Create an amazing landscape in Photoshop

?Photomontage is limited only by your imagination! In this lesson you will learn how to create an amazing landscape using many different images.

By performing this lesson, you will enhance your skills in working with blending modes using the Brush tool, effects, clipping layers, and masks.

You will have many opportunities to express your imagination – boldly add various elements, experiment!

Special thanks to Beverley Bridge for the lesson materials provided.

Download the archive with materials for the lesson (Psd files, 222 MB)

Step 1

Open the image “cobblepuddle.jpg” in Photoshop. Rename the layer with this image to “Backpuddle”.

Our first task is to enhance the color of the grass. To do this, go to Select> Color Range (Select> Color Range). Set the value to “Scatter“(fuzziness) at 96. Click on the bright part of the grass with the pipette. In this way, you can select most of the grass and some parts of the pavement. Press the key combination Ctrl + C, to copy the selected area. Then, create a new layer and click Ctrl + V, to paste the copied section onto a new layer. Rename the resulting layer to “Grass”.

Step 2

On the Grass layer, go to Picture > Correction> Curves (Image> Adjustments> Curves). Then enter the values ​​to change the shape of the curve: output (output) – 74 and entrance (input) – 91.

Go to the “Backpuddle” layer. Right-click on it and select the item in the submenu Duplicate layer (Duplicate Layer). Rename the resulting layer to “Back puddle highlights”, and mode him overlay (blending mode) set to Overlap (Overlay).

Hold key Ctrl and make clicks on all three layers. After all the layers are highlighted, click the combination Ctrl + E – This will merge the three layers into one. Give the name of the merged layer “Background”.

Step 3

Work on the shape of the horizon. Press the key combination Ctrl + T , in order to go into transformation mode. Then click on the mini icon on the right side of the top settings panel, this will allow you to switch to the “Deformation“(Warp).

Translator’s Note: what this icon looks like, you can see in the picture below:

Using the warp mesh, change the shape of the horizon — try to give it the appearance of a wave (hills). Under the “Background” layer, create a new layer. Name this layer “Sky”. Standing on the “Sky” layer, press the key combination Shift + F5 and as the fill type, set the color to white. Click “OK”. As a result, you get a layer filled with white.

Then double click on the “Sky” layer to open the menu Layer Style (Layer Styles). Use the layer style Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay). Set the gradient color transition from blue to # 2870af to blue # b3def8.

Step 4

Choose a tool Magic wand (Magic Wand) and install tolerance (tolerance) at 40. Click on the image with the puddle. Then hold down the key Shift and continue to click on the water in order to highlight the maximum area of ​​the puddle.

After the selection is done, press the combination Ctrl + C (to copy the selection). Create a new layer. Standing on a new layer, click Ctrl + V, to paste a previously copied fragment. Name the new layer “Puddle”. Double click on the “Puddle” layer to open the menu. Layer Style (Layer Styles).

We’ll also use the style for this snippet. Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay). In the gradient settings, set the color transition from light blue # addce9 to blue # 184f6c.

Step 5

Under the “Puddle” layer, create a new blank layer. Select the “Puddle” layer and the empty layer below it and click the combination Ctrl + E, thus, we get the combined layer. Change blending mode (blending mode) merged layer on Saturation (Saturation).

Activate on the toolbar Eraser (Eraser). In the tool settings, set a soft round brush with a diameter of 100 pixels. Delete on the Puddle layer the areas that look “grainy” or have a pronounced overexposure.

Step 6

Create a new layer called “Puddlelight”. Hold key Ctrl and click on the thumbnail of the “Puddle” layer. For a given selected area, draw colored lines: orange, red, yellow and blue (use the example below). After you finish drawing the lines, press the key combination Ctrl + D, to remove the selection along the contour of the puddle. Lower opacity (Opacity) layer “Puddlelight” to 57%.

Step 7

Switch to the toolbarEllipse figure (Ellipse Tool). Set the drawing mode – shape, color – yellow. Above the “Sky” layer, create a new layer and draw a yellow circle on it. Name the layer with the circle “Sun”. Double-click the left mouse button on the “Sun” layer and in the appeared style menu activate “External glow“(Outer Glow). Set the following parameters for the style:

  • blending mode (blending mode): Normal (Normal);
  • swing (spread): 15%;
  • the size (size): 250 pixels

Open the image “Grasshills.psd”. Drag this image into the main working document. Place the glade above the “Sky” layer. Give this layer a name – “Grass.”

Step 8

Standing on the “Grass” layer, go to Image> Correction> Hue / Saturation (Image> Adjustments> Hue / Saturation). Set the following values:

  • Color tone (hue): -2
  • saturation (saturation): 31
  • brightness (lightness): -7

Above the “Sun” layer, create a new layer and name it “Clouds”. Activate the tool Brush (Brush Tool) and in the brush fingerprint library, install one of the “Clouds” brushes (this set can be downloaded from the link at the beginning of the lesson). Draw clouds near the sun using white, red and orange.

Then create a new layer under the “Sun” layer. From the brush set, select the standard soft round edge brush. Set the brush color to red, the brush size is about 400 pixels. Then, standing on a new layer, click on the sun – this way you will add a beautiful glow. Name this layer “Sunhaze”.

Step 9

Select two layers “Sunhaze” and “Sun” (Ctrl + click on the layer). Then right-click and select “Duplicate layer (Duplicate Layers). Merge one of two duplicated layers. Name the resulting layer “Grassreflect”.

Standing on the “Grassreflect” layer, go to: Editing> Transform> Flip Vertically (Edit> Transform> Flip Vertical). Then place the “Grassreflect” layer above the “Grass” layer.

