Change the blend mode of Gradient Map to Color Dodge and reduce the opacity to 37%. Here are the results


Step 62

Make a Color Balance adjustment layer. Here are the setting.


Reduce the opacity of Color Balance to 62%. Here are the results..


Step 63

Finally add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer to the scene.


Here are the results.


Hide the selected effect of Brightness/Contrast to reduce the brightness of upper parts of scene.


Final Results


Download the PSD

Tutorial by Bunty Pundir

Thanks for following the tutorial. I hope it’s not difficult for you. I’m a self-taught artist from India and you can follow me on Facebook for more artworks and Photoshop tutorials. I’d also love to hear you feedback and comments on tutorial. Please do let me know if I missed anything in tutorial or if you baffled in any step.
– Bunny

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22 responses to “Create This Surreal Scene of Waterfall Mountains with Adobe Photoshop”

  1.  Avatar

    Thank you

  2. Morris Avatar

    Be a lot easier a Video Tut was made.

  3. mukulmamun Avatar

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

  4. Julian Avatar

    This is garbage. What is”hided” in step 5. I mean come on.

  5.  Avatar

    I’m sorry that some of the material links in this tutorial have failed.

  6. Aloysius Avatar

    The link to the sky image is no longer valid but you can still access the image by downloading the completed psd document posted by the author.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

  7. Srivardhan Avatar

    Thanks for the tutorial, but the link for the ‘sky’ image isn’t correct… Could you please check it?

  8. Shaun Avatar

    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

  9. debabrata Avatar

    sir there have no page after page no. 5

    1. Photoshop Tutorials Staff Avatar
      Photoshop Tutorials Staff

      Sorry link is fixed now

  10. Mads Klitgaard Avatar
    Mads Klitgaard

    Sky image is here

  11. Trevor Garratt Avatar
    Trevor Garratt

    You know what, I have a picture that this would work perfectly for. Thanks!

  12.  Avatar

    was the thing in step eight suppose to say waterfall 2 not mountain 2?

  13. Liya Avatar

    beautiful tutorial as always ;)

  14. Hoa Nguyen Avatar
    Hoa Nguyen


  15. Benjamin Avatar

    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.

  16. Colin Avatar

    Nice one!

  17.  Avatar

    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. shaun Avatar

      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.

  18. Muhammadjavohir Avatar

    The link to sky image is now showing the image directly. Could you give another link?

  19. Muhammad Rokonuzzaman Neo Avatar
    Muhammad Rokonuzzaman Neo

    Ur tutorials is so much easier to follow… keep up the good works…

  20. Сергей Avatar

    Спасибо за хорошие уроки:)

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