Create a mystical picture and wallpaper for your desktop. In this tutorial you will learn many interesting effects such as creating lightning, fog and carved and burning runes and much more. I’ll show you an interesting example of the image toning and sharpening, a lot of interesting tricks and techniques.

What you’ll be creating

First, I will create a background and adjust its color. In this part I will tell you about the creation of lightning in Photoshop and work with filter Camera Raw, work with a layer masks and selection tools. The next step I will add stones and write them harmoniously into the overall atmosphere. I also tell you how to create a realistic fog. In the following steps I will create the effect of fire and carved runes. At the end of tutorial I increase sharpness, create depth of field and toning for the entire image and few details. This tutorial is designed for any knowledge of Photoshop. To create this, you will need Photoshop beginning with CS or or newer version.


Tutorial Resources

Step 1

First you need to open Photoshop and create a new document. Go to File > New or use short key Cmd/Ctrl + N, create a blank document with size 1920 pixels wide and 1080 pixels high, resolution 200 Pixels/Inch. This resolution I chose specifically because I wanted to make wallpapers.


Step 2

The first thing that we need to do is background. Go to File > Place (Place Embedded) and open “Hill” image. You need to properly locate it. In Free Transform Mode (Ctrl/Cmd + T or Edit > Free Transform) place image on right side of working field, reduce it’s size and rotate on -0.25 degrees and apply changes by pressing Enter/Return.


Step 3

To fill left side of image I duplicated layer with hill (Cmd/Ctrl + J or go to Layer > Duplicate Layer) move this layer down in layer stack and with Move Tool (V) place a copy in left side. Add a layer mask to parent layer (use “Add Layer Mask” button in the layers panel or by going to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All). Take Brush Tool (B) and with soft round brush (Size: 120px, Opacity: 50%) blend images to make landscape. Don’t worry about stone in left side. We remove it in next step.

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6 responses to “Create a Mystical Photo Manipulation of the Great Ragnarok in Photoshop”

  1. vendle Avatar

    totally cool. I figured it might be way more steps, but when you are dealing with stock images and things, it goes much faster.

    1. Maria Semelevich Avatar
      Maria Semelevich

      Thank you very much! I am very pleased to hear that! Optimization process an important part of the picture. This helps to save time and organize steps. Feel free to share your final result!

  2. Mikey Avatar

    What brush you use in 35 step??

  3. Riccardo Maria Mantero Avatar
    Riccardo Maria Mantero

    I greatly love this good picture

  4. Tek Raj Gurung Avatar
    Tek Raj Gurung

    Unbelievable… ???

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