Create a foggy landscape in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a mysterious scene with a mountain lake in Photoshop. You will also learn about the technique of creating photo manipulations, including the technique of combining stock images, using these techniques, you will learn how to create a single panoramic landscape.

Final result

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Step 1

First, create a new document in Photoshop. Set the size of the document, which is shown in the screenshot below:

Step 2

Open stock image with a lake. Move this image to our working paper. Press the keys (Ctrl + T) to activate the tool. Free transformation (free transform tool). A settings panel will appear above the document. Click on the icon Keeps proportions (Maintain aspect ratio) in the settings panel. Next, hover over the icon on the right. When you hover the cursor, a hand will appear, click on the icon + hold the mouse button + drag the mouse left or right to scale the image of the lake. You can see my result in the screenshot below:

Step 3

Next, select the tool Rectangular area(rectangular marquee tool). With this tool, select the part of the sky in the image with the lake. Press the keys (Ctrl + J) to duplicate the selected area to a new layer. Select tool again Free transformation (free transform tool (Ctrl + T). Right-click on the document and in the window that appears, select the option Flip Vertically (flip vertical).

Step 4

We need to fill the top space of our working paper. Raise a little top of the selected part of the sky.

Step 5

Activate the free transform tool, drag the lower anchor point down to slightly increase the scale of the selected part of the sky:

Step 6

To the layer with the selected part of the sky, add a layer mask through the bottom toolbar. Make sure that the foreground color is set to black and the background color to white. Choose a tool Brush (brush tool). Using a soft black brush, hide the extra areas of the image, creating a smooth transition with the whole scene.

Step 7

Finally, select the layer with the lake and the layer with the selected part of the sky, and then, press the keys (Ctrl + G) to group them. Reduce the opacity of the layer with the group to 70%

Step 8

Duplicate the lake layer. Zoom out by placing a duplicate layer on the right side of our scene. Using a layer mask, hide parts of the image, leaving only visible trees in the background.

Step 9

Duplicate the lake layer twice. Do the same as in the previous step, add trees to our scene. Finally, the blend mode for all duplicate layers Normal (normal), opacity of layers 70%:

Step 10

In this step, we will add stones to our scene. Open the stock image with a stone. Choose a tool Lasso (lasso tool). With this tool, select the part of the image with stones.

Step 11

Copy the selected part with the stones to a new layer, and then move the selected image with the stones to our working paper. Apply scaling to the image with stones, arranging them, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 12

Using a layer mask, hide the extra areas of the image with stones:

Step 13

Next, create a new layer on top of the layer with stones (Shift + Ctrl + N). Make sure that this layer is converted to a clipping mask for a layer with stones. Set the blending mode for this layer. Overlap (overlay), 100%. Fill this layer (Shift + f5) with 50% gray. Choose a tool Brush (brush tool). Using a soft brush, the color of the brush is white, the opacity of the brush is 10-20%, paint over the stones to lighten them.

Step 14

Next, create another new layer on top of the layer with lightening, convert this layer to a clipping mask. Fill this layer with black. Change the blending mode for this layer to Lightening basics (color dodge). Next, using a soft white brush, stroke the stones to increase the brightness.

Step 15

Next, go Layer – New corrective layer – Color tone / Saturation (layer> new adjustment layers> hue / saturation). Apply the settings shown in the screenshot below. Finally, go to the layer mask of the adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (hue / saturation) and using a soft black brush, hide the effect of the adjustment layer.

Step 16

Create a new layer on top of all other layers, change the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (soft light). Using a soft brush, the brush color is black, paint over the scene, as shown in the screenshot below, creating a smooth black shade with the whole scene.

Step 17

In this step, we will add a house to our scene. First, cut out the image of the house with the tool Lasso (lasso tool) in the same way as we did with the image of stones in the previous step. Next, move the selected image of the house to our working paper. Apply scaling to the house, placing it behind the stones.

Step 18

In this step, we will perform a general color correction. Let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Color Balance (layer> new adjustment layers> color balance):

Step 19

Add another adjustment layer. Curves (curves).

Step 20

Switch to the layer mask of the adjustment layer. Curves (curves) and using a soft black brush, hide the effect of the curves. The brush processing area is highlighted in red.

Step 21

Next, we will add a model image to our scene. Open the stock image of the model. Using tool Pen (pen tool), create an outline around the model image. Once you have closed the contour, right-click on the created contour and in the window that appears, select the option To form a selected area (make path selection). Next, press the keys (Ctrl + J) to duplicate the selected area to the new layer.

Step 22

Move the selected model image to our working paper. Apply scaling to the image of the model, placing it as shown in the screenshot below. Next, with the tool Blur (blur tool), install a soft round brush, stroke the bottom of the model’s dress:

Step 23

The result, which should be at the moment:

Step 24

To saturate our composition, I decided to add an image of a boat to our scene.

Step 25

After we added the image of the boat, we need to add light highlights to the boat. Choose a tool Clarifier (dodge tool), set the value in the tool settings Range (Range) on Shadows (Shadows) value Exposure (Exposure) 40%, and then using a soft round brush, add light highlights to the image of the boat (the paint area is marked with red arrows).

Step 26

Next, add a correction layer to the boat image. Hue / Saturation (hue / saturation). Do not forget to convert this adjustment layer to the blending mask to the boat layer.

Step 27

We need to add the shadow of the boat. To do this, duplicate the layer with the image of the boat. Reflect a duplicate layer vertically, and then add a layer mask by processing the image with a soft black brush. Finally, reduce the layer opacity to 30%, mode Normal(Normal).

Step 28

Create a new layer below the model layer. While on this layer, paint over with a black brush below the model’s dress, and also on the stones to add a shadow falling from the model. Further, in order to create a more mysterious atmosphere, I decided to add fog to our scene. Create a new layer on top of all other layers and using a soft white brush, gently apply a few strokes. Use a very low brush opacity of 5-10%.

Step 29

Create another new layer. This time we will add a smooth black transition to our scene. Paint over the edges of our composition. The brush should be soft with a low opacity of 5-10%. Gently stroke the edges of the image.

Step 30

On the topmost layer, press the keys (Shift + Ctrl + Alt + E) to merge all visible layers. So we will create a merged layer. Next, go Filter – Other – Color Contrast (filter> others> high pass). Change the blending mode for the merged layer to Multiplication (multiply), layer opacity is 100%.

Step 31

Finally, add a layer mask to the merged layer and hide the filter effect using a soft black brush. The scope of the brush is highlighted in red.

Thank you for being with me until the end of the lesson. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Final result

Author: Dek Wid

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