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Create a Sunset Landscape Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a beautiful sunset landscape . You’ll learn how to combine different stocks into a cohesive scene using adjustment layers, masking and brush . You’ll also work with lighting, practice retouching and matte painting techniques.

What you’ll be creating

We’ll start this tutorial by setting up a natural scene from the landscape, sky, mountain and rock images. Then we’ll add the balcony, model and trees. Later we’ll enhance the scene color and contrast with various adjustment layers. Finally we’ll use a few layers to create lighting effect.

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Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop with the given settings:

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Step 2

Open the landscape image. Use the Retangular Marquee Tool (M) to choose the upper part of the landscape as shown below:

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Drag the selected part into our document and transform it using the Cmd/Ctrl+T key:

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Click the second button at the bottom of the Layers Panel to add a mask to this layer. Use a basic, soft brush with black color to remove the hard edges of the sky:

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Step 3

On the landscape layer, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the radius to 4 px:

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Step 4

To darken the landscape I used an adjustment layer. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves:

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On this layer mask use a soft black brush to erase the top right of the scene:

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Step 5

Place the sky above the landscape and rotate it using Cmd/Ctrl+T as shown below:

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Add a mask to this layer and remove the rough edges of the sky with a soft black brush:

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Step 6

Apply Gaussian Blur with 2 px to this sky part:

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Step 7

I used a Curves adjustment layer with Clipping Mask to brighten the sky a bit:

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On this layer mask use a soft black brush with a very low opacity (10-15%) to reduce the lightness on the left side of the sky:

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Step 8

Open the mountain stock. Extract the mountain and place it in the left of the picture:

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Step 9

I used a Curves adjustment layer (Clipping Mask) to brighten this mountain:

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On this layer mask use a soft black brush to erase the edges of the mountain where are hidden from the light:

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Step 10

I used a Color Fill layer to darken the edges a little. Go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color:

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Lower the opacity of this layer to 20%. On this layer mask use a soft black brush to erase the effect on the right of the mountain where we don’t want to be affected by this layer:

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Step 11

Make a new layer, change the mode to Overlay 100% and fill with 50% gray:

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Take the Dodge and Burn Tool (O) with Midtones Range, Exposure about 15-20 % to refine the contrast and details on the mountain. You can see how I did it with Normal mode and the result with Overlay mode:

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Step 12

Extract the rock from the background and place it at the right edge of the scene:

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Step 13

I used Curves to darken the rock:

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On this Curves layer mask use a soft black brush to remove the dark on the left edge of the rock:

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Step 14

I used Color Balance to match the color of the rock with the background:

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Step 15

Take the balcony part from the original photo and place it at the left edge of our main image:

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Step 16

I used Curves to darken the balcony:

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On this layer mask use a soft black brush to reduce the darkness on the following parts:

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Step 17

I use another Curves adjustment layer to brighten the front part of the balcony and apply brushing on this layer mask:

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Add a Warm Atmosphere Effect to a Forest Image with Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial we will add a warm atmospheric effect to a forest image. We will use mainly Photoshop native filters in a way that is easy enough for beginners to follow. Final Image As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating: Tutorial Details Program: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Estimated Completion Time: […]

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How do You Achieve This Effect (Part 2)

In part 2 of the “How do You Achieve This Effect” series, you’ll learn how to decode and replicate the colors from other photos you see. This color matching technique is easy and will help you develop a skill not many people have – how to see colors. A lot of people look at photos and say they have that “look”. But that doesn’t describe anything. By learning how to see colors, you’ll know what colors have been changed and which direction the hue/saturation/lightness were shifted.

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Learn the Tone Curve in 5 Minutes

The tone curve is one of the most useful tool for photographers. It can be used to make any tonal adjustments like brightening your image and adding contrast. It’s found in many software like Lightroom, Capture One, Premiere, After Effects and mobile apps like Lightroom Mobile. In this tutorial, you’ll learn in a simple way on how to get started with the tone curve in a short amount of time.

To follow the tutorial, make sure that you’ve downloaded the tone chart Photoshop action.

Alternatively, you can learn how to use create a tone chart from scratch.

How often do you use the tone curve? Let us know in the comments below.

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How to Create a Marvellous Night Landscape with Waterfalls

Create an atmospheric mountainous landscape with this Photoshop tutorial! You’ll learn how to create any own mountain scenes by combining several photos together, add a bridge with lanterns, color balance images, dodge & burn, and many other techniques. A free PSD download is included with this tutorial.

Preview of Final Results

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Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Start by creating a blank document with size of 2490 pixels wide and 1507 pixels high by hitting the short key Ctrl+N. I named the document sanctuary.

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Here is the document will be:

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Step 2

Make sure we have downloaded all the tutorial assets needed and saved them in a folder in our computer. In these early steps we will create our custom rocky mountain using several stock images prepared. Start by opening one of the mountain stocks in Photoshop by hitting the short keys Ctrl+O. This will lead us to the folder in the computer where we have saved the image.

