After the Battle – Part 1

Have you ever played fantastic games, or watched a movie where you saw huge battles? And they probably wondered: Can I do something like that?

And now it is time to find out what we will create today. And so, we will create an epic scene of an ancient battle, complete with a lesson are brushes and source images to create the weather, as well as optical flashes.

Here’s what we get:

Here, take a look at the photos with the help of which we will create our masterpiece:

Resourcesthe lesson:

Step 1

Open Adobe Photoshop and create a new document with the following parameters:
Width: 1920 pix.
Height: 1200 pixels.
Resolution: 72 pixels. /inch.
Background Content: Transparent.

We should have a transparent background.

Step 2

Let’s start by adding the sky to our scene, to do this, open the original image (Main Sky) and place it on our document. Next, we need to transform the image with the sky, to do this, press the key combination (Ctrl + T) and place the image as shown in the screenshot below:

Now we’ll discolor the image a little and give it a contrast, add “Hue / Saturation” adjustment layer (Hua / Saturation) and configure the following parameters:

Saturation: -68 (Saturation)
Brightness: -17 (Lightness)

Do not forget to apply “Clipping Mask” (Create Clipping Mask) to do this, move the mouse between the adjustment layer and the layer below it, hold down the Alt key and click the left mouse button.

“Curves” (Curves: Lower the middle section as shown in the screenshot below.

Do not forget to apply “Clipping Mask” (Create Clipping Mask) to do this, move the mouse between the adjustment layer and the layer below it, hold down the Alt key and click the left mouse button.

You should be able to:

Step 3

Open the original image (Left side of the sky) with the tool “Rectangular area” (Rectangular Marquee Tool) select the part shown in the screenshot below:

Copy the selected area by pressing the keys (Ctrl + C) go back to our main document and press (Ctrl + V). Transform the image (Ctrl + T) as shown in the screenshot below:

Then right-click on the transformable area and select “Flip Horizontal” (Flip Horizontal). Add to this layer Layer mask , select instrument “Brush (Brush Tool) brush round soft, and erase the edges as shown in the screenshot below:

Add some adjustment layers to the same layer.

Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast):
Brightness: -72 (Brightness)
Contrast: -31 (Contrast)

Do not forget to apply “Clipping Mask” (Create Clipping Mask) to do this, move the mouse between the adjustment layer and the layer below it, hold down the Alt key and click the left mouse button.

Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation)
Saturation: -75 (Saturation)
Brightness: -10 (Lightness)

Do not forget to apply “Clipping Mask” (Create Clipping Mask) to do this, move the mouse between the adjustment layer and the layer below it, hold down the Alt key and click the left mouse button. You should be able to do this:

Step 4

Open the original image (Right side of the sky) make a selection of the entire image and copy it (Ctrl + C) go back to our main document and paste it (Ctrl + V).

Transform the image (Ctrl + T) as shown in the screenshot below:

Change its blending mode to “Screen” (Screen). Add to this layer Layer mask, select instrument “Brush” (Brush Tool) brush round soft, and erase the edges. Add some adjustment layers to the same layer.

Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast)
Brightness: -91 (brightness)
Contrast: -27 (Contrast)

Do not forget to apply “Clipping Mask” (Create Clipping Mask) to do this, move the mouse between the adjustment layer and the layer below it, hold down the Alt key and click the left mouse button.

Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation)
Saturation: -100 (Saturation)
Brightness: -14 (Lightness)

Do not forget to apply “Clipping Mask” (Create Clipping Mask) to do this, move the mouse between the adjustment layer and the layer below it, hold down the Alt key and click the left mouse button.

Basically, the work with the sky is finished, now we will move on to creating the earth for our composition. You can merge layers into a group. To do this, select all the layers and press the keys (Ctrl + G) and rename the group to Sky.

Step 5

Open the original image (Primary Soil) and use the selection tools to select the area shown in the screenshot below:

Copy the selected area by pressing the keys (Ctrl + C) go to our main document and place the copied area (Ctrl + V). Transform the image (Ctrl + T) as shown in the screenshot below:

Now we need to slightly deform our land, for this activate “Free Transformation” (Ctrl + T) right-click on the transformable area and select “Deformation” (Warp). Bend the edges as shown in the screenshot below:

And that’s what we get:

Step 6

Now we will reduce the saturation of the image. To do this, hold down the following keys: (Shift + Ctrl + U) we will often use this parameter in this lesson, which will save your time.

