Beautiful landscape in the style of Matt Paint in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a beautiful landscape with an exciting atmosphere and a fabulous castle in the background; we will also add some additional details to our scene.

In this lesson we will look at the following techniques:

  1. Mat paint
  2. Adding curls of hair
  3. Selection of objects
  4. Making water droplets
  5. Light effects and shadows

So let’s get started!

Final result

Source materials:

Step 1

Create a new document. On the new layer, draw a rough sketch of the concept of our picture.

Step 2

In this step we will create a background using several stock images.

1) Open the image with the river, and then move this image to our working paper, placing it on the left side of our scene, as shown in the screenshot below.

2) Next, open another image of the river. Move this image to our working paper, located on the right side of the scene. Next, with the tool Eraser (Eraser tool (E), process the hard edges of the image, as shown in the screenshot below, to perfectly combine the two images. (Note: when combining two images with the river, pay attention to the waves were on the same line. This will help create the appropriate combination) .

Step 3

In this step, we will remove the boats that are visible in the distance with the tool Stamp (Stamp tool (S).

1) Create a new layer on top of the river layer, then select the tool Stamp (Stamp tool (S). In settings Sample (Aligned Sample) set option Current and next (Current Below). Now hold down the (Alt) key (the same key for both Mac and PC), move the cursor to the area next to the boat, select a cloning pattern, and then click on the image of the boat.

2) Do the same with the other boat.

Step 4

In this step, we will separate the sky to a new layer to create an additional landscape.

1) Before we continue, merge the layers with the landscape, and then use the tool Lasso (Lasso Tool (L), select the entire image of the landscape, without highlighting the sky, as shown in the screenshot below. (Note: When selecting the contour of the hills, accuracy is not necessary).

2) Next, activate the option Refine edge (Refine Edge) using the tool Refine radius (Refine Radius tool) paint over the edges of the contour of the hills and trees to create the perfect edge selection. To get the perfect edge selection, set the value Contrast (Contrast) at 2%, value Shift edge (Shift Edge) at -7% and value Edge Detection Radius (Edge Detection Radius) at 0.3px. Further, in the settings Conclusion on (Output), set New layer (New layer) and click OK.

3) In the same way, separate the sky on a new layer.

Step 5

In this step, we will add an extra mountainous landscape on the horizon.

1) Open the image with the mountains, move this image to our working document, placing the layer with the mountains between the layer with the river and the layer with the sky, then place the mountains in the background, as shown in the screenshot below.

2) Next, add an adjustment layer to the mountain layer. Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask, slightly shift the red curve.

3) Next, add an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation). In the settings, reduce the value Saturation (Saturation) to -61.

Step 6

In this step we will add a stone to the fore where our heroine will sit.

1) Open the image of the stone, move the stone to our working paper, placing it in the foreground at the bottom in the center of our scene, as shown in the screenshot below.

2) Add a correction layer to the stone layer Exposition (Exposure) to combine the stone with the environment, increase the value Gammas Corrections (Gamma Correction) to 0.87.

Step 7

In this step we will create turbulent flows in the river.

1) Open a stock image with a mountain river, select a part of the image, and then move the selected part of the image to our working paper, placing it to the left of the stone, as shown in the screenshot below. Next, with the tool Eraser (eraser tool), hide the hard edges of the image to create a smooth transition and align with the entire scene.

2) As you can see, the water in the river has a greenish tint, therefore, add a correction layer to the layer with the mountain river Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask and slightly shift the channel curve Green (Green), as shown in the screenshot below.

3) Next, add a correction layer to the mountain river layer. Exposition (Exposure), set the value Gammas Corrections (Gamma Correction) at 0.70.

Step 8

Next, we will add a lock to our scene. Move the image of the castle to our working paper, placing it on the right side of the composition.

Using a layer mask, hide hard edges on the image of the castle to create a smooth transition and align with the whole scene.

2) Next, add an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation). In the settings, reduce the value Saturation (Saturation) to -60.

3) Next, add a correction layer to the lock layer. Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask and slightly shift the channel curve Green (Green), as shown in the screenshot below.

4) Next, add a correction layer to the lock layer. Exposition (Exposure), set the settings that are shown in the screenshot below.

Step 9

Create a new layer on top of all layers. Using a soft black brush, create a vignette to add a dramatic atmosphere to the picture.

Step 10

In this step, we will select the model image using the object selection technique.

1) With tools Lasso (lasso tool) or Magic wand (magic wand tool), create an active selection around the model image.

2) Next, select the option Refine edge (Refine Edge), in the settings, set the value Smooth out (smooth) on 1, Contrast (Contrast0 at 4%, and Shift edge (Shift Edge) at -3% and then with the tool Refine radius (Refine Radius tool), paint over the edges of the outline of the model to create a perfect selection of the edges of the model image.

Further, in the settings Conclusion on (Output), set New layer (New layer) and click OK.

