Learn how to create this amazing photo manipulation by Andrea García! This tutorial starts by compositing the city landscape using several stock photos then moves on to adding fire and flame. After that, you’ll learn how to add a gas mask to a model and finish up with a warm color effect and a few additional details.
Preview of Final Results
- Wall – Faestock
- Model – mjranum-stock
- City – joanielynn
- Mask – Valentinakallias
- Bullets – August-girl
- Radioactive sign – Fantasystock
- Sign Stick – Wolfc-stock
- Sky – Somadjinn
- Crack Brushes – Funerals0ng
- Fire – Creativenature-stock
- Fire II – Noobist
- Explotion – Joeycool10
- Sign Fire – Meihua-stock
- Wall Texture – Falln-stock
- Radioactive symbol – Johanvts
Step 1 – Size
Go to the menu File – Open. The file has to be Width200px. Height 1700px.
Step 2 – Base
You have to star with a base image, this is the one is going to be at the bottom of everything, you can use a texture and add a Gaussian blur (Filter –Blur – Gaussian blur) to have something like this:
Step 3 – Wall
Let’s start with the wall, place the image of the street and add a layer mask, You can find the layer mask option at the bottom of the layers menu.
Step 4 – Hide
Paint over the layer mask with the black brush until you have something like this, remember to make the edges of the wall, don’t worry if is not perfect is just to have the idea.
Step 5 – City
Open the image of the city and place it like this:
Step 6 – Blending
Repeat the process you did before, create a layer mask and hide everything except the buildings, you can make the selection with lasso tool and then pass the black brush to hide the undesired parts.
Step 7 – Multiply
Change layer mode from normal to the option multiply.
Step 8 – Sky
Place (Menu File – Place) the image of the sky above the other images.
Step 9 – Soft Light
Change layer mode to soft light.
Step 10 – Dark
In a new layer ( Ctrl+Shift+N) Pick a soft round brush (black) and paint around the buildings and sky, all the upper part of the image, use the layer in soft light mode. You can set the opacity of the brush to pen pressure if you have a tablet, if you don’t you can use 40% of opacity.
Step 11 -Fire
Like you did before place the layer of the fire
Then change the layer mode to soft light and change the opacity to: 60% and the fill to 50%.
Step 12 – Gaussian Blur
You can add some Gaussian blur to this image, because right now this layer is going to create the lighting of the flames, So go to Filter- Blur- Gaussian Blur.
Apply 50px of radius.
Step 13 – More Fire
Now add more fire, place another image of the fire and add a layer mask like you did before, so you can hide the edges and make a better blending of the image.
Tip: Is important that all you elements or at least most of them, are Smart Objects because you can always go back if you make a mistake, is a lot easier to fix it.
Step 14 – Layer mode
Change layer mode to screen and reduce the opacity of the layer to 50% and the fill to 80%
Step 15 – Fire
Add another layer with the fire and repeat the process add a layer mask to it and hide the edges to blend the image.
Step 16 – Screen
Change layer mode to screen
Step 17 – Duplicate
Duplicate the layer and rotate the image, to make the fire from behind the building
Step 18 – Reduce Opacity
Change the opacity of the layer to 55%
Step 19 – Decay
Add some texture to the buildings, for this you can use images or brushes or also mix both. For the front wall you can use an image, place the image and reduce the opacity so you can see underneath that layer.
Then create a layer mask and hide most of the layer just leaving some of those holes in the wall like this:
Change the layer to soft light and reduce the opacity to 70%
Step 20 – Cracks
For the city buildings far away you can use crack brushes with a layer in soft light mode, you can change the opacity of the layer and also of the brush to get better results.
Step 21 – Fog
You can add some dark fog in the bottom of the buildings to blend the image. The brush can be set at 40% of opacity. Also you can change the opacity of the layer to 70% or 60% if you think is too strong.
Step 22 – Painting fire
Now paint some flames on the top of the buildings, use orange and yellow tones to create the flames, you can start making some lines like that
Create a new layer and create bigger flames and with less opacity, you can set your brush to pen pressure or use it at 30% use a soft round brush
Now pass the blur tool to it, to the first ones you made also you can use the smudge tool
Add more blur and also create a new layer and paint more around the flames, reduce the opacity of the layers to 60% and you will have something like this: