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Design an Epic Fantasy Scene with Photoshop

In this tutorial we are going to create a photo manipulation inspired by Valhalla, one of Mariusz Karasiewicz`s works. He is an amazing artist and his work is absolutly stunning. I want to thank him for allowing me to write this tutorial.

Final Result

Note from Editor: This tutorial, while well explained, is intended for more experienced Photoshop users. If you’re new to Photoshop, please consider trying out School of Photoshop and other Photoshop Tutorials first!

Materials Needed:

Step 1: Create a new document

Go to File > New (Ctrl+N) to create a new canvas. Mine is 1700px wide by 2400px high at 300dpi.

Step 1

Step 2: Large Gothic Doorway

Open in Photoshop the Large Gothic Doorway image and use the Move Tool (V) to drag it into the document you are working in. Then go to Edit > Free Transform (Ctrl+T) and scale the image down to fit your canvas. Change the name of this layer to Large Gothic Doorway.

Step 2

Step 3: Apply the Sharpen Filter

To apply the sharpen filter, go to Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen.

Step 3

Step 4: Select the gate

Now we need to cut the floor and everything that is behind the gate. In the next steps we will put some nice clouds there. So, use the Pen Tool (P) to create a path along the gate. Then, with the Pen Tool still selected, right-click on your image, select Make Selection and click OK.

Step 4

Step 5: Put the selection in a new layer

Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), right-click on your image, and select Layer via Copy. Now the selection is in a new layer. Later we will use this layer to create a clipping mask for the clouds layer.

Step 5

Step 6: Add the clouds

Open in Photoshop the clouds image and move it in your document using the Move Tool (V). Change the name of this new layer to clouds.

Step 6

Step 7: Create a Clipping Mask

Right-click on your clouds layer and select Create Clipping Mask. Now the clouds layer is using the layer directly beneath it (Layer 1) as a mask.

Step 7

Step 8: Mask the clouds layer

We don`t want the clouds to be at the bottom of our image. To fix that, make sure that you have the clouds layer selected and go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All. Then select a black soft brush (B) with the diameter of 200px and mask the bottom part of the clouds layer. Take a look at the following image for reference.

Step 8

Step 9: Duplicate the clouds layer

To duplicate a layer, right-click on it and select Duplicate Layer (Ctrl+J). Use the Move Tool (V) to move this layer at the top of the gate. Then add a layer mask to this layer, select a black soft brush with the diameter of 200px and mask the bottom part of this layer. Take a look at the next image for reference.

Step 9

Step 10: The knight

Open in Photoshop the knight photo and use the Pen Tool (P) to cut the knight from the image. Then using the Move Tool (V), move the knight to the document you are working in. Also, change the name of this layer to knight.

Step 10

Step 11: Add a mask to the knight layer

Make sure that you have your knight layer selected. Then go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All. Select a black soft brush with the diameter of 80px and mask the horse`s legs like I did.

Step 11

Step 12: Lights

Now we are going to create some lights and shadows for the knight layer. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves, make sure that the Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask option is checked and click OK.

Use the settings from the next image for the curves. Then fill the layer mask with black using the Paint Bucket Tool (G), select a soft white brush with the diameter of 50px and paint with this brush on the mask to create some lights on the knight.

Step 12

Step 13: Shadows

Repeat the previous step to create some shadows on the knight. For the Curves layer use the settings from the next image.

Step 13

Step 14: The wings

Open the wings image in Photoshop. Then copy and paste the wings that you like into your document and put them on the knight`s back. Also, change the name of this layer to wings.

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Step 15: Adjustments for the wings layer

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves, make sure that the Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask option is checked and make a curve like I did.

Then go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast and use 24 for the brightness and 38 for the contrast. I also painted with a black soft brush on this layer`s mask because some areas of the wings were too bright.

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Step 16: The shield

Open in Photoshop the Black Knight V image and use the Pen Tool (P) to cut the shield from the image. Then move it into your document using the Move Tool (V). Go to Edit > Free Transform, hold down the Shift key, scale the shield down and rotate it like I did. Change the name of this layer to shield.

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Step 17: The sword

Now it`s time to give to the knight a sword. Open in Photoshop the sword image, cut the one from the middle and move it in your document. Change the name of this layer to sword and put it beneath the knight layer. The knight is almost complete now.

