Create “Dark Power Unleashed” Surreal Digital Art in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the processes of creating this “Dark Power Unleashed” Surreal Digital Art in Photoshop. We will start from a simple city image, and combine it with cloud, model and several other objects to form this surreal effect. Have a try!

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This is an intermediate level tutorial and some steps can be tricky.

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

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

dark-power-unleashed-art-flatten

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Note: If you have difficulty with Step 4, please check out this video tutorial below:

OK Let’s get started!

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

City

Cloud

Model

Rock

Debris Brush

Lightning

Crow

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1400px * 620px with black background. Load the city image into Photoshop and use the Rectangular Marquee tool to select the following city part of the image:

1 sele

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

1 resize

Use a soft eraser to fade the top of this city layer as shown below:

1 fade

Load the cloud image into Photoshop and select the top area containing the cloud, copy and paste it over to our document, re-size and position it as shown below:

1 cloud

We want to get rid of the street lamp. Use the Clone Stamp Tool with the following settings:

1 clone stamp

1 clone stamp settings

Hold down your Alt key and define a cloudy area:

1 define

Then use the brush to paint over the street lamp to remove it from our image:

1 remove street lamp

Use a soft eraser to fade the cloud edges as shown below:

1 erase cloud

Add the following adjustment layers on top of all previous layers:

Black and White

1 bw

Layer mask on this black and white layer:

1 bw mask

Levels

1 lvs

Curves

1 curves

And here is the effect so far:

1 effect

Step 2

Load the model image into Photoshop and select the model body:

2 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, re-size and position it int the centre:

2 paste

Use a soft eraser to remove the bottom area of the model as shown below:

2 erase

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

Black and white

2 bw

Levels

2 lvs

Layer mask on the levels adjustment layer:

2 lvs mask

We will add some hair for the image. To do this, use the Pen Tool draw a path as shown below:

2 pen path

Use a 3px black brush:

2 brush hair

and stroke this path as shown below:

2 stroke set

2 stroke

and you will have the following effect:

2 stroke effect

We will repeat this above process to add more hair, make sure you adjust the colour and size of the hair for best effect:

2 keep stroking

and here is the overall effect so far:

2 effect

Step 3

We will add some particles around canvas. Load the rock image into Photoshop and create a new layer on top of its background layer:

3 new layer

Use the debris brush you download:

3 debris brush

And paint some debris on the new layer:

3 paint

Ctrl+Left-click on the layer thumbnail to select this layer:

3 sel layer

Go back to the background layer while maintaining the selection:

3 sel background

Copy and paste the selection over to our document, re-size and scatter the debris around model:

3 paste

Also add some more debris on the left and right side of the image:

3 paste 2

3 paste 3

We can also add some subtle cloud effect down the bottom of the canvas with a cloud brush or the cloud filter:

3 cloud

Step 4

We will add the lightning effect to our image in this step. Load the lightning image into Photoshop and select the following portion with a 30px feather Lasso Tool:

4 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document and re-size and rotate it as shown below:

4 paste

Apply the following black and white filter to it:

4 bw

Then apply the levels adjustment to it:

4 lvs

Set the layer blending mode to this layer to “Screen”:

4 screen

And here is the effect you will have:

4 effect

Repeat the above step and add more lightning effect to the image:

4 effect 2

Step 5

We will add this crow image into the mix in this step. Load the image into Photoshop and select it:

5 sel

Copy and paste it over to our document and set its layer blending mode to “Multiply”:

5 mul

Re-size and position this layer to the location shown below:

5 paste

Add a few more crows to the image as shown below:

5 more crows

We can also utilise the black lines from the crow image and attach them to the model to form this effect as shown below:

5 lines

Step 6

We’re almost done! For final touches, we will flatten the image and duplicate the background layer, apply the following “Accented Edges” filter to this duplicated layer:

6 accent

Set the layer blending mode of this duplicated layer to “Pin Light”:

6 pin light

And you will see the edges is now highlighted:

6 highlights

Add the following Selective Color adjustment layer on top to add some colours to the image:

6 sel cyans

6 sel whites

6 sel neu

6 sel blacks

and here is my final effect: (click to enlarge)

dark-power-unleashed-art-flatten

That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy going through it and find it useful. Drop me a comment below if you have any question.

Till next time, have a great day!

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  • My name is James and I have been using Photoshop since version 5.0 (long time ago!). PSD Vault is my spare time hobby and I write majority of the Photoshop tutorials and articles here. I hope you enjoy my blog, and feel free to leave a comment or contact me if you have any questions.

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  • YASIR

    i like your work style . hopefully you will send me more concepts of digital designing

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  • Sammy Lane

    Very very cool.

  • Sammy Lane

    Same here.

  • Too much helpful tutorial.Thanks for the post.

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