Add adjustment layer “Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast):
Brightness: 16 (Brightness)
Contrast: 39 (Contrast)

Do not forget to apply “Clipping Mask” (Create Clipping Mask) to do this, move the mouse between the adjustment layer and the layer below it, hold down the Alt key and click the left mouse button.

You should be able to do this as in the screenshot below:

Step 7

Open the original image (Beach trash 1) and use the tool “Rectangular area” (Rectangular Marquee Tool) select the part shown in the screenshot below:

Copy the selected area (Ctrl + C) go to our main document and paste the copied area (Ctrl + V). Transform the image (Ctrl + T) and position it as shown in the screenshot below:

Slightly distort the image for this right-click on the transformable area and select “Distortion” (Distort). And do as shown in the screenshot below:

Hold down the keys (Shift + Ctrl + U) to discolor the image.

Add a layer mask to this layer, select the tool “Brush” (Brush Tool) Brush a soft round, and erase the edges of the layer as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 8

Add to this layer adjustment layer “Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast):
Brightness: -52 (Brightness)
Contrast: -50 (Contrast)

Do not forget to apply “Clipping Mask” (Create Clipping Mask) to do this, move the mouse between the adjustment layer and the layer below it, hold down the Alt key and click the left mouse button.

Levels (Level)
Left slider: 0
Medium slider: 1.06
Right slider: 255

The area of ​​debris almost merges with our land.

Choose a tool “Brush” (Brush Tool) Brush round soft, black color. Create a new layer above the adjustment layers and paint as shown in the screenshot below:

Set the blending mode for this layer to “Soft light” (Soft Light) Opacity: 64% (Opacity) Fill: 38% (Fill).
Do not forget to apply “Clipping Mask” (Create Clipping Mask) to do this, move the mouse pointer between the adjustment layer and the layer above it, hold down the Alt key and click the left mouse button. And here we are a bit darkened image with debris:

Step 9

Open the original image (Earth texture) select the tool “Rectangular Area” (Rectangular Marquee Tool) select the part of the image shown in the screenshot
below:

Go to our main document and paste the selected image (Ctrl + V) Transform an image (Ctrl + T), and then slightly distort it. For this, right-click on the transformable area and select “Distortion” (Distort). And do as shown in the screenshot below:

Hold down the keys (Shift + Ctrl + U) to discolor the image. Change the blending mode for this layer to “Overlap” (Overlay)

Now add layer mask to this layer, then select the Brush Tool with a soft round brush and erase the edges as shown in the screenshot below:

Add to this layer adjustment layer “Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast):
Brightness: -105 (Brightness)
Contrast: -50 (Contrast)

Do not forget to apply “Clipping Mask” (Create Clipping Mask) to do this, move the mouse between the adjustment layer and the layer below it, hold down the Alt key and click the left mouse button.
You should also get:

Step 10

Open the original image (Beach trash 2) and with the tool “Rectangular area” (Rectangular Marquee Tool) select the part shown in the screenshot below:

Copy the selected part (Ctrl + C) go to our main document and paste the copied area (Ctrl + V). Transform the image (Ctrl + T) as shown in the screenshot below:

Add a layer mask to layer (debris 2). Choose a tool “Brush” (Brush Tool) then right click on the canvas and select the brush under the number # 28

Carefully mask the layer (Debris 2) using a layer mask.

The debris will be mixed due to the layer mask.

Step 11

Add a Brightness / Contrast adjustment layer to this layer.
Brightness: -87 (brightness)
Contrast: -10 (Contrast)

Do not forget to apply “Clipping Mask” (Create Clipping Mask) to do this, move the mouse between the adjustment layer and the layer below it, hold down the Alt key and click the left mouse button.

“Curves” (Curves): Lower the middle section as shown in the screenshot below.

Do not forget to apply “Clipping Mask” (Create Clipping Mask) to do this, move the mouse between the adjustment layer and the layer below it, hold down the Alt key and click the left mouse button.

