While recently browsing the bookstore, my eyes were drawn to the cover of a book titled The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau. The cover features a dramatic electrical storm scene with a frightened boy contained within the billowing skirt silhouette of a mysterious girl. Seeing that cover made me want to both read the book and figure out how the cover was created.

In today’s Photoshop Workbench tutorial, we’ll blend a variety of images to re-create the striking cover. As we do, we’ll learn how to fashion free and loose selections using the Refine Mask dialog’s Radius slider, how to use multiple masks to our advantage, how to add unique color toning, and how to put a free custom lightning brush to use.

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About The Author

Adobe Photoshop Luminary

Mark S. Johnson is an Adobe Photoshop luminary, a photographer, an author, and one of the most passionate instructors you will ever encounter. Through the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, The Radiant Vista, and Boulder Digital Arts, he has lectured in front of and worked side-by-side with countless individuals, including Adobe’s Chief Executive Officers, Jane Goodall, the U.S. Ambassador to Finland, and Academy Award winning director, Louie Psihoyos. Mark’s tutorials appear regularly on the KelbyOne and Planet Photoshop websites, and his imagery and articles have been featured in Photoshop User, Photo Techniques, Nature’s Best, and After Capture magazines. He is a contributor to Dewitt Jones’ heartwarming Healing Images campaign and a Trey Ratcliff Flatbooks author.