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Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

psdvault Photo Editing Jul 10, 2012

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop. This is an intermediate level Photoshop tutorial and some steps can be a bit tricky, but why not have a try!

Along the way, we will render some power/energy lines by manipulating a fire texture, which is unleashed from the angelic figure. We will also add a floating rock which is chained, and the power will try to pull the rock towards to the angelic figure in order to break it.

Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)

angel 500x312 Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1280px * 800px with black background. Load the Sky stock image into Photoshop, select a portion of the sky and paste it onto our document, adjust the size with free transform tool as you see fit:

1 sky paste 500x310 Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Use a soft eraser to remove some parts of the sky as shown below:

1 erase 500x307 Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Add the following 2 adjustment layers on top of the sky layer:

Black and White

1 bw Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Levels

1 levels Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Load the ground image into Photoshop, select a piece and copy and paste it onto our document, compress and perspective the selection with free transform tool, and form a ground texture for our image:

1 ground 500x136 Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Add the following Black and White adjustment layer to the ground layer:

1 bw ground Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Use a soft eraser to remove some parts of the ground as shown below:

1 erase ground 500x120 Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

and here is the effect so far:

1 effect 500x305 Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Step 2

Let's make an angelic figure into the image - load the model image into Photoshop and select the girl:

2 select model 500x363 Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Copy and paste the selection onto our image, resize and position it on the bottom right:

2 paste 500x276 Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Add the following 3 adjustment layers as clipping mask for this girl layer:

Black and white

2 bw Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Levels

2 lvs Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Curves

2 curves Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Create a new layer with the blending mode "overlay", grab a small soft brush to paint some lights on the model as shown below:

2 highlights 500x347 Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Load the wing stock into Photoshop, move the wing onto the girl and use a soft eraser on the edge so it fades into the background:

2 wing 500x320 Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

and here is the effect so far:

2 effect Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Step 3

Load the rock image into Photoshop, select a piece of rock and move it onto our document, use a soft eraser to fade the edges, and position the rock on the centre left of the image:

3 rock 500x274 Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Add the following 2 adjustment layer as clipping mask for this rock layer:

Levels

3 lvs Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Curves

3 curves Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Load the chain image into Photoshop, use the quick selection tool to select a portion:

3 chain 500x379 Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Copy and paste the selection onto our document, and distort and warp it with free tranform as shown below, then attach it to the bottom of the rock:

3 distort Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Add the following black and white adjustment layer to this chain layer:

3 chain bw Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Repeat these steps above and add another chain to the top of the rock as shown below:

3 attach chain 500x669 Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Step 4

Let's made some energy lines/particles for the image. Load the fire image into Photoshop, and select a portion of the with a 30px feather Lasso Tool:

4 fire sel Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Copy and paste the selection onto our document, warp it as shown below:

4 warp 500x455 Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Apply the following Levels adjustments to this fire layer:

4 lv 500x442 Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Change the blending mode of this fire layer to "Screen":

4 screen 500x350 Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Duplicate this fire layer a few times and merge them together (revert the blending mode to "screen" after the merge), add it to the top of the wing as shown below:

4 attach 500x453 Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

We can also use the liquify filter to warp the fire texture a bit, in order to have flowing effect which links the rock and the model:

4 liquify 500x271 Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Duplicate the liquified layer a few times for more effect:

4 attach more 500x258 Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Step 5

Let's add some particles into the image. Again we use the Lasso Tool with 30px feather to select a portion as shown below:

5 sel Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Copy and paste the selection onto our image, and apply the following Levels adjustment to it:

5 lvs Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Change the layer blending mode to "screen" for this particle layer, and here is the effect so far:

5 effect Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Add the particles to different parts of the image as shown below, adjust its angel and shape with the free transform tool:

5 attach par Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

5 attach par 2 500x499 Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Then, we can use the method described in this tutorial (with red colour), add some flowing pattern into image:

5 attach lines 500x316 Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Add more flowing patterns onto the image:

5 attach lines 2 Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Step 6

We can add the following curves adjustment layer on top of all previous layer to adjust some lighting effect:

6 curves Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

6 curves red Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

6 cur blue Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

Layer mask on this curves adjustment layer:

6 cur mask 500x312 Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

and here is the final effect I have: (click to enlarge)

angel 500x312 Create a Surreal Magical Power Unleashed Scene in Photoshop

That's it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful! Till next time, have a great day!

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