Here is your base image of Richard Armitage from a 2007 photoshoot:
Here is your graphic:
To start things off, I played the recommended song: “Iron” by Woodkid. If this video is blocked in your country, I strongly urge you to seek out another source. Once you watch and listen to it, you’ll realize why! It’s incredible.
I didn’t need to cut out the image so I placed it over a gray layer to match the background color. Of course there was lots of space to fill so I found another wet Richard Armitage picture from the same photoshoot:
I converted this new image to black and white and placed it on the the opposite end of the graphic. I thought of the caption early on and wrote “Richard Armitage takes the imagination by storm” in the Perpetua, RegencyScriptFLF and Nervous fonts. To distort the word “STORM,” I rasterized it (turned it into an object) and used the Filter > Distort > Wave command. The raindrops were created by following this video tutorial: Rain Drops.
The subtle beams radiating from the center were created with the Registration Target 2 custom shape tool.
The above “beam” layer was set to the Soft Light blend mode and the opacity was reduced.
Then I added a cloud layer.
This storm cloud layer was set to the Luminosity blend mode and again, the opacity was lowered.
The last thing I did was to rotate the second Richard Armitage image to make him look a bit other-worldly and off-balance.
If I stare at that “beam” layer and then close my eyes, I can see its negative, LOL!
After finishing the graphic, I tried something else. I found an ocean wave picture and placed it on a layer above the base image and set its blend mode to Lighten. This is the result:
I want to do some more experimentation in the future with this effect as it looks pretty cool, but I ran out of time to explore it further.
If you were caught in a storm away from civilization, which Richard Armitage character would you choose to be with?