Step 17

Step 18: Group all the knight`s layers

Hold down the Ctrl key and select all the knight`s layers. Then hit Ctrl+G to group them. Change the name of this group to knight.

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Step 19: Add a mask to the knight group

Make sure that you have the knight group selected. Then go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All and paint with a black soft brush with the diameter of 50px and the opacity set to 60%. Take a look at the following image for reference.

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Step 20: Transform the knight group into a Smart Object

Right-click on the knight group and select Convert to Smart Object. Now the knight is in just one layer. If you want to edit the knight, double-click on the layer`s thumbnail. A new document will appear with all the knight`s layers. When you finish editing, save this new document and close it. Then the changes will be applied to the smart object. You can read more about smart objects on Veerle`s blog.

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Step 21: Add a shadow to the knight

Hold down the Ctrl key and click on the knight layer`s thumbnail. This will make a selection of the knight. Now create a new layer, fill it with black and go to Select > Deselect (Ctrl+D). Then go to Edit > Free Transform, right-click on the image, select Flip Vertical, move the layer at the horse`s legs and hit the Enter key.

Now go to Edit > Transform > Distort, hold down the Shift key and distort the shadow like I did. Take a look at the next image for reference.

Step 21

Next, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the Radius to 2px. Then change the opacity of this layer to 50% and its name to shadow and put it beneath the knight layer.

Step 21 - b

Step 22: Add a gradient map to the knight layer

Click on the knight layer to select it, then go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map, make sure that the Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask option is checked and click OK. Then use the settings from the next image. The colors which I used to create the gradient (from left to right) are #252c2e, #26353c, #aabac2 and #d1dde2.

Then set the opacity of this layer to 40%.

Step 22

Step 23: Add some mist

Create a new layer, set the foreground color to #252c2e and the background color to #d1dde2 and go to Filter > Render > Clouds. Then hit Ctrl+Shift+F two or three times, to increase the contrast of the clouds.

Next, you will have to add three filters to this layer:

  • Noise (Filter > Noise > Add Noise)
  • Despeckle (Filter > Noise > Despeckle)
  • Diffuse (Filter > Stylize > Diffuse)

Now add a mask to this layer (Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All), fill it with black using the Paint Bucket Tool (G), select a white soft brush with the diameter of 150px and the opacity 70% and paint with this brush on the mask, at the bottom of the image. Then change the name of this layer to mist.

Step 23

Step 24: Add some adjustments to the mist layer

Now we are going to create three adjustment layers:

  • Brightness/Contrast (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast);
  • Gradient Map (Layer > New Adjustment Layer >Gradient Map) – the colors which I used are #161d1c, #322402, #6a5728, #fffbf3; also, set the opacity for this layer to 40%;
  • Color Balance (Layer > New Adjustment Layer >Color Balance).

Note: Every time you add these adjustment layers, make sure that you check the ‘Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask’ option.

For each adjustment layer use the settings from the following image.

Step 24

Step 25: Rays

Open in Photoshop the Light Beams and Rays Brushes. You can use the Preset Manager (Edit > Preset Manager) for this. Then create a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N), select the Brush Tool (B) and use this tool to draw some white rays. You can use a mask to remove some parts of this layer, if you want. Is not a must. Change this layer`s name to rays.

Step 25

Step 26: Add the feathers

Again, use the Preset Manager to open the feathers brush set which you have downloaded at the begining of this tutorial. Then use the Brush Tool (B) to draw some feathers. Put each feather in its own layer and use the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) to rotate them.

Step 26

Step 27: Final Adjustments

All we have to do now is to add some adjustment layers. You can create them from the Layer > New Adjustment Layer menu.

  • Curves - we will use the curves to create some rays. Use the settings from the next image. Then select a black soft brush with the diameter of 100px and the opacity 75% and paint with this brush some rays on the curves layer`s mask.
Step 27

  • Color Balance - set the opacity of this layer to 50%
Step 27
  • Brightness/Contrast - we will use the Brightness and Contrast adjustment layer to make the image darker on the edges. Use the settings from the following image. Then select a black soft brush with the diameter of 300px and the opacity 100% and mask the center of this layer.
Step 27
  • Photo Filter - use the color #5c6f85
Step 27
  • Brightness/Contrast - this time we will use the Brightness and Contrast adjustment layer to increase the brightness of our image`s center. Use the settings from the following image. Then fill this layer`s mask with black using the Paint Bucket Tool (G), select a soft white brush with the diameter of 300px and paint with this brush on the image`s center.
Step 27
  • Curves – we will use again the curves to make the image`s egdes darker. Use a black soft brush with the diameter of 200px to mask the center of this layer. We want the curves to affect only the edges of our image.
Step 27
  • Gradient Map - this is our last adjustment layer. To create the gradient use the colors #181a1b, #19262c, #3c4e57, #fffbf3. Set this layer`s opacity to 60%.
Step 27

