Create a Minimalist Portal Scene in Photoshop

Create a Minimalist Portal Scene in Photoshop
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We wouldn't want it to the dark, so let's reduce the Opacity to 70%.
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The result should be similar to this:
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Step 4: Create light and darkness

Now, we will enhance the light and shadows of our background. We'll start by darkening the foreground and the upper part of the sky. To be able to do that, let's create a new layer by clicking on the top most layer and pressing Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N and once a box appears, type: "Darken" on the name field. Note: We clicked on the top most layer so that the new layer would be created on top of it. Next, activate the Brush tool by pressing B on the keyboard. Once open, make sure that the brushes are the default Photoshop brushes. See image below:
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To make sure that you're using that, simply 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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The #: 000000 is the color of the Brush tool (B), so this means it is colored black. To set the brush color, follow the instructions below:
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When you're ready apply black paint as shown on the image below:
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The result should be similar to this:
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After darkening our image, let us now paint in some light. To start, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and then name it "Light 1". Make sure to put this layer above the "Darken" layer. Activate the Brush tool (B) and then input the following:
  • Brush size: 400px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffffff
Now, let's paint:
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Repeat it several times until you've come up with a result such as the one shown below:
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Next, create another layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it: "Light 2". Activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:
  • Brush size: 700px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 25%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffffff
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Drag it once, since the Opacity is higher. The result should be similar to this:
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Create another layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it "Light 3". Have the Brush tool (B) ready and then input the following:
  • Brush size: 1000px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffffff
Then, get set to paint:
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The result of that should be similar to this:
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Finally, create another layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and then name it "Light 4". Activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:
  • Brush size: 500px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffffff
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The result:
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Now, that we're done, click on all these layers from the "desert" to the "sky" to the light and dark layers then press Ctrl/Cmd + G to group these layers to avoid confusion on later steps. Rename this group to "Background". Note: Renaming a group is similar to renaming a layer. You would also notice that the layers have been hidden from view, to view them again just left click on the arrow beside the Group's name. See below:
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Step 5: Create Lightning

In this step, we will add lightning bolts from the sky to make our image more epic. To start, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it "Lightning 1". Now, activate the Brush tool (B) and open the brush set: "Lightning Bolt Brushes V1" by GhostFight3r. To load them, simply, right click on our canvas through any layer and then click on the drop-down button as shown below:

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