Photo Manipulation of a Warrior in Battle in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to make this Photo Manipulation of a Warrior in Battle in Photoshop. This is a intermediate level difficulty tutorial and can be a bit tricky to complete, but why not have a try!

This photo manipulation is inspired by the “Destiny” Game Box Art.

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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)

dark-warrior-battle-effect-flatten

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OK Let’s get started!

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

Rock Stock 1

Rock Stock 2

Warrior by mjranum-stock

Building

Wolf

Fire

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1440px * 867px with black background. Load the “Rock Stock 1” image into Photoshop and select the following portion – we will use this to form the ground of our manipulation:

1 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, re-size it and use a soft eraser to fade the edges of the rock, as shown below:

1 erase

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

Black and White

1 bw

Levels

1 lvs

and here is the effect so far:

1 effect

Use a cloud brush or the cloud filter, add some cloud effect around canvas, particularly in the area where the warrior and the building will be placed:

1 cloud

Step 2

Load the warrior image into Photoshop and cut out the warrior, place it into the centre position of our canvas:

2 paste

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

Black and White

2 bw

On the above black and white’s layer mask, reveal the following area of the model (this is in preparation of adding fire to the model in later step):

2 bw mask

Levels

2 lvs

Layer mask on the above levels adjustment layer:

2 lvs mask

Use a soft round brush and the Warp tool, create a curved highlight over the axe:

2 light

and here is the effect so far:

2 effect

Step 3

Load the building stock image into Photoshop, select the following portion from the stock:

3 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, place it on the left side of warrior as shown below:

3 paste

I use a number of Crack Brushes to create this broken/cracked wall effect on the building:

3 cracks

Apply the following adjustment layers as clipping masks on top of the building layer:

Black and White

3 bw

Levels

3 lvs

Curves

3 curves

and here is the effect so far:

3 effect

Group all these layers linked to the building into a layer folder. Duplicate this layer group, and select the dupcliated layer group and press Ctrl + T, choose “Flip Horizontal”:

3 flip

Move this duplicated layer group to the right side of the canvas as shown below:

3 right

Use a soft eraser, remove part of the building on the right to make it look different to the one on the left:

3 erase right

 

Step 4

Load the “Rock Stock 2” image into Photoshop and select the tip of the rock:

4 sel

Place your selection into Photoshop and use the free transform tool to rotate it, and use a soft eraser to fade its edge and blend it with the ground and the building:

4 paste

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

Black and White

4 bw

Levels

4 lvs

Layer mask on the levels adjustment layer:

4 lvs mask

Group all layers related to the rocks together, duplicate this group and flip it horizontally. Move it to the right side:

4 dup

Step 5

We will give the warrior a wolf companion. Load the wolf stock image into Photoshop, copy it out and place it onto the left rock:

5 wolf

Apply the following adjustment layer as clipping mask to the Wolf layer:

Black and White

5 bw

Levels

5 lvs

and here is the effect so far:

5 effect

Step 6

Load the fire stock into Photoshop and select the following area:

6 sel

Attach the selection to the model’s body and axe – use the free transform tool to adjust the shape of the fire:

6 attach

Attach another piece of the fire to the building on the right and make it look like it’s erupting from the window:

6 attach 2

Step 7

I decided to add some flying particles around the canvas. Use a particle brush to paint some particles as shown below:

7 part

Use the Motion Blur filter with the following setting on this particle you just painted:

7 mo blur

And here is the effect you will have:

7 blur effect

Repeat this above process and add more particle around the canvas:

7 effect

Step 8

In this last step, I decided to give the photo manipulation a “Rusty” effect. I flattened the layers, and duplicated the background layer, applied the following “Accented Edges” filter to the duplicated layer:

8 brush storkes

I added the following layer mask to the duplicated layer to hide the accented edge filter effect in some area:

8 mask

and this is the effect so far:

8 effect

I further applied a few adjustment layers to add colours for our design, here this is my end result: (click to enlarge)

dark-warrior-battle-effect-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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