In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a fantasy photo-manipulation using basic adjustments and some stocks and how to add some textures and make it look like a fantasy fire and show you the way how to use the clipping mask and the mask as a professional and play with the lights.

Preview of Final Results

Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Let’s start with creating new document in Photoshop. Go to File > New. Set the width to 1038px, height to 1468px, and resolution on 300 Pixels/Inch.
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Step 2

Now, Place sky stock as it is shown by selecting File > Place.. and name it Sky. Photoshop will automatically place the image as smart objects, then Resize it to be like this.
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Step 3

Place the Rock Stock too by selecting File > Place .. and put it as it shown. and name it Rock Back
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Step 4

Use Pen tool on Rock Stock and select this area as it shown.
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Step 5

Now press Click Right and select (Make Selection) and make feather radius 1.0 pixels and press OK. like shown in the image below.
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Step 6

Press Add Layer Mask as it shown
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Step 7

It will hide the area that not selected and show like the image below.
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Step 8

Place Panther Stock and use pen tool and layer mask like (step 2&4) and name it Tiger.
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Step 9

Duplicate “Rock Back” Layer by press Ctrl+J, and put it up the “Tiger” layer then go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal to flip the layer and move it to be like the image below.
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Step 10

Duplicate “Rock” Layer and name it “Rock Shadow”, then put this layer under “Rock” Layer as it shown.
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Step 11

On “Rock Shadow” Layer Press right Click and press rasterize Layer, then Go To Layer > Layer Mask > Apply.
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Step 12

Double Click on “Rock Shadow” Layer and choose color Overlay, then do as it shown.
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Step 13

Go To Filter > Blur > Box Blur and make Radius 10 Pixels and press OK, then lower the opacity to 50%.
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Step 14

Duplicate “Rock” Layer and name it “Rock Blur” and rasterize it like (Step11), then Press Ctrl+T to Free Transform and Enlarge image with keeping press on Shift and move it down, then go to Filter > Blur > Field Blur and make blur 10 px.
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Step 15

Select “Tiger” Layer and Go to Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen and do as it shown.
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Step 16

Select The stone under the tiger then do the following adjustments, then select both layers of adjustments and press Right Click and select Create Clipping Mask.
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Step 17

Place Cracked Wall Texture above the both of adjustments and select clipping mask like last adjustments then change the mood to Overlay. and above of all create Black & White Adjustment Layer with the following Properties and create clipping Mask.
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Step 18

Make Selection Around Tiger Eye like first Pic, then those 3 adjustments ( Color Balance / Brightness& Contrast / Black& White ) as it shown.
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Step 19

Create New Layer name it (Eye Light 1) and use Soft Brush (size:25px/Hardness:0%/Opacity60%) and pint the eyes ((with color #529ad2)) like Pic no.1 change Blending Mood To Screen to get pic no.2 then Create those adjustments as clipping Mask for this layer (Eye Light 1) as it shown.

27 thoughts on “How to Create an Intense Composite of a Stone Tiger with Blue Flames”

  1. I got lost when you arrive to those gradient layers it doesn’t seem to do
    nothing on the overall maybe it is ”over doing” to get the same results. I have to redo it because I don’t see how I will be able to bring it back the right way.

  2. Nice tut and all but you need to explain more in details in some specific areas especially for people who has NEVER used Photoshop before.

  3. Nice tut and all but you need to explain more in detail for some specific areas in your steps especially for people who has NEVER used Photoshop before.

  4. Thanks a lot! My cousin has a photo studio, and he always finds a creativity. yesterday i sent this tutorial’s link to them, and today he called me and said the tutorials are awesome.

    Keep it good work!!!!

  5. Tommy Fox

    I would love to do this one, but the links are HORRIBLE. When you click on them they don’t go to the specific pic. If you suck it up and decide to dig around and find them, you have no idea what you are looking for because there isn’t even an example pic for each link. I’ve had the tabs open since the original post above, but can’t do anything with it because it’s an impossible task.

  6. This tutorial is atrocious. The steps are simple enough, but so poorly written that many of them do not make sense. It’s often very unclear which tool or layer or effect the user is working with. Can’t believe I wasted so many hours on this.

    1. Hey, I was stuck as well, but the adjustments are the ones that are next to properties just below colour and swatches

      Hope that helps

  7. Hey everyone I`m stuck on Step 16! I`ve selected the stone BUT what is meant with the selection or how do I set up the shown adjustments? It would be very kind of you if someone could help me with a hint! I know I`m a sort of a ps-n00b, but everyone is at some point a bl00dy beginner.

    Best regards
    d4n

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