Create a dark magician in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to turn a portrait of a man into a black magician in Photoshop. We use the texture of metal and fire, including the technique of creating light effects.

This lesson is of medium difficulty, some steps may be difficult.

Note: This lesson is done in Photoshop CS6 – therefore, some screenshots may differ slightly from previous versions of the program. Some brushes are only available in this version of Photoshop CS6.

OK. Let’s get started!

Final result

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Step 1

Open the model image in Photoshop. First, we will carry out a small correction of the man’s face, creating a gap in the middle of the face. Using tool Pen (Pen Tool), select the left side of the face, as shown in the screenshot below:

Right-click on the document and in the window that appears, select the option To form selected region(Make a selection):

Duplicate the selected area (Ctrl + J), and then move the duplicate layer with the left side of the face slightly to the left. Using tool Dimmer (Burn Tool), darken the inner edge of the face:

Repeat the whole process, now with the right side of the model’s face. Move the duplicate layer slightly to the right:

Step 2

Next, add adjustment layers on top of all other layers in the layers palette:

Black-white(Black and White)

Levels (Levels)

Switch to the layer mask of the adjustment layer. Levels (levels). Using a soft black brush, hide the level correction as shown in the screenshot below:

Curves (Curves)

Switch to the layer mask of the adjustment layer. Curves (curves). Using a soft black brush, hide the curve correction, as shown in the screenshot below:

Create a new layer. Create a rectangular selection, as shown in the screenshot below. Fill the selected area with black:

Using a soft eraser, process the edges of the rectangle to create a smooth transition and align the black rectangle with the entire face of the model. My result of the created effect at the moment:

Step 3

Next, we will add the texture of the metal, placing the texture on top of the model’s face. Open the metal texture in Photoshop. Select only a part of the texture, then copy / paste the selected part of the texture onto our working document, placing the texture on top of the model’s face. Do not forget to process the texture in the eye area and the middle part of the face so that they are visible:

Add adjustment layers as a clipping mask to the metal texture layer:

Black-white(Black and White)

Levels (Levels)

My result of the created effect at the moment:

Repeat the whole process, now add the metal texture to the arms and neck:

Step 4

Next, we will add a fiery effect to our scene. Open the stock image of Fire in Photoshop. Highlight part of the image of the fire, as shown in the screenshot below:

Copy / paste the selected image of the fire on our working paper. Apply compression using tool Free transformation (Free transform (Ctrl + T), as shown in the screenshot below:

Add more fire textures, creating an effect like in the screenshot below:

Step 5

Next, we return to the stock image of fire and select the following part of the texture:

Copy / paste the selected part of the texture into our working paper. Change the blending mode for the caviar layer to Lightening (Screen):

Duplicate the spark layer a few times. Place duplicate sparks across the whole scene, as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 6

We have almost completed the lesson! As a final touch, we can add particles around the model, as shown in the screenshot below:

Using the Clouds brush or the Clouds filter, add a rendering of clouds around the model:

You can also add sparks of fire around your arms, as shown in the screenshot below:

I made a little color correction with a correction layer. Color Balance (color balance). You can see my final result in the screenshot below.

We have completed the lesson! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it was useful for you. See you, have a nice day!

Final result

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