Create a Gigantic Fortress with a Mysterious Glow in Photoshop

Create a Gigantic Fortress with a Mysterious Glow in Photoshop
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Next, create another layer once again (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it “light from within 3”. Activate the Brush tool (B) once again and input the following:
  • Brush size: 80px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 25%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: fffed8
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The result:
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Next, we will create another “light from within”. Create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it “light from within 4”. Activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:
  • Brush size: 80px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 25%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: fffed8
Now, let’s paint:
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The result of that should be similar to this:
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Finally, let’s create the last one. Create a new layer again (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + ) and name it “light from within 5”. Activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:
  • Brush size: 80px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 25%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffffff
Let’s paint:
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The result:
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Now, let’s darken the whole castle wall and ground. To do that, let’s create a layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) above all the layers and groups and name it “Darken image”. Once the layer is created, activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:
  • Brush size: 1600px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
Let’s paint now as shown on the image below:
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The result:
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Now that we’re done with the mysterious light, select all the layers from Step 4 - Step 5 and group these (Ctrl/Cmd + G). Name it to “WALL”.

Step 6: Create the Vignette

In this step, we will learn how to create a vignette which will help enhance the focus on our subject. To start, go to the Menu bar and click on File > New and use the same settings we used to create our canvas. (Refer to Step 1). Take note, the background contents should be white. Once it has been created, go to Filter > Distort > Lens Correction. Find the tab Vignette and use these settings:
  • Vignette amount: -100
  • Midpoint: +50
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Now that that’s done drag the vignette to our canvas using the Move tool (V) and put it on top of all the layers that we’ve created, and then set the following:
  • Blending mode: Multiply
  • Opacity to 40%
To set the blending mode, simply click on the drop-down menu beside the word “Normal” on the top part of the Layer window. The Opacity is located just beside that drop-down menu as well. See image below:
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The unblended Vignette will look like this:
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Once the blending mode is set to “Multiply” it would look like this:
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Step 7: Enhance the Image’s Color and Contrast

Now, we will be enhancing the image’s overall color, contrast and lightness. To start, let’s create a Solid Color adjustment layer to enhance the color of the image. From the Layer window, click on the “Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button”.
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Once the contextual menu opens, click on Solid Color:
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Now, clicking on the Solid Color option will open the Color Picker box. Now, input the following on the #: space.
  • #: 000218
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Now, your screen will be filled with this dark blue tinge. To change that, we’ll need to blend it in. Change the Blending mode and Opacity of this layer to the following:
  • Blending mode: Exclusion
  • Opacity: 40%
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Next, create another Solid Color adjustment layer through the “Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button”. This time, input the following:
  • #: edbb36
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Once you’re done, change the Blending mode, Opacity and Fill to the following:
  • Blending mode: Soft Light
  • Opacity: 20%
  • Fill: 40%
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Now, let’s create a Gradient Map adjustment layer through the “Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button”.

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