Create an atmospheric mountainous landscape with this Photoshop tutorial! You’ll learn how to create any own mountain scenes by combining several photos together, add a bridge with lanterns, color balance images, dodge & burn, and many other techniques. A free PSD download is included with this tutorial.

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Step 1

Start by creating a blank document with a size of 2490 pixels wide and 1507 pixels high by hitting the short key Ctrl+N. I named the document sanctuary.

step1a

Here is the document will be:

step1b

Step 2

Make sure we have downloaded all the tutorial assets needed and saved them in a folder on our computer. In these early steps, we will create our custom rocky mountain using several stock images prepared. Start by opening one of the mountain stocks in Photoshop by hitting the short keys Ctrl+O. This will lead us to the folder in the computer where we have saved the image.

step2aa
step2a

Next, we will cut out some parts of the image. Take the lasso tool in the tool panel. We will use this tool to cut out the part.

step2b

The part we are going to cut out is the one outlined in red. To cut the part, start clicking, holding and dragging the tool on the red outline to trace it.

step2c

After tracing the outline, the part will be selected which is indicated by blinking small black and white lines around it.

step2d

Hit Ctrl+J to duplicate the selection into a new single layer. Now we have the cut out of the mountain image.

step2e

Step 3

Copy-paste the cut out into the main blank document. When the cut out is in the main document, this will be a new layer named layer 1. We will work with many layers, so to specify them, I will name them accordingly. For this layer, I named it to rock. (Well, sorry if I may sound fussy at this tutorial, but I have to by consideration this tutorial is supposed to be read by fresh new Photoshop users to advanced ones. I hope this tutorial will not be tricky) Now go back to our main document where we have had the rock layer. Activate the free transform tool by hitting Ctrl+T on the keyboard. The rock image is still very large so we need to scale it down to the size desired. To do this, press the Shift key on the keyboard and click, hold and drag the upper left transforming point until we have the desired size.

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27 responses to “How to Create a Marvellous Night Landscape with Waterfalls”

  1. Zack Avatar
    Zack

    the download link won’t work

    1. Photoshop Tutorials Staff Avatar
      Photoshop Tutorials Staff

      Thanks Zach! It’s fixed now

  2. Ale Sau Avatar
    Ale Sau

    Very awesome tut here. Sometimes I wanna make my images a little more “fantasy”, but I always feel like I lack the creativity.

  3. Chris Ford Avatar
    Chris Ford

    stunning

  4. Joseline Josef Avatar
    Joseline Josef

    i am triying to remove background

  5. Hex Avatar
    Hex

    Great article! Thank you!

  6. web3rab Avatar
    web3rab

    thank you

  7. Bobbi Avatar
    Bobbi

    I was unable to get the 2 waterfalls as my security wont let me and the Rock6 was not sure which one you wanted…really want to learn this but am having issues ~ thank you

  8. jspanda Avatar
    jspanda

    wooooooooooooowwwww awesome

  9. Maidul Islam Avatar
    Maidul Islam

    awesome and unique collection of sequence photography i love it.
    Thank for sharing.

  10. megan Avatar
    megan

    sorry, i didnt get step 16…i hit -100 on HS but the color changed to totally black n white! whats wrong?

  11. Yousef Avatar
    Yousef

    this is what we call it “creative mind”

  12. Mike Avatar
    Mike

    This is amazing! I’m going to try it out soon! Thanks Dek.

  13. Snehal Avatar
    Snehal

    AWESOME.PERIOD

  14. stampajoe Avatar
    stampajoe

    You did an excellent job of step by step tutorial with pics which helped me understand why and the reason for each.
    Thanks ;)

  15. davidz Avatar
    davidz

    I like your tutorial a lot!

    But, sorry if it sounds dumb, how do i copy-paste the cut out into the main document (step 3)? It doesn´t work with ctrl+c/ctrl+v…

    1. Dek Wid Avatar
      Dek Wid

      firstly select the cut out (hold-press Ctrl and click the thumbnail of the cut out layer. when it is selected, hit Ctrl+C and then be active on the main document, paste (ctrl+v) the layer on it.

  16. cris Avatar
    cris

    very good tutorial I love your technique

  17. roney Avatar
    roney

    thanks for share

  18. malissimo Avatar
    malissimo

    Excelente tutorial, el modelo nolo encuentro, saludos desde España

    1. Okinta Avatar
      Okinta

      Hola malissimo,
      Aquí lo puedes encontrar: http://photoshopworld.ru/lessons/507/old_man.jpg

      Un saludo desde Francia

      ___

      Btw, thank you for this tutorial. This is impressive. And I learnt new useful techniques.

  19.  Avatar
    Anonymous

    how do you get of masking??????????

    1. Miller Avatar
      Miller

      If you see red than press Q to get out of quick mask. If you dont see red, just click on the left thumbnail of your layer… the left one not the right thumbnail.

  20.  Avatar
    Anonymous

    pathi thane sollirukinga

  21. Bassam Avatar
    Bassam

    This is a magnificent masterpiece. Excellent explanation. Thank you very much.

  22. muhsin Avatar
    muhsin

    Duuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mwanangu jembe unatisha kinoma

  23. sdfsdf Avatar
    sdfsdf

    I like yer tut… good

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