The most important thing for creating a composite landscape is a good selection of photos. I suggest the following options.
Step 1. Open the Waterfall 1 image and place it as shown below.
Step 2. Open the Waterfall 2 image and go to Edit > Transform > FlipHorizontal(Editing – Transforming – Flip Horizontally). Create layer mask , and then take the main brush black with soft edges to erase areas we don’t need.
Step 3. Open the Waterfall 3 image. Place it below the 1st image and repeat the erase operation as in the previous stage.
Step 4. Open the image with a clipping. Cut with pen and place it as shown below so that it covers the left side of the waterfall, which does not look very good.
Step 5. Let’s turn to the first layer with a waterfall. Apply the tool Lasso and select the bottom of the waterfall, as in the bottom image. Then click Command + J. Go to Edit > Transform > FlipHorizontal (Edit – Transform – Flip Horizontally) and place it as in the image below. Now create mask and main brush erase unnecessary areas.
Step 6. Open the Hills image. Click Command + T and transform as necessary. Create mask and erase the edges.
Step 7. Insert the Sky 1 image into our working paper. Create mask and erase the bottom edges so that they are near the hills.
Step 8. Take the second layer and tool Lasso select some of the water, then place it as in the image below. The first waterfall should be bigger. Create mask and erase some parts. Set the layer opacity to 75%.
Step 9. Go to AdjustmentLayers > GradientMap (Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map). Set the settings as shown below.
Step 10. On the gradient map mask, erase everything except water.
Step 11. Create a new layer. Take the tool Stamp and make some mirror reflections of the right waterfall. Add herbs to close a little waterfall.
Step 12. Create a new layer. Choose a tool Blur and samplealllayers. Use it on water.
Step 13. Create a new layer. Take the base brush with soft edges of white color and draw a few lines on the water. Start with thin lines and then draw everything thicker. Now go to Filters > Blur > GaussianBlur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur), put a radius of about 25 pixels.
Step 14. Download the Cliff 1 image. Set the opacity to 50% so that you can see where it is located. When you put it in the right way, you can make the opacity 100% again. Create mask and leave only a few plots that connect to the rest of the landscape.
Step 15. Open the picture Sky 2 and lift it to the top of the working Photoshop document. Create mask and erase some parts of the clouds so that you get the impression of fog. We will use these clouds also in another step.
Step 16. Cut out the Castle and place it in the center of our composition. You don’t have to cut it carefully, just create mask and paint over the places you don’t need. DO NOT erase them with an eraser, as you do not know what you may need later.
Step 17. Go to AdjustmentLayers > Hue/Saturation(Adjustment layer – Hue / Saturation). Set: The color tone is +7, the saturation is -65, and the light is 0. Attach the layer to the “castle” layer by holding Alt and pressing the right mouse button between the two layers.
Step 18. Now AdjustmentLayers > Levels(Adjustment layer – Levels). Set the following indicators. Create clipping mask as described in step 17.
Step 19. Now go. AdjustmentLayers > Hue/Saturation (Adjustment layer – Hue / Saturation). Set the Color tone to +13, the Saturation +11, and the light to -9.
Step 20.AdjustmentLayers > Levels(Adjustment layer – Levels). Make the following settings.
Step 21 Open the Cliff 3 image and place it in our working paper. I did this because I didn’t really like what the mountains looked like, but it’s not necessary to do it as you wish. Create a mask and remove unnecessary areas.
Step 22 Cut out the Statue and place it on the edge of the abyss. Create mask and hide the right side so that everything is combined.
Step 23 Go to the “cliffs” layer and duplicate it twice by pressing Command + J twice, then attach them to the “statues” layer. Set the first layer’s blending mode to Overlap, and second to Multiplication (Opacity 50%).
Step 24 AdjustmentLayers > Levels (Adjustment Layer – Levels), Specify the following settings in the settings. Attach the layer to the statue.
Step 25. Create a new layer. Use the tool CloneStampTool – A stamp (select all layers) and copy some grass from a cliff onto the dark part of the statue.
Step 26. Again open the white clouds, reduce their size, place on the statue. Create mask and paint over the areas you don’t need. Opacity set to 90%.
Step 27.AdjustmentLayers > GradientMap (Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map) and use the following settings.
Step 28.AdjustmentLayers > PhotoFilter (Adjustment Layer – Photo Filter) and configure it as follows.
Step 29. Merge all layers Command + Alt + Shift + E. Filters > Blur> GaussianBlur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) (Radius 5.0).
Step 30. Blend mode Soft light and the opacity is 50%.
Step 31 Take the brush cloud. I made myself a brush myself, but you can find many options for such brushes on the Internet. Apply this brush below the image to create the impression of a nebula Opacity is 20-30%.
Step 32 Re-open the image with white clouds and erase everything except the top.
Step 33 AdjustmentLayers > Hue/Saturation(Adjustment layer – Hue / Saturation), and use the following settings: Color tone 0, Saturation +28, and Light 0. Erase some areas as shown below
Step 34AdjustmentLayers > PhotoFilter (Adjustment Layer – Photo Filter). Erase the top of the mask as below.
Step 35AdjustmentLayers> GradientMap (Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map), apply it as in the image below.
Step 36AdjustmentLayers> Levels (The adjustment layer is Levels), and apply the following settings.
Last step. AdjustmentLayers> Curves (Adjustment layer – Curves), and set the Output 178 and the input 188.
Lean back and enjoy!
Author: Loredana Papp