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In this Photoshop tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to Create Ancient City Under Siege By Dark Wizard Scene in Photoshop. Have a go!

This is an intermediate level difficulty tutorial and some steps can be tricky.

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.

Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)

burning-ancient-city-flatten

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OK Let’s get started!

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

Mountain by Momotte2stocks

City Image by CAStock

Tower by HBKerr

Wizard by AilinStock

Fire

Bird Brushes

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1500px * 794px with black background. Use a the cloud filter or a cloud brush, paint some subtle cloud effect around the canvas as shown below:

1 paint cloud

Step 2

Load the mountain stock into Photoshop. Select this portion of the image as shown in the below screenshot:

1 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, resize it to our canvas size. Use a soft eraser fade the edges as shown below, so the mountain blends into our background:

2 erase

Apply the following 3 adjustment layers as clipping masks to the mountain layer:

Black and White

2 bw

Levels

2 lvs

Curves

2 curves

and here is the effect so far:

2 effect

 

Step 3

We will work on creating a cityscape in this step. Load the city stock into Photoshop and select the following portion:

3 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, place it into the following position. Use a soft eraser to fade the top of the city:

3 paste and erase

Apply the following adjustment layers as clipping masks to the city layer:

Black and White

3 bw

Levels

3 lvs

Curves

3 curves

and here is the effect so far:

3 effect

 

Step 4

We will add a tower onto our city centre in this step. Load the tower stock into Photoshop and select the tower:

4 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, place it to the position shown below:

4 paste

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

Black and White

4 bw

Levels

4 lvs

and here is the effect so far:

4 effect

 

Step 5

We will working on adding the wizard in this step. Load the wizard stock into Photoshop and select the following portion:

5 sel

Place it on top of the mountain overlooking the city as shown below:

5 paste

Select the wizard’s robe the use the Warp Tool to warp it slightly, so it looks like the wind is blowing it to the left:

5 warp

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

Black and White

5 bw

Levels

5 lvs

Curves

5 curves

and here is the effect so far:

5 effect

Step 6

We will add the fire effect to our design in this step. Load the fire stock image int Photoshop, use the Lasso Tool (with 40px feather) to select a portion of the fire:

6 sel

Copy and paste the selection over to our document, place it to the position shown below:

6 paste

Change the layer blending of the fire layer to “Color Dodge”:

6 color dodge

Repeat the process above, add more fire to the following areas as shown below, make sure you adjust and vary the size of the fire accordingly:

6 fire on wizard

6 fire on tower

6 more

Use the bird brush, paint some birds on top of the tower:

6 paint

 

Step 7

We’re almost done! For the final touches, I applied the following Selective Color adjustment layer on top of all previous layers to add some colours to our image:

7 reds

7 neu

7 blacks

and here is my final effect: (click to enlarge)

burning-ancient-city-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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