How to Create Magic Atmosphere in the Sky in Photoshop

How to Create Magic Atmosphere in the Sky in Photoshop
Just feel the magic in the air and the power in the breeze, Feel the energy of the plants, the bushes and the trees. Let yourself be surrounded by nature at its best. Calm yourself, focus and let magic do the rest. In this Photoshop tutorial, we learn how to create a magical atmosphere in the sky. First, we added an Ocean and Mountains, then Sky. Then we added an Adjustment Layers to correct the colors, then Balloons and finally added textures and Adjustment layers. See at the bottom of the page how does it look like.

Preview of Final Image

Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Now, let’s start by creating a new image file, go to the Menu bar and click File > New, and then input the following values on their respective fields.
  • Preset: Custom
  • Width: 3888
  • Height: 3166
  • Resolution: 300
  • Color Mode: RGB Color 8bit
  • Background Contents: Transparent

Step 2

Go to File > Place. Select the Ocean stock and place it into your document.

Step 3

Now create a layer mask and use Brush Tool(B) Soft Round with foreground color black and start painting to remove the sky above water.

Step 4

Next we will open Mountains. After you open the image, use Rectangular Marquee Tool(M).

Step 5

After the selection area has been created, simply copy (Ctrl / Cmd + C) and Paste (Ctrl / Cmd + V) it to our work canvas. Then position the image with the transform tool (Ctrl / Cmd + T). Hold Alt + Shift and resterize like image below. In Photoshop CC only hold Alt to resterize al sides together.

Step 6

Next, we need to remove the sky. Use Pen Tool(P) and start marking. You create a curve by adding an anchor point where a curve changes direction, and dragging the direction lines that shape the curve. The length and slope of the direction lines determine the shape of the curve. Curves are easier to edit and your system can display and print them faster if you draw them using as few anchor points as possible. Using too many points can also introduce unwanted bumps in a curve. Instead, draw widely spaced anchor points, and practice shaping curves by adjusting the length and angles of the direction lines.

When you have marked everything press Right click on mouse and select "Make Selection". Feather Radius set to 0px, Anti-aliased check and press OK.
Now click on add layer mask and press Ctrl/Cmd + I to invert it.

Step 7

Open Sky and use Rectangular Marquee Tool(M). With the Rectangular Marquee tool, drag over the area you want to select. Hold down Shift as you drag to constrain the marquee to(release the mouse button before you release Shift to keep the selection shape constrained).

Step 8

After the selection area has been created, simply copy (Ctrl / Cmd + C) and Paste (Ctrl / Cmd + V) it to our work canvas( put a layer at the bottom, behind the ocean and the mountain layer) Then position the image with the transform tool (Ctrl / Cmd + T). Hold Alt + Shift and resterize like image below. In Photoshop CC only hold Alt to resterize al sides together.

Step 9

Select Sky layer and Add Adjustment Layer "Curves"

Step 10

Add Adjustment Layer "Brightness/Contrast"

Step 11

Select Ocean layer and add Adjustment Layer "Curves"

Step 12

Add Adjustment Layer "Levels"

Step 13

Add Adjustment Layer "Brightness/Contrast"

Step 14

Add Adjustment Layer "Curves"

Step 15

Add Adjustment Layer "Color Balance"

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3 comments on “How to Create Magic Atmosphere in the Sky in Photoshop”

  1. Hi there. This is a great tutorial however, I am working my way through it and can't seem to locate two of the resources you use in this tutorial. One of them is the "sky" image and the other one is the "birds" image. Neither of them are listed in the tutorial resources list. I really want to be able to replicate your image as closely as possible. Can you please provide the links for these resources? That would be greatly appreciated! Thanks again!

  2. Hola.
    La foto del cielo y los pájaros no la habéis puesto, pero no tiene una gran relevancia.
    Lo que no comprendo es este comando
    "Crea una nueva capa y haz una máscara de recorte. Haga clic derecho en la capa y "Liberar máscara de recorte".
    Me lo podéis aclarar.
    Gracias.

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