I added the Alpha Legion badge to the Marine's left shoulder pad. They have asked me how I did it, and it is a wee bit hard to explain (but actually a simple procedure), so I'm just going to write this tutorial instead. Enjoy!
First, cut out your preferred symbol with whichever method you like to use. And open up the image of the marine you'll be applying it to.
Next, position your symbol so that some of it is off the shoulder pad. You may do this using the Edit > Transform or Ctrl+T functions.
Add a layer mask to your symbol layer:
Now, using a Soft Brush reset your color palette to default colors by hitting D then hit X to make Black your foreground color and White your background color in your palette. With short strokes, remove any part of the badge that sticks out past the shoulder pad. If you take off too much, hit X to switch to White and just go over where you cut off too much. Aren't Layer Masks wonderful??
In your layer palette, adjust the overall Opacity to 52% (you may have to play with this depending on your image and/or badge).
And that is it! I told you it would be simple. If you want it to look more realistic, you can use your Burn and Dodge tools to give it some highlights, but we'll cover that another day:
Thanks! C/C Welcome!
Edited by The Angelus Sanctus, 13 July 2009 - 12:59 PM.