Create your own landscape in Photoshop

In this lesson, you will learn how to create your own landscape in Photoshop!

You will learn how to combine and combine multiple images with a landscape, how to work with channels when selecting objects, including applying a gradient to enhance color shades.

Final result

Source materials:

Step 1

Open the stock image “Landscape’. Name the landscape layer ‘Landscape 1’.

Step 2

Open the stock image ‘Landscape 2’. Place a layer with this landscape on top of the ‘Landscape 1’ layer, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 3

To the ‘Landscape 2’ layer, add a layer mask through the bottom toolbar.

Step 4

Now, we need to hide the extra areas of ‘Landscape 2’ using a soft black brush. Choose a large soft black brush with 100% opacity. While on a layer layer mask, process the top of the image to hide it and create a smooth transition with the first image of the landscape. On the border with the second image, I reduced the opacity of the brush to 20%, so that the combination was smoother.

Step 5

Next, we need to make a light correction of the layer with ‘Landscape 2’ using the correction layer Curves (Curves). Apply the settings listed below.

Output (Output) 110
entrance (Input) 141

Step 6

Open image with mountains. Place this layer with mountains on top of the other layers.

Step 7

So, we need to combine the image of the mountains with the rest of the images. To do this, turn off the visibility of all layers except the bottom layer ‘Landscape 1’, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 8

Go to bookmark Channels (Channels). Select Blue channel (blue channel), which represents the greatest contrast between the sky and the forest. (Your image will turn black and white, don’t worry, this is how it should be!).

Step 9

Right-click on the blue channel layer and in the window that appears, select the option Duplicate channel (Duplicate Channel). When the following window appears, click Yes (Yes), so you will create a duplicate of the blue channel. You should only have a duplicate of the blue channel active.

Step 10

Let’s enhance the contrast. Let’s go Image – Correction – Levels (Image> Adjustments> Levels). Add more contrast to the trees by shifting the sliders, as shown in the screenshot below. Your image with the landscape will become more contrast.

Step 11

As you can see, some areas are not completely covered in black. Therefore, using a black brush, paint over the areas with white patches.

Step 12

Next, hold down the CTRL + key and click on the duplicate layer with the blue channel. This will load the selection at the top of the image.

Step 13

Remove the duplicate blue channel layer. Turn on the visibility of the remaining channels. Click the bookmark again. Layers(Layers). The screenshot below shows that the colors in the image appeared again!

Step 14

Without removing the selection, go Selection – Inversion (Select> Inverse). So, we performed an inversion of the selection.

Step 15

Next, simply add a layer mask to the ‘Landscape 1 ‘layer and … .. Voila! We hid the sky!

Step 16

Turn on the visibility of the layers you previously turned off. Move the layer with the mountains down below the слоя Landscape 1 ’layer.

Step 17

For a better alignment, add an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to layer ‘Landscape 1 ‘as a clipping mask. Set the value Brightness (Lightness) – 44.

Step 18

We do not want the effect of this adjustment layer to affect the entire image, but only the upper part.
Switch to the layer mask of the adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and using a soft black brush, process the bottom of the image.

Step 19

We need to lighten the center of the image a bit.
Create a new layer on top of all other layers. Choose a soft white brush. Using this brush, paint as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 20

To layer with clarification, apply Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur): Blur radius 100px.

Step 21

Change the blending mode for the bleach layer to Overlap (Overlay), Fill (Fill) 35%.

Step 22

It’s time for a general correction!
Gradient Map (Gradient Map): Violet-Orange (Violet to Orange). The blend mode for this adjustment layer Soft light (Soft Light), Opacity (Opacity) and Fill (Fill) 90%.

Step 23

Correction Levels (Levels) will give a bit of contrast.

Step 24

Correction Curves (Curves).

Thank you for reading my lesson. Hopefully he will help you in creating your own landscapes.

Final result

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