Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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Create Castle Under Siege from Dark Force Scene in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the process I used to create this castle under siege from dark force scene in Photoshop. This is an intermediate level difficulty tutorial and some steps can be tricky. Have a try!

Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in Photoshop CC – therefore some screenshot may have slighting different layout as in the earlier version. Some brushes are exclusive to Photoshop CS6 or above.

Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)

dark-castle-scene-flatten

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OK Let’s get started!

To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stocks:

Castle by nixie04

Dark Forest by venomxbaby

Cross in Graveyard by autumn-icestock

Male Model

Flame (1st one in search result)

Photoshop Light Brushes (Pick one set from the list)

Photoshop Cloud Brushes

Photoshop Crack Brushes

Photoshop Birds Brushes

Step 1

Create a new document sized 900px *1284px with black background. Paint some clouds with the cloud brush or cloud filter. The screenshot below outlines the elements I wish to place around the canvas, pay special attention to the cloud around each area:

1 sel

I added some extra cloud effect the with cloud brushes download to the top and bottom right of the canvas:

1 cloud

Step 2

We will work on the castle in the step. Load the castle stock image into Photoshop and select this portion of the castle as shown below:

2 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, place it on the left side and use a soft eraser to remove the unnecessary parts. Then use the crack brush you downloaded as eraser, add some cracks to the castle:

2 erase

This would create a break apart effect and make the castle looks like crumbling:

2 cracks

Apply the following image adjustment layers as clipping mask to this castle layer:

Black and White

2 bw

Levels

2 lvs

Curves

2 curves

Add some particles around the castle with a particle brush:

2 particles

 

Step 3

We will work on the ground texture in this step. Load the forest stock image into Photoshop and select the ground texture:

3 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, use the Free Transform tool to adjust the size and perspective of the ground texture:

3 pers

Use a soft eraser to fade the top edge of the ground texture, so it blends into the background and the castle:

3 erase

Apply the following image adjustment layer as clipping mask this ground layer:

Black and White

3 bw

Levels

3 lvs

And here is the effect so far:

3 effect

Step 4

Load the cross stock image into Photoshop and select the following one from the stock image:

4 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document and place it on the bottom right:

4 paste

Apply the following image adjustment layers to this cross layer:

Black and White

4 bw

Levels

4 lvs

Curves

4 curves

Use the crack brush as eraser to add some crack pattern on the cross:

4 cracks

Step 5

We will work on the model and turn him into a supernatural creature in this step.

Load the model image into Photoshop and select the model, copy and paste the selection to our document. Re-size and position the model above the cross. Use a soft eraser to remove the fore arm and apply the crack brush on the back:

5 paste

Here is a close-up view of the cracks on the model’s back:

5 cracks

Apply the following image adjustment layers as clipping masks to this model layer:

Black and White

5 bw

Levels

5 lvs

Curves

5 curves

Use the cloud filter and the Warp option in the free transform tool, add a cloudy wing to the back of the model:

5 warp

Check out this video Photoshop tutorial below for details about how to warp the cloud in Photoshop (start watching from 5:10):

Step 6

Load the flame stock image into Photoshop. Use the Lasso Tool (set feather to 40px), select the following portion of the fire:

6 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, set its layer blend mode to “Screen”:

6 screen

Place the flame around the model, as shown below, use a soft eraser to remove the indicated part:

6 paste

Use the same process, add some more flame around the castle:

6 more fire

 

Step 7

Use the birds brush to paint some flying birds into the following position, make sure you lower the brush opacity to around 40% so the birds are barely visible:

7 birds

Use a soft white brush, paint some subtle light in the gate of the castle:

7 paint light

Use the light brushes, add a ray of light coming out from the castle:

7 paint light 2

Add a Brightness and Contrast adjustment layer on the very top:

7 bc

and here is the overall effect:

7 effect

I further added some colours with the color balance adjustment layers, and this is my final result: (click to enlarge)

dark-castle-scene-flatten

That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful! If you have any questions about the steps, please contact me or leave a comment below. I will try my best to answer them.

Till next time, have a great day!

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2 Comments

  • PhotoRestoration
    PhotoRestoration

    Whilst the tutorial is well written in easy to follow the steps I am unable to “get” castle under siege from the final piece. Maybe others can see that but it does not gel well in my eyes. You’ll make a great teacher with such well written tutorials.!

  • Rodrigo Nunes
    Rodrigo Nunes

    Gostei da idéia, simples, porém genial.

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