Create a Gigantic Fortress with a Mysterious Glow in Photoshop

Create a Gigantic Fortress with a Mysterious Glow in Photoshop
  • Brightness: -70
  • Contrast: 0
  • Use Legacy: Unchecked
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The result should be similar to this:
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Next, we will need to darken some parts of this ground before we put the castle walls on top of it to make things easier. To do that, make sure that the “ground 1” layer is selected and then create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N). This process makes sure that the new layer will be created above the active layer. Now when then new layer box is open, input “darken” on the name box. See image below:
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Next, right click on the “darken” layer and click on “Create Clipping Mask” so that the paint we will be applying will only be applied to the “ground 1” layer.
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Next, activate the Brush tool (B) but before we start, make sure that the active Brushes are the default brushes. The default Photoshop brushes are shown on the image below, if that’s not what you see, then follow the instructions below:
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Right click the canvas while a layer is selected and while the Brush tool (B) is activated and then click on the button highlighted below:
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Then click on “Reset Brushes” from the contextual menu.
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Now, that that is done input the following settings for our Brush tool (B):
  • Brush size: 1100px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
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Take note that the #: 000000 is the brush’s color. To change to that, simply do the following:
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Once it opens input 000000 on the # space.
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Now, let’s darken the areas that need to be darkened:
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The result should be similar to this:
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Next, we will brighten the horizon of the sky; to do that, let’s create a new layer again (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and in the name box, input “horizon”. Make sure though, that this layer is above the “darken” layer. Once the layer is created, activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following settings:
  • Brush size: 800px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffffff
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Now, we can paint in the horizon.
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The result of that should give a brighter horizon such as shown on the image below:
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Next, it’s time we added the second stock image which will feature the rocks in this deserted wasteland. To start, open the stock image: “Petrified Forest National Park 2” by dynamix. Once the stock image is open, activate the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) because we will use this to create a selection area over the rocky region of the image.
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Let’s do it!
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Once the selection area has been made, activate the Move tool (V) and drag it to our canvas. Make sure to put it above all the layers that we’ve created. Position it as shown below:
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Rename this layer now to “ground 2”. Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and resize it as shown on the images below:
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The result of that transformation should be similar to this:
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Now, let’s reduce the Brightness/Contrast of these rocks to make it blend with “ground 1”. Go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast and input the following:
  • Brightness: -70
  • Contrast: 0
  • Use Legacy: Unchecked
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The result of that should be similar to this:
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To make “ground 2” blend more seamlessly, we’ll need to erase some parts of it and to that, we’ll need an Eraser. Activate the Eraser tool (E) and input the following:
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  • Brush size: 150 px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
Once you’re ready, erase the region highlighted on the images below:
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The result of that should be similar to this:

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