Photoshop Tutorial: Create an Armored Fantasy Dragon from a Jewelry Box Image

This tutorial shows the step by step process to turn a normal photo into a spectacular image, just by using creativity and some technical knowledge.

You'll learn how to transform a photo of a jewelry box into a fantasy image of an armored dragon. Some basic photoshop knowledge is required to follow this tutorial.

I've used photoshop CS5 to create this image.

The only source used was the image "Jewelry Box" provided by pxleyes.

End result:
Create an Armored Fantasy Dragon from a Jewelry Box Image Final Image

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Step 1

1. Create a New Document= 1200 * 1200 Px

2. In the image you can see the parts we will use to make our creation.

You can download the high resolution version of this image HERE.

Step 2

1. Cut out 1 pearl from the source image, this pearl will be the base to make the complete dragon texture.

2. Duplicate the pearl layer 5 times and merge them.

3. You will have a line of pearls now. Duplicate it 3 times and merge them.

4. Take the new layer and duplicate it again and merge to obtain the base that you can see in the image number 4.

5. Apply WARP to the figure to make it semi curve.

6. Duplicate the new layer and merge again. Now you have the dragon's base.

Step 3

Take the base and save a copy for future uses.

1. Now, it's time to make the dragon body. Take the base and duplicate it, rotate the new layer to begin with the dragon's neck.

2. Duplicate again the base and follow a curve shape.

3. Repeat the steps 1 and 2 until you finish with the neck.

4. Again take the base and make the dragon's body. Use WARP each time is needed to adjust the forms.

5. To make the tail you can use the neck and body layers, duplicate and merge. Take the new layer and use it like base to make the tail.

6. Merge all the layers you have until now, and with WARP adjust the form.

Step 4

1. With your favorite selection tool make a cut in the dragon's body. When you have the selection done press CTRL+C to copy and CTRL+V to paste it in a new layer.

2. With WARP give a basic head form to the new layer.

3. Duplicate the layer and scale it (small) to complete the dragon's head.

4, 5 and 6. Cut out a neck part in a new layer. duplicate it 3 times and now you have the arms and legs, put them in the correct place and position.

Step 5

1. Take the layer "pearl base" that was made in the step 2 in this tutorial, duplicate it.

2. Use the new pearl base layer to make the wings, apply WARP to enlarge it and duplicate it.

3. Apply WARP to give the big wings base like you can see in the figure number 3.

4, 5 and 6. With this large figure you must fill all the wing. Duplicate it the times you need to complete the wing. (see images 4, 5 and 6)

Step 6

1. Cut out the dragon tail and adjust its form with WARP.

2. Cut out a pearl from the source image to make the eye.

3. Cut out a little piece of the jewelry box (See step 1 to guide). This piece will be the armor base.

4. Duplicate the layer 8 times and place the layers following the neck figure.

5. Cut out anothe jewelry box piece (See step 1 to guide). This piece will be the base to make the dragon's claws.

6 and 7. Make all the claws and place them.

8. Cut out a flower from the jewelry box (See step 1 to guide). And use it to cover the hands and feet to the dragon.

Step 7

1. Take the armor base, apply WARP to make the figure you can see in this step image.

Use this new piece to make the helmet. You must duplicate it 5 times in total fot this step.

2. Select the wing, duplicate it to make the second wing.

3. To make the fangs; take a claw, change its size (do it smaller) and duplicate it sometimes (20 times). place the fangs below the head layer.

Step 8

1. Again with WARP transform the armor base into a large figure. This new figure will be the base to the wing's armor and the body armor.

2. Take again the "Pearl base" you did in the step 2 in this tutorial. With WARP give the form that you see in the image. And apply a color change.

Image - Adjust - Color Balance

with the values:

Lighting= Cyan +14 / Magenta +6 / Yellow -25

Duplicate this layer, invert and merge the 2 layers. Put this image below the dragon to make a kind of floor.

3. Select the dragon's body and the wing main lines and apply:

Image - Adjust - Color Balance

with the values:

Mid Tones= Cyan 0 / Magenta +40 / Yellow 0

This will give green color to the dragon.

4. Select the wing texture and apply:

Image - Adjust - Color Balance

with the values:

Mid Tones= Cyan -10 / Magenta +35 / Yellow 0

Shadows = Cyan -10 / Magenta 0 / Yellow +40

This will give another kind of green to the wings.

Step 9

1. Cut out a part of the jewelry box image to use it like background (See step 1 to guide).
Make the image big to cover all the canvas, and apply GAUSSIAN BLUR with a value of 5,0 to give depth.

2. With the BURN Tool, apply shadows in the dragon's body.

Step 10

1. With the BURN Tool add shadows to the wing.

2. With the DODGE Tool add lightings to all the image, dragon body, wings, armor and floor.

Step 11

1. With the BURN Tool add shadows to the armor.

2. Duplicate the dragon body layer. Take the new layer and go to

Image - Adjust - Hue/Saturation

Low its luminosity to 0


Low its opacity to 70%

This layer will be the dragon shadow in the floor.

Step 12

1. Add more strong shadows to the dragon body to make the image more strong.

2. Merge all the layers in the document. go to:

Image - Adjust - Brightness/Constrast

and raise the contrast +20

The image is finished.

I hope you like the tutorial, good luck!!!!!!!

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laura [banned] says:

Ingenious, love it.

(5 years and 2129 days ago)
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adrian says:

Very difficult for me dude.... I am pretty new here

(5 years and 2128 days ago)
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rajesh [banned] says:


(5 years and 2127 days ago)
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[banned] says:

I love this little dragon and how you made it... People often forget that there's more to Photoshop than just sticking a few photos together ...

Thank you for this!

(5 years and 2125 days ago)
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john [banned] says:

really awesome ..
such an idea :O
i'll try my best ...

(5 years and 2124 days ago)
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[banned] says:

what an imagination... great job

(5 years and 2118 days ago)
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Guest says:

Great, more than superb

(5 years and 2117 days ago)
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sanz [banned] says:

Great..great.. n greatttt...

(5 years and 2114 days ago)
avatar nilknarfsoive

fascinating... it is really very detailed... great tutorial...

(5 years and 2113 days ago)
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[banned] says:

Its very very wonderful

(5 years and 2103 days ago)
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[banned] says:

Well creative....

(5 years and 2094 days ago)
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[banned] says:

simply gr8!!! Well done

(5 years and 2091 days ago)
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locale says:

Great Tutorial. the steps are well detailed.

(5 years and 2089 days ago)
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Guest says:

Well creative....

(5 years and 2079 days ago)
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very very good!

(5 years and 2078 days ago)
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sba3i06 says:

I Can Learn a lot of Things In This WebSite
This is Wonderful Tutorial

(5 years and 2069 days ago)
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[banned] says:

You're very artistic.! I hope I can teach this to my students!!! I simply love it.

(5 years and 2067 days ago)
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(5 years and 2047 days ago)
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[banned] says:

very very very good

(5 years and 2034 days ago)
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Guest says:

very good

(5 years and 2034 days ago)
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[banned] says:

This is a really fun tutorial!

(5 years and 2033 days ago)
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[banned] says:

what can i say? beyond my imagination!!

(5 years and 1789 days ago)
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Guest says:

Depends what poshhotop you have There is an option which when you click it, and then click the part of picture which u want to change the color of it should be really simple..

(5 years and 1674 days ago)
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[banned] says:

Very inspirational!!!!

(5 years and 1656 days ago)
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Help me choose my dress!!

(5 years and 1268 days ago)
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Am I the only one who doesn't want a White Dress?

(5 years and 1264 days ago)

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