Step 3
Once you’ve made the selection, right-click (Ctrl + click) on the layer and rasterize it (Layer > Rasterize), then select it using the Magic Wand. With the selection active, click on the original layer with the woman cutout, and paste the selection of the model onto the background image. Position the model; you may need to scale her up or down slightly (Edit > Transform > Scale).

Step 4
Rename the layer with the model shot ‘summer model’, then add a layer mask (Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All). Now grab the Brush tool (B) and select a leaf brush from the default library settings (click on the brush icon in the top bar, then on the triangle in a circle to bring up a menu. Select Presets, then select Brushes from the Preset Type drop-down menu). Select a leaf brush, and the following settings: diameter – 90 pixels; opacity – 100%; Flow – 100%. In the Brush Presets menu, ensure that Shape Dynamics and Smoothing are both ticked, set the Size Jitter to 50% and Roundness Jitter to 50%, and select Pen Pressure from the Control dropdown menu. Vary the diameter of the brush between 30 and 90 pixels to vary the pattern.

Step 5
To add more depth, we’re going to give the impression parts of the model’s headdress are breaking away in the distance, by painting in the layer mask area using the leaf brush. Make random single strokes cutting away parts of the headdress to the left of the model; use the screenshot for reference. Remember to click on the layer mask symbol so that it’s active and set the colour of the mask brush to black so that strokes are clearly visible in the layer mask.

Step 6
Next, duplicate the background layer and add a Gaussian blur: select Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and enter a radius value of 35.4 pixels. Add a layer mask (Layer > Layer mask > Reveal All) and using a large soft brush (200-300 pixels diameter, varying the opacity between 20% and 40%) paint into the active mask area using a black brush. I’ve highlighted a rough guide in this screenshot to show the areas that should be left white using the Lasso tool (L).

Step 7
It’s time to add some more brush effects: select a large, soft, dark red brush, then double-click on the foreground colour swatch at the bottom of the tools palette and enter the value #53080d in the colour picker. Now change the brush diameter to around 300 pixels with 20% opacity, and make some random marks behind the left side of the model where the headdress is breaking away. Next, add a Gaussian blur (see step 5) with a radius of 8.9 pixels, with the blending mode set to Overlay.