Create a Surreal and Magical Dream Bottle Landscape

Create a Surreal and Magical Dream Bottle Landscape
Then use a layer mask to remove its hard edges:

Step 39

I used two adjustment layers in clipping mask to brighten the water: Curves: Levels:

Step 40

Open Brook 2 stock again and select the brook part only: Scale its size with the free transform tool and place it like this: With the transform tool still activate choose the Warp tool option and try to alter the shape of the brook like this:

Step 41

Use a layer mask to hide the hard edges; Then reduce the opacity to 60%. Duplicate this layer and group them together. Name the group Brook 2 and change the blend mode of the group from Pass Through to Normal.

Step 42

To desaturate both the layers apply a Hue/Saturation layer within the group and reduce the saturation to -61 and lightness to -7.

Step 43

Open the Village stock and first select the part highlighted in red with a Polygonal Lasso Tool (L): Place it onto the peaks at the right. Scale its size with the transform tool and applying the layer mask, hide the unwanted parts using a soft brush of opacity around 30-35%:

Step 44

Then select another part from the same village stock and place it over the right corner: With the transform tool scale its size and using a layer mask, remove the hard edges.

Step 45

Then select both the village layers and group them together. Name this group as Village and change the blend mode of the group from Pass Through to Normal. I applied Levels on both the layers to darken the houses as they are hidden away from the light source.

Step 46

Take the castle stock now and select the castle part only. Place it onto our main document and scale its size with the free transform tool. Next, go to Edit > Transform > Flip horizontal. Duplicate this layer and reduce its size further more and place it like this: Now come back to the original castle layer, create a layer mask for it and remove the unwanted parts with a soft brush:

Step 47

Group (Cmd/Ctrl+G) both the castle layers together and change the blend mode of the group to Normal from Pass Through. Then create a Vibrance layer and reduce the Vibrance to -100: I then applied two Curves adjustment. The first one is to darken some part of the castle where it should be dark as its facing away from the light. The second Curves is applied for the Blues channel to change the colour of the castle to a greenish tone: To decrease the brightness of the castle I created a Brightness/Contrast layer:

Step 48

Open the Pathway stock and select the path. Drag it onto our main document, then reduce its size (Cmd/Ctrl+T) . With the transform tool still activated choose the Perspective option tool and alter the perspective of the path. Use a layer mask and with a soft brush (opacity 30-35%) remove the hard edges:

Step 49

To desaturate the path , I applied a Hue/Saturation layer in clipping mask: Then create Curves layer to brighten it slightly:

Step 50

We will now add some shadow and lighting over the whole scene. So create a new layer above all the other layers, set this layer to overlay filled with neutral color, 50% grey. Now activate the Dodge & Burn tool (O) and with the Range set to Midtones and Exposure of about 17%, paint some shadows and highlights.

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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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