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Create a Fantasy Steampunk Castle in Photoshop
Tutorials Photo Manipulation 12451 Views January 20th, 2014

Learn how to create a fantasy steam-punk castle in Photoshop using some simple blending, color correction and adjustment processing. It is true that in this photo manipulation tutorial we'll use some more advanced Photoshop techniques, but there are plenty of references to tutorials for you to learn something new.


First we'll create the sky background with clouds made out of two different clouds textures. I will use this sky clouds texture for the lower part of the sky. Place the image like shown in the preview and apply two adjustment layers for Color Balance and Brightness/Contrast.

Make sure you set the adjsutments as clipping mask to afect only the sky clouds image.

Pick the Clone Stamp Tool and adjsut the sky image to look similar to the preview, otherwise the manipulation will not look good. Press ALT and click to set the clone point and simply draw over the sky area to clone the surface.

For the top part of the sky use this clouds texture; you have to Flip Vertical the image and place it like shown in the image preview.

Now you have to add a layer mask to the Top Clouds layer. And inside the layer mask use the Gradient Tool with a simple black and white gradient to create a smooth seamless transition between the two images.

Again add two adjustment layers this time for the Top Clouds layer, to correct Color Balance and Brightness/Contrast.

I converted the layer into a smart object for adding a smart filter. Go to Filter>Sharpen and choose the Smart Sharpen filter with these settings. In the smart filter mask simply add the same fade effect used in the previous steps, using the Gradient Tool

In this next step I will add a cliff rock on the right side. All you have to do is to use one of the Photoshop selection tools and to remove the background, keeping only the rock surface.

As you can see the color tones are different from the rest of the images so to blend thhem together we have to add a Color Balance adjustment.

Duplicate the rock layer with its adjustment layer. Flip the second rock layer horizontally and place it like shown in the image.

Add this castle stock image on the cliff. Flip the image horizontally and remove the background. Use the Eraser Tool and a soft round brush to blend the castle with the cliff rock.

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5 comment(s) for "Create a Fantasy Steampunk Castle in Photoshop"

11:02 AM Thursday, July 10, 2014
Steampunk City Castle Photoshop Manipulation - made by Helen of Troy( reply
11:02 AM Thursday, July 10, 2014
Here are some photo manipulations inspired by my Steampunk Futuristic City Photoshop Tutorial
artwork made by Eva-rus10( reply
1:53 AM Saturday, October 25, 2014
another photo manipulation inspired by my Steampunk Futuristic City Photoshop tutorial
8:53 AM Monday, July 06, 2015
A very nice tutorial and it is featured in our list of best Photoshop Tutorials of year 2014. Check here : and don't forget to give a shoutout on social networks :-) reply
2:49 AM Monday, July 27, 2015
This Photoshop tutorial is the best, pure perfection. Thanks for this lesson. I'm tired and happy :) reply

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