Back below hairs layer. Add new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N, Layer > New > Layer…, or shortcut). Pick soft, 15px, black brush and draw shadow under body of dragon.
Decrease opacity to 50%.
Add new layer. You will draw harder shadows. Pick smaller, soft brush (ex. 5px).
Decrease its opacity to 63%.
Add new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N, Layer > New > Layer…, or shortcut). Pick soft, 40px black brush and draw bigger shadow.
Decrease its opacity to 70%. Change blending mode to Multiply. Keep calm, that was last layer with dragon’s shadow! 🙂
Back on the top of the layers. Add new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N, Layer > New > Layer…, or shortcut) and pick soft, 1px light-orange brush. Draw outline of model’s body. Remember about laces and dress frills.
Again add new layer (or make it on this one). Pick the same brush. Use light-blue color. Draw the outline on model’s body. I also drew some strokes on branches on the right side.
As you can see, dragon isn’t blend so good. Crack should leave shadow on his body. You’ll make it by adding new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N, Layer > New > Layer…, or shortcut). Then, pick 5-7px soft gray brush and draw shadow as is shown.
Now change blending mode of this layer to Multiply.
Awesome! I think, crack texture itself is too flatty. For fixing this, create new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N, Layer > New > Layer…, or shortcut), and pick 1px soft brush. Draw some strokes on the edges of crack.
You’ll create particles on skin – your work will be more dynamic. Create new layer. Pick Clone Stamp Tool (S). Set any kind of debris/particles brush or use Photoshop preset brush – Rough Round Bristle. Click by holding alt, where it’s marked. Then, click on her skin. Play with it as you want.
Add new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N, Layer > New > Layer…, or shortcut). Do the same as in 52 step, but use bigger brush. Also, you can change brush to any kind with particles/debris/dust, for better effect.
At new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N, Layer > New > Layer…, or shortcut). Repeat step 53. Use bigger brush. Then, from top menu choose Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur.
For creating sparks just create new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N, Layer > New > Layer…, or shortcut) and draw randomly some dots and small strokes. Use hard, round brush (with pressure size) – 15px, orange. Small arrows will guide you! 🙂
Give some glow! Click with RMB on created layer. Go to blending options and check “Outer glow”.
Again, dynamics. From top menu click Filter > Blur > Motion blur. Sparks will be looks like flying around! :).
Place “Hanging branches” stock in the left corner of your picture.
In my desired photo manipulation, branches should be at the first plan. For make it, click Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur, then set it as is shown.