Create a Mystical Photo Manipulation of the Great Ragnarok in Photoshop

Create a Mystical Photo Manipulation of the Great Ragnarok in Photoshop
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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Step 4

Select the Clone Stamp Tool (S) then set the brush size to 100 pixels and Opacity to 50%, change sample to "All layers". Paint over the object shown in the image below. Choosing the right texture paint over remnants of the stone and continue mountains. Try to match the areas of source clone to place where you put them.
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Step 5

I decided to build the mountain to create depth in the image. Go to File > Place (Place Embedded) and open "Mountains" image. The most important thing at this stage is as possible pick the exact position of the mountains, that this image was a continuation of the basics. Do not worry about the color.
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Step 6

Add a layer mask and remove all unnecessary trees and base of the mountains. Use Brush Tool (B) with the settings from Step 4. It is important to create the impression of integrity of the mountains and the background. For me was to create background realistic as possible.
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Step 7

Create a merged copy of image with Cmd/Ctrl + Opt/Alt + Shift + E 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 > Camera Raw Filter (Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + A). This is powerful and quick tool to editing pictures without using a lot adjustment layers. So let's get started from white balance and toning. Set following settings - Temperature: +3, Tint: -10, Exposure: -0.25, Contrast: +5, Highlights: -10, Shadows: -10, Whites: -10, Blacks: -5.

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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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