Create a Urban Assassin Scene in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I used to create this “Urban Assassin” scene in Photoshop. We will combine a model image with several other objects such as street, building, dragon, and finish up with smoke/cloud overlay. Also will be adding some blood effect with relevant splatter brushes.

This is an intermediate level tutorial and prior knowledge of layers, image adjustments, masks are required.

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)

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OK Let’s get started!

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

Model by KaylaDavion

City by Random-Acts-Stock

Dragon by Selficide-Stock

Mechete by slappy138

Cloud brushes

Splatter brushes (Pick any one you like)

Step 1

Create a new document sized 960px * 1200px with black background. Load the model image into Photoshop and select the model on the left:

1-sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, re-size and place it to the position shown below:

1-paste

Apply the following adjustment layers as clipping masks to the model:

Black & White

1-bw

Layer mask for the above black and white adjustment layer:

1-bw-mask

Levels

1-lvs

Layer mask for the above levels adjustment layer:

1-lvs-mask

Curves

1-curves

and here is the effect so far:

1-effect

Step 2

Load the building image into Photoshop and select the street:

2-sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, place it below the model layer and use a soft eraser to fade the edges as shown below. Also slightly rotate this street layer clockwise:

2-paste

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

Black & White

2-bw

Levels

2-lvs

Step 3

Go the same building image, select this part of the building show below:

3-sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document and again place it below the model layer. Resize and place it to the position shown below. Rotate it to the same angle as the street.

Use the cloud brush you downloaded as eraser, erase parts of the building as arrows indicated:

3-erase

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

Black & White

3-bw

Levels

3-lvs

and here is the effect so far:

3-effect

Step 4

Go the building image again and select the pub portion of the image:

4-sel

Place it on the right side of the model as shown below. Also rotate it to the same angle as the street:

4-paste

Apply the following adjustment layers as clipping masks to this layer

Black & White

4-bw

Levels

4-lvs

and here is the effect so far:

4-effect

Use the cloud brush or the cloud filter, add some cloud/smoke effect around the canvas:

4-cloud

Step 5

Load the dragon image into Photoshop and select the whole image:

5-dragon

Copy and paste the selection to our document, re-size and place it on the right of the model:

5-paste

Add one more dragon to the top on the model as shown below:

5-paste-2

Step 6

Load the machete image into Photoshop and select it:

6-sel

Copy and paste the selection to our canvas, resize and place it to the position shown below. Apply the following Motion Blur filter to add some motion to it.

6-mo-b

Add a few flying machetes to the image. Adjust their sizes and also apply relevant motion blur to them:

Hint: Use Ctrl + F to apply motion blur repeatedly to fine-tune its effect

6-scatter

Step 7

We will add some extra cloud and blood effect to the image. Use the cloud brush to paint some cloud around the arms:

7-cloud

Use a red splatter brush, paint some random blood over the body and the machete:

7-blood

Make sure the layer blend mode of the blood layer is set to “Overlay”:

7-b-over

Optionally, we can also add some smoke traces around the body using a Fractal Brush:

7-more-cloud

7-more-cloud-2

and here is the effect so far:

7-effect

Step 8

In this final step, I decided to add a brush stroke filter to this building on the top left.

I flattened the image and duplicated the background layer. I then made a selection of the building, and chose the “Ink Outlines” filter as shown below:

8-ink-outline

Apply this above filter to the building, reduce the layer opacity of the duplicated layer to around 55%, and here is the effect:

8-after-ink

I further applied some colours to the image using a couple of colour balance adjustment layer, and here is my final effect: (click to enlarge)

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Please feel free to experiment your own colour scheme, and see what results they bring you.

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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