How to Create a Magma Mountain


This tutorial will show you how to turn a lovely waterfall into a deadly one with magma effect. We will make it look real and natural, read on to find out how

Step 1: The Image
You can look for a waterfall image somewhere or save the image below


First we should enhance the colors of this image a bit
Press Ctrl-J to duplicate this image then go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and set a small value of 0.5 pixels and change the blending mode of this layer to Overlay. Now it looks more impressive!


Step 2: Add the Moon to the sky
Download this image or get another elsewhere


Paste it on your document and change its blending mode to Screen and move it to the top of the mountain. Resize it if necessary


Step 3: Use the Eraser Tool with a soft brush to erase the bottom of the moon to make a "behind" effect


Step 4: Adjust the moon's color by going to Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation (Ctrl-U) and use these settings:


Our moon will turn out blue and blend better with the sky


Step 5: Turn this normal waterfall into a deadly one
Look for an image with some fire on it like this one:


Put it on your document and change its blending mode to Overlay to apply its colors to the mountain


Step 6: Add a layer mask to this layer by going to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal All. Press D to change your foreground color to black and use a soft brush to fill the sky to hide the effect of this layer on it, make it brighter


Step 7: The last step is to turn water into magma. I found an image whose sky looks like magma


Select a small part of it like the image above and paste it on your document. Use the Transformation Tool Edit>Transform>Rotate to rotate it 90o


Change its blending mode to Overlay


Step 8: Add a layer mask like we did as step 6 and fill mountain and sky areas with black to hide the effect of this layer on them. Now we have a great result!


I added some "black birds" to make it more impressive


You can try adding some more effects on it. Hope you enjoy this tutorial!