Preview of Final Results

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Create A Misty Landscape Matte Painting in Photoshop


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Step 1

Create a new document and fill it with white or any light and bright colors. I choose the size with 1300×900 px. Open sky stock. Use Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) to make a selection on sky part as shown below:

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Then active Move Tool (V) and drag this selection into our white canvas:

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Step 2

Open background mountain stock.Take the background with misty mountains only and place it at sky part (don’t resize it):

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Click the second button at the bottom of Layer Panel to add layer mask to this layer. Now use soft black brushes with large size (I use 250-260 px) to paint on the top of this background to reveal sky added in first step:


Step 3

To reduce saturation and increase brightness of the mountains to fit the sky, I use some adjustment layers with Clipping Mask. On background mountain layer, go to New Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Hue/Saturation:

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Curves:

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Step 4

Open mid rocks stock. Extract them and locate them at the middle section of our picture. Right click this layer, choose Convert to Smart Object then use Cmd/Ctrl+T to resize it as shown below:

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I want to remove the rock on the right so I add layer mask to this layer. Use Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) to make selections at the left corner and right rock:

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Now on layer mask use black brush to remove selected areas:

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Step 5

I create some adjustment layers to change color and darken the rocks.

Hue/Saturation:

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Curves:

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Color Balance:

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I use soft black brush with opacity about 40% to blur dark effect on the top of the rocks (they will get more light from sky so should be brighter than the rest):

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