Create a collage with a beautiful orange sunset in Photoshop

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a beautiful, matte and bright sunset in Photoshop. In this lesson, you will use a variety of processing methods that will help you achieve a realistic landscape landscape. To create our work, we will use stock images such as the bay, sky, fisherman, birds, etc. Follow these instructions and hone your skills.

What will you create

You will create an image with a bright landscape. I used the Photoshop CC 2014 version for this tutorial, but you can make it with Photoshop CS3 or a newer version.

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Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop by going to File> Create (File> New) and then set the parameters as shown in the image below or you can choose your own settings.

Step 2

Now place the image with the bay in our work by going to File> Post (File> Place). Place the image so that there is a little free space on top, as shown in the figure below.

Step 3

Click on the icon that is located at the bottom of the layers panel to create a layer mask. Now, using a layer mask, hide the sky at this layer using a black soft brush.

In the image below you will see the result that you should get.

Step 4

Place an image with the sky in our work and place it below the layer with the bay.

Step 5

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to image the sky by clicking on the third button at the bottom of the layers panel (see image below). Set the parameters shown in the figure below.

This is the result you should get.

Step 6

To give a more yellow tint to the sky, I added adjustment layers. Photo filter (Photo Filter) and Selective color correction (Selective color). In the settings of these adjustment layers, set the parameters that are shown below in the figure.

This is the result you should get.

Step 7

Go back to the bay layer and create adjustment layers. Hue / Saturation(Hue / Saturation) and Photo filter (Photo Filter) as a clipping mask (see the image below, the clipping mask icon is indicated there). A clipping mask will apply the effect of the adjustment layer only to the image of the bay, while the other layers remain unchanged. Set the parameters shown in the figure below.

Below you will see the result of using adjustment layers that have affected the color of the bay, but the layer with the sky has not changed.

Step 8

Add an adjustment layer to the bay layer Exposition (Exposure). Set the parameters shown in the figure below.

On the layer mask of the adjustment layer Exposure (Exposure) partially hide the effect in the distance of the bay (see the image below) and save the darkened effect closer to the right edge. As we create the sunset, most of the image should be darker. Focus on the image below.

This is how it will look on the layer mask.

Step 9

Now add an adjustment layer. Color balance (Color Balance) and apply it to all layers (do not use it as a clipping mask). In this case, place the adjustment layer above all other layers. Set the parameters shown in the figure below.

This is what the result should be.

Step 10

Add adjustment layers Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast) and Gradient map (Gradient Map), apply them to all layers. Set the parameters shown in the figure below. Also change the blending mode of the layer. Gradient maps (Gradient Map) on Lightening basics (Color Dodge) and reduce the opacity to 33%.

This is what the result should be.

Step 11

Add adjustment layer Color balance (Color Balance) and set the parameters shown in the figure below.

This is what the result should be.

Step 12

Now it’s time to create a lighting effect using basic lighting techniques. Create a new layer by pressing Ctrl + Shift + N, and then name this layer “Light”. Take the brush tool by pressing the B key on the keyboard, change the foreground color to # 4e2106. Draw the selected brush as shown in the image below.

Change the blending mode of the “Light” layer to Lightening basics (Color dodge), and below in the picture you will see the result that should be obtained.

Step 13

Draw some more light on the water areas of the bay, creating a new layer and using the same color as in the previous step.

This time, change the blending mode to Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge) and reduce opacity (Opacity) up to 38%. That is the result should be obtained.

Step 14

Add an image with a waterfall to our work and place it as shown in the figure below.

Step 15

Use any convenient selection tool for you and extract a part of the waterfall image, as shown in the figure below.

This is what the result should be.

Step 16

Add a correction layer to the waterfall Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation).

On the layer mask of the adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) hide part of the effect, as shown in the figure below, since I don’t want to darken the waterfall itself, because it reflects the light source.

This is what the result should be.

Step 17

Create an adjustment layer Photo filter (Photo Filter) to the waterfall layer.

Hide the effect of the adjustment layer Photo filter (Photo Filter) on those parts of the waterfall image that affect the water part.

Step 18

Add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to the waterfall. Set the parameters shown in the image below, you can also hide part of the effect in certain parts of the waterfall or leave it.

Step 19

Decrease the brightness and increase the contrast of the waterfall by adding an adjustment layer. Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast). Decrease opacity (Opacity) adjustment layer up to 70%, and also hide some of its effect, as shown in the image below.

