Create “Fall of the Dinosaurs” Digital Art in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the process used to create this “Fall of the Dinosaurs” Digital Art in Photoshop. This is an intermediate level difficulty tutorial and can be a bit tricky to complete, but why not 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 or above.

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

fall-of-dinasours-flatten

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OK Let’s get started!

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

Landscape 1

Landscape 2

Dinosaur 1

Dinosaur 2

Planet

Flame

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1400px * 793px with black background. Load the landscape 1 stock image into Photoshop and select the following portion:

1 sel

Copy and paste the selection into our document and place it on the bottom of our canvas:

1 paste

Use a soft eraser to fade the top edge of the grass as shown below:

1 erase

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

Black and White

1 bw

Levels

1 lvs

and here is the effect so far:

1 effect

Step 2

Still on “landscape 1” image, select a portion of the sky:

2 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, use a big soft eraser to remove parts of the sky as shown below:

2 erase

Apply the following adjustment layer as clipping mask to this sky layer:

Black and White

2 bw

Levels

2 lvs

and here is the effect so far:

2 effect

Use a cloud brush, paint some cloud over the ground as shown below:

2 cloud

 

Step 3

Load the “landscape 2” image into Photoshop. Select the mountain of the right:

3 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, place it on the right of the document. Use a soft eraser to fade the edges so it blends with the rest of the image:

3 paste

Apply the following adjustment layer as clipping masks to this new mountain layer:

Black and White

3 bw

Levels

3 lv

and here is the effect so far:

3 effect

Repeat the above process, add another mountain region on the left of our canvas:

3 left

Paint some cloud effect around the newly added mountains:

3 paint cloud

Step 4

Load the “dinosaur 1” image into Photoshop. Move it onto our document:

4 dinasoour 1

Place the dinosaur on the following position:

4 paste

Apply the following image adjustments to this new dinosaur layer:

Black and White

4 bw

Levels

4 lvs

Load the “dinosaur 2” image into Photoshop, cut out the dinosaur from the rest of the image:

4 dina 2

Place it on the following position on our canvas:

4 paste 2

Apply the following image adjustments to this new dinosaur layer:

Black and White

4 bw w

Levels

4 lvs 2

and here is the effect so far:

4 effect

Add another same dinosaur on the following position:

4 effect 2

Paint some cloud around the dinosaur:

4 cloud

Step 5

Go back to the “landscape 2” image, select the lower mountain from that stock image:

5 sel

Copy and paste it onto our document, use a soft eraser to remove the following parts from the new layer to blend it with the rest of the image:

5 erase

Apply the following image adjustments to this mountain layer:

Black and White

5 bw

Levels

5 lvs

 

Step 6

Load the “Flame” stock image into Photoshop, select the lower portion of the image:

6 sel fire

Copy and paste the selection to our document, re-size and place it on top of the centre of the mountain. Change the blending mode of this new flame layer to “Screen”:

6 paste

Select some fire particles from the flame stock image:

6 sel 2

Copy and paste the fire particles onto our document, change the blending mode to “Screen” for the new fire particle layer, place it around the dinosaur:

6 color doge

I added more fire elements around the canvas:

6 effect

Step 7

Load the “Planet” stock into Photoshop. Copy and paste the image onto our document, place it at the centre of the canvas:

7 plant

Use a soft eraser, fade the edges of the planet:

7 erase

Apply the following adjustments to this planet:

Black and White

7 bw

and here is the effect so far:

7 effect

Step 8

We can add some simple meteor effect around the canvas. Paint a small white dot on the sky:

8 paint

Use a cloud brush to paint a tail as shown below – adjust the size and angel of it with free transform tool:

8 cloud

Repeat this process add more of this meteor effect around the cavnas:

8 2

Step 9

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

9 acce

Apply the following layer mask (shown in red colour) on the duplicate layer:

9 mask

and here is the effect so far:

9 effect

I further added some colours with a couple of colour balance adjustment layers, and this is my final effect: (click to enlarge)

fall-of-dinasours-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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  • 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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