Step 28: Add a quote

This step is optional. Select the Type Tool (T) and write a quote or whatever you want at the top of the image. I have chosed a quote which belongs to James R. Cook: "Do just once what others say you can’t do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again." I have used the Trajan font to write this.

This is the end of the tutorial. I hope you enjoyed it. I want to thank again to FISHBOT1337 for allowing me to write this tutorial and to Kittyd-Stock for letting me use one of her photos.

Final Result

Download the PSD

321 Comments

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    Sandeshaya (2 Points) March 4, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Realy nice work, not only that you have kind to share source file too.
    Thanks.

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    Hi! Its a very great tutorial. but sadly most of the materials needed are not working… ( error 404: site cant be found) :(

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    Martini (1 Point) February 2, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I am almost completing it , but I can’t find what brush u uses to do they ray. because there are so many in the download. what is the one? can u put a picture?

    it’s starting to look awsome!

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    maratterman (0 Points) January 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Very nice in depth guide that is short. A short guide that can make that kind of a picture is amazing!

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    vizio e420vo (2 Points) December 26, 2010 at 4:04 am

    This content was much. Thank you for your content. And think it has plenty of good content, good on this website. Thank you very much.

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    Man, can u re-up materials needed? :)

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    ฟังเพลงใหม่ล่่าสุด (1 Point) December 1, 2010 at 4:55 am

    good topic i likeit

    thank you

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    Hexbugs nano habitat (2 Points) November 23, 2010 at 3:52 am

    thank you . Now i can make beautiful picture.

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    ของขวัญ (1 Point) November 20, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Fruitful topic. Thanks so much.

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    น้ำหอมฟีโรโมน (1 Point) November 19, 2010 at 9:43 am

    It’s very fantastic.
    Nice tutorial.

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    ทัวร์เกาหลี (1 Point) November 17, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    useful demonstration and tutorial..thanks

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    รถยนต์มือสอง (1 Point) November 16, 2010 at 4:28 am

    nice tool, now i know how to make heaven in my laptop. LoL ^^

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    visit for basic photoshop tutorials

    training4free.co.cc

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    Brutal difficulty with no downtime is why I liked Mighty Jill Off so much.

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    ตกแต่งบ้าน (0 Points) November 11, 2010 at 1:06 am

    In any case, there are usually similar images available on sites like istockphoto.com, and sxc.hu if you’re looking for something.

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    Nice information, thanks very much for the tutorials

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    รับเหมาทาสี (1 Point) November 8, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Very good tutorial!!

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    เรื่องเสียว (1 Point) November 8, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Thank good post

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    โหลด camfrog (1 Point) November 7, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Great good post

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    ประวัติสงขลา (1 Point) November 3, 2010 at 5:28 am

    Superb Photoshop technic . I very like this

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    เพลงใหม่ (1 Point) October 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Thank so much

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    Hi.Your site so beautiful & great creat idea.I like this very much.Useful and I will tell my friends to visit this site.

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    สถานที่ท่องเที่ยว (0 Points) October 25, 2010 at 11:19 am

    In any case, there are usually similar images available on sites like istockphoto.com, and sxc.hu if you’re looking for something.

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    สถานที่ท่องเที่ยว (1 Point) October 20, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Thank you for comment

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    小红帽的奶奶 (1 Point) October 19, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Wahoo very Nice !thank you very much

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    ของขวัญ (1 Point) October 17, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Great tutorial!!!

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    Tofik Online (1 Point) September 21, 2010 at 2:41 am

    wohw cool, i like this……
    thx for sharing……

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    chimenk (-2 Points) August 8, 2010 at 12:59 am

    i can’t download some material for this tutorial in devian art. can help me ?

