The Creation of “Doom Bringer” Fantasy Digital Art in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps to create this “Doom Bringer” Fantasy Digital Art in Photoshop. Along the way, we will practice cloud rendering, some simple photo retouch techniques, image adjustments, and a few tricks on how to seamless merge several objects together.

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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:

Cloud Brush





Step 1

Create a new document sized 1400px * 740px with black background. Create a new layer and use a big soft brush, paint a white circle in the centre of the canvas as shown below:

1 paint

Select the eraser tool, pick a cloud brush from the pack you downloaded and use it as an eraser:

1 eraser

Eraser the centre portion of the white dot with this eraser tool:

1 erase

Use the free transform tool to adjust the shape of the cloud – expand, distort and rotate it as you see fit:

1 expand

Optionally, we can use a particle brush to paint some dusts around the cloud, this is totally up to you:

1 paint dust

Step 2

We will now work on adding a ground for our image. Load the ground texture into Photoshop and select the ground portion of the image with quick selection tool:

2 sel

Copy and paste the selection over to our document. Resize it to fit our canvas width and use a soft eraser tool to remove some parts of the ground to add some irregular lighting effect:

2 eraser

Add the following 3 adjustment layers as clipping mask to this ground layer:

Black and White

2 bw


2 lv


2 curves

and this is the effect you will have so far for the ground layer:

2 effect

Step 3

It’s time to add our warrior in. Load the model image into Photoshop and cut out the model, paste it onto our document. Resize and position it to the centre of ground as shown below:

3 paste

Add a layer mask to this model layer, and use a soft eraser with 40% flow and opacity setting, fade the feet area of the model a little so it blends into the ground:

3 cloud

Sharpen the model layer with a unsharp mask filter as shown below:

3 unsharp mask

Add the following 3 adjustment layers as clipping mask to this model layer:

Black and White

3 bw

Apply the following layer mask on the black and white adjustment layer:

3 bw mask


3 lvs


3 curves

Create a new layer over all the previous layer and set its blending mode to “overlay”, paint a white dot to the area shown below to add some shining light to the axe:

3 highlight

and here is the effect so far:

3 effect

Step 4

We will add the fire into the image now. Load the fire image into Photoshop and select the following portion:

4 sel

Copy and paste the selection over to our image, resize it and put it over the arm, set its blending mode to “Overlay”:

4 overlay


Then repeat this above process, copy and paste more fire texture over to the left shoulder as well:

4 overlay 2

Go on and add more fire pattern to the model, remember to set the layer blending mode to “screen” for the rest of the fire texture layers:

4 more fire

To spice up the effect, we can use a golden, 1 px hard brush, paint some fiery lines around the model, use eraser tool to fade the lines as you go:

4 fire lines

Step 5

We will add some floating mountain in. It’s really simple to create a simple floating mountain, all you need is the right stock image as a starting point

Let’s load the rock stock image you downloaded, and use the quick selection tool to select a rough piece as shown below:

5 select rock

Copy and paste the selection over to our canvas, resize and rotate it as shown below:

5 paste

Use a soft eraser tool, fade the edges until it forms the following triangular shape:

5 mask

Use the burn tool with 50% exposure, darken the lower portion of the floating mountain as shown below:

5 burn

Then duplicate this mountain layer once, reduce the size and move it up to to the position shown below:

5 more rock

Step 6

We will add some flying particles with a small dot brush, or a particle brush size with golden/red colour:

6 paint

Then apply the following Liquify Filter setting to this particle layer:

6 liq setting

6 liq

As you can see, by doing so we add some flying effect to those still particles, as shown below:

6 effect

Step 7

We’re almost done! For some final retouches, I flattened the image and duplicated the background layer, applied the following Radial Blur settings:

7 radial

Add the following layer mask to this radial blur layer, this way only the blur part of the cloud around the model is revealed:

7 blur mask

We can also use the Smudge Tool to manipulate the fire:

7 smudge

7 smudge set

Warp the fire as shown below:

7 smu

And this is the final effect I have: (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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