Create in Photoshop the collage “Water against fire”

We present you a new lesson in which we will achieve two different effects: fire and water. We will create a terrific image of the struggle between water and fire, with many special effects, we will use textures, images and, of course, Photoshop.

The lesson posted on our website was created under the inspiration of the works of Sergey Pereskokov, and here is a preview of the final result:

Step 1

Create a new document size 1500? 1200 pixels with a resolution of 72 pixels / inch, color mode – RGB colors of 8 bits, the background is black.

Then open the image with your hand and paste it into our document (you probably noticed that the image offered in the package is different than what is not used in the lesson. For those who are interested, you can download the image here (for a fee).

Step 2

Discolor the image by going to Menu – Picture (Image) – Correction (Adjustments) – Discolor (Desaturate) Shift + Ctrl + U)

Then invert these colors by going to Menu – Picture (Image) – Correction (Adjustments) – Inversion – (Reverse).

Step 3

Now, use the tool. Eraser (Eraser Tool) (E) round shape and hardness of 0%, and erase part of the hand, as in the image below:

Step 4

Add an adjustment layer Color Balance by going to Menu – Layers (Layers) – New Adjustment Layer (New adjustment layer) – Color balance (Color Balance) with the following settings:

Step 5

Now we will create a fire effect on the image, and for this you need to open and paste the flame texture into our document and position it in this way:

Step 6

Change the layer’s overlay mode to Light replacement (Lighten), and using the Tool Eraser (Eraser Tool) (E) erase unnecessary areas on the image with fire.

In the same way, add more fire to give more realism to your image.

Step 7

Open and paste into our document an image with small flying particles, and position it as in the image below:

Add an adjustment layer Color Balance by going to Menu – Layers (Layers) New Adjustment Layer (New adjustment layer) – Color balance (Color Balance), do not forget in the dialog box to put a tick “Use the previous layer to create a clipping mask” to apply the effect only to the texture of the fragments, set the following parameters:

Step 8

Now duplicate the last two layers (adjustment and particle layer) and merge them to get another layer with fiery fragments, and then resize it to increase it: press the key combination (Ctrl + T) and drag the corner handles.

Then apply a Gaussian Blur filter to this layer by selecting Menu Filter (Filter) – Blur (Blur) – Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) with a radius of 8.6 pixels.

Decrease opacity (Opacity) of this layer up to 30%.

Step 9

Open and paste into our document a different texture of shards, larger in size:

Then apply a Gaussian Blur filter to this layer by selecting Menu Filter (Filter) – Blur (Blur) – Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) with a radius of 9.1 pixels.

Duplicate this layer (Ctrl + J) and then apply a Blur filter to it: Filter (Filter) – Blur (Blur) – Motion blur (Motion blur).

Add even more fragments, and, following the previous steps, change their color, and then apply Gaussian and Motion Blur filters, try to achieve a result like in the image below:

Step 10

Now again open, copy and paste an image of a hand into our work, discolor it and invert it.

Step 11

Open and paste into our work an image of a splash of water, position above the layer with the hand.

Translator’s Note: apply to the Transform splash: menu – Editing (Edit) – Transformation (Transform) – Turn (Rotate)

Then go to menu – Layers (Layer) – Createclippingmask (Create Clipping Mask).

Change the blending mode of this layer to Screen (Screen).

Duplicate the water splash layer and using the Tool Eraser (Eraser Tool) (E), erase all large parts, except for small droplets.

Translator’s Note: this layer should not be used as a clipping mask: go to menu – Layers (Layer) – Cancel Clippingmask (Release ClippingMask).

The blend mode for this layer is the same as the previous one. Screen (Screen).

Step 12

Now, open and paste into our work, the second image of the splash of water, position it as in the image below:

Translator’s Note: apply the Transform to this image: menu – Editing (Edit) – Transformation (Transform) – Turn (Rotate).

Delete part of the image with the Tool Eraser (Eraser Tool) (E).

Open another third texture with water, position it as in the image below, remove part of the image with the Tool Eraser (Eraser Tool) (E).

Change the blending mode of this layer to Screen (Screen).

You can use your images of water and water spray, but do not get too carried away, and do not overload your work.

Step 13

Then, select all the layers with a “water” hand and water splashes and merge them (Ctrl + E), if you have black remnants after the merge, change the blend mode of this layer to Screen (Screen). Add an adjustment layer Color Balance by going to the menu – Layers (Layers) – New Adjustment Layer (New adjustment layer) Color balance (Color Balance), do not forget in the dialog box to put a tick “Use the previous layer to create a clipping mask”, so that the effect of the correction was applied only to the combined layer with the “water” hand.

Step 14

Create a new layer: menu Layers (Layer) – New (New) – Layer (Layer) (Ctrl + Shift + N) and using the Tool Brush (Brush Tool) (B), draw on it a white star.

Create another layer menu Layers (Layer) – New (New) – Layer (Layer) (Ctrl + Shift + N) and using the Tool Brush (Brush Tool) (B) round shape with a hardness of 0% and with low opacity, draw two circles: blue # 5cd3ff and yellow # fcc946.

Change the blending mode of this layer to Screen (Screen) and reduce it Opacity (Opacity) up to 20%.

Step 15

Open and paste a blue flare image into our work.

Change the blending mode of this layer to Screen (Screen).

Step 16

Above all layers, create another layer: menu Layers (Layer) – New (New) – Layer (Layer) (Ctrl + Shift + N), take Tool Brush (Brush Tool) (B), and then paint on both sides with blue # 00c2f2 and orange # ff9c00 colors.

Change the layer’s overlay mode to Overlap (Overlay) and reduce its opacity to 66%

Step 17

Press the keys, Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E to get a copy of the merged layers, and apply the Unsharp Mask filter: Filter (Filter) – Sharpening (Sharpen) – Contour sharpness (Unsharp Mask), set the settings as in the image below:

And so, we did it, and we admire the end result!

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