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    I’m just a photoshop beginner but I was able to do this…Thanks for the help!!! =)

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    diego (1 Point) June 26, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    i just save the images and the cut them out to use them

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    Nicole (1 Point) May 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    yes,can someone PLEASE tell me where to find the sword,wings,knight and feathers?
    :(
    I can’t find it either

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    can anyone tell me where to get the knight, sword, wings and feather set? i tried looking vut so far i ahvnt been able to find any :(

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    Nicole (1 Point) April 19, 2010 at 2:51 am

    agree with IND (person above me.)
    I am looking to do the same thing but on the horse.
    can you make another tutorial on putting wings on the horse.
    like idk a pegasus?I guess thats what greek mythology calls it lol

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    Buna treaba Ionut ;) Great tut! Just one little thing…. I would’ve put the wings on the horse…. why would a flying knight carry a horse between his legs?:P

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    Richie (1 Point) April 17, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Man!! where are all the stocks? All lead to 404 pages :( Why do they remove it?

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      It’s a bummer – It could mean a number of things. Perhaps the viewers of this tutorial weren’t respecting the artists rights with the stock images, and it made sense to take them down. Perhaps the artist moved, or updated the photos.

      In any case, there are usually similar images available on sites like istockphoto.com, and sxc.hu if you’re looking for something.

      Sorry for the inconvenience. If you find a good photo, please let us know and we’ll list it here :)

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    it’s great work. soon i’ll show you my work

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    Great tutorial , Thank you and now i will try doing it.

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    kavyasudah34 (1 Point) April 5, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    its very nice. Great post!! post to webmaster “legitimate work at home jobs”

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    Marsogot (1 Point) March 31, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    It’s looking pretty good!!

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    โหลดเพลง (1 Point) March 29, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Great tutorial , Thank you for your share!

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    logo design services (1 Point) March 20, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    what i m say about this any one tell me ? because my hand and my keyword shut down amazing . Thanks a lot for sharing these information. The plan picture has also helped a lot. Look forward to your next post.

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    Your site is very interesting. Thank for sharing

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    Dussarong (1 Point) February 24, 2010 at 6:05 am

    Thank for sharing

    Your site is very interesting.

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    Photos made in the tool what up?

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    Another amazing tutorial! I enjoyed doing this tutorial! Well done!

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    ดาวน์โหลดเพลง (1 Point) February 3, 2010 at 2:41 am

    wow Cool tip thank for sharing.146

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุด (1 Point) February 1, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    wow Cool tip thank for sharing.132

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุด (1 Point) February 1, 2010 at 1:57 am

    wow Cool tip thank for sharing.126

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    เพลงสากลใหม่ (1 Point) January 30, 2010 at 9:59 am

    wow thanks so much.

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    This is truly amazing.. WAW!

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    The link for the wings, doorway and the feather brush set is not working. Did somebody save it? If so, please give me the link?
    Thanks a lot!
    <3

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    Callum Conroy (1 Point) December 23, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Excellent tutorial, great job, thanks! :D

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    Yeah, tut is great but materials need is unavailable to download. Please provide the alternatives. Thanks.

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    an awesome tutorial, I enjoyed it very much and learned a lot about the subtleties of color and light/shadow for such a creation.

    thanks for sharing!

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    how can the horse fly, it doesnt have wings, he will crashes on the floor :/

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    yongming4000 (0 Points) December 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Excellent tutorial !!! i really like it. i want to follow your tutorial. but half of images was not found. can you make another link for these images. any help
    thanks

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    clipping mask (1 Point) November 18, 2009 at 5:50 am

    wow….very cool tutorial

    i wish i could do something like this…

    i will used this as my reference….

    thank you for posting! :)

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    Trevor Brooks (1 Point) November 9, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Half of the stock photos aren’t available anymore, please provide a download of these photos on another server, something like megaupload, as a .RAR file, thank you.

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    evildoom100 (1 Point) November 8, 2009 at 9:43 am

    How come the link to the wings are broken? :D I cant seem to find them
    Could you please copy them to this site?

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    Pepekun (1 Point) October 24, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Very thanks, by the pedazo tutorial, etc.. My Enchanted The Fantasie.

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    excellent idea for a fantasy

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    ordinary stuff for photoshop

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    Steve Thompson (1 Point) October 9, 2009 at 1:52 am

    I just did this tutorial in Photoshop 7 and I think it turned out better than I could have imagined. I used my son in his football pads (no shirt) and helmet facing out the gateway.

    Would love to share it with you.

    Thank you so much for a FANTASTIC tutorial.

    Respectfully,
    Steve

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    IcarusMalfoy (1 Point) September 15, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I just followed this tutorial. I decided to use a ‘princess’ instead of a knight, but I really love the result I got.

