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Quickly Create Surreal Scenary via Combining Landscape Images in Photoshop

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In this tutorial, I will show you how you can quickly and effectively Create Fantasy Scene via Combining Landscape Images in Photoshop. Some steps can be a little tricky for beginners, but why not have a try!


Along the way, we will be using techniques such as layer blending options, masking, image adjustments, cloud rendering, custom brushsets, as well as various tools from the toolbox.

Here is a preview of the final effect we will be aiming to achieve: (click to enlarge)

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You will need the following stock to complete this tutorial:

Some Cloud Brushsets

Dirt Brushsets

Lookout Tower

Grass Field 1

Grass Field 2

Mountain

OK let’s get started!

Step 1

Create a new document sized 900px * 1200px, leave the background colour as white, create a new layer on top of it called “sky gradient”, grab the gradient tool from the toolbox and fill this layer as shown below:

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Create another layer and use a darker blue to do a gradient fill as shown below:

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The reason I use two layers to create the gradient is to be able to adjust each layer seperately, should anything needs to be changed.

and you will have the following effect:

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Create a new layer called “cloud”, and use the cloud brushes you download, paint some cloud on top of the gradient layers:

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Create a new layer called “dirt”, use the dirt brushsets you downloaded, paint some dirt onto the canvas: (don’t paint too much, adjust the flow to around 20%)

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Duplicate the dirt layer once and apply the following motion blur settings to the duplicated layer:

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and you will have the following effect:

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This is the overall effect so far:

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Step 2

Now let’s add some grass field to the image. Load the “Grass field 1″ image into Photoshop, select a portion of the grass as shown below:

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Paste it onto our document, postion it to the bottom and use a soft brush to erase the top edge:

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and here is the effect so far:

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Load the “Grass Field 2″ image into Photoshop, cut out the mountain portion as shown below: (in this tutorial, there is no need to make precise selection of the mountain)

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Paste it onto our canvas, move it to the right side and use a soft erase tool to remove the edges, as shown below:

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Duplicate this mountain once, flip it horizontally and move it to the left, resize if necessary:

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and here is the effect so far:

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Step 3

Load the “Lookout Tower” image into Photoshop, cut out the tower portion of the image and paste it onto our canvas as shown below:

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Add the following layer mask to this layer to remove this edges of the mountain:

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Add the following adjustment layer to this lookout tower layer, make sure you tick the “user previous layer as clipping mask” option:

Black and white

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Colour Balance

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Curves

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Levels

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Layer mask on Levels adjustment layer:

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and you will have the following effect:

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Step 4

Now let’s create a ray of light to shoot from the mountain. Create a new layer and use the rectangular tool to draw a selection and fill it with white colour:

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Then apply the following Gaussian Blur settings:

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Perspective this layer as shown below:

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Use a soft brush eraser to remove the top and bottom of the light, as shown below: (Also reduce the layer opacity to around 80%)

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Duplicate this layer a few times, adjust the sizes of the duplicated layers, and put them into groups as shown below:

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Step 5

Now let’s add a floating rock to the image. Load the “mountain” stock image into Photoshop, then use the quick selection tool to select a piece of rock as shown below:

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Paste it on to our document, name this new layer as “big rock”:

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Erase the bottom-left portion of the rock with a soft brush to it blends into the cloud:

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Add the following 2 adjustment layers to this big rock layer: (make sure to tick the “use previous layer as clipping mask” option)

Levels

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Curves

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and you will have the following effect for the rock:

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Duplicate this big rock layer a few times, reduce the size of the rock and scatter the smaller rocks around the canvas, as shown below:

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Also render some cloud on the grass to create some foggy effect. To do this, simply use the lasso tool with a 50px feather to draw a selection, set the foregound colour to be white, background colour to be light-grey, then render some cloud in it:

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Duplicate this cloud layer a few times and scatter them round the canvas:

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Step 6

Now let’s create a ring effect for this image. Create a new layer and use the elliptical tool with 10px feather to draw a seletion as shown below:

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right-click and choose “stroke”:

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Apply the following stroke settings:

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and you will have the following ring effect:

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Attach this ring to the big floating rock, make sure you erase the portion behind the rock, as shown below: (use the free transform tool to adjust its size to fit the rock)

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Add a curves adjustment on top of all previous layers:

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Layer mask on this curves adjustment layer:

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As you can see, we add a bit of depth to the sky portion: (upper-left becomes darker than the rest)

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and here is the final effect: (click to enlarge)

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That’s it for this Photoshop tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful. Until next time, have a great day!