Create this magical twilight landscape with floating islands, a old sailboat, and a surreal moon background. This tutorial will teach you how to mix stock photos, apply filters to create a twilight scene, and even some matte painting basics!
Preview of Final Results
- Forest Mountain – Unrestricted – Cat-in-the-Stock
- Stars – paulinemoss
- Sky levels – TACLUDA – rgbstock
- Corner Leaves 2 – Evelivesey
- Belltower – Evelivesey
- Unusual Tree – Evelivesey
- Colonial Ship – Thy-Darkest-Hour
- Agglestone Rock, Dorset – rgbstock – Purplepic
- Colonial Ship – Elysawu
Let’s start! Create new file 1920×1080 size.
Choose Forest Mountain stock and place it:
Add new adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer) with Brightness/Contrast).
At adjustment layer make mask. Use big (ex. 200px) soft brush and draw:
Then, paste Sky levels stock as new layer. You should transform it, to fill canvas. Change blending mode to Multiply.
On this layer, use mask. Try to mask all the trees from the bottom side. you should use big, soft brush (ex. 300px or more). My masking results are below
Paste Stars stock, as new layer. Then add mask to this layer. Again use soft, big brush on contours of mountains.
Change blending mode of stars to Screen.
It’s time to paste moon stock on new layer. Place it as shown. Change blending mode to Screen
As you can see, moon is too big and the color doesn’t goes with this landscape. You should change that. First – mask. Use big, soft round brush (100-200px) and mask it on the bottom.