Create “Escape from Hell” Digital Art in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, I will show you the process of creating this “Escape from Hell” Digital Art in Photoshop. We will use a male model stock image and turn him into a fiery-winged angelic figure. We will combine a few images and form a hell environment. Have a try!

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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.

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:




Angel Wing


Step 1

Create a new document sized 820px Width * 937px Height with black background. Load the Ground stock image into Photoshop. Select a portion of the ground stock as shown below:

1 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, use the Free Transform Tool to set the following perspective:

1 persp

Fade the top edge with a big soft eraser:

1 fade

Step 2

We will use the Cloud stock image in this step. Select the following portion of the image as shown below:

2 sel

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

2 paste

Use a soft eraser to fade the bottom edge of the cloud, so it blends into the ground:

2 erase

Add the following adjustment layers as clipping masks to the cloud layer:

Black and White

2 bw


2 lvs

Color Balance

2 col sha

2 col hig

2 col mid

and here is the effect so far:

2 effect

Step 3

We will add some creepy burning hands reaching out from the ground. Load the Hands stock image (use this one below) into Photoshop and select the hand:

3 hand sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document. Re-size and rotate it, place the hand above the ground as shown below:

3 rotate

Apply the following Levels adjustment to this hand layer:

3 lvs

And here is the hand after the levels adjustment:

3 effect

To make it look more realistic, we can use the Clone Stamp tool to clone some cracks and place the crack under the hand:

3 clone

Here is the setting for the Clone Stamp tool:

3 clone stamp

3 crack

Load the Fire stock image into Photoshop and select a portion of the fire (with the Lasso Tool):

3 fire

Copy and paste the selection of fire to our document, re-size the fire layer to around the size of the hand. Change the layer blending mode to “Screen” for this fire layer:

3 screen

Use a soft eraser to fade the edges of the fire:

3 erase

Repeat this process above, and add more burning hands as shown below:

3 effect 2

Step 4

Load the model image into Photoshop and cut of the model. Paste it to the centre of the our document, re-size it to fit the size of our canvas:

4 model

Fade parts of the model’s body as shown below with a soft eraser tool:

4 erase

Load the Angel wing into Photoshop and select the wing:

4 sel wing

Add the wing to left and right of the model, make sure they differ in size:

4 attach wing

Add the following Color Balance adjustments respectively to the left and right wing:

4 col mid

4 col hig

and here is the effect so far:

4 effect

Step 5

We will add some fire to the wings. Go back to the fire stock image and select a big portion of the fire:

5 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document. Use the “Screen” blend mode for this new fire layer:

5 screen

Re-size and move the fire to the wing, rotate the fire a bit to fit the angel of the wing:

5 paste fire

Use the same method, keep adding more fire to the wings as shown below”

5 fire cont

5 fire left

Step 6

We will add some flying fiery particles to our image. Go back to the fire stock image and select the bottom part of the fire:

6 sel fire

Copy and paste the selection to our document and set the blending mode to “Screen”. Add the particles to the top of the canvas as shown below. You will need to use free transform tool to adjust the size of those particles:

6 paste particle

6 smoke

We can also can more fire texture on the top as shown below:

6 fire top

Step 7

We’re almost done! For final touches, we can flatten the image and duplicate the background layer, use the “Accented Edge” filter as shown below:

7 accented edge

Change the blending mode of this duplicated layer to “Hard Light”:

7 hard light

This is the layer mask I used on the Accented Edge layer:

7 oil paint mask

This is the final effect I have for this tutorial with some further colour adjustment:


That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful. Till next time, have a great day!


  • 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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