Turn any photo into a dot grid artwork with these Photoshop actions. You'll get great results with dots that change size. They get larger in brighter areas and smaller in darker areas. Free download available.
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).
Change blending mode of this layer to Multiply.
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).
Change blending mode to Screen, decrease its opacity to 79%.
Place "Smoke0387_L" to your file. Transform it as is shown. For free transform one point, use Ctrl and drag it as you want.
Change blending mode of this layer to Screen
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).
Click on "Smoke0387_L" layer and go to Filter > Sharpen... > Sharpen".
Place Magic fire to your image. Transform it and change blending mode to Screen.
Mask top of the stock. Click on white canvas on the left of layer thumbnail and use big, soft round brush.
Duplicate layer with fire - drag it and drop to new layer symbol or go to Layer > Duplicate layer.
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.
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.
Change blending mode to Soft light.
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".
I can only see step 45 and below. Any help please?
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.
Thank you so much! Just a great lesson!
Step 50 - rubbish!!
Step 48 - Channel mixer - Green - green - -58) Thanks for tutorial, awesome =)
The link to the Battleground Skies doesn't work - states it's invalid.