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In this tutorial, you will learn how to create dark summoner photo effect in Photoshop. This interesting photo effect looks good, and is relatively easy to make. You can use techniques in this tutorial for posters, book art, games and more!

The scene is set in a dark forest environment, where the summoner performs her dark magic.

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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




Lightning Brushes

Smoke Brushes

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1340px * 728px with black background, use any cloud Photoshop brushes or fog Photoshop brush or the cloud

Load the forest stock image into Photoshop, place it onto our background:

Use a big soft erase, fade the following portion of the forest:

Apply the following adjustment layers onto this forest layer:

Black and White


Layer mask on the above levels adjustment layer:


Layer mask on the above curves adjustment layer:

And this is the effect so far:

Step 2

Load the model stock image into Photoshop, cut out the model and place it at the centre of the canvas:

Use a soft eraser to fade the edge of the robe as shown below:

Apply the following image adjustment layer as clipping masks to this model layer:

Black and White



Use a soft, red brush to paint around the eyes of the model:

Use the smoke brush set to paint some smoke effect to the hands:

Step 3

Load the skull stock png file into Photoshop, simply select the entire document and copy it onto our document:

Desaturate the photo with Ctrl + Shift + U, then move the skull to the smoke area as shown below:

Step 4

Load the rock stock image into Photoshop. We will use this to make some flying rock effect around the model.

Select any piece of small rock from the stock image:

Copy and paste the selection onto our document, use the burn tool to darken the bottom part of the rock:

Use the smoke brush to paint some smoke effect at the bottom of the rock:

Repeat this process, add a few rocks flying around the model:

Step 5

We’re onto the final touches of this dark summoner photo effect! Use a soft, dark brush, paint some shadow underneath of the model:

Use a particle brush, paint some red dusts around the model:

Use the lightning brush, paint some lightning effect around the canvas:

I added some colour effect around the forest, and this is the final result I have: (click to enlarge)

That’s it for this tutorial. Hope you enjoy making this dark summoner photo effect in Photoshop! If you have any questions for this tutorial, please let me a comment below and I will try my best to answer it.

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