Sunrise in Photoshop

In this lesson, you will learn how to create a fabulous sunrise landscape using Photoshop. This lesson, which was written by Jenny Le, reveals the technique of combining images, color correction techniques, working with masks, retouching, and also includes tips that will help achieve beautiful and realistic results.

Final result

Source materials:

Step 1

Create a new document of 1300? 800 px, fill it with white color (or any color you like). Open the stock image ‘Heaven’. First with the tool Rectangular area (Retangular Marquee Tool), select a part of the sky, and then use the tool Move (Move Tool (V), move the selected part of the sky to our working document:

Step 2

Add adjustment layer Selective color correction (Selective Color) to the sky layer as a fading mask to make the sky colors more saturated and vibrant. Being on a layer with the sky, we go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Selective Color Correction (Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Selective Color):

Step 3

Open the stock image ‘Landscape’. Move this image to our working paper. Convert the landscape layer to Smart object (Smart Object) and then apply scaling (Ctrl + T):

Through the bottom toolbar, add a layer mask to the layer with the landscape. While on a layer layer mask using a soft black brush, hide part of the sky to match the image of the sky that we created in the previous step:

Step 4

Create a new layer to the landscape layer as a clipping mask. Next, select the tool Stamp (Clone Tool (S). With this tool, hide the sun’s rays:

Step 5

Create a new layer, select a soft brush, brush color # a97c3c. Using this brush, paint over the right side of the mountains to add some warm colors to them. Next, change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light), 100%:

Step 6

Open the stock image ‘Path’. Create a selection around the path image, and then copy / paste onto our working paper, placing it in the center of our composition. With the help of transformation, give a view of the path, as shown in the screenshot below:

Using a layer mask, hide the hard edges of the image:

Step 7

4 times duplicate the layer with the path, then select the transformation tool (Ctrl + T) and with the help of the option Deformation (Warp Tool), for this we go Editing – Transformation – Warp (Edit-Transform-Warp), lengthen the path. In the screenshot below, you can see how I posted duplicate layers:

Select all the layers with a path, and then press the keys (Ctrl + G) to group the selected layers. Change the blending mode for the created group from Skip (Pass Through) (group overlay default mode) to mode Normal (Normal), layer opacity is 100%. Name the layers with paths from 1 to 5.

Step 8

Inside the created group, add two adjustment layers so that the created paths match in color and brightness with the entire composition.

Switch to the layer mask of the adjustment layer. Curves (Curves), using a soft black brush, paint paths in the direction of light to hide the correction layer correction:

Step 9

After the transformation and deformation, the path looks a bit flat. To fix this, create a new layer inside the group, set the brush color to # 291605 and use the brush to create a shading under the stone steps:

Step 10

Open the stock image ‘Wheel’. Create a selection and then copy / paste the selected part of the wheel onto our working paper, placing it at the bottom of our composition. Convert the wheel layer to Smart object (Smart Object) and then flip horizontally (flip it horizontally) for this we go Editing – Transformation – Flip Horizontal (Edit-Transform-Flip Horizontal). Also using a layer mask, draw the combination of the bottom of the wheel with the ground:

Step 11

Draw a shadow from the wheel on the ground, to do this, create a new layer below the layer with the wheel. Hold Ctrl + click on the thumbnail of the wheel layer to load the active selection:

Fill the active selection with black color, then convert the shadow layer into a smart object, Flip Vertically (flip it vertically). Move the shadow below the wheel:

Reduce the opacity of the shadow layer to 60%, and then go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter-Blur-Gassian Blur):

Blur part of the shadow using the layer mask:

Step 12

Create a group for a layer with a wheel and a layer with a shadow; do not forget to change the blending mode for the layer with the group to mode Normal (Normal), 100%. Add several adjustment layers inside the group to match the color shades, as well as to darken the wheel:

Being on the layer mask of the adjustment layer Curves (Curves), using a soft black brush, hide the effect of the adjustment layer on the areas that are indicated in the screenshot below:

Step 13

Separate the tree image from the background, and then move the selected tree image to our working document, positioning it in the upper right corner of our scene:

Step 14

Add adjustment layers to the tree layer Color Balance (Color Balance) and Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask to change the color and brightness of the tree:

Being on the layer mask of the adjustment layer Curves (Curves), hide the effect of curves in the left part of the tree (because more light falls on this part of the tree):

Step 15

Separate the image of the house from the background. Move the selected image of the house to our working paper, placing it on the left side of our scene.

