How to Create a Marvellous Night Landscape with Waterfalls

How to Create a Marvellous Night Landscape with Waterfalls

Step 7

Open another rock image. Cut out the selected part of the rock.

step7a

Step 8

Do almost similar way to this cut out as the previous ones. Copy-paste to the main document, duplicate, place where needed, and mask them.

step8a

Step 9

In this step we will add more rock to de added to the custom rock. So we will repeat the similar steps as we did in the previous steps for the other cut out rocks. Open the rock image and cut out the selected part.

step9a

Step 10

Add the cut out to the main document. Scale its size and position it where needed. I named this layer more rock 3

step10a

Finally, mask the cutout.

step10b

Step 11

Next, we will alter the color of the more rock 3 image by giving it a new adjustment layer is that hue/saturation. To achieve this, go to layer > new adjustment layers > hue/saturation.

step11a

When the new layer option box shows up, check the Use Previous Layer To Create Clipping Mask. This will give this new layer a clipping mask.

step11b

A layer with a clipping mask is indicated by a small downward- pointed arrow next to the layer.

step11c

Set the value of the hue/saturation as shown below.

step11d

Step 12

Duplicate the more rock 3 layer. Place the duplicate where needed. Mask it and finally give it a hue/saturation with a clipping mask the same way as in the previous step 11. Set the value as shown below:

step12a

Select all the custom rock layers in the layer panel.

step12b

Finally hit Ctrl+E to merge them into a new single layer. I named this layer middle rock. That’s it…we are done with the custom rock. I named this layer middle rock

step12c

I placed the middle rock right in lower center position.

step12d

Step 13

Now we will add background for the scene. Open the stock image in the main document. Make sure the image layer is beneath the middle rock layer. When it is already in the document, activate the free transform tool. We will scale the image up. While pressing the Shift key on the keyboard, click, hold and drag the lower right transforming tool to scale the size up.

step13a
step13b

We just need the cloud of the image, so after scaling the size, move the image where needed to get the best part of the cloud to be used as the background of the scene. I had the one as shown in the screenshot for my own background.

step13c
step13d

Step 14

Next, we will give the background some blur filter. I gave it surface blur. To achieve this filter, go to filter > blur > surface blur.

step14a

Here is the value of the blur given:

step14b

And here is the result. This blur give a smooth effect on the cloud which is supposed to be misty coverage for the scene.

step14c

Step 15

Duplicate the background layer. Set the duplicate to multiply blending mode. We can change the blending mode by clicking the blending mode option located in the layer panel.

step15a

Set the opacity of the duplicate to 100%.

step15b

Step 57

This is the result should be:

step15c

Step 16

Make sure we are still active on the duplicate layer, now go to layer > new adjustment layers > hue/saturation. This will create a hue/saturation layer above the duplicate layer. Make sure not to give this hue/saturation a clipping mask. Here is the value of the hue/saturation

step16a

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

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

  2. 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

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

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

  5. 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. 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.

    1. 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.

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