Create a Mystical Photo Manipulation of the Great Ragnarok in Photoshop

Create a Mystical Photo Manipulation of the Great Ragnarok in Photoshop

Step 37

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.

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.

Step 39

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.

Step 40

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.

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.
Set layer Blending Mode to a "Multiply" and reduce Opacity to 69%, Fill to 60%.

Step 42

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.

Step 43

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.

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.

Step 45

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!

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