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    khaz.madan (1 Point) August 25, 2009 at 5:33 am

    More then half links are dead… Still, fascinating job.

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    Coji Lee (1 Point) August 14, 2009 at 5:06 am

    Oops~! It seems that the owner has taken down the picture of the door~~~ TT

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    Multimedia Design (1 Point) August 10, 2009 at 3:25 am

    Interesting tutorial. I’m not sure I’d ever need that scene, but the skills involved are handy in other areas.

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    Piotr (1 Point) July 1, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Great stuff, you should adapt the perspective though.
    Indeed the knight & the door views are not taken from the same angle yet the knight is on the cathedral’s floor which is in line with the door’s perspective. So in the end it doesn’t stand right.

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    Mr. Cable (1 Point) June 9, 2009 at 5:31 am

    A question, I am having trouble using the Pen Tool to select ‘the gate’ and tiny dots outside ‘the gate’ Is there anyone who can give some more detail on ‘how to select’? I tried doing to the Pen Tool Guide on this site but it did not really help gheheh…
    Cheers

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    Niko (1 Point) June 1, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Wow Greate Job Man.
    I realy like it i think thet it could be better if you was putting an Engel instead of the knight but its look great! the coloring was amazing too how you play wuth thet blue its just beautiful

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    Some Points (1 Point) May 30, 2009 at 1:17 am

    this really very helpful and explained in a very simple way

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    Dragomir Mihai (1 Point) May 20, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    My attempt :”>

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    Fahim Baig (1 Point) May 20, 2009 at 12:24 am

    i like this tutorial of the fantasy knight. i like this i one Keep it up man all things are excellent and have placement.

    Thanks.

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    huwaw69 (1 Point) May 2, 2009 at 8:59 am

    hahaha this is so great, im really learning a lot from this website!

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    awesome..nice combination.

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    neejis arisaemis (1 Point) April 24, 2009 at 4:02 am

    wow! i like boys with ponytails )

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    Cool result! Nice combination and effect! good work!

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    Dragomir Mihai (1 Point) April 18, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Esti extraordinar de talentat. Nici nu stii cat ma bucur sa vad romani care sunt apreciati pe internet pentru realizari in photoshop. Pe langa poza asta excelenta si superba ai ajutat incepatorii ca mine prin pasi foarte detaliati, si chiar psd-ul cu poza ( fapt care nu il vezi mai la nimeni pe internet ) ma bucur ca am dat peste tutorialul asta. Ms frumos :)

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    Dmitry Trubnikov (1 Point) April 16, 2009 at 3:34 am

    very nice, thanks for the tutorial!

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    Jetset (1 Point) April 12, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    So, can I ask you a rights question?

    I want to make an imagine for a website I belong to. I’m trying really hard to find a way to make it look different from this example, but the example picture suits the site so perfectly, I don’t know what to do. I’m looking through stock websites, but my standards are quite high, since this picture is lovely.

    If I make this, and it looks exactly like the example, may I use it for my own devices?

    Thanks a lot. <3

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    CgBaran Tuts (1 Point) April 12, 2009 at 4:43 am

    Great tutorial. Thanks

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    PhotoNoobie (1 Point) April 11, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    This is way to hard for me:( Don’t understand mask’s and what they doXD

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    Very simple tutorial! Nice one mate. Used it but replaced the knight with an image of myself. Check the sword-link., it’s broken

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    That looks so sick. You did a really great job. Good work.

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    oh! I just want to print this out so I can do it step by step! Wonderfully done!

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    so nice. but the shine is not finished.

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    smashill (1 Point) March 7, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Love the end result, just one little thing, maybe you could have changed the perspective of the wings a tan bit and it would even look better.

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    excellent, but shouldn’t the clouds layers have been flipped horizontally since the light should be coming from the right side, based on the direction of the rays?

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    Chanie Falk Tygesen (1 Point) March 5, 2009 at 6:11 am

    Uhhh, really awesome…. I really get inspired by your use of adjustment layers….. :)

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    ahmed (1 Point) March 4, 2009 at 9:28 am

    oh awesome
    it looks like
    lord of the rings

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    Kevin (1 Point) March 3, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Awesome tutorial and a great effect!

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    Awesome. Thanks for the tutorial.

