Create a Minimalist Portal Scene in Photoshop

Create a Minimalist Portal Scene in Photoshop
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This will prompt the contextual menu to pop up and once you see that, just click on Load Brushes.
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You will now be prompted to this directory: Adobe Photoshop > Presets > Brushes so make sure that you have put the brushes within this folder. Now locate the brush set and click OK. Right click on the canvas again using your Brush tool (B) and now you'll notice that you have lightning brushes. Now, let's choose a brush:
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With that brush selected, input the following brush settings for it:
  • Brush size: 600px
  • Hardness: Default
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: dff9ff
This is the brush color we would be using:
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Now, let's paint in the first lightning bolt!
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Notice the blocky part on the top part of the lightning?
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We would need to fix that and to do that, activate the Eraser tool (E) and input the following settings for it:
  • Brush size: 150px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
Let's erase it now:
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The result should be similar to this:
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Now, we will make this lightning glow. To do that, right click on "Lightning 1" and then click on Blending Options.
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When the Blending Options menu opens, click on "Outer Glow" and set the following:
  • Outer Glow:
  • Blend mode: Screen
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Noise: 0%
  • #: efb0ff
  • Technique: Softer
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 0px
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The result of that should be similar to this:
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Next, let's now move to creating the second lightning bolt. Create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and then name it "Lightning 2". Activate the Brush tool (B), make sure that "Lightning Bolt Brushes V1" by GhostFight3r is loaded, and then select the following brush from the set:
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Now, that you have that brush loaded, change its settings to the following:
  • Brush size: 200px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: dff9ff
Paint "Lightning 2" on the region shown below to give a sense of depth:
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The result should be as follows:
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We would also need to make it glow so right click on "Lightning 1" and then click on "Copy Layer Style"
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Now, right click again on "Lightning 2" and then click on "Paste Layer Style"
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Now, let's give a bolt source for "Lightning 2". To start, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and then name it "Bolt source". Make sure that this layer is above "Lightning 2". Activate the Brush tool (B) and then click on that drop-down button again to open the contextual menu and then click on "Reset Brushes" since we're going to use the default PS brushes once again. Once they have been reset, set the Brush tool's settings to the following:
  • Brush size: 80px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 25%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ebfbff
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The result should be similar to the following:
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Group these layers (select all layers and press Ctrl/Cmd + G) and name the group to "Lightning".

Step 6: Create the Portal

Now, let's add the highlight of this image, the portal. To start, open "Arch Gate 07" by Dralliance Stock. Once the image is open, activate the Polygonal Lasso tool (L) and then create a selection area around the gate. See image below:
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Now that you have created a selection area around the gate, you may now move it to our canvas using the Move tool (V). Upon moving the image to our canvas, rename this new layer to "Portal". As you've noticed, its size would be something like this:
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Now we would need to reduce the size of this portal to the size that we need. So activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and then scale the "portal" as shown on the images below:

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