Create a Dark and Mysterious Landscape Matte Painting with Photoshop

Create a Dark and Mysterious Landscape Matte Painting with Photoshop
Create a Dark and Mysterious Landscape Matte Painting with Photoshop
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Step 10

Duplicate this layer and move it to the right a little. Use a layer mask to remove the rock at the left and lower the opacity to 40%:

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Step 11

Add the rocks 2 images to our working document again and flip it horizontally. Move it to the top right of the image and lower the opacity to 20%.

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The various opacities of the rock layers will add depth to the scene.

Step 12

To make the left rock (rock 1 ones) look a bit different from the right one, I used a rock part from the rocks 2 images. Place it onto the top of the rock:

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Step 13

Open the rocks 3 images. Place it in the middle of the scene, between the existing rocks and lower the opacity to 20%. Set this layer under the rock 2 group.

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Add a mask to this layer and erase the sea and the rocks at the two sides, leaving only the middle one visible:

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Step 14

Drag the rocks 3 images again into our working document and lower the opacity to 30%. Use Cmd/Ctrl+T to transform it as shown below:

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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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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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