Moonstar Angel

Moonstar Angel


A few months ago I came across a site called The Graphics Fairy where you could download free images to use in your digital artwork.. whilst browsing I found this wonderful angel on a crescent moon… and just loved the colours used in the image, so I based my entire composition on those colours.

Here are the steps I used to create the above image.

  • Opened a 3000 x 2000 px white background in Photoshop.
  • Using the gradient tool I selected the foreground colour as the duckegg blue and the background colour as the cream in the moon and added a gradient to my white background… from bottom to top.
  • Added Galaxy Transparent background to that image.
  • Then added a text layer, lowered the opacity of the text layer to 18%
  • I then added the stars background
  • Next I duplicated the Stars Background
  • I then added the Moon angel as I wanted her wings to be in front of the stars.
  • Returning to my stars duplicated layer I added clipping masks for Levels, Vibrance and Hue-Saturation until I got the gold stars to a similar colour of the angel wings.
  • Next I merged all visible layers and added a dodge and burn layer to throw some highlights onto her skin and to brighten her eyes and the highlights of the stars
  • I deepened the shadows on some of the darker areas
  • Finally I added a vignette before saving and importing into Lightroom
  • Once the image was back in Lightroom I added a darker vignette, brightened her eyes more and did some more dodging and burning… I also added a grain to the image

Happy New Year everyone xx


Written by Bren (Ryan-Photography)

Bren Ryan is a female amateur photographer and blogger who along with her husband, Ashley, have created a photography blog called Ryan Photography which showcases the places they've visited on their photography journey. Bren and Ashley primarily concentrate their photographic skills on landscape, architecture and floral subjects. Based in the South East of England they hope to give their readers an insight into the wonderful and beautiful landscapes, buildings and places that the South of England has to offer.

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