Step 6 – Create another cloud layer

Duplicate the original clouds layer again then move it to the top in the Layers palette. Use the Free Transform tool (Ctrl+T or Edit > Free Transform) to rotate the current layer by 180 degrees and scale it up to about 200%. Set the opacity of this layer to 60% and blending mode to Lighten. Invert this layer (Ctrl+I or Image > Adjustments > Invert).

Step 7 – Black & white the Original Layer

Convert the layer Original to black and white. There are several ways to do this in Photoshop but here are a few ways you can do this:

  • Black and white tool (Image > Adjustments > Black and White)
  • Hue/Saturation (Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation)
  • Channel Mixer (Image > Adjustments > Channel Mixer)

Step 8 – Create broken windows, cracks and fire

Add a layer mask to the layer Original. To do this, select the Original layer in the Layers palette then click on the Add Layer Mask button. Now use the Pen tool (P) to draw a crack on the window. Right click on the path then choose “Make Selection”. Press the delete key on your keyboard or choose Edit > Clear.

Open an image of fire and copy and paste it into the current document. Position the fire under the layer Original. I used a picture of a camp fire from my vacation photos. Name this layer Fire then erase around the fire so that you have only the fire in the layer. Convert the layer to black and white using any technique mentioned above such as using the Black and White adjustment layer. Use the Free Transform tool (Ctrl+T or Edit > Free Transform) to resize and position the fire inside the broken window.

Use the Polygonal Lasso tool to create a selection of the glasses in the window. Once you have the selection of the glasses in the window, press delete to remove that area. The fire from the layer below should be visible.

Select the layer Original then change the blending mode to Difference. Now you can see the layers below to see where you can erase. Use the Eraser tool (E) to erase parts from the top and bottom to make the fire look like it’s coming out like shown in the screenshot below. Switch the blending mode back to Normal when you’re done.

Use the Smudge Tool (R) to smudge the fire to create a hazy effect like shown in the image below. Repeat this entire step (Step 8) on the rest of the windows.

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