Create a Surreal and Magical Dream Bottle Landscape

Create a Surreal and Magical Dream Bottle Landscape
Create a New layer (Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+N) above all the cliff's adjustments layers. Now take a Soft, Black Brush with Opacity 24% and Flow 51%, and paint some more shadows again as shown below. With blend mode Normal, reduce the opacity to 35%. Now duplicate the Cliff layer, with the transform tool (Cmd/Ctrl+T) scale its size and flip horizontally (Edit > Transform > Flip horizontal). Place it on the right side and with a layer mask; hide this part of the cliff using a soft brush. To desaturate the cliff, I created a Hue/Saturation layer (set as clipping mask). Decrease the Saturation to -52 and Lightness to -7: To brighten some part of the cliff I then created a Curves adjustment layer, in clipping mask:

Step 10

Open Peak 1 stock image from Cgtextures and pick Image 4. Go to Filters > Camera Raw Filters and increase the clarity to +19. Using a Magic Wand (W) selection tool or whichever method you prefer, select the peaks only and import it to the main canvas above all the Cliff's layers but below the Landscape layers. Apply a Free Transform tool (Cmd/Ctrl+T), scale its size and tilt it slightly at an angle then place it on top of the cliff as shown below: Then in clipping mask, create a Levels adjustment layer and following the same procedure as we did in the previous steps of 8 & 9. Apply the values shown below to create some lighting as shown in the selection:

Step 11

Open Image 9 from the peaks stock image. Pick the Magic Wand (W) selection tool and select the parts shown below. Import it to your main document and place it above peak 1 layer. Apply a layer mask to it and using a soft brush of Opacity 67% and Flow 59%, mask away the parts shown in the selection below:

Step 12

Create a Levels adjustment layer with clipping mask and apply the following values: Then fill the layer mask with black and using a soft brush 100% opacity, bring back the result of the Levels adjustment on the part selected below by setting the Foreground colour set to White. Create a second Levels adjustment layer and to make the lighting more intense, we will increase the highlights using the values shown below on the selected part of the peak: Again in clipping mask, create a Curves Adjustment Layer to brighten the peak’s top even more. Make a layer mask for the Curves adjustment and fill it with black as we did with the previous adjustments layers and then using a soft brush (B), reveal back the effect from the section shown in the selection below: Group (Ctrl+G) both of these peaks layers along with all their adjustment layers together and name it as “Peaks 1”.

Step 13

Then create a new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N), in clipping mask above the Peaks group layer. Name this layer Shadow/Lighting. We will add some contrast to the peaks by adding some shadow and lighting using dodge and burn tool (O). Set this layer to overlay filled with neutral color, 50% grey. Now activate the Burn tool and with the Range set to Midtones and Exposure set to around 15%, darken the lower parts of the peaks. Then picking the Dodge tool with the range set to Midtones and Exposure of about 15%, paint some highlights where the light source is more profound. Here is the layer set in Normal blend mode: And here is the result in Overlay blending mode – 100% opacity:

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

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