Step 20

I want to add fog to the waterfall, because when a large amount of water falls, the smallest droplets create a foggy effect or a white haze. To add it, create a new layer and name it “Fog”, then take the tool Brush (Brush tool) and set the opacity and brush pressure up to 30%. Now change the foreground color to # 494745, then start painting the fog as shown in the image below.

Step 21

Add a layer mask to the “Fog” layer, and then apply a filter to the layer mask by going to Filter > Rendering > Clouds (Filter> Render> Clouds). This filter will make a realistic fog. This is the result you should have.

Step 22

Create an adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to the “Fog” layer. Set the parameters as shown below.

Step 23

Highlight and copy the fisherman in our work. Also hide the water part from the image of the fisherman, as shown below.

Step 24

Add adjustment layer Photo filter (Photo Filter) to the image of the fisherman, thus we will give him the desired shade, so that it is in harmony with our work. Set the photo filter parameters as shown in the image below.

Step 25

Add an adjustment layer to the fisherman layer Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast). Set the parameters as shown in the figure below. On the layer mask of the adjustment layer, hide part of the effect with a soft round brush. Also reduce opacity (Opacity) adjustment layer Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast) up to 80%.

This is the result you should have.

Step 26

Load the brushes of the birds in Photoshop, then draw a few birds, as shown in the image below.

Step 27

At this stage we will deal with a more accurate study of the light. Create a new layer, then name it “light” and draw a little light using a soft round brush, as shown in the picture below, choosing color # 532b03.

Change the blending mode of this layer to Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge) and reduce the opacity to 38%. That is the result should be obtained.

Step 28

Create a new layer again, then name it “light 1”. Using the same color as in the previous step, draw a large spot, as shown in the image below.

Set the blending mode of the “light 1” layer to Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge) and reduce the opacity to 40%. That is the result should be obtained.

Step 29

Create a new layer again, then name it “light 2”, and this time draw a large spot just below the previous one, using the same color as in the previous step. That is the result should be obtained.

Set the blending mode of the “light 2” layer to Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge) and reduce the opacity to 20%.

Step 30

There are several details in the image of the bay, such as poles, houses, wires, etc., that need to be removed. For this we will use the tool Stamp (Stamp tool). Create a new layer and start cloning parts of the image, as shown in the image below.

Step 31

In the same way, remove unnecessary parts on the other side of the bay.

This is the result that should be obtained after working with a stamp tool.

Unzip the foliage folder and select the “Foliage 6” image, then place it in the bottom left corner.

To give a shallow depth to the scene, I applied a Gaussian Blur filter to the “Foliage 6” images, going to Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) and set the radius to 2.7 pixels. That is the result should be obtained.

Step 33

Add adjustment layer Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast) to the “Foliage 6” layer and set the parameters as shown in the image below. Also hide some of the effect of the adjustment layer on the “Foliage 6” layer.

Step 34

Reduce the brightness and saturation of the “Foliage 6” layer by adding an adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation).

Step 35

Add adjustment layer Photo filter (Photo Filter) to the “Foliage 6” layer.

Step 36

Now add “Foliage 1” to our work and rotate it as shown in the image.

I also apply the filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) on a layer with foliage with the same settings as in step 32. This is the result you should get.

Step 37

Add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to the “Foliage 1” layer and hide part of the effect on the layer mask of this adjustment layer.

Step 38

Now add an adjustment layer. Photo filter (Photo Filter) to the foliage layer. Set the parameters shown in the figure below.

Step 39

So, we have created our landscape, and now it’s time to move on to the final adjustment. Draw some light with color # 68421a, as shown in the image below.

Change the overlay mode to Lighter (Lighter Color) and reduce the opacity to 27%.

Step 40

Now we proceed to the final adjustment. Create adjustment layers Gradient map (Gradient Map) and Photo filter (Photo Filter) for the entire image, to do this, set the adjustment layers on top of all other layers. Set the parameters shown in the figure below.

Change the blending mode Gradient maps (Gradient Map) on Lightening basics (Color dodge) and reduce the opacity to 30%. That is the result should be obtained.

Step 41

We continue to complete our work with a correction layer. Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast). Set the parameters shown in the figure below and reduce the opacity to 14%.

Step 42

Create an adjustment layer Color balance (Color Balance) in our work. Set the parameters shown in the figure below.

This is the result you should get.

Step 43

Finally, add an adjustment layer. Selective color correction (Selective color) and reduce opacity (Opacity) up to 80% (depending on how much yellow tone you want to add to the work). Set the parameters shown in the figure below.

This is the result you should get.

Final result:

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