Create a fantasy scene with a viking in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a fantasy warrior using stock photos and various effects. Please note that the lesson is designed for a user with an average level of ownership of the program.

Note: This lesson is done in Photoshop CC, so some screenshots may differ slightly from previous versions of the program. Some brushes are only available in Photoshop CS6 or later.

Here is the final result:

Step 1

Create a new document with a size of 1440 x 800 pixels with a black background. Using brushes in the form of smoke and clouds, fill the background as shown below:

We open in Photoshop a picture with a rock and with the help Lasso Tool (L) (Lasso) create a selection of a suitable area:

Copy (Ctrl + C) and paste (Ctrl + V) the selected area onto the working document, place it at the bottom of the canvas and use the free transformation (Ctrl + T) to adjust the form:

With a soft eraser (E) we process the bottom of the stone texture:

Apply several adjustment layers to the layer with stones:

Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Black and White (Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Black and White)

Levels (Levels)

And we get this effect:

Step 2

Load a photo with a warrior in Photoshop. Cut out the model and paste it onto the working canvas:

With a soft eraser (E), we remove some parts of the model to create a decay effect, which we will refine later:

Add the following adjustment layers and transform them into a clipping mask (Ctrl + Alt + G) for the warrior layer:

Black and white (Black and white)

Levels (Levels)

We get this effect:

Step 3

Next we need to add the texture of the stone on the warrior. Go back to the document with the rocks and select the appropriate fragment:

Copy (Ctrl + C) and paste (Ctrl + V) the selected area onto the working document, adjust the size and place it on the right side of the warrior. Change the stone texture blend mode to Hard Light (Hard light):

Repeat the process and add a few more stone textures:

Step 4

Open in Photoshop photo with lava. Via Lasso Tool (L) (Lasso) select the upper right lava flow:

Copy (Ctrl + C) and paste (Ctrl + V) the selected area onto the warrior’s sword:

Change the layer mixing mode with lava to Vivid Light (Bright light):

And we get the following result:

Repeat the process and add lava on the ground:

Now we have to add soaring stones around the warrior. To do this, we single out a separate stone in the stock photo with a rock:

Copy and paste the selected area on the working document and place it next to the warrior:

Duplicate the stone (Ctrl + J) and distribute copies of the document, editing the size of each:

Add a lava effect on each stone using the method described above. The size of the lava needs to be adjusted according to the size of the stones:

Step 5

Let’s add more flying stones around the warrior. Go to the photo with a rock, create a new layer, and with a brush with particles or splashes make a few strokes of white color:

Hold down the Ctrl key and click on the thumbnail of the particle layer to load their selection. Then go to the background layer and press Ctrl + C to copy the selection:

Go back to the main document, create a new layer and paste the copied area onto it. Place the particles of stones around the warrior and adjust their size. If necessary, duplicate the layer to vary the effect.

Tip: adding stones, using a soft eraser, gently make the attenuation in some areas of the particles in order to create a depth effect.

And we get the following result:

Step 6

We are almost done! Create a new layer and press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E to merge all visible layers on a separate new one. Then apply a filter to this layer. Filter – Brush Strokes – Accented Edges (Filter – Strokes – Focus on edges):

Add a mask to the layer by clicking on the button Add layer mask (Add layer mask) at the bottom of the layers panel. Edit the mask as shown below to limit the filter scope:

Then we create corrective layers above:

Selective Color (Selective color correction)

Color balance (Color balance)

Edit the mask of the last adjustment layer:

Brightness/ Contrast (Brightness / Contrast)

And we get the following final result:

That’s all! I hope you liked the lesson and the knowledge gained will be useful to you in future work.

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