How to Create a Surreal, Fantasy Melting Moon Scene with Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Surreal, Fantasy Melting Moon Scene with Adobe Photoshop
In this tutorial, I'll show you how to create a surreal, fantasy artwork featuring a melting moon. First, we'll build the base scene using two landscape images. After that, we'll add the stars and the moon. Later, we'll paint the splash and liquid falling from the moon. We'll create some additional effects, add the lighting and use several adjustment layers to enhance the final result.

Preview of the Final Result

Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Create a new 1530x1700 px document and fill it with white. Open the landscape image and drag it into the white canvas using the Move Tool (V)

Step 2

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Balance and change the Midtones and Highlights settings:

Step 3

Open the ground image and use the Move Tool to place it onto the existing ground. Click the second icon at the bottom of the Layers panel to add a mask to this layer. Select a soft round brush with black color to erase the sky and background of this image , leaving the ground visible only. 

Step 4

Make a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer above the ground layer and set it as Clipping Mask. Bring the Saturation values down to -24:

Step 5

Create a Color Balance adjustment layer (set as Clipping Mask)  and alter the Midtones and Highlights settings:

Step 6

 Add a Curves adjustment layer (set as Clipping Mask) and decrease the lightness. On this layer mask, use a soft black brush with the opacity about 10% to reduce the dark effect on the midground a little.

Step 7

 Make a new layer on top of the layers and use a soft brush with the color #e3a39a to paint on the main canvas. Change this layer mode to Multiply 100%  and add a mask to this layer.  Use a soft black brush with the opacity about 50% to erase the dark effect on the upper of the sky.

Step 8

Cut out the moon from the original image and place it onto the top middle of the sky. Flip it horizontally by choosing Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal. Use the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl+T) with the Warp mode to tweak the moon as shown below:

Step 9

Change the mode of the moon layer to Screen 100%:

Step 10

Create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer (set as Clipping Mask) to change the moon's color. Bring the Hue values down to -180:

Step 11

Open the star background images pack and choose the starry3 one. Place this image onto the sky and change this layer mode to Screen 100%.  Set this layer below the moon's one. 

Step 12

Add a mask to this layer and use a soft black brush to remove the hard edges and erase the stars inside the moon.

Step 13

Create a Levels adjustment layer (set as Clipping Mask) to decrease the opacity of the stars and increase the contrast  of the starry effect. 

Step 14

Make a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to change the color of the stars to fit the background.

Step 15

Open the splatter image and use the Move Tool to place the splatter below the bottom of the moon.

Step 16

Make a Color Fill layer above the splatter layer (set as Clipping Mask) and pick the color #d6dcf6 .

Step 17

Add a mask to the splatter layer and use a medium hard black brush to blend the splatter with the moon and trim the bottom of the splatter.

Step 18

Make a new layer and use a small hard brush with the color #d6dcf6 to paint more details for the existing liquid and on the ground.

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