Born of the Dragon - Create this Symbolic Gothic Composite in Photoshop

Born of the Dragon - Create this Symbolic Gothic Composite in Photoshop
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Now change blending mode of this layer to Multiply.
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Step 51

Awesome! I think, crack texture itself is too flatty. For fixing this, create new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N, Layer > New > Layer..., or shortcut), and pick 1px soft brush. Draw some strokes on the edges of crack.
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Step 52

You'll create particles on skin - your work will be more dynamic. Create new layer. Pick Clone Stamp Tool (S). Set any kind of debris/particles brush or use Photoshop preset brush - Rough Round Bristle. Click by holding alt, where it's marked. Then, click on her skin. Play with it as you want.
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Step 53

Add new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N, Layer > New > Layer..., or shortcut). Do the same as in 52 step, but use bigger brush. Also, you can change brush to any kind with particles/debris/dust, for better effect.
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Step 54

At new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N, Layer > New > Layer..., or shortcut). Repeat step 53. Use bigger brush. Then, from top menu choose Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur.
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Step 55

For creating sparks just create new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N, Layer > New > Layer..., or shortcut) and draw randomly some dots and small strokes. Use hard, round brush (with pressure size) - 15px, orange. Small arrows will guide you! :)
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Step 56

Give some glow! Click with RMB on created layer. Go to blending options and check "Outer glow".
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Step 57

Again, dynamics. From top menu click Filter > Blur > Motion blur. Sparks will be looks like flying around! :).
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Step 58

Place "Hanging branches" stock in the left corner of your picture.
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Step 59

In my desired photo manipulation, branches should be at the first plan. For make it, click Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur, then set it as is shown.
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Step 60

As you can see, stock image is too bright. Fix it by adding Adjustment layer with Hue/Saturation. Then, after setting, click on it with RMB, and choose "Create clipping mask".
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Step 61

I'll also fix Brightness/Contrast on this layer. Add adjustment layer with Brightness/Contrast. Then, after setting, click on it with RMB, and choose "Create clipping mask".
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Step 62

Now add new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N, Layer > New > Layer..., or shortcut), click on it with RMB, and choose "Create clipping mask". Pick huge, soft brush. Draw strokes near doors - where lights goes.
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You should decrease created layer opacity to 5%.
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Step 63

So far, so good :). You'll duplicate group of layers. By holding ctrl mark "Hanging branches" and all layers above. Then, drag and drop it on New layer symbol.
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Step 64

From duplicated layer, delete light on branches - drag and drop it to trash icon.
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Step 65

Transform duplicated "Hanging branches" as shown.
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Step 66

In your color case set #ff9100 color as primary. Then add adjustment layer with Gradient fill (shortcut or Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Fill).
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Change blending mode of this layer to Soft light. Decrease opacity to 20%. It will make glow around.
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At the end, add adjustment layer with Color/Balance (shortcut or Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color/Balance). Set it as is shown. You can freely play with this settings, so you can get other results! :).
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Final Results

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Tutorial by msRiotte

profileThank you for following this tutorial! If you have questions, write. I am Monika Nowakowska - young graphic designer. I love photo manipulations and digital artworks. You can see my portfolio or see all my photo manipulations. If you want to get some news, like my Facebook page.

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16 comments on “Born of the Dragon - Create this Symbolic Gothic Composite in Photoshop”

  1. Hi, this tutorial helped me learn things, and was cool. The only 3 things about it made me frustrated.

    1. You only used one specific color code and the rest of the colors were hard to get right.

    2. The 1px soft brush for the hair strands did not work for me. It was too big and pixelated and I wasn't sure what effects you used..? Maybe I missed it.

    3. I couldn't use trees. it was hard to follow the tutorial properly. I use a different door. One you used not available.

    thank you for this tuorial and keep up the good work.

  2. This tutorial was cool, but frustrating for me because it was hard to find the exact colors, because you only gave one specific color code. Also I'm not sure exactly how you did the hair, mine wasn't working well at all. I was using a soft round 1px brush and it was too pix-elated and it was too big . Here is what I came up with . I didn't use the trees because It didn't go well
    with the door (because the one you used wasn't available) . Thank you for making this tutorial. Keep it up.

  3. Looks amazing. Thank you, I want to try this and have read through the tutorial. Can you please tell me what you mean by click RMB. I know all the tools in Photoshop (using CS5) but RMB is new to me. thank you.

    1. I think RMB = right mouse button :)
      Great tutorial, thank you. I tried it, but I got some trouble with the orange color, it isn't like yours. Can you tell me the color-code? It looks really dark and it is not "shining" on my manipulation.
      Thank you for this tut :)

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