How to Create a Mysterious Matte Painting Landscape in Photoshop

How to Create a Mysterious Matte Painting Landscape in Photoshop
Now add the last temple ( File > Place (Place Embedded), image "japan_vacation_XXV_by_mimose_stock"). After all the left edge of the image noticeably closer to the viewer, and if adding small tower can turn violation of the composition. Like all the previous times I recommend that you select the temple, using Pen Tool (P), make selection and add a layer mask. I decided to add a little larger building to balance perspective. Remove all the sky and mountains. In this case, the background is have not useful elements.

Step 19

The building is too dark for our purposes, so I added an adjustment layer "Hue/Saturation". Go to Layer > New Adjustment layer > Hue/Saturation... or click on icon on a Layer panel). Set Saturation: +46, Lightness: +4. Be sure to clip adjustment layer to lower layer. So much better! Now go to a little tedious part, but a very short.

Step 20

Now we need trees to close the space above the temple. Without it we can not move on vertical perspective, and move into horizontal. Exactly trees will make transition function in my landscape. I did not become a long and tedious search for a specific resource, and returned to the layer with the main temple. Used Lasso Tool (L) and select a small portion of the trees with regard to their form. Duplicate this fragment (Cmd/Ctrl + J), hold Opt/Alt and move a layer mask of temple to fragment layer (just do not move the fragment layer).

Step 21

Do the same for the yellow trees, but only with the layer on which you have the biggest "Miyajima Temple". When the pieces are ready, move both front layer and fill the space above the temple, duplicating and changing the size (the quickest and easiest way to duplicate its hold Opt/Alt when you use Move Tool (V)). Try to diversify their types using different parts of the fragments. It's okay if the edge is not very smooth or are poorly cleared the trees, then we will eliminate all.

Step 22

I adjust color and Saturation on created trees with two adjustment layers "Hue/Saturation" (Layer > New Adjustment layer > Hue/Saturation... or use icon on a Layer panel). For first layer: Hue: -17, Lightness: +2, clip to previous layer. For second layer: Hue: +40, Saturation: -19, Lightness: -15, clip to previous layer.
This is my result. All layers with towers and trees combined in one group "Towers". If you want to make trees more varied use the more fragments. I had enough of these two. Do not make the trees too large because the background is already at a greater distance than the tower and temple.

Step 23

Let's actually start to build mountain scene. This is an interesting part in which we start work to effects. But at first make landscape. Place mountains "huangshan_1_3_by_meihua_stock" (Huangshan) in our document (File > Place (Place Embedded)). Not needed resize this layer, just place mountains that spire of biggest of small three towers protrudes slightly from the forest, ate are connected with trees and there was no place to exude background. Duplicate this layer (Cmd/Ctrl + J).
And now use Quick Selection Tool (W) select the sky, inverse selection (Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + I) and adjust mountains contour in Refine Edge (Cmd/Ctrl + Opt/Alt + R). Set Radius: 3.0px and, of course, "Smart Radius". Use brush in this dialogue box to remove remaining sky in trees. And as always, add a layer mask :). And let me remind you that we are moving down through layers, so it will be lower layers.

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28 comments on “How to Create a Mysterious Matte Painting Landscape in Photoshop”

  1. Possibly the best tutorial I have done. Absolutly awesome image, and I love the way you explain how you see it & why. It is like a noval.
    Please do more !

  2. Amazing tutorial, now I have to go back and do the rest of your stuff. :D

    A tip for Step 38: just select your top layer, go to Edit -> Select all (ctrl/cmd + A)
    then Edit -> Copy merged (shift + ctrl/cmd + C)

    This will copy all the visible layer (inside your selection), now you just have to paste it,

    Edit -> Paste (ctrl/cmd + V) or Paste special -> Paste in place (shift + ctrl/cmd + V).

  3. wow, what a wonderful great tutorial.
    Very well explained so even a "beginner" to work with.
    Thank you also for the material and links to the trouble to write it all. Once again, simply grandiose.
    Kind Regards

    1. Easy to follow. But I have some problems with making it exactly the same you have showed. I would have to search in for photoshop basic tools documentation.

      However, thanks!

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