Create a Surreal and Magical Dream Bottle Landscape

Create a Surreal and Magical Dream Bottle Landscape
Change the blend mode to Overlay. Then to enhance the blue colour inside the bottle, I applied a Color Balance layer. Fill the layer mask with black and with a white brush; brush on the layer mask to reveal back the effect on the front and inside of the bottle scene, like shown in the preview: I then created a Curves layer, to make the blue more intense from the same part of the bottle.

Step 109

Create a new layer on the top and name it ‘Bottle Highlights’. Set this layer to overlay filled with neutral color, 50% grey. Then taking the Dodge tool (O), of exposure – 17%, paint some highlights on the water, along the edges of the moon and on the ivies as well. And also on the ground. Here is the layer in Normal mode: And here is the preview of the layer in Overlay mode:

Step 110

Add some birds using the birds brush and pick the first one. On a new layer, paint some birds with colour black on the left of the scene (the horizon area).

Step 111

In this step we will add some light to the whole scene, create a new layer above the birds and fill it with black. Then go to Filter > Render > Lens Flare. Choose 50-300mm zoom set to about 90% brightness. Set this flare layer to Screen. Then using a layer mask, erase the red spot from the ivies.

Step 112

I wanted to create a vignette effect, so create a new layer and go to Edit > Fill and fill it with the colour black. Then make a layer mask for it and using a soft big brush, click on the center several times so as to make the effect visible only around the edges of the scene. Decrease the opacity of this layer to 54%.

Step 113

Moving on to the final effects, create a merge copy of all the layers by hitting Cmd/Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E. Name this layer ‘Final stamp’, then convert it to Smart Object. Now go to Image >Adjustments >Variations to change the colour of the whole scene. First click on ‘More Blue’, then on ‘More Cyan’. Click ok. Then to sharpen the image, go to Filters > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen. Keep the Amount: 131 and Radius: 1.3px. To adjust the shadows and highlights, go to Image > Adjustments > Shadows/Highlights and set the following values shown below:

Step 114

To create some final effects, I added a Curves layer to give the scene a slightly yellowish tone: Then apply a Color Balance adjustment to enhance the lighting: I wanted to add some contrast to the whole image. So create a Gradient Map adjustment layer. Go to Layer >New adjustment layer >Gradient map. And apply those values (the numbers indicate the color codes). Set the blending mode to soft light and opacity 16%

Step 115

Add Curves adjustment again to brighten some part of the scene. Fill the layer mask with black and use a white brush to bring back the brightening effect from the sky, mountains and the surrounding areas near the bottle. Then apply a Color Lookup adjustment, select ‘filmstock_50’ and decrease the opacity to 15%. Group all these adjustments together and name it ‘Final Adjustments’.

Step 116

And finally, select the topmost layer and hit Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E to merge all the visible layers into a single layer. Name this layer, say Camera Raw Filter. Go to Filter > Camera Raw. Prior applying the filter, convert this layer into smart object by going to layer > smart objects > convert to smart object. Use the values shown below:

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14 comments on “Create a Surreal and Magical Dream Bottle Landscape”

  1. Awesome tutorial. I always wonder how much patience these guys have to write such a long and detailed article.

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