Create This Surreal and Medieval Style of a Battlefield in Photoshop

Create This Surreal and Medieval Style of a Battlefield in Photoshop
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Place "Golden Rune Sword", transform it as is shown.
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Mask sword with hard round brush.
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Add new adjustment layer with Color Balance. Go to Layer > New adjustment layer > Color Balance or use marked shortcut. Then, right-click on this layer and choose "Create clipping mask" (Alt+Ctrl+G or Layer > Create Clipping Mask).
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Then, add new adjustment layer with Hue/Saturation. Go to Layer > New adjustment layer > Hue/Saturation or use marked shortcut. Next, right-click on this layer and choose "Create clipping mask" (Alt+Ctrl+G or Layer > Create Clipping Mask).
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Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer... , Shift + Ctrl + N or marked shortcut). Follow the light source and draw shadows on sword hilt. Use small, soft round brush with dynamic pressure size, set #232827 color and draw gently strokes. Next, right-click on this layer and choose "Create clipping mask" (Alt+Ctrl+G or Layer > Create Clipping Mask).
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Change blending mode of this layer to Linear burn and decrease its opacity to 55%.
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Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer... , Shift + Ctrl + N or marked shortcut). Choose big, soft round brush and set its opacity to 20%. Use the same color as before. Follow the light source and draw shadows on blade. Avoid shading edges of blade. Shade also decoration above sword hilt - see the picture. Next, right-click on this layer and choose "Create clipping mask" (Alt+Ctrl+G or Layer > Create Clipping Mask).
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Change blending mode of this layer to Multiply.
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You'll create lights on sword hilt. Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer... , Shift + Ctrl + N or marked shortcut). Set 50px soft round brush and choose #daccae color. Decrease opacity of brush to 60%. Follow light source. Next, right-click on this layer and choose "Create clipping mask" (Alt+Ctrl+G or Layer > Create Clipping Mask).
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Change blending mode to Screen, decrease its opacity to 79%.
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Place "Smoke0387_L" to your file. Transform it as is shown. For free transform one point, use Ctrl and drag it as you want.
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Change blending mode of this layer to Screen
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Add new adjustment layer with Hue/Saturation. Go to Layer > New adjustment layer > Hue/Saturation or use marked shortcut. Next, right-click on this layer and choose "Create clipping mask" (Alt+Ctrl+G or Layer > Create Clipping Mask).
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Click on "Smoke0387_L" layer and go to Filter > Sharpen... > Sharpen".
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Place Magic fire to your image. Transform it and change blending mode to Screen.
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Mask top of the stock. Click on white canvas on the left of layer thumbnail and use big, soft round brush.
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Duplicate layer with fire - drag it and drop to new layer symbol or go to Layer > Duplicate layer.
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It will be necessary to mask top of stock more. Click on white canvas on the left of layer thumbnail and use big, soft round brush.
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In your color picker set colors: #c8b998 and #232827. Then, add new adjustment layer with Gradient Map. Go to Layer > New adjustment layer > Gradient Map or use marked shortcut.
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Change blending mode to Soft light.
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Back to bottom of stack of layers. Duplicate "Battlefield sky" stock and drag it on the top of stack. Right click on layer mask thumbnail and choose " Delete layer mask".
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Add new mask to this layer. Click on shortcut or go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal all... Use big, soft round brush with dynamic opacity. Mask randomly parts of clouds, to achieve fog effect.

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11 comments on “Create This Surreal and Medieval Style of a Battlefield in Photoshop”

  1. This is an *excellent* tutorial. I'm experienced in Photoshop, but a novice (at best) when it comes to photo manipulation at this level. The steps to this tutorial were baby-easy to follow, and my resulting work was nearly identical to the tutorial's. Even at individual steps, my canvas matched the photos. Not once did I have to start doing additional work to reach the same point as the tutorial. That's so rare!

    This is really the only in-depth tutorial I've followed that doesn't assume fore-knowledge, shows all the necessary elements, doesn't skip details, and thoroughly explains steps and processes without over-elaborating. And all that without asking me to pay for stock! Fantastic!

    Thank you for such a detailed and well-built tutorial, I'm on my way to see what else you've got.

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