Preview of Final Results

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Create a Moody Landscape Photo Manipulation in Photoshop


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Step 1: Create a New Image File

Create a new file with a width of 2000 px and a height of 1333 px at 300 dpi (Dots per Inch). Background Contents should be White.

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Step 2: Create the Background

First off, let’s open the landscape 45 stock in Photoshop. We will be using the ground on this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas. Click the landscape 45 and press V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas. Once you have it there, press Ctrl/Cmd + T to activate the Free Transform command and scale the image so that it’s the same size as our canvas. Change layer name to “Background”

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Next, activate the Transform tool again (Ctrl/Cmd +T), and then right click on the canvas to bring up the contextual menu. Once open, click on “Warp”. When activated follow the instructions below:

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Now, goto edit > transform > Flip Horizontal.

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The result should be similar to this:

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Step 3: Create Mountains

let’s open the desert mountain stock in Photoshop. We will be using the mountain on this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas. Click the desert mountain and press V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas. Once you have it there, press Ctrl/Cmd + T to activate the Free Transform command and scale the image so that it’s the same size as our canvas. Change layer name to “Mountains”

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Next, activate the Transform tool again (Ctrl/Cmd +T), and then right click on the canvas to bring up the contextual menu. Once open, click on “Warp”. When activated follow the instructions below:

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Next, activate the Eraser tool (E). We’re going to make the “Mountain” blend in with the background stoke. Input the following for the Eraser tool (E):
  • Brush size: 200px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 80%
  • Flow: 100%
Make sure that you’ve zoomed in to the image to at least 50% so that you can clearly erase. There is no need of detailing; erase freely. Now, let’s erase highlighted areas:

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Change it’s Layer mode to “Darken”.

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The result should be similar to this:

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Step 4: Create sky

First off, let’s open the Ol’ Buttermilk Sky stock in Photoshop. We will be using the sky on this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas. Click the Ol’ Buttermilk Sky and press V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas. Once you have it there, press Ctrl/Cmd + T to activate the Free Transform command and scale the image so that it’s the same size as our canvas. Change layer name to “Sky”.

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Next, activate the Eraser tool (E). We’re going to make the “sky” blend in with the atmosphere stoke. Input the following for the Eraser tool (E):
  • Brush size: 200px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 65%
  • Flow: 100%
Make sure that you’ve zoomed in to the image to at least 50% so that you can clearly erase and layer mode to “Multiply”. Now, let’s erase highlighted areas:

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The result should be similar to this:

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Step 5:Create Light source :

In this step, we will add a source light to our image . To start, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it “source light”. Now, activate the Brush tool (B) and open the brush set: “Star Brushes” by kuschelirmel-stock. To load them, simply, right click on our canvas through any layer and then click on the drop-down button as shown below:

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This will prompt the contextual menu to pop up and once you see that, just click on Load Brushes.

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You will now be prompted to this directory: Adobe Photoshop > Presets > Brushes so make sure that you have put the brushes within this folder. Now locate the brush set and click OK. Right click on the canvas again using your Brush tool (B) and now you’ll notice that you have lightning brushes. Now, let’s choose a brush:

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With that brush selected, input the following brush settings for it:
  • Brush size: 2200px
  • Hardness: Default
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: dff9ff
This is the brush color we would be using:

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Now, let’s paint in the Source light in highlighted areas:

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The result should be similar to this:

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