How to Create a Marvellous Night Landscape with Waterfalls

How to Create a Marvellous Night Landscape with Waterfalls
How to Create a Marvellous Night Landscape with Waterfalls

Here is the result. The background of the image is selected. However, some parts of the tree is selected as well. We should repair this.


What we do now is repairing the selection on the tree. While the selection is still active on the image, go again to select > edit in quick mask mode.


In quick mask mode, the tree image is highlighted by red color meaning that the part is not selected except some parts as pointed with black arrows in the screenshot. Now we will fix the parts. Take the brush tool in the tool panel. Choose a hard round brush with size set according to the areas to be stroked. With black color, paint over the tree image especially the parts to be fixed. We can use a small spatter brush to paint the edges of the leaves. When the selected parts are stroked by black brush, they will be highlighted with red. If it just happens that the strokes are overlapping, we can stroke white brush to the overlapped parts.


When we have finished the repairing, go back again to Select in menu bar and uncheck the Edit in Quick Mask Mode to create normal selection.


Hit shift+Ctrl+I to inverse the selection. Finally hit Ctrl+J to duplicate the selection into a new single layer.


Step 39

Add the tree to the main scene. Place it on the right side of the scene. Scale its size to fit the composition. Give it two adjustment layers: hue/saturation and photo filter. Set the hue/saturation to normal at 90% opacity and photo filter to normal at 100% opacity.


Step 40

Proceed to add another tree behind the foreground rock. We will use the tree brushes to achieve this purpose. Make sure we have downloaded and saved the brushes in a folder. Take the brush tool. Open the brush picker box and click the small triangle in the box to open the brush option box. Choose load brushes… We will be led to the folder where we have saved the brushes. Choose the tree brushes and load them.


There will be the tree brushes in the brush picker. Choose one of the tree brushes.


On a new layer, paint the tree by clicking the brush..


Step 41

In this step, we will add a model to the scene. Open the model image. Cut out the model.


Copy-paste the model to the main scene. Scale its size and place it on the foreground rock.


Step 42

Set the color to the model image by giving it hue/saturation with a clipping mask. Set this layer to normal at 100% opacity.


Step 43

I decided to add a waterfall to the left rock. Open the water image in the main document. Scale its size and place it in front of the left rock.


Mask the waterfall layer.


Step 44

Give this waterfall layer adjustment layers: hue/saturation and photo filter with clipping masks.


Duplicate the hue/saturation layer one time. Set the original layer to soft light at 70% and the duplicate to normal at 100%. Finally, set the photo filter layer to normal at 100% opacity.


Step 45

Now we will set a new adjustment layer: Curves above all layers or folders we have created.


Mask the curves layer


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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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