War zone

In this lesson I will describe the process by which I created a war zone from an ordinary image of a calm city.

Here is the result before:

And after:

So let’s get started!

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1. First, find a suitable image of the city in the daytime. Having loaded it in Photoshop, duplicate the main layer and name the duplicate “black and white”. Key combination CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + B call BlackWhite settings (Black and white) (in older versions of Photoshop use Channel mixer (Channel mixing), making sure that there is a tick next to the word Monochrome (Monochrome).
For BlackWhite, set the following settings:

Change Blending option (Blend options) of the black and white layer on Multiply (Multiplication). This is what should happen:

Step 2. Duplicate the layer “black and white” and name the duplicate “curves”, the key combination CTRL + M call Curves (Curves) and apply these parameters:

Change Blending option (Overlay settings) on Multiply (Multiplication).

Step 3. Duplicate the “curves” layer three times. On the first copy, apply Filter – Distort – Glass (Filter – Distortion – Glass) with the following parameters:

Change Blending option (Overlay settings) on Screen (Lighten) and reduce Opacity to 70%. Result:

On the second copy of the “curves” layer, apply Filter – Brush Strokes – Spatter (Filter – Strokes – Spraying):

Change Blending option (Overlay options) of this layer on Screen (Lightening). Result:

Step 4. Choose a tool Lasso Tool (Lasso) with shading 40px. Select the sky area as shown below:

Keeping the selection active, click CTRL + J (duplication). Name the new layer “smoke” and apply Filter – Render – Cloud (Filter – Rendering – Clouds):

Duplicate the smoke layer. On duplicate, apply Filter – Render – Difference Cloud (Filter – Rendering – Clouds with overlay). Use this filter several times, then change Blending option (Overlay settings) on Color burn (Blackout base):

Step 5. On the duplicate smoke layer with the command CTRL + B call Color balance (Color balance):

Add some noise Filter – Noise – Median (Filter – Noise – Radius):

Step 6. Now it’s time to add a fire effect.

The author used the image of fire from the site, which requires registration, after which you get access to download photos on various topics. If you have difficulties with registration, then you can use this image of fire.

Download the fire picture and load it into Photoshop.
Drag this image onto your work and name the new layer “fire”. Blending option (Overlay settings) set to Screen (Lightening).
Take the tool Eraser tool (E) (Eraser) and erase the black part of the drawing with fire:

Next, using the tool Clone stamp tool (S) (Stamp) with different settings for brush, pressure and opacity, clone fire all over the image to achieve the best effect:

Step 7. To add more dynamics to your work, duplicate the main background layer and place the duplicate under the “curves” layer that we created in Step 2. Apply Filter – Blur – Radial Blur (Filter – Blur – Radial Blur):

Next you need to discolor the layer (SHIFT + CTRL + U) and change Blending option (Overlay settings) on Screen (Lightening):

It’s all! But you can not stop at this step and add more effects, filters, textures or just experiment with Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation). Below is the final result.

Good luck.

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