tool to make this happen.

Firstly use a solid brush to draw a dot as shown below:

5 paint

Use the liquify filter to warp this dot as shown below:

5 liqui

This will form some liquid effect as shown below:

5 dup

Use a soft brush to paint a dot on a new layer, then warp it as shown below:

5 warp set

This will form some lighting effect as shown below:

5 effect 2

I finally added some colour and cloud effect around the eagle, and this is the final effect I have: (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.

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