Create This Surreal Scene of Waterfall Mountains with Adobe Photoshop

Create This Surreal Scene of Waterfall Mountains with Adobe Photoshop
Create This Surreal Scene of Waterfall Mountains with Adobe Photoshop

Change the blend mode to Linear Dodge and reduce the opacity to 63%. Here are the results with added lights on top right of the scene.


Step 51

Create a new layer again and name it 'Light 4'. Then paint some more lights in the middle of the mountain (right side) with same setting in step 48.


Change the blend mode to Color Dodge.


Step 52

Duplicate the 'Light 4' layer and but this time reduce the opacity to 58%.


Step 53

Create a last new layer and name it 'Light 5'. Paint some more lights as shown in the image below.


Change the blend mode to Color and reduce the opacity to 53%. Now we are done with light effects and we've pretty much good results for light effects and we'll also enhance them in further steps.


Step 54

Create a new layer and name it 'Birds'. Using the birds brushes paint some birds on the scene ( I've used 2500 pixels birds brush and feel free to choose your own birds brush).


Step 55

Download the lens flare pack and choose the optical flare (26). Then place it as shown in the image below. We'll use the lens flare as a light source.


Step 56

Change the blend mode of lens flare to Screen and here are the results.


Step 57

As you can see in red circle that lens flare parts are over the model and I don't want that. So add a layer mask to lens flare and then hide the unwanted parts of it.


Here are the results after masking and I also hided the parts of lens flare over the eagles.


Step 58

Add a Levels and Hue/Saturation adjustment layers to lens flare. By adding Leves adjustment layer you'll get rid from hard edges of lens flare and by using Hue/Saturation you'll change the color of lens flare to yellow from blue.


Here are the results with a nice glowing light source.


Step 59

Everything is set now and we are heading towards the end of tutorial. Now we'll finalize the entire scene using Final Adjustment layers. So add a Brightness/Contrast layer (above all the layers) to entire scene. Here are the settings.


Here are the results.


Step 60

Add a Selective Color adjustment layer to the scene. Here are the settings.


Here are the results.


Step 61

Add a Gradient Map adjustment layer to light up the entire scene.

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22 comments on “Create This Surreal Scene of Waterfall Mountains with Adobe Photoshop”

  1. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I’ve been looking for a reliable one for quite a while and yours was extremely helpful!

  2. 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 :)

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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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