Create a Dark and Mysterious Landscape Matte Painting with Photoshop

Create a Dark and Mysterious Landscape Matte Painting with Photoshop
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Use a layer mask to erase the hard edges and get a similar result below:
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Step 15

Make a group for the rock 3 layers as done with the rocks 1. Use a Curves adjustment layer to darken the rocks and hide the details on them:
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Step 16

Place the statue onto the right rock and remove its background, also blend it with the rock using a layer mask:
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Step 17

Duplicate this layer and flip it horizontally. Move it to the left and use a soft black brush to refine the mask to make it blended smoothly with the rock:
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Step 18

Make a group for the statue layers. Use Hue/Saturation to desaturate them:
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Step 19

Use Color Balance to add some red/yellow to the statues:
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Step 20

Use a Curves adjustment layer to darken the statues and match them with the rocks completely:
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Step 21

Place the knight image onto the ground and remove the background using a layer mask:
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Step 22

Use Curves to darken the knight and on its layer mask use a soft black brush with the opacity about 20% to erase the lance:
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Step 23

To add the mist to the scene, go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color and pick the color #a2a3a5:
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On the layer mask, use a soft black brush to reduce the mist intensity on the ground and the area between the rocks. You can see how I did it with the layer mask and the result on the picture:
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Step 24

I used Curves to darken the scene:
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On its layer mask use a soft black brush to erase the area between the rocks (light will be added there):
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Step 25

Add another fill layer with the color #141921 and lower the opacity to 40%:
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On its layer mask use a soft black to reduce this fill layer effect on the area between the rocks:
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Step 26

Make a Gradient Map adjustment layer on the top:
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Change this layer mode to Soft Light 100%:
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Step 27

Create a Color Balance adjustment layer:
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Step 28

Use a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer to refine the contrast and light of the scene:
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On this layer mask use a soft black brush to erase the ground:
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Step 29

We’ll add more light to the space between the rocks to increase the mysterious atmosphere for the scene. Make a new layer and use a soft black brush with the color #b6d6cc to paint on the lower space between the rocks and change the mode to Overlay 100%:
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Final Results

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Tutorial by Jenny Le

avatar-cmI hope that you enjoyed my tutorial and found it useful. To see more of my works and tutorials, you can follow me on Facebook or watch me on Deviantart . – Jenny

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15 comments on “Create a Dark and Mysterious Landscape Matte Painting with Photoshop”

  1. Jenny, thanks once again for sharing your amazing vision. I have several of your tutorials and they are just fabulous. Best wishes for continued success!

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