Right-click on the “Grassreflect” layer and in the submenu select the item “Create clipping mask“(Create Clipping Mask). Set the blending mode of the “Grassreflect” layer to “Chromaticity»(Hue). Using the tool Move (Move), place a yellow highlight on the grass, as shown in the example below:

Step 10

Add stars. To do this, create a new empty layer “Stars”. Place this layer above the “Sky” layer. Activate the tool Brush (Brush Tool). In the settings, set the soft round brush to white. Draw in the sky a few points of different sizes. When drawing, change the values ​​for brush opacity.

Then duplicate the “Stars” layer. Standing on the copy layer, click the combination Ctrl + T, and then zoom out points. Place the reduced points on the puddle so as to get the reflection of the stars in the water.

Step 11

Add vegetation. For this work, I prepared several trees in advance, which were separated from various backgrounds and saved as psd files. A selection of these materials you will find in the file “Trees.psd”.

Drag several trees into the main working canvas and place them as you like. Also do not forget that you can add other plants from your own collection.

Now you need to add the shadow of the trees. To do this, duplicate the layer on which you placed the vegetation. Then go to Editing> Transform> Flip Vertically (Edit> Transform> Flip Vertical). Then use the key combination Ctrl + T and change the angle and perspective of the trees so that they “lay” on the grass.

To discolor the layer copy with trees, go to Picture> Correction> Hue \ Saturation (Image> Adjustment> Hue / Saturation). Set the value to “Brightness“(Lightness) on – 100.

Activate Eraser (Eraser Tool) and remove the extra shadow areas. Then activate the tool Brush (Brush Tool), set the color to black, the brush type is round soft, and draw small dark areas under the trees that do not have enough shadows.

Step 12

You need to add a little light from the sun on the trees. Add a new layer. Activate the tool Brush (Brush Tool), set the color for the brush to yellow, the type of brush is round soft. Hold key Ctrl and click on the trees layer. Then draw the crown of trees from the side of sunlight (standing on a new layer).

Deselect the outline of the trees by pressing a key combination. Ctrl + D. Name this layer “Treelight”. Layer overlay mode “Treelight”, set to Spot light (Pin-Light). Opacity (Opacity) layer down to 80%.

If necessary, add more plants to the scene. Use the above techniques to add shadows and light. Also, if necessary, use adjustment layers (for example, Color tone \ Saturation (Hue / Saturation)) to give the trees the necessary contrast and tint.

Step 13

Open the file “Fence.psd” and drag an image with a fence to the main working canvas. Place the fragment as shown in the picture below. Add shadows and light to the fence (use the same methods that we discussed earlier when working with trees).

Step 14

Add another item – flowers. Open the file called “Flowers.psd”. Place the flowers in the working paper. Add shadows from the flowers. To do this, use the method described above, or add shadows through the menu Layer style (Layer Styles).

Next, you need to create a reflection of the colors on the water surface. To do this, duplicate the image with flowers. Then go to the transform function by pressing Ctrl + T and turn the flowers 180 ?. The upside down color copy needs to be blurred, go to Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). In addition, use Picture> Correction> Hue \ Saturation (Image> Adjustment> Hue / Saturation) to make the flowers and their reflection in the water more saturated.

Add ripples on the water. Standing on a layer with a reflection of colors, go to Filter> Stylization> Wind (Filter> Stylize> Wind). Choose the most successful value of the filter parameters, based on the size of the flowers and the general appearance. If necessary, make adjustments to the opacity of the layer with reflection.

Step 15

Open the image with the rays of light “Raysoflight.psd” (these rays were created using brushes and shapes, and the glow effect was added using the Layer Styles panel). Move these light arcs into your work with the landscape. Move the arc of light to your own taste: you can decorate the crowns of trees, flowers or birds.

Go to the “Background” background layer. Then open another image from the folder with the resources for the lesson – “Field.psd”. I created this picture by taking a small section of a meadow photo and removing some areas with the tool. Eraser (Eraser Tool).

Drag the “Field.psd” image into your main job (if you are on the “Background” layer, then the layer with the meadow will be placed right above it). Rename the meadow layer to “Cobblehighlights”, and set the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (Soft Light).

Step 16

Work on the sky. Open the file “Sky.psd”. I got this image using a picture with the sky, for which the contrast was first enhanced, and then I used Eraser (Eraser Tool) and deleted some parts of the photo. Additionally, I decorated the sky with white clouds using the special Clouds brushes.

Place the image with the sky from the file “Sky.psd” above the layer “Sky”. New layer with the sky, give the name “Skyclouds”. Using the tool Move (Move Tool), place the sky with clouds as you like.

Step 17

Add rays. To do this, use the file “Burstlight.psd”, open it in a separate window and drag a bunch of white rays to work with the landscape. Place a beam of rays behind the “Sun” layer. Layer with rays name “Sunlight”.

Open the file “Animalinsect.psd”. In this file you will find images with birds that can be placed in the work with the landscape. Also, you can add to the work any other silhouettes of birds from your personal collection.

Do not forget about the important point: if you placed the birds above the lake, then they should be reflected in the water. I remind you to create a reflection, use copies of layers with elements, flip them vertically (Editing> Transform> Flip Vertically (Edit> Transform> Flip Vertical)) and adjust the opacity value (30-70%).

Step 18

We come to the final step. It lies in the manifestation of your imagination!

Enlarge the picture, view the details, and optionally add more elements or remove the extra details using Eraser (Eraser Tool).

Experiment with adjustment layers to make work brighter and richer. You can also decorate the work with additional plants and animals.

Author: Pixel Criminals

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