Using a layer mask, treat the hard edges of the house with a soft black brush to combine the house with the ground:

Step 16

Create a house shadow using the same technique as when creating a wheel shadow:

Step 17

Group the house with the shadow in one group. Apply adjustment layers Color Balance (Color Balance) and Curves (Curves) to the house layer to change its color:

After shading with curves, apply a soft black brush to remove the effect of the curves on the right side of the house, since lighting falls on this part of the house:

Step 18

Cut out the image of the well, and then move this image to our working paper, placing it on the right side, as shown in the screenshot below:

Step nineteen

Create a drop shadow from the well, just as you created a shadow for the other elements of the scene:

Step 20

Group the layer with the well and the shadow into one group. Apply adjustment layers to the well layer. Color Balance (Color Balance) Photo Filter (Photo Filter) and Curves (Curves) to match the color of the well with the whole scene:

Step 21

Open the stock image “Climbing Plant”. Remove the part with the image of the house so that only climbing plants remain:

Select a part of the plant, as shown in the screenshot below, and then copy / paste the copied part of the image, placing it on the left side of our house:

Add a layer mask to the layer with this part of the plant. Next, select the ‘Grass’ number 256 brush (brush) to hide hard edges and get the edges as in the screenshot below:

Step 22

Use other parts of the climbing plant image to place them around the entire house image using the same technique that you used in the previous step. I used 6 layers with plants to achieve the result, as in the screenshot below:

Step 23

Add vines to the image of the well. For these purposes, I used 5 layers with plants.

Step 24

Group all layers with plants. Inside the created group, add adjustment layers Color Balance (Color Balance) and Curves (Curves):

Being on the layer mask of the adjustment layer Curves (Curves), hide the effect of the curves on the roof of the house and on the left side of the well:

Step 25

Open the stock image ‘Fence’. I chose the support legs, which are shown in the screenshot below:

Arrange the racks on our working paper, as shown in the screenshot below. Using a layer mask, draw the alignment with the ground:

Step 26

Create shadows for support legs just like you did before.

Step 27

Group layers with uprights. I called this group “hedge 1 ?. Inside the created group, create a new layer and then apply the tool Stamp (Clone Tool) to hide extra patches:

Step 28

Inside the created group, add adjustment layers Color Balance (Color Balance) and Curves (Curves) for hedge correction:

Being on the layer mask of the adjustment layer Curves (Curves), hide the curve effect with a black brush to create the corresponding light and shade on the hedge. You can see the result of my processing on the layer mask, as well as the final result of processing on the screenshots below:

Step 29

I added corrective Curves (Curves) to the furthest rack in the right corner as a clipping mask to further shade the rack:

Hide the shading effect on the left side of this rack:

Step 30

Next, select other areas of the fence, using the original image of the fence, arrange them horizontally. Apply the tool Deformation (Warp tool) to bend them a bit so they don’t look perfectly straight:

Step 31

Draw a shadow falling from the hedge so that the shadow can be seen on the ground:

Step 32

Create a group for the created layers, name this group “hedge 2 ?. Inside the created group, add an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) for shading:

Using a layer mask, hide part of the correction curves in areas that are facing the sun:

Step 33

On the hedge, which is located in the right part of the composition in the foreground, apply an additional adjustment layer Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask to darken even more:

Hide part of the shading effect on the layer mask of the adjustment layer:

Step 34

To add even more contrast to our scene, create a new layer on top of all other layers. Choose a tool Gradient (Gradient Tool (G). Install Radial Gradient (Radial Gradient), default gradient colors (black and white gradient):

Change the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (Soft Light), layer opacity is 100%. Next, add a layer mask to the layer. While on the layer layer mask, hide or reduce the dark contrast on the areas that are indicated in the screenshot below:

Step 35

Create several adjustment layers on top of all other layers:

Color Balance (Color Balance):

Selective color correction (Selective color):

Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation):

Switch to the layer mask of the adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance) in order to use the black brush to hide or reduce the shades of blue in the areas indicated in the screenshot below:

Step 36

Next, go Layer – New Fill Layer – Color (Layer-New Fill Layer-Solid Color), set the color shade to # 3c9265. Change the blending mode for this layer to Chromaticity (Color), and also reduce the layer opacity to 10%. This action is used to reduce the “hot tones”, as well as add a slightly greenish tint to the entire image.

On the layer mask of the layer, hide a small area on the left side of the composition:

Step 37

Using the adjustment layer Levels (Levels), enhance the contrast of the entire image:

Step 38

Create a new layer on top of all other layers. Choose a soft brush, brush color # c8a260. With the help of this brush, paint over the image of the house, the earth, the mountains to add a slight effect of fog to our scene (because this is earlier morning!). Reduce the opacity of this layer to 30%, as well as using a layer mask, reduce the saturation of the fog in the image of the house and the sun:

Step 39

Create a new layer. Using the same brush color, paint over the right side of the house to make this part of the house brighter. Change the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (Soft Light), 100%:

Step 40

Create a new layer. Using the same color shade of the brush, paint over the path to make it lighter, paint over the part that is closer to the mountains. Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay), 100%:

Step 41

The final step: create a new layer on top of all other layers, in the settings change the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay), 100%, and then fill this layer 50% gray (50% gray):

Choose a tool Clarifier (Dodge Tool (O), Range (Range) Mid tones (Midtones), Exposition (Exposure) approximately 20-25% to lighten the edges of the house and the well. In the screenshot below, you can see where I applied this tool during blending mode. Normal (Normal), as well as the result of processing in the overlay mode Overlap (Overlay):

And we finished the lesson! Thank you for being with me during the lesson.

Final result

Author: Jenny Lee

Link to the PSD file of the lesson

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