Create a new layer above the adjustment layers for the layer (Debris 2) Select the tool “Brush” (Brush Tool) brush round soft, color black. And add some shadows as shown in the screenshot below:

Set the blending mode for this layer to “Soft light” (Soft Light) Change the Opacity to 60%.

Step 12

We have almost completed work with the land. Open the original image (Texture for the ground) and with the tool “Rectangular area” (Rectangular Marquee Tool) select the area shown in the screenshot below:

Copy the selected area (Ctrl + C) go to our main document and place the copied area (Ctrl + V) Transform the inserted area (Ctrl + T). Do as in the screenshot below:

Now we will reduce the saturation of the image, to do this, hold down the following keys: (Shift + Ctrl + U)

Add a layer mask for this layer select tool “Brush”Brush Tool, round soft brush, level Opacity (Opacity): 30%. And paint over the edges and bright areas of the layer.

Add a correction layer to this layer. Brightness / Contrast“(Brightness / Contrast):
Brightness: -40 (Brightness)
Contrast: -30 (Contrast)

Do not forget to apply “Clipping Mask” (Create Clipping Mask) to do this, move the mouse between the adjustment layer and the layer below it, hold down the Alt key and click the left mouse button. And here we are finally finished working with the land!

Step 13

Open the original image (Right side of the mountain) using the tools to highlight select the area shown in the screenshot below:

Copy the selected area (Ctrl + C). Go to our main document, paste the copied image (Ctrl + V) Then discolor it (Shift + Ctrl + U). Transform the image (Ctrl + T) then right-click on the transformed area and select the item “Flip Horizontal“.

Add to this layer layer mask, select instrument “Brush” (Brush Tool) brush round soft, black color and paint over the area shown in the screenshot below:

Add a correction layer to the same layer. “Curves” (Curves)

Add adjustment layer “Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast):
Brightness: -18 (Brightness)
Contrast: -19 (Contrast)

Do not forget to apply “Clipping Mask” (Create Clipping Mask) to do this, move the mouse between the adjustment layer and the layer below it, hold down the Alt key and click the left mouse button. Here is the result:

Step 14

Open the original image (Left side of the mountain) using the tools to highlight select the area shown in the screenshot below:

Copy the selected area (Ctrl + C). Go to our main document, paste the copied image (Ctrl + V) under the layer (Right side of the mountain) Then discolor it (Shift + Ctrl + U). Transform the image (Ctrl + T) then right-click on the transformed area and select the item “Flip horizontally”.

Add a layer mask to this layer, select the tool “Brush” (Brush Tool) brush round soft, black color and paint over the area shown in the screenshot below:

Add to this layer “Levels” adjustment layer (Level)
Left slider: 45
Medium slider: 0.91
Right slider: 255

Add adjustment layer “Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast):
Brightness: -12 (Brightness)
Contrast: -1 (Contrast)

Do not forget to apply “Clipping Mask” (Create Clipping Mask) to do this, move the mouse between the adjustment layer and the layer below it, hold down the Alt key and click the left mouse button.

Step 15

Create a new layer above the adjustment layers of the layer (Left side of the mountain) and name it (Shadow above the mountain). Apply “Clipping Mask” (Create Clipping Mask). Choose a tool “Brush” Brush Tool. The brush is soft, color is black. Draw a shadow over the mountains as shown in the screenshot below:

Set the blending mode “Soft light” (Soft Linght) for the layer (shadow over the mountain) and level “Opacity” (Opacity) 70%

Now a little darken the bright areas of our scene, to do this, create a new layer above all layers. Choose a tool “Brush” Brush Tool. The brush is soft, color is black. Draw a shadow over the mountains as shown in the screenshot below:

Set the level “Opacity” (Opacity) 45% for this layer, and the “Fill” level is 43%.

Step 16

Open the original image (Statue Afar) and select the statue which is located on the left. Copy the selected area (Ctrl + C).

You can use the tool: “Feather” (Pen Tool) “Quick selection” (Quick Selection Tool). Go to our main document and paste the copied statue (Ctrl + V). Place the statue on the mountain as shown in the screenshot below:

Transform (Ctrl + T) and then discolor (Shift + Ctrl + U). Rename the statue layer to (Statue is far) Next, add a layer mask to this layer and mask the lower part of the statue, the brush is soft, the color is black.

