In Photoshop, you can create beautiful pictures using just a few stock images, brushes, filters, and effects. To create amazing photo manipulation, all you need is a little imagination and of course the basic fundamentals of Photoshop. In this lesson, you will learn how to easily create a fabulous landscape using an image of an old tower, a brush of Rays of Light, including adjustment layers, to bring all the elements of the composition together.
Before we get started, let’s take a quick look at the picture that we will create. You can always change the design of the picture and add your own zest, for example, to do the work in other colors, or even using other source images, brushes, as well as other elements of Photoshop.
Let’s start our lesson with a beautiful image of the sky. Apply scaling to the image of the sky, so that it fits the size of our working paper, so that it looks like in the screenshot below.
The size of my working paper is approximately 850/1300 px, and the image of the sky has a height of 850 px, therefore, there is still an empty area of 850/450 pixels. Therefore, create a new layer below the sky layer, and then fill this layer with the color shade # fdf1e6.
To combine the two layers, to the layer with the sky, add a layer mask. Apply tool on layer mask. Gradient (Gradient Tool), gradient color from black to transparent, gradient type Linear (Linear Gradient).
Add a new adjustment layer Color Balance (Color Balance) on top of a layer with the sky. Changes will not be visible immediately, but in the end you will see the difference. Just remember that this adjustment layer is Color Balance (Color Balance) is created only for the layer with the sky, therefore, all other layers will be located on top of these two layers.
In this step, I will add two more adjustment layers. Let’s start with the adjustment layer. Photo Filter (Photo Filter), which will give the image a beautiful orange tint. Color for photo filter # e79622.
The second adjustment layer is Brightness / Contrast (Brightness and Contrast). Strengthen the contrast to add more drama to the image. Apply the settings shown in the screenshot below.
It’s time to add the following stock image to our scene. Open the image with a mountain trail, and then, for example, using the tool Lasso (Lasso Tool), create an active selection, as shown in the screenshot below.
Of course, you can use any technique to create a selected area, for example, using the tool Pen (Pen Tool) to create a contour.
Copy the selected part of the image to the new layer (CTRL + J). Name this layer with the ‘Mountain Path’ trail.
You may have noticed a slight difference between the color tone of the image of the mountain trail and the color tone of the sky. To fix this, add a new adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance) on top of a layer with a mountain path.
Do not forget to convert this adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance) in the clipping mask to the layer with a mountain path so that the correction is applicable only to the layer with the path.
Create a new layer below the mountain path layer, name this layer ‘Grass’. Download Grass brushes. Draw the grass along the contour of our mountain. Make sure the foreground color is set to shade # c25814 and the background color to shade # 281004.
Open the image with the tower. Select only the image of the tower. Move the selected image of the tower to our working paper, located on the top of the mountain, as shown in the screenshot below.
To the tower layer, add two adjustment layers. Brightness / Contrast (Brightness and Contrast) and Color Balance (Color Balance) as a clipping mask.
Add a Layer styles (layer style) to the layer with the tower. When the layer style window appears, select the following options: Inner shadow (Inner Shadow), Internal glow Inner Glow) and Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay) to even better combine the image of the tower with the whole scene.
We need to take into account the light source, therefore, we will lighten / darken the right side of the tower. In the screenshot below, you can see the place that is indicated as a light source. Further in the lesson the light will become more intense.
Create a new layer, name this layer ‘Shadow from the tower’. Create a selection around the image of the tower, then fill the selected area with black. Next, on the shadow layer, apply the tool Transformation (Transform tool (Ctrl + T), Flip horizontally (Flip Vertical) and also apply Perspective (Perspective) to add perspectives to the shadow according to the direction of the light source.
To make the shadow look realistic, apply a filter to the shadow layer. Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), blur radius is approximately 5 px. Reduce value Fillings (Fill) for a layer with a shadow to 0%. Add layer styles to the shadow layer. Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).
Highlight the ‘Mountain Path’ layer as well as the two adjustment layers, then duplicate them and then merge duplicate layers (CTRL + E). Name the combined layer ‘Trail’. You can see a small arrow next to the thumbnail of the new merged layer, meaning that the new layer acts as a clipping mask to the ‘Mountain path’ layer.
Rotate the ‘Pathway’ layer. Using tool Eraser (Eraser Tool), hide the entire image, leaving only the image of the trail, without grass. Using tool Deformation (Warp tool), defor
Peace the trail as shown in the screenshot below.
Add a model image to our scene. Apply scaling to the model image so that it fits into our composition. Flip horizontally, as shown in the screenshot below.
To the model layer, add adjustment layers. Color Balance(Color Balance) and Brightness / Contrast(Brightness and Contrast) as a clipping mask. Apply the settings shown in the screenshot below. We carry out model correction in order to combine the model with the whole scene.
Next, we will create a shadow falling from the model, just as we did with the shadow for the tower, taking into account the direction of the light. So, duplicate the model layer, flip the duplicate layer horizontally, decrease the value Fillings (fill) to 0% and then apply layer styles Gradient overlays (Gradient Overlay), gradient color from black to transparent.
As a final touch, let’s add some rays of light. Create a new layer. Name this layer ‘Rays of Light’. Download the amazing Rays of Light brushes from the link at the beginning of this tutorial. Brush color is white. Select the burst 1 brush to create an effect.
Create another new layer to create another light effect, this time using a “beam2-particles” brush from the same set of brushes. In the brush settings, set the angle of the brush to -60 degrees.
Using an eraser, hide separate parts of the light rays, for example, rays that do not pass through the walls of the tower, therefore, remove these parts of the light rays. Try to make the rays of light as realistic as possible.
You can see the final result in the screenshot below. Hope you enjoyed the tutorial.