Create an Incredible Twilight Surreal Scene with Floating Islands

Create an Incredible Twilight Surreal Scene with Floating Islands

Create an Incredible Twilight Surreal Scene with Floating Islands

Step 19

Duplicate fog layer.


Step 20

Create new layer. Now choose 100px wide brush, the same color. Draw delight on the depressions of landscape.


Step 21

Change blending mode to Multiply (Suprise! :])


Step 22

Okay! Keep up good work! Now add Adjustment layer with Selective color. Choose Reds from menu.


Step 23

Now choose Greens from the same menu.


Step 24* - optional

Cool! Now select all and copy merged picture (Edit > Copy merged). Paste it as new layer.


Choose Filter > Filter Gallery > Glowing edges.


Then change blending mode to Color Dodge and opacity to 75%.


Step 25 - First Island

Create new folder (if you want). Add new layer. Set Hard Round Pressue Size brush, 42 px wide, black color. With strokes draw rocks shape on the bottom of island. You can, of course make your own shape. Play with it! :)


Step 26

Add mask on this layer. Choose soft brush and draw on the top of island. I also cut out too long edges of rocks.


Step 27

Paste Agglestone Rock stock. Transfotm it as shown and then, create clipping mask.


Step 28

This stock is too saturated. You should change that. Add adjustment layer with Hue saturation. Then create clipping mask.


Step 29

As you can see it's also too bright. Add Adjustment layer with Brightness/contrast. Again, create a clipping mask.


Step 30

Now you should choose soft, white, small (ex.30px) brush. Add new layer and create clipping mask. Draw, where should be lights!


Step 31

Change opacity to 18%.


Step 32

Add new layer - you should draw shadows on islnd. Create clipping mask. Choose the same brush, but dark-gray (#131312). Draw shadows on the left side of island.


Step 33

Change blending mode to Multiply and opacity to 50%.


Step 34

Add new layer and create clipping mask. Choose the same brush and draw harder shadows. This is important!


Step 35

Add mask to your shadow, and fix too hard shadows, by using big (370px), soft brush.


Step 36

Good job! Now you should change blending mode to Multiply and opacity to 80%.


Step 37

Add adjustment layer with color/balance. Create clipping mask. Set adjustments:


Step 38

Wow! A lot of work is already behind you! Now paste Belltower on new layer.


Step 39

Add mask to this layer.


Step 40

Add Adjustment layer with Hue/Saturation. Create clipping mask. Set it:

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30 comments on “Create an Incredible Twilight Surreal Scene with Floating Islands”

  1. Thank you very much is a great job and I was surprised by the castle, since it belongs to my city Almadén (Ciudad Real) has been an incredible detail.

  2. Thanks, love this tutorial, and thanks for posting. Explains a lot of techniques. One thing I would add is to delete (or mask or cover) the stars that are showing thru from behind the moon. Unless they are meteors, they would not be visible behind the opaque moon.

    My 2 bits

  3. what's a spatter brush?
    (:: - Step 55
    Create new layer. (Hey! Without making clipping mask :]) Choose spatter 59 px brush #baf3f0 color. Draw on the edges of trees.)

  4. In Step 4, you say "At adjustment layer make mask". What does this mean? I'm pretty new to this, so any help would be great!

  5. Hi, can someone please explain to me in details how step 4 and 5 was done? After I made a new mask layer and colored in red the sky area, I then proceed to paste the sky stock. That sky stock image appeared as a new layer and not on the mask layer called "Sky - mmtEvr6." How do you merge the sky layer with the landscape to appear as one image?

    Thank you.

    1. For merging two layers, select both layers and press Ctrl + E.. Hope this helps..

  6. Hi Monika,
    Fantastic Tutorial..! Thanks for posting..! I too have a blog with Photoshop Tutorials aimed for beginners..

    Keep on posting nice tutorials like this.. Happy to revisit..!

  7. Bonjour;Je vous remercie beaucoup pour votre tutoriel et l'utilisation des calques et des masques.
    Je vous souhaite à tous une bonne journée à tous

  8. Would be really nice if you would inform me when you use my stock in a tutorial - we could do some social sharing and promotion

    Kind Regards


  9. I think this could have all been a lot shorter now that i've read through the whole thing.

    For one, hyper links, use them and just say repeat this process such as the saturation, hue, contrast and brightness factors, as well, it's really hard to learn this tutorial if you were a beginner, saying to just "mask" something is far easier said than done if you have no idea more effective ways of doing the like with the quick mask or the layer mask.

    I hate the ship, it's like heres rocks and trees and everything natural not a single bit of water showing, oh and here's a ship. I took it out of mine on personal choice but it's up to you.

    Last thing I'd say is the rocks you created, they look far more detailed then just using a brush to create them I'd say you took multiple layers using different sections of the rock each time and layered them on top of each other to give more depth to the photo, if you want nice crisp clean jagged rocks try using the lasso tool and deleting the brush layer piece by piece.

  10. Fantastic graphics work..Have to ask all of our designers to follow your articles..Thank you so much..

  11. What a great tuto! Trying to be better in photo manipulation this was really helpfull.
    Just having a weird result on step 30 when trying to add lights to the stone, it needed to be set at 5% opacity not to have those white mass...
    And also step 56 I'm not able to have something like yours, I just have this white edge as if it wasn't well cut out, took me time to fix it but nevermind, I learnt a lot thank you! (and sorry for my bad english ahah)

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