Create “Fury Unleashed” Digital Art in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create this “Fury Unleashed” digital art in Photoshop. We will combine several objects such as tree roots, cracked ground and fire with a model, as well as to use some photo manipulation techniques to form the final effect.

 

This is a beginner to intermediate level tutorial.

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)

tree-root-man-flatten

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OK Let’s get started!

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

Cracked Ground

Model

Tree Root Stock 1

Tree Root Stock 2

Tree Root Stock 3

Ring of Fire Stock

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1440px * 788px with black background. Load the cracked ground stock image into Photoshop and select a portion of the ground texture as shown below:

1 sel

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

1 persp

Use a big soft eraser, remove parts of the ground as shown below:

1 erase

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

Black and White

1 bw

Layer mask on the above black and white adjustment layer:

1 bw mask

Levels

1 lvs

Curves

1 curves

and here is the effect so far:

1 effect

Step 2

We will add the model in this step. Load the model image into Photoshop and cut out of body portion from the stock, copy and paste it over to our document and re-size it as shown below:

2 mod

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

Black and White

2 bw

Layer mask on the above black and white adjustment layer (in red):

2 bw mask

Levels

2 lvs

Layer mask on the above levels adjustment layer (in red):

2 lv mask

and here is the effect so far:

2 effect

Step 3

We will add some tree root patterns around the legs of the model. Load the tree root stock 1 image into Photoshop and select the following portion:

3 sel

Copy and paste the selection over to our document, re-size and cover the left leg as shown below. Use a soft eraser to tidy up the edges of the roots:

3 erase

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

Black and White

3 bw

Levels

3 lvs

Curves

3 curves

and here is the effect so far:

3 effect

Load the tree root stock 2 image into Photoshop. Select the left portion and paste it over to our document, re-size and place it the following position:

3 root 2

Add the following adjustment layer as clipping masks to this tree root layer:

Black and White

3 root 2 bw

Levels

3 root 2 lvs

Curves

3 root 2 curves

and here is the effect so far:

3 effect 2

Step 4

Load the tree root stock 3 image into Photoshop and select the following portion on the left side of the image:

4 sel

Copy and paste the selection over to our image and place it over the lower body area as shown below:

4 paste

Add the following adjustment layer to this new root layer:

Black and White

4 bw

Levels

4 lvs

and here is the effect so far:

4 effect

Repeat the above process, and add another piece of root below it:

4 effect 2

Step 5

We can add a ring of fire from the fire stock image into our design. Load the fire stock into Photoshop and select the fire, copy and past it over the document. Place the fire layer below the model layer:

5 fire

We can apply the following black and white adjustment settings to this fire layer:

5 bw

and here is the effect so far:

5 effect

Step 6

Add some particles and clouds with a particle and cloud brush – you should be able to find lots of those over the web:

6 particle

Optionally, you can add some additional fire patterns into the design, by going back to the fire stock and select a few more pieces from it:

6 fire stripe

Step 7

We’re almost done! For final touch-ups, we can apply the following selective color adjustment layer to add some colour/mood to this image:

7 sel red

7 sel whites

7 sel neu

7 sel black

and here is the effect so far:

7 effect

We can also add some fire colour into the image with the following colour balance adjustment layer:

7 col high

7 col sha

7 col mid

Make sure you mask out the left, right, bottom parts of this above colour balance adjustment layer, so the red only remain in the centre and top parts of the image.

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

tree-root-man-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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