Create an Incredible Twilight Surreal Scene with Floating Islands

Create an Incredible Twilight Surreal Scene with Floating Islands

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:

Step 41

Add Adjustment layer with Color balance. Of course create also clipping mask:

Step 42

You should create lights on belltower. Add new adjustment layer with brightness/contrast and create clipping mask.

Step 43

Add mask to this layer. Light source will guide you.

Step 44

Place at new layer Unsual tree, as is shown:

Step 45

Mask it as shown:

Step 46

On this Unsual tree create Adjustment Layer. Choose Hue/saturation. After you set it, create clipping mask.

Step 47

Add new layer and create clipping mask. Choose 100 px soft round brush #1e373b color. Draw gently shadows on the tree.

Step 48

Change blending mode to Multiply and opacity to 80%.

Step 49

Add new Adjustment layer - Color balance. Create clipping mask, and set it:

Step 50

As you can see, tree is to bright in some places. You should fix it by masking :).

Step 51

Then you should make lights on the tree. Add adjustment layer with color/balance and create clipping mask.

Step 52

Mask it baby! :) Use soft, big brush.

Step 53

Set blending mode to Screen, opacity to 67%.

Step 54

Cool! Now add adjustment layer with brightness/contrast. Set it as shown below:

Step 55

Create new layer. (Hey! Without making clipping mask :]) Choose spatter 59 px brush #baf3f0 color. Draw on the edges of trees.

Step 56

Add new layer, choose 1 px soft brush, the same color. Draw contour of rocks, belltower and trees.

Step 57 - Second island - abstract

I used the same techniques on second island. You can just read again from 25 step, leave only one island, or do as many as you wish! :) But I'll remind you about this! Start from black base. Brown color is for depth of field.

Step 58

On clipping mask, you should paste rocks, try to place another part of stock image! :)

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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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