Create Wizard Summoning Lightning Magic Scene in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how I create a Wizard Summoning Lightning Magic Scene in Photoshop. We will construction a surreal landscape with a few stock images (castle, mountain, etc) first, then add the lightning effect with custom brushes.

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This is an intermediate level tutorial and prior knowledge of Photoshop layers, image adjustments, layer masks are required.

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)

wizard-lightning-magic

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OK Let’s get started!

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

Rock ground image (use “Image 3” on the page)

Rock mountain image (use “Image 1” on the page)

Castle

Stair by Michael-Rayne

Wizard by AilinStock

Lightning Brushes

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1400px * 765px with black background. Load the rock ground image into Photoshop and select the following portion:

1-sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, use the Perspective option in Free Transform tool to add some perspectives to form the ground:

1-persp

Fade the following parts of the ground with a soft eraser:

1-erase

Apply the following black and white adjustment to this ground layer:

1-bw

and here is the effect so far:

1-effect

Step 2

Load the rock mountain image into Photoshop and select the following portion:

2-sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, place it to the right side of the canvas as shown below:

2-paste

Apply the following adjustment layers to this rock layer:

Black and White

2-bw

Levels

2-lvs

and here is the effect so far:

2-effect

Repeat the above process and add another rock to the right side of the canvas:

2-more

Step 3

Load the castle stock image into Photoshop and select the castle:

3-sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, place it in the middle of the canvas as shown below:

3-place

Apply the following adjustment layers as clipping masks to this castle layer:

Black and White

3-bw

Levels

3-lvs

and here is the effect so far:

3-effect

 

Step 4

Load the stair stock into Photoshop and select the stone stair from the image:

4-stair

Copy and paste the selection to our document, re-size and place it to the following position:

4-place

Use a soft eraser to fade the edges of the stair to blend it with the surrounding objects.

Step 5

Load the wizard image into Photoshop and select the wizard:

5-sel

Place it to the following position on our document:

5-paste

Use the lightning brush, add a bolt of lightning to the wizard:

5-lightning

Use a cloud brush, paint some cloud/smoke effect around the document:

5-cloud

Step 6

We will create some floating stones with lightning energy around the canvas. Go to the rock mountain image and select a piece of it:

6-sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, reduce its size:

6-rock

Use a cyan colour brush, paint some lightning effect below the rock with the lightning brush:

6-paint

Repeat the above process and add more floating stones around the canvas:

6-more

Use a red lightning brush, paint some lightning pattern over the mountain to form a “Lava Flowing” effect:

6-red

6-red-2

Add some lightning over the sky as well:

6-light

Step 7

We’re almost done! I decided to apply some brush strokes filter effect to the image. Flatten the image and duplicate the background layer, apply the following “Accented Edges” filter to the duplicated layer:

7-accent

Apply the following layer mask (red) on the duplicated layer:

7-mask

I further added some colour to the image with a couple of adjustment layers, and this is my final result: (click to enlarge)

wizard-lightning-magic

Please experiment your own colour scheme and the adjustment layers, and see what result different colour brings you.

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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  • Hi James, your post is very easy to understand. You made it very easy. And your final picture looks exactly a wizard’s world. Thanks buddy!

  • Thanks James for this great post. I am a newbies in Photoshop but I understand your every steps clearly and get the same looks after practicing this tutorial.

  • Another great tutorial. I am also a creative designer and I often make image manipulation just for my self pleasant. Now I have one more idea and I will defiantly try this out.

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