Beautiful illustration with dragon

In this tutorial we will create a fantasy scene with a dragon and beautiful light in the background.

Final result:

Lesson resources:

Step 1

Open the photo of the sea in Photoshop.

Step 2

Select the sky with any convenient tool and copy it to a separate layer (Ctrl + J). Apply to the sky filter Gaussian blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) with a value of 3.8 pixels. Add a mask to the sky and black layer. brush Remove the blur from the rock in the lower left corner.

Step 3

Open the photo of the castle in Photoshop. Select it and transfer it to the main document. Reduce the lock in the Free Transform mode (Ctrl + T) and position as shown below.

Step 4

Insert the dragon in our document and place it near the rocks, as shown in the screenshot.

Step 5

Choose a soft brush with a slight opacity and draw a shadow on the dragon.

Step 6

Add a blur to the castle using the filter Gaussian blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) with a value of 0.8 pixels.

Step 7

Apply a blur filter to the lock again, but use a value of 1.5 pixels.

Step 8

It looks like a lock after blur.

Step 9

Draw light rays using special brushes.

Step 10

Insert a sunset image, add a mask and leave only the clouds.

Step 11

Set the blending mode Bright light (Vivid Light) layer with clouds and reduce the opacity to 45%.

Step 12

Create a copy of the clouds and arrange them as shown in the screenshot.

Step 13

Create another copy of the clouds and place them as shown below.

Step 14

Paint cosmic dust using special brushes.

Step 15

On the right side of the sky, draw a cosmic nebula.

Step 16

Draw a comet.

Step 17

Draw the stars.

Step 18

Choose a soft white brush with 29% opacity and on the new layer draw mist around the castle.

Step 19

Brighten the castle with a white brush with 15% opacity.

Step 20

Since we drew the light rays, we need to lighten the dragon part. Use a white brush with 10% opacity.

Step 21

Paint the dragon’s eyes with a brush using the color # d6f4fa.

Step 22

On top of all layers create an adjustment layer. Photo filter (Photo Filter).

Step 23

Create an adjustment layer Gradient map (Gradient Map). Set it to overlay mode. Chromaticity (Color) and reduce the opacity to 27%.

Step 24

Create a fill layer in blue.

Step 25

Set the fill layer’s overlay mode to Overlap (Overlay) and reduce the opacity to 21%.

Final result:

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