Design “Lady Holding a Fire Orb” Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps to”Lady Holding a Fire Orb” Photo Manipulation in Photoshop. We will mainly explore some interesting methods of applying texture, selection techniques, as well as layer blending options.

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This is an intermediate level tutorial so some steps can be tricky, but why not have a try!

Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in CS6 – 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:

Model – by faestock



Step 1

Create a new document sized 1290px * 720px with white background. Create a new layer and use the Gradient Fill tool to fill the new layer as shown below (set the Gradient Tool to “Radial Gradient” at its option bar):

1 grad

Step 2

We will add the model onto our document. Load the model image into Photoshop and select the model:

2 sel

Copy and paste the selection onto our document, resize and place it in the centre of the canvas:

2 paste

Add the following image adjustment layers as clipping mask for this model layer:

Black and white

2 bw


2 lvs

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

2 lv mask


2 curves

Gradient Map

2 grad

Layer mask on the above Gradient Map adjustment layer:

2 grd map mask

and you will have the following effect so far:

2 effect

Step 3

We will add some rock texture onto our image. Load the rock texture into Photoshop and select a piece of the rock with the Quick Selection tool, as shown below:

3 sel

Copy and paste the selection onto our document, use the Free Transform tool distort and resize it. Then duplicate this layer once, and repeat this re-size process.

The goal is to form the texture into the following “Wing” shape:

3 paste

Optional step: you can use a soft eraser to remove some parts of rock texture, to give it a bit more depth:

3 erase

Merge those two rock layers together, then add the following image adjustment layer on top:

Black and White

3 bw


3 lvs

Layer mask on this above levels adjustment layer:

3 lvs mask

Gradient Map

3 grad map

Layer mask on the above Gradient Map layer:

3 grad map mask

and here is the effect so far:

3 effect

Step 4

We will further add some extra rock patterns to our image. Grad one more piece of rock texture from the stock image, and this time we will manipulate the texture so it forms a sharp angle as shown below, with the Free Transform Tool:

4 disto

Apply the following Black and White adjustment to this layer:

4 bw

Then duplicate this layer a few times – rotate, resize and attach them to the model as shown below:

4 attach

Step 5

Noticed the lady is holding on crystal orb? We will add some fire to it. Load the fire stock image into Photoshop and select a piece as shown below:

5 fire

Copy and paste the selection over to the orb, set the blending mode to “Pin Light”:

5 pin light

And here is the effect you will have:

5 overlay

Step 6

We’re almost done! For some final touchups, I added some particle effect around the model:

6 part 2

6 part

Use the soft brush to paint some shadow under the model:

6 shad

Add a Gradient Map adjustment layer to add some color to the image, withe the following settings:

6 grad map

Layer mask on this Gradient Map layer:

6 layer mask

and here is the effect so far:

6 effect

I further adjusted the contrast slightly, and this is my final result: (click to enlarge)


Hope you enjoy this tutorial and find it useful. Drop me a comment below if you have any question.

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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