Seriously. Ever since I was introduced to it in my high school web design class I've been addicted to it. New features are always being added and I do my best to keep up with them but the filters and effects I use have changed very little since 2002. I was able to make this little masterpiece in about 5 minutes and had a ton of fun doing it.
Now, we just make sure the mask is applied to the original image and that the gloomy sky is on the layer below so it filters through.
Uh oh... now you're really fucked! I like what we have here but that was too easy. I'm never satisfied until it's got that little signature effect that sets it apart from everything else.
|Fucking lightning, bitch.|
Mmm... cloud-to-cloud lightning, perfect for a blowout. Let's put it between the original shot and the mask so it will show up on the background without overlapping the foreground. Apply the Dodge filter so you still get the gloomy sky in the background and some nice lighting effects on the clouds, move it around a bit and...
That'll do. If you feel really ballsy, you could add some nice shaking effects, maybe some more lighting in the sky, some explosions, lens blur, etc - but that will take a lot more tampering. Always remember the acronym KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid. Now fucking run!
|BLOWOUT! (click for full-screen badassery)|