Step 11

In this step, we will add the main character to our scene, as well as color correction to combine it with the whole atmosphere.

1) Move the selected model image to our working paper, placing it on a stone, as shown in the screenshot below.

2) Next, hide the extra areas of the stone under the model image, as shown in the screenshot below.

3) Add a correction layer to the model layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation). In the settings, reduce the value Saturation (Saturation) to -47.

4) Next, increase the value. Gammas Corrections (Gamma Correction) to 0.67.

Step 12

Create a new layer below the model layer and using a soft black brush, draw the shadows on the model, as shown in the screenshot below. (Note: using the tablet when creating shadows will give the best result).

Step 13

In this step, we extend the hair model.

1) Select a brush Hair, brush color # bdbab1. Using a brush, lengthen the hair, as shown in the screenshot below.

2) Change the brush color to # 706d66, paint the hair, darkening it. Try to keep the direction of flowing hair when working with a brush to make the hair look more natural.

Step 14

In this step, we will draw hair that flies over the neck from the front.

1) Choose a brush Hair with thicker curls of hair, brush color # c7c1b1. Create a new layer. Draw the hair as shown in the screenshot below.

2) Next, choose a brush with a less, but fairly thick curls of hair. The brush color is the same. Draw the hair as shown in the screenshot below.

3) Change the brush color to # 6b645c, paint the hair in the area of ​​the neckline, darkening it.

Step 15

In this step, we will add the shadows to the repainted hair so that they look more natural and believable.

1) Create a new layer on top of the layer with painted hair, hold down the (Ctrl) key + click on the thumbnail of the hair layer to load the active selection. Next, draw a shadow over the hair, as shown in the screenshot below.

2) Next, draw the shadows on the hair behind the model’s back.

3) Since hair locks develop in the frontal region of the model, they create shadows on the model itself. Create a new layer below the hair layer, paint the shadows on the models that create the hair curls.

Step 16

In this step we will create a splash effect around the stone. Splashes create waves when they hit a stone.

1) Create a new layer below the stone layer. Draw a splash of water using white.

2) Create another new layer on top of the stone layer. Draw a spray of water, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 17

In this step, we will add a fog effect to our scene.

1) Create a new layer below the vignette layer. On the new layer, draw a fog as shown in the screenshot below.

2) Next, select the tool Eraser (eraser tool), install the same fog brush, lightly rub the eraser over the painted fog effect.

3) Now, reduce the opacity of the fog effect layer to 76%.

4) Create another new layer. Draw a fog near the shore on the right side of the scene.

Step 18

In this step we will add the image of the sparrow.

1) Add a sparrow image to our working paper, placing it in front of the model, as shown in the screenshot below.

2) Create a new layer on top of the sparrow layer, and then add shadows to the sparrow to combine it with the surrounding atmosphere.

Step 19

In this step, we will add branches of dry wood to our scene, placing them in the foreground.

1) Add branches of dry wood to our working paper, placing them on the left side of the composition in the foreground.

2) To the layer with dry branches, add an adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation), reduce the saturation value to -35.

3) Next, add a correction layer to the layer with branches. Exposition (Exposure), set the value Gammas Corrections (Gamma Correction) at 0.81.

4) Since the branches of the dry tree are in the foreground, they must be blurred to add depth of field to the scene. On a layer with branches, apply a filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), blur radius 5.0px.

Step 20

In this step we will make a color correction of the whole picture.

1) Create a new adjustment layer Exposition (Exposure) on top of all layers. Set the value Gammas Corrections (Gamma Correction) at 0.85.

2) Next, add an adjustment layer. Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast). Set the value Brightness (Brightness) at 8.

3) Next, add an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves), set the RGB curves as shown in the screenshot below to get the next effect.

Step 21

Using Birds brushes, paint flocks of birds flying all over the scene, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 22

In this step, we will add a rain effect to add drama to our scene.

1) Create a new layer on top of all layers in the layers palette. Paint the rain with a brush. Rain, the color of the brush is white.

2) Next, to the rain effect layer, add Motion blur (Motion blur), Angle (Angle) 50, Bias (Distance) 1px.

Step 23

In this step, we will add a few drops of water to the screen (approx. translator: the author creates the feeling that water droplets hit the camera lens, thereby adding dynamics to the picture). Before we proceed to this step, first select all the layers, and then merge them into one layer.

Priminterpreter: Once you have selected all the layers in the layers palette, press the keys (Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E) to create a merged layer.

1) Create a new layer, draw a drop of water on the right side of the scene, as shown in the screenshot below.

2) With a tool Lasso (Lasso tool) cut part of the scene to form a drop on a new layer.

3) Now, combine the layer with a drop of water and the layer with a drop of water with the image of the river in one layer. And then to the merged layer, add a filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), blur radius 7.0px to get the desired effect.

4) In the same way, add more water drops, as shown in the screenshot below.

Congratulations, we have completed the lesson!

Final result

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