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    kisquian (1 Point) February 28, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    I can tell one word… AWESOME

    Great post

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    alain Boulanger (1 Point) February 28, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    thank a lot,i appreciate

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    Ciursa Ionut (1 Point) February 28, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Thank you all for your comments! It’s really great to see that my work is appreciated by the Tutorial9 community.

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    PhotoshopInstructions (1 Point) February 28, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Truly amazing, really nice job. I’ll make sure to try this out, love the work on the wings.

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    This is amazing… didnt know things could be so simple.. :D

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    very nice tutorial; thanks for sharing!

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    Nikolas Schrader (1 Point) February 19, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    awesome tutorial, thanks for sharing!

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    Kevin Kirsche (1 Point) February 19, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Wow! Very fun tutorial! Great practice with the pen tool. Just what I was looking for!

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    I’ve been a member of deviantart for more than a year. I put my traditional work but I enjoy seeing digital art as well. I always wondered how people make such photomanipulations but now I know. Thank you so much for sharing this! It is really well explained that even I (kinda a noob to Photoshop) managed to complete it without any problems. I’ve learned a lot from Tutorial9 so far and I’m looking forward to see more tutorials like this.

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    Alberto Villalobos (1 Point) February 15, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Amazing!!!!, i am going to practice this effect ASAP.

    for the author of this, man you rock!, continue your great work
    and thank you

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    Wow this has to be one of the best high quality output tutorials I have ever done. The final image is so powerful. Great job!

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    chaoskaizer (1 Point) February 14, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    good photomanip tutorial. thanks

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    awesome““ i like the effect“ thanks“

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    Creamy CSS (1 Point) February 14, 2009 at 6:40 am

    Your final result is just amazing! Really inspiring work! Well done, Mariusz! ;)

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    Wow, amazing. Great tutorial!

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    mojitopl (1 Point) February 12, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Some great techniques revealed here! Thanks

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    I added it in my linkbox …

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    That is a very good tutorial, I love your style :o)

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    *stunned* wow, nice tutorial!

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    greenCzar (1 Point) February 12, 2009 at 2:18 am

    Thanks a lot for this great site. I’ve learned a lot.

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    saurabh shah (1 Point) February 11, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    wow.. very impressive..

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    Seriously wow, fantastic tutorial.

    I enjoy your tutorial writing style, incredibly effective and simple to follow. keep up the great work

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    Welcometothesky (1 Point) February 11, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Hey, great post, great tutorial… but I’m sorry, there’s something strange with perspectives (sky/building) which is, I think, the first thing you have to take care about. Am I wrong?

    But, once again, great tutorial !

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    Conrado Arduini (1 Point) February 11, 2009 at 7:04 am

    good work, great tutorial!!!!!

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    Jad Graphics (1 Point) February 10, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    This is an awesome tutorial.

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    Yael K. Miller (1 Point) February 10, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    That final image is jaw-droppingly beautiful.

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    Excellent result and step by step tutorial, thanks for putting this together.

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    Logo Design Guru (1 Point) February 10, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    this is beautiful and done so nicely. Thank you for posting, it is a nice thing to learn and the result is wonderful.

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    looks amazing, think i will try this out. thankyou
    baz

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    Wonderful tutorial Ciursă. Definitely one of the best Tutorial9 has to offer. Thanks so much for sharing with us :)

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    Constantin Potorac (1 Point) February 10, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    I said it once and I will say it again… Great work dude ;)

    Keep up the good work!

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    LBrother (1 Point) February 10, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Oh yes baby, that is what I’ve been waiting for on Tutorial9!
    Seems to be at a very high level of quality and with pleasure for detail! I’ll try that one out later.
    Well done,
    LBrother

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    Dan O’Neill (1 Point) February 10, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    What an excellent tutorial, will definitely be going over this one when I get home.

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    Mariusz Karasiewicz (1 Point) February 10, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Awesome tutorial. You done great job.

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    Wow, excellent tutorial. I especially love those light rays…

    I will definitely give this a go later!

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    Well done Ciursă Ionuţ. You did an excellent job of using your images to help you explain the tutorial. It’s awesome to see such great work coming from a new author here on the site. Keep up the good work!

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    Rene Silva (1 Point) February 10, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Excelent, I really liked the final pic, just amazing :-)

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    Nokadota (1 Point) February 10, 2009 at 11:33 am

    This is simply epic! It reminds me of Final Fantasy … this tutorial is awesomeness in a can.

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