Create a Mystical Photo Manipulation of the Great Ragnarok in Photoshop

Create a Mystical Photo Manipulation of the Great Ragnarok in Photoshop
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Before proceeding to the final effect remains one small thing. To increase the drama and tension of the situation shown in the picture, as well a little bit to adjust lighting. I created a new layer with "Soft Light" blending mode and gray fill (hold Opt/Alt and click on "Create a new layer icon". In window that appear set Blending Mode "Soft Light" and check mark "Fill with Soft-Light-neutral color (50% Gray)"). Use Dodge and Burn Tool (O) with Exposure: 20% or use Brush Tool (B) with Opacity: 20 - 30% and black & white colors on this layer to create lighting.
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Step 38

Here we are at the end of this tutorial. In this first part we will sharpen the entire image. Group all layers into one group (Cmd/Ctrl + G or Layer > Group Layers) and create a copy of entire image. Use Cmd/Ctrl + Opt/Alt + Shift + E to make merged copy and convert it to Smart Object (Right click on layer > "Convert to Smart Object" or go to Layer > Smart Objects > Convert to Smart Object). Go to Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen... Set the settings as shown in image below.
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Add one more sharpening filter. Go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask. Set Amount: 75%, Radius: 1.0 pixels, Threshold: 32 levels and click OK. This filter is needed to improve the clarity of detail.
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Now's work on the depth of field. Make one more merged copy (Cmd/Ctrl + Opt/Alt + Shift + E) and convert it to Smart Object. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur with Radius: 5.0pixels. Fill with black Smart Filter layer mask and use soft white brush with Opacity: 50% to remove blur and restore the clarity of the main objects.
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Step 41

Now comes the color. Toning the image is a very important detail. Colour helps the viewer understand what is happening in a picture, or to capture the mood of the author. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map... or use "Add new Fill or Adjustment Layer" icon. Create a gradient with following sequence #030303 > #141818 > #2a5157 > #808080 > #cfaa86 > #dfd0b8 > #fdfde.
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Set layer Blending Mode to a "Multiply" and reduce Opacity to 69%, Fill to 60%.
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Next adjustment layer is "Selective Color" (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Selective Color...). Use image below to adjust the settings for each color. As you can see from the result, I added more blue and green tints in the color range. It looks a bit strange, but the next adjustment layer will put everything in its place.
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Now we take down a bit color, saturation and add a bit of darkness. I use adjustment layer "Black & White" (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Black & White...) with preset "Red Filter" to remove color from dark areas of the image. Try experimenting with different presets to find an interesting option for you. Reduce layer Fill to 40%. On adjustment layer mask with soft black brush restore original color of runes. On this tinting is over.
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Step 44

I decided to add a bit of detail and emphasize mysticism in a picture and is therefore used Brush Tool (B) with feather brush and black color to draw on foreground a bit of flying feathers. Try to keep the feathers more dense and do not apply it more than a third of the working area.
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In the last step I create a vignette to focus the viewer's attention only on the center of the image. With Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) draw a rectangle a little smaller than working area. Inverse selection via Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + I or go to Select > Inverse. Press Shift + F6 or go to Select > Modify > Feather and set Radius to 60px. Fill selection with black color (D > Opt/Alt + Del or go to Edit > Fill > Color...).

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6 comments on “Create a Mystical Photo Manipulation of the Great Ragnarok in Photoshop”

  1. 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. 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!
      Maria.

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