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Next, we will cut out some part of the image. Take the lasso tool in the tool panel. We will use this tool to cut out the part.

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The part we are going to cut out is the one outlined in red. To cut the part, start clicking, holding and dragging the tool on the red outline to trace it.

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After tracing the outline, the part will be selected which is indicated by blinking small black and white lines around it.

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Hit Ctrl+J to duplicate the selection into a new single layer. Now we have the cut out of the mountain image.

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Step 3

Copy-paste the cut out into the main blank document. When the cut out is in the main document, this will be a new layer named layer 1. We will work with many layers, so to specify them, I will name them accordingly. For this layer, I named it rock. (Well, sorry if I may sound fussy at this tutorial, but I have to by consideration this tutorial is supposed to be read by fresh new Photoshop users to advanced ones. Hope this tutorial will not be tricky) Now go back to our main document where we have had the rock layer. Activate the free transform tool by hitting Ctrl+T on the keyboard. The rock image is still very large so we need to scale it down to the size desired. To do this, press the Shift key on the keyboard and click, hold and drag the upper left transforming point until we have desired size.

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After we have the size, hit Ctrl+J to duplicate the rock layer. This will be a new layer in the layer panel named rock copy. With the rock copy layer selected and the free transform tool is still activated, right click on the document to show up the transforming option box. Choose Flip Horizontal to flip the image horizontally.

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Then, move the duplicate (rock copy layer) to the left a bit to get the position like the one shown in the screenshot:

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When we have the desired position and the transform tool is still activated, right click again on the document to show up the transforming option box. This time, choose Warp. Now try to alter the shape of the rock by warping it. To do this, click, hold and drag the upper right transforming point to the direction shown in the screenshot below. Do similar way to the lower left transforming point.

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Next, select the original rock layer which is under the rock copy layer in the layer panel. Alter its shape the same way as the previous rock copy layer.

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Step 4

We have tried to combine the two rock layers. However, the combination is not well blended yet. To fix this, we will mask some part of the upper layer is that the rock copy layer. Make sure we are still active in the rock copy layer. Give this layer a layer mask which is simply achieved by clicking the layer mask icon located in bottom of the layer panel. After clicking the icon, this will give a layer mask on the selected layer indicated by a white thumbnail next to the layer.

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Make sure that the foreground is set to black and the background is to white by hitting D key on the keyboard.

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Next we have to set the brush. Take the bush tool in the tool panel.

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In the brush option bar, click the small triangle to open the brush picker box. Choose a very soft round brush meaning that the brush is set to 0% hardness. Set the opacity of the brush to about 20-25% and about 200 pixels size.

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Now we are ready to mask the unneeded parts of the rock copy layer. Click the mask thumbnail to be active on the layer mask. With black color, stroke the brush on the parts of the rock copy layer in the document. This will hide the parts completely or make them transparently visible depending on the opacity of the black color stroked to them. The blacker the stroke is, the less visible they will be. I always start using a brush of low opacity (20-25%). After stroking the black brush on an image with a layer mask, there will be black or gray spot on the mask thumbnail indicating that the parts are intentionally masked to hide or make them transparent. On contrary, we can reveal the masked parts by stroking back white brush over them. The whiter the stroke is, the more visible they will be. Well, sorry again if I may sound fussy instructing this layer mask matter ;-) I just want to pay more intention on this layer mask because we will use much masking in the next steps and the result of this tutorial is greatly achieved by this masking is that how we hide parts of an image with a layer mask or how much we want to make them transparent. Go back to the rock copy layer, mask some parts of the image. The red mark indicates the parts we should stroke with black brush to mask them. See the screenshot below:

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Here is the result after masking.

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Step 5

We will add another rock. Open the other rock image and cut out the red outlined part.

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Step 6

Copy-paste the cut out into the main document. Scale its size to the size needed. I named this layer more rock.

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Duplicate the more rock layer and flip it horizontally.

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Alter the shape of this duplicate by distorting. To do this, activate the free transform tool. Right click on the document. When the transforming option shows up, choose distort. Try to alter its shape by clicking, holding and dragging the transforming points as indicated in the screenshot.

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Then mask both more rock and more rock copy layer to have the result as below:

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Step 7

Open another rock image. Cut out the selected part of the rock.

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Step 8

Do almost similar way to this cut out as the previous ones. Copy-paste to the main document, duplicate, place where needed and mask them.

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Step 9

In this step we will add more rock to de added to the custom rock. So we will repeat the similar steps as we did in the previous steps for the other cut out rocks. Open the rock image and cut out the selected part.

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Step 10

Add the cut out to the main document. Scale its size and position it where needed. I named this layer more rock 3

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Finally mask the cut out.

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