How to Create a Rainy Lake Scene in Photoshop

How to Create a Rainy Lake Scene in Photoshop

Step 11

So to get rid from the complicated selection process, choose birds surrounding portion by using Rectangle Marquee tool and then drag it to an image. Place it properly by resizing it.

Step 12

And to match it with background then you have to use Color Range Tool (as shown in step no. 5, 6). Select unwanted part by using Eyedropper tool and keep Fuzziness: 55. Then delete selected part.
15 color range
Then you will get output like this:
16 blending moon
If you see in an image, then you will find that lake's bank portion is looking empty. So to fill it, you can add stones on that place. For this purpose, I have chosen this image:
17 stones img

Step 13

To bring stones cutouts in a working image select it with Polygonal Lasso Tool and drag it. Don't go for color correction and don't use Color Range Tool for stones. Keep it as it is. I have selected this part of stones to bring in our output:
18 stone cutouts
So, all the placements have made properly now. Look out the final output of placements in an image below:
19 placement of objects

Color Correction Procedures:

Now we are moving to the main part which is "Color Correction." Color Correction is a procedure which maintains the overall mood of an image, if you succeeded in this section, you have won the race and if not, you have lost it. So it's very important part in any image to finalize the process. But don't worry! Follow the procedures and techniques below then you will do color correction properly on a working image.

Step 14: Adding a Night Color to the image:

First, we are going to add night color to the image (means we are adding dark color to it.) So for this purpose, apply Adjustment Level Layer for overall layers. Place it above all layers. You will find this tool in Layer menu -> New Adjustment Layer -> select Levels. Add values to the Adjustment Layer as shown in an image.
20 adjustment level layer

Step 15

Now to adjust value tone of stones with a background then select Levels tool and add this value to it.
21 levels tool
Then you will get output like this:
22 adding darkness

Adding Dramatic Colors:

Up to this color correction procedure, you will bring beautiful effect but not the perfect. It means still we have not added dramatic look.

Step 16

So to creating dramatic light then create a new layer and randomly paint three-color tones on a layer by using Brush tool. 1st Color Tone: 3b7480 2nd Color Tone: 3f715c 3rd Color Tone: 75743b And then using Gaussian Blur Tool, blur that color tones. So, your three-color Tone layer will look like this:
23 3 color tones

Step 17

And then in Blending Mode choose Hard Light blending mode. On that same layer to preserve brightness of moon, select Brush tool, and using Black color as Foreground just paints on moon shape. Finally, your image will look like this:
24 adding dramatic color

Step 18

Again to looking main image more beautiful, make some color correction to it by choosing Levels tool and add these values to it:
25 levels tool adjustment

Step 19

To increase brightness or shine of a moon then on a new layer, exactly on a moon, using a brush tool, make one circle with opacity low as 60% and with foreground color as white.

Step 20

Use Overlay blending mode for it and apply Gaussian Blur by keeping Radius 20 pixels. Make another duplicate of this layer and keep the both layers above the main moon layer and three-color tone layer.

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  1. I just found this in my email and took a good look at it on the website. Is this "awesome"?

    No, it is NOT. Rather, it is error-filled.

    1. Lower right-hand corner. That's the reflection of the light source, PROBABLY the Sun. Oh, but you have another light source in the top-center called the moon.

    2. That light reflection off of the water IN NO WAY resembles the dark, forbidding rainy skies above. OOPS!

    3. The reflection of the castle off the water is reasonable. But, where is the reflection of the two dark birds well above the castle, which would clearly be in the bright reflected skies above the castle?

    There's a really CRAP sunset picture making the rounds, where the moon has replaced the sun, and it's been passed around in different hues, and it only has a very serious problem, which is that the clouds are passing behind the moon. In other words, our planet will be destroyed soon because the moon is in our atmosphere.

    But a ZILLION LOONS out there say "awesome!" And this is as bad as that.

  2. great tutorial.i learnt a lot...but being a novice it took me some time to locate all the commands since the tutorial was not very clear.but i got an amazing output.thanks again author :-)

  3. To the people saying this is a bad tutorial, you must be noobs.
     I don't read most of the instructions, I go on by looking at how this is being created and do it my way.
    You can do one thing in may forms on photoshop.

  4. Its very amazing steps to create lake view by using photoshop.I am wondered to see this post.Everyone should read this specially designer to get inspirations.thanks

  5. Epic fail?? I don't think so. Great ideas, apply them to your work however you see fit. I thank the person that took time to lay this out! Time out of their day, without being paid a dime. That's not a fail at all. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Something get wrong at step 7/8 with the gaussian blur, my images whole image is blurred and not only the trees etc.
    However it´s a good tut

  7. can we add rain dropping effect into the lake, i think it will look more realistic can you please tall  me how can we add that effect ?

  8. This Is A Very Good Tutorial. But The Final Image Doesn't Look Same As The First One On The Top. I can't say Much Cause Am also New To This Software. Anyways G8 Job

  9. OMG now this is what I call wicked talent.. I'm just speechless on how you've put everything together in such a beautiful harmony. splendid

  10. I like this kind of photo manips....very nice imaging. With more efforts to show the effects of the raindrops on the water surface, this work would be perfect.

  11. I like these tutorials, however I often get stuck and there seems to be no recourse to get clarification. For example on steps 5 and 6 I have a bit of a problem duplicating your steps. I follow your steps to the letter but clearly am doing something wrong and not getting the correct result....or anything resembling it. I'm using CS4 extended. Thanks

    1. this might be really late but what did you do to get around that step? I'm having issues.

  12. It really befuddles me why people post such negative comments. These people that create these tutorials are taking the time out of their lives to assist us novices, not hold us by the hand. I think he did a very good job.

  13. Wow, this is such a fail... by the first two commentators! Do you SEE any other reflection than the castle's? No. You might make the lake darker, but the texture of the sky is not seen, so there is no reflection. And where the moon's reflection lands wouldn't be in the view of the lake. Also, can you make something better than this, without tutorials? No, that's why you're here. You can always make changes yourself if you don't like, idiots.

  14. hey, you know what, why don't you show us your own works and/or tutorials? if you see an high level of fail here, I'm pretty curious to look at your astonishing works

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