Do the same with the other mountain, but this time reduce the opacity of the layer to 80%

Step 17 – place Sky

Place the layer of the sky

Step 18 – Hard  light

Use the layer in hard light mode, reduce the opacity to 75%. Also add a layer mask to the image and hide some parts.

Step 19 – orange

To give more intensity to the sunset paint with a soft round orange brush in the sky. Use the layer in soft light mode. You can set the opacity to the pressure of your tablet, or if you don’t have a tablet the opacity can be 30%.

Step 20 – The Model

Place the model and like you did before select her using a layer mask.

Step 21 – Hair

Select only the hair and press Ctrl + J to duplicate the layer.

Step 22 – Change color

Press Ctrl+U to change the color of the model’s hair. You have a menu, select the option Colorize and then use the option Hue in 9, the option Saturation at 25 and the option Lightness in -30.

Step 23 – The Hair

To paint the hair you will need a tablet to get better results, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do it  with you mouse. To star pick the same color of the hair with the eyedropper tool, after that paint some hairs not too big not too small. Use a soft round brush  2px.

Paint some more strands

Step 24 – White Strokes

Make some white strokes to give highlights to the hair.

Add some with a lighter tone of brown

Step 25 – Shadow

To make a shadow in the model’s hair paint with a soft round black brush in the hair like this:

Change layer to soft light

Step 26 – Lights and Shadows

Paint a new layer with a gray tone like this:

With the dodge and burn tool pass over that layer, to make shadows and light. Use the layer in soft light mode to do this.

Step 27 – Orange

In a new layer paint with a soft round orange brush to create light over the mountains, remember the direction of the light, where light is coming from.

Reduce the opacity of the layer to 40%

Step 28 – River

Go back to the background, and place the image of a river

Add a layer mask and hide all the parts leaving only the river, and reduce the opacity of the layer to  70%

Step 29 – Shadows

Pick a soft round brush a big one and paint over the rock to make the shadow of the model. Color black with 35% of opacity

Step 30 – Highlights

In a new layer with a small round brush 2 or 4px paint to make strokes in the mountains and objects, the color has to be orange.

Here they are white so you can see them

Step 31 – Blur

Make the background a little blurry to do this, hide all the layers and just leave the ones that belong to the background, press Ctrl + A, then Ctrl + Shift + C to select the current image, not the current layer, and finally press Ctrl + V and you will have a copy of the background.

Adding blur to the background will give the look that the mountains and all the other objects are far away from the model.

33 thoughts on “How to Create a Stunning Surreal Landscape”

  1. VERY IMPORTANT: Anytime you use stock materials from DeviantArt, it’s vital to take note of the poster’s rules regarding use of their stock. Some freely provide it for use however you see fit; others want only credit of some kind; still others restrict permission to DeviantArt account holders and specify that the result can be posted only to DeviantArt.

  2. I did in the past some of your tutorials here: http://annewipf.deviantart.com/gallery/46678452/Done-from-tutorials
    But we can’t see the tutorials on photoshop-tutorials anymore. :(
    I tried to contact them, but it doesn’t operate. :(
    Please, do you know if we have to pay something, of everything else we can do? I loved to do the tutorials I found here and I often give the link to photoshop-tutorials to beginners, so it is quite ennoying. Thank you.

  3. Thanks so much for a great tutorial. There were some aspects I had to guess, and I believe one of the mountain images had to be flipped before it could be used, but for a newbie in photo-manipulation, this was fantastic.

  4. What am I doing wrong?! I am doing everything step by step but when I add the 2nd picture and try to meld it into to the background it doesn’t work. It still looks like I would’ve glued another photo on top of the other one even though I’ve done everything on the tutorial. Yep they share the same color however the 2nd pictures outlines are still visible (the square lines) I am terrible with explaining :D

  5. UnimatrixMuffin

    Hey, awesome tutorial!!
    I’m not that good with photoshop, I only got it for two months :)
    But this is still worth a try, will be fun I guess :)
    XOXO

  6. Very awesome tutorial. This is just amazing, way beyond my skill level, but it has certainly opened up my eyes to what can be done with Photoshop. Thanks,

  7. there are repeated photos in the tutorial… :( find some of the steps interesting but wrong photo makes the tutorial somewhat bad… :( although the concept is awesome… but the flow is altered… i rate it 3.5 out of 5… but the steps deserve 5 out of 5… :)

    1. Where to get the picture in step 4 river? I’ve been looking at the user Faestock and can not find or rather, does not exist.
      Thank you very much.

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