Mysterious Castle Photoshop Digtial Painting Tutorial

In this digital painting tutorial using Photoshop, I am going to introduce the ways that I use to paint a mysterious castle in Photoshop.

  1. First I will create a black canvas of 6000 x 2797 PIX, with the resolution set to 1 pixel/inch. This will give me a decent resolution to paint on. Then I use the gradient tool to give the canvas a nice blue gradient and this is going to be the color of my sky. After that I create a new layer and sketch out the layout as imagined in my mind.Mysterious Castle Digital Painting Tutorial Step 01
  2. Then I start working on the rocks in the foreground. As foreground elements are the nearest to the viewer, I have to paint it with extreme details.

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  3. I slowly work my way towards the right side and tires to keep the color scheme constant to its purplish blue tone. This is also going to be the general tone I want to have for this mysterious castle painting in Photoshop.

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  4. The foreground rocks are completed.

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  5. Here I have added another darker foreground element to draw viewers attention to the left side of the painting. And I have also added a bit of orange tint to the leafs. From the color theory point of view, orange works well with blue tones.

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  6. Another tree is added in on the left for mid ground elements. So now the tree on the left and right actually works as a frame to constrain viewer's attention within the painting itself.

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  7. Now it's the time to work on the castles in the background. The mysterious castles are also the main theme of this painting and I will have to put in extra effort to achieve the mysterious feeling with colors and lighting.

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  8. The castles cannot be drawn with very harsh colors, they have to appear to be kind of faded in the mist and decorated with the soft lighting coming from within the castles and the bluish mountains far far away in the distance, a mysterious and supreme feeling is created to the viewers.

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  9. The last few stages will be the final touch ups to the details of the mysterious castles painting. I have added a moon and glowing stars in the sky. This will show where the light source is coming from and it also adds another layer of mystery to the digital painting as well.

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  10. This is the last step which I have added a silhouette of a couple on the left pointing at the mysterious castle in the distance and a very soft edge title to the top of the painting. And We are Done!!!

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Hope you have enjoyed this mysterious castle digital painting tutorial in Photoshop. And do look out for more tutorials like this in future. Thanks for reading.:)

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