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Step 32

Add a layer mask to it. Using a soft round brush paint on the layer mask of it to get rid from hard edges.
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Step 33

Now add a Selective Color adjustment layer to it. Here are the results.
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Here are the results so far.
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Step 34

Place the waterfall 4 image to the main document.
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Step 35

Use layer mask to get rid from the hard edges of it.
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Change the blend mode of waterfall 4 to soft light. Here are the results.
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Step 36

Reduce the saturation of waterfall 4 by adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to it.
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Here are the results so far.
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Step 37

Add the Eagle image to the main document as shown in the image below.
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Step 38

Make a Curves adjustment layer to eagle to increase the brightness of upper parts. Since we’ll create our light source above the eagle that means the upper parts of eagle must be brighter.
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Step 39

Now add a Color Balance adjustment layer to eagle to add some color to it.
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Step 40

Extract the model form it’s background using selection tool. Then place it over the cliff.
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Step 41

Create shadow for the model. To do this, create a new layer (CRTL + ALT + SHIFT + N) under the model layer. Grab the brush tool (B) and set it’s opacity and flow about 30%. Paint some shadows, using soft round black brush, where the foot of model contact the cliff layer as indicated by the arrows.
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Step 42

Create a new layer again below the model layer and create some cast shadows as indicated by arrows (use the same brush setting in previous step).
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Here are the overall results along with model shadow.
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Step 43

We have done with model shadows and it’s time to adjust it using adjustment layers. So first reduce the saturation of model little bit using Hue/Saturation adjustment layer.
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Step 44

Make a Curves adjustment layer to model to add yellow tones to it. You can see that I’ve used Blue channel to add yellow color tones.
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Step 45

Again add a Curves adjustment layer to increase the highlights.
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Step 46

At last use Color Balance balance adjustment layer for model.
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Step 47

If you zoom into model then you may notice that there are still blue color on model. I don’t want this color as we’ve already selected our primary color orange for the scene. We need to remove it and so create a new layer and then change your foreground color to #c69042. Activate the brush tool and then paint some lights on model with opacity about 30%. Remember this step is for those who are still getting blue color on model dress, if not then feel free to skip it.
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Step 48

We are done with all the thing but not with light effects. From this step we’ll create light effects for the scene. Create a new layer and name it ‘Light 1’. Change your foreground color to #7a5d34 and grab the brush tool. Set it’s opacity about 30% and then paint some light over the mountains.
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Change the blend mode to soft light and reduce the opacity to 68%. Here are the results.
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Step 49

Create another layer and name it ‘Light 2’. Using the same color paint a big stroke ( use brush size around 2300 pixels and use half of brush with 100% opacity) at the left top corner of the scene.

21 thoughts on “Create This Surreal Scene of Waterfall Mountains with Adobe Photoshop”

  1. The link to the sky image is no longer valid but you can still access the image by downloading the completed psd document posted by the author. That should allow you to complete the tutorial :)

  2. I have to agree with the Anonymous comment, While this had many good concepts. I spent 10-11 hours ( Not a Noob to PS CC) and due to you “resizing and mislabeling your layer names caused undue confusion made two separate attempts to complete this tutorial without success. I really appreciate your efforts to learn others learn and applaud your own ability to create, but perhaps more clear instructions than “move it to left a bit after resizing, See picture” since the guide photo made no sense. Neither did the order and naming of the layers in several steps. I spent more time trying to figure out the instructions. Just feedback. Not trying to toll you. Thanks

  3. Wow, I like that you provide all of the files for us to learn with. that makes things so much easier. Once I am done with something like this, I know I can replicate it.

  4. Honestly a bit hard to follow. I feel like the dimensions and scale of the mountain and waterfall photos don’t match up to what is pictured. I spent way too much time trying to match the photos the way they are in the tutorial. I had to stretch some of them, and move even the first one partly off the canvas, which is not mentioned. I got more experience with blending scenic stock photos that I’ll use in the future, but I’m giving up on this tutorial.

    1. The point of a tutorial is not to copy exactly, but vaguely. You’re never going to fully replicate what you see. The idea is to experiment, mess around with it, until you’re satisfied. If you try to make your image an exact copy, you’re going to get very frustrated and it will take a lot longer too. I would suggest messing around with the sizes until you like what you have. Then continue from there.

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