Create in Photoshop the doors of a medieval castle

In this tutorial, I will demonstrate how using standard Photoshop tools and simple techniques to create a gate of a fantastic medieval castle from several photos. Let’s get started!
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For the work we need the following photos:

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Step 1. Create a new document with dimensions of 800×800 pixels. with a resolution of 300 ppi.

Step 2. Open the texture of clay and grass. Transform them and customize the size of our document with the keys Ctrl + T. Arrange them in the picture, as shown below.

Step 3. Now you need to reduce the saturation of the image. To do this, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + U on a layer with a clay texture, move the saturation slider to about -53. It should turn out like this:

Step 4. Open the texture of the boards, transform and place on the picture, focus on the examples of the author of the lesson.

Step 5. Using the tool Pen tool (Pen), draw the outline of the gate as in the picture below, then right-click with the mouse and select Make selection (To form a selected area). Invert selection with Ctrl + Shift + I and click Delete to remove the excess.

Step 6. Using the keys Ctrl + L call levels to the layer with the gate. Move the sliders as in the example below.

Step 7. Create a stone that will be used in the frame of the castle gates.
Open the texture of the stone, move it to our document, rename the layer to “Stone” (Stone). Using the keys Ctrl + T transform to the size of the proposed stones around the gate, as shown in the example. Using Eraser tool (Eraser) wipe the edges of the stone so that they are uneven. Then we darken one edge of the stone with the tool. Burn tool (Dimmer). When working we focus on the examples of the author of the lesson.

Apply to a layer with a stone style: Drop shadow (Shadow) settings can be left as default.
Create a new layer, move it below the “Stone” layer. With the Ctrl key pressed, click on the layer with the stone, a selection will appear. On the underlying empty layer, fill this selection with black color. # 000000. Remove selection with keys Ctrl +D. Apply to the black stone layer filter Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) with radius 5 pixels. We combine two layers with a stone in one.

Step 8. Copy the layer (Ctrl + J) with stone as much as required and place them along the contour of the arch. We focus on the example in the lesson.

Step 9. We use the tool Burn tool (Dimmer) in areas marked by the author in the image below, on layers of grass and on the wall. We don’t touch layers with stones and gates.

Step 10. To create a volume feeling, we erase a small part of the picture on the layer with the wall. We focus on an example.

Note of translator: Note that the author of the lesson placed the door slightly above the junction of the layers with the grass and the wall. Erasing a piece of the wall in this place, it turns out the feeling that the door is in a recess.

Step 11. Before creating a contour, set a rigid round brush with a diameter of 7 pixels., Black color # 000000. Using the tool Pen tool (Pen), draw the outline of the future line in the middle of the gate, as shown in the figure. Right click with the mouse and select the option. Stroke path (Run contour stroke), in the appeared window choose Brush (Brush), take off tick off Simulate pressure (Simulate pressure).

Apply a filter to this layer with a line. Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) with radius 2.5 pixels.

Repeat the same operations to create a gap under the door.

Step 12. By the same principle, but with different brush settings, we create a contour around the gate. Before creating a contour, set a rigid round brush with a diameter of 20 pixels., Black color # 000000. Using the tool Pen tool (Pen), draw a contour around the gate, as shown in the figure. Right click with the mouse and select the option. Stroke path (Run contour stroke), in the appeared window choose Brush (Brush), take off tick off Simulate pressure (Simulate pressure).

Apply filter to this layer. Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) with radius 8 pixels.
Decrease Opacity (Opacity) to this layer to 50%.

Step 13. Now you need to add door hinges to the gate.
Open the photo with the image of the ornament. Using the tool Magic wand tool (Magic Wand) separate the ornament from the background.

Now go to the menu Select >Refine edge tool (Selection – Refine Edge) or use the key combination Ctrl + Alt + R. Check the box Smart radius (Smart radius). Using a brush, make a stroke like an example. After that, check the box next to Decontaminate colors (Deactivate color) and click OK.

Now add a shadow: Drop shadow (Shadow) settings look at the picture below.

Duplicate the layer three times and arrange the patterns as in the example, so that we get loops on the gate.

Step 14. Again we create a contour around the gate. Before creating the outline, set the following brush settings: diameter 45 pixels., Hardness (Rigidity) 0%, color black # 000000. Using the tool Pen tool (Pen), draw a contour around the gate. Right click with the mouse and select the option. Stroke path (Run contour stroke), in the appeared window choose Brush (Brush) tick on Simulate pressure (Imitate pressure) do not set.

Change layer Blend mode (Blend Mode) on Soft light (Soft light). It should turn out like the picture from the author.

Step 15. Open the photo with the image of the lion’s head.
Use again Select Refine> Edge tool (Selection – Refine Edge) or the key combination Ctrl + Alt + R. Tick the Smart radius (Smart radius). Using a brush, we make a stroke, put a tick next to Decontaminate colors (Deactivate color) and click OK.

Add a shadow, settings, see below.

Duplicate the layer with the lion, arrange the duplicate so that it turned out like the author.

Step 16.Add rays of light. To draw a ray, use the pen. Customize brush: diameter 95 pix., Hardness (Rigidity) 0%, white color #ffffff. Using the tool Pen tool (Pen), draw the outline of the beam. Right click with the mouse and select the option. Stroke path (Run contour stroke), in the appeared window choose Brush (Brush) tick on Simulate pressure (Imitate pressure) not
set.

In the same way, add a few more rays to our picture. After this, we merge all the layers with the rays into one, rename it to “Lights” (Rays).

Apply to the layer with the rays filter Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) with radius 25px.

Decrease Opacity (Opacity) this layer is up to 50%.

Step 17. Add decorative elements to our image.
Using Brush tool (Brush) with settings Hardness (Rigidity) 0%, White colour # 000000, add dots of various sizes to your liking. It should be something like that.

Apply filter to point layer Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) with radius 5 pixels. Decrease Opacity (Opacity) this layer is up to 40%.

Step 18. In this step, we will add reflections to the stones that frame the gate. To do this, draw light strips on the stones using the tool Brush tool (Brush) with settings Hardness (Rigidity) 0%, White colour # 000000, diameter 7pix. When drawing we focus on the light source in our picture. It should be something like this.

Apply to the layer with reflections filter Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) with radius 3px

Note of translator: if as a result the reflections are too bright, you can reduce the opacity of the layer to 40-50%.

Step 19.Now we need to add a warm tint to our image. For this we create new layer, fill it with color # 714200, using a tool Paint bucket tool (Fill).

Change this layer Blend mode (Blend Mode) on Color dodge (Lightening basics), reduce Opacity (Opacity) to 60%. It should turn out like this:

Step 20. Our lesson is almost complete, it only remains to add some touches. Create a new layer, fill it with black color.

Using the tool Polygonal Lasso tool (Polygonal lasso) draw a shape like in the picture, click Delete, to remove the excess. Remove selection with CTRL + D.

Apply filter Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) with radius 22px Reduce the layer opacity to 60%.

Here we are done! I hope you enjoyed the lesson. Good luck!

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