Create Portal to Another Realm Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the process of creating this Portal to Another Realm Photo Manipulation in Photoshop. This is an intermediate level tutorial and some steps can be tricky. 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)

portal-to-another-realm-manip-flatten

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OK Let’s get started!

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

Forest

Boy

Gate

Nebula 1

Nebula 2

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1440px * 720px with black background. Load the Forest image into Photoshop and select a portion as shown below:

1 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, and use the Eraser Tool with a 40% flow, 100% opacity to remove some parts of the image, to create depth:

1 paste

Add the following Image Adjustment layers on top:

Black and White

1 bw

Hue and Saturation

1 hue

Levels

1 lvs

and here is the effect so far:

1 effec

Step 2

Load the Boy stock image into Photoshop and select the boy’s body, copy and paste into our document, re-size and place it shown below:

2 paste

Add the following adjustment layers as clipping masks to this boy’s layer:

Black and White

2 bw

Levels

2 lvs

And here is the effect so far:

2 effect

Make sure you paint some dark shadow with a soft brush on the ground where the boy is standing so it blends into the forest:

2 sha

Step 3

Load the Gate image into Photoshop. Select the entire image and copy + paste it onto our document, re-size and place this new layer in front of the boy (underneath the boy’s layer):

3 paste

Use a soft eraser to remove some parts of the image as shown below:

3 erase

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

Black and White

3 bw

Levels

3 lvs

and here is the effect so far:

3 effect

Step 4

We will add a pair of wings for the boy. Load the Nebula 1 image into Photoshop and select the following piece with the Lasso Tool (40px feather):

4 sel

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

4 warp

Hit Ctrl + L and apply the following levels adjustment:

4 lvs

Repeat the above process and add another wing, and there is the effect so far:

4 effect

Step 5

Load the Nebula 2 image into Photoshop and select the following area with a 40px feather Lasso Tool:

5 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, set its blending mode to “Lighter Color”:

5 light

Resize and duplicate this layer a few times, scatter them around the canvas as shown below:

5 paste

Use a particle brush, paint some particles around gate, as shown below:

5 particle

Paint some cloud with a cloud brush around gate as well:

5 cloud

Step 6

We want to add some flame inside the gate. Let’s go back to the forest layer, and use a eraser to remove the part inside the gate:

6 remove

Go to the Nebula 1 image and select the following piece:

6 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document and place this layer below the forest layer, put it behind the gate: (make sure you adjust the size of the layer to fit the gate)

6 effect

Step 7

We’re almost done! For final touches, we can flatten the image, and create a new layer on top, then use a big soft black brush to paint some darkness around canvas.

This will make the centre part of the image stand out:

7 darken

Add some fiery effect on top of the gate with the “Nebula 2” image. As you can see I warp the selection slightly:

7 paste

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

7 screen

We will apply some colour effect with the following adjustment layers:

Selective Color

7 reds

7 whites

7 neu

7 blacks

Colour Balance

7 col sha

7 mid

7 hig

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

portal-to-another-realm-manip-flatten

That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful. 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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