Next add to this layer adjustment layer Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast):
Brightness: -63 (brightness)
Contrast: -20 (Contrast)

Do not forget to apply “Clipping Mask” (Create Clipping Mask) to do this, move the mouse between the adjustment layer and the layer below it, hold down the Alt key and click the left mouse button.

You should have a look like this:

Duplicate the statue layer and its adjustment layer Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast). Place the duplicated statue opposite the original one and reflect it horizontally (Ctrl + T), right-click on the transformable area and select the item “Flip Horizontal” (Flip Horizontal)

Step 17

Open the original image (Giant head) transfer it to our main document. Transform (Ctrl + T) and then discolor (Shift + Ctrl + U)

Rename the layer that we just worked with (Giant Head Statue) Next, add to this layer adjustment layer Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast)
Brightness: -16 (Brightness)
Contrast: 37 (Contrast)

Do not forget to apply “Clipping Mask” (Create Clipping Mask) to do this, move the mouse between the adjustment layer and the layer below it, hold down the Alt key and click the left mouse button. Next, add a layer mask to the Giant Head Statue, select the tool “Brush” (Brush Tool) brush round soft, black color and paint over the area shown in the screenshot below:

“Curves” (Curves)

Do not forget to apply “Clipping Mask” (Create Clipping Mask) to do this, move the mouse between the adjustment layer and the layer below it, hold down the Alt key and click the left mouse button.

Step 18

Now we darken our head a little differently, go to the Giant Head Statue layer and click on the “Create a new layer” icon and you will automatically create a layer with “Clipping mask” go to Editing – Run Fill or just press (Shift + F5). In the window that appears in the item to use, select 50% gray and click OK.

Set the blending mode for this layer. ”Overlap (Overlay)

Now we will use such tools as: Dimmer (Burn Tool) and Clarifier (Dodge Tool) to darken the image. Stroke Exposure: 10%

The screenshot below shows how the blackout should be performed, pay attention to the dark areas, where I used the toolDimmer (Burn tool) and on light Clarifier (Dodge Tool). This step will take you some time to achieve a similar result. But on the other hand, it is very useful when you want to emphasize or darken an image without editing the original layer, thanks to the 50% gray fill that we just created.

And here is the result:

Step 19

Duplicate the original layer with the head of the statue (Ctrl + J) then make the selection of the duplicated layer, to do this, hold down the Ctrl key and click on the layer icon, go to Editing – Run Fill. In the window that appears, in the “Content” section, select the black color and click OK.

Place the duplicated layer under the original one. Activate the free transformation of the duplicated layer (Ctrl + T) right-click on the transformed area and select the item “Incline” and tilt the shadow as shown in the screenshot below:

Blur a little shadow, for this go to Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter-Blur-Gaussian Blur) Blur radius 1.5 pix.

Add a layer mask To the layer with the shadow, select the tool “Brush” (Brush Tool) brush round soft, black color and paint over the area shown in the screenshot below:

And now we have processed the shadow, now it has become more natural:

Step 20

Open the original image (Ancient Ruins) Copy the selected area (Ctrl + C).

You can use the tool: “Pen” (Pen Tool), “Quick selection” (Quick Selection Tool). Go to our main document and paste the copied area (Ctrl + V). Place the statue on the mountain as shown in the screenshot below:

Layer (Ancient Ruins) should be located under the layer with a large head. Bleach Shift + Ctrl + U. Add Curves Correction Layer (Curves)

Brightness / Contrast“(Brightness / Contrast):
Brightness: -13 (Brightness)
Contrast: -30 (Contrast)

Do not forget to apply these corrective layers. “Clipping Mask” (Create Clipping Mask) to do this, move the mouse between the adjustment layer and the layer below it, hold down the Alt key and click the left mouse button.

Step 21

Under the adjustment layers of the layer (Ancient Ruins) create a new layer, select the tool “Brush” (Brush Tool) brush round soft, black color and paint over the area shown in the screenshot below:

Set the blending mode for this layer to “Soft light” (Soft Light) level opacity: 100% (Opacity) and fill level: 80% (Fill).

Create another new layer and select the tool again. “Brush” (Brush Tool) brush round soft, black color and paint over the area shown in the screenshot below:

Decrease Opacity (Opacity) up to 35% and Fill up to 80% (Fill).

The second part of the lesson you find here

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