How to Create a Magma Mountain

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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

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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!

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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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

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Change its blending mode to Overlay

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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!

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

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