Have you ever wanted to create those stark and dramatic landscapes? In this tutorial you’ll learn how to combine different stock photos and lighting styles to create dramatic, movie like photo manipulation. Let’s get started!

Preview of Final Results


Tutorial Resources

Step 1 – Preparing the Document

Open Photoshop and create a new document (File > New…). Set its dimensions on 3500 x 2300px. Press OK. Download the stock photo of rocks listed in the beginning of the tutorial under Tutorial Resources and drag it into your new document.  Name this new layer ROCKS and place it on the top of all layers. Go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontally to have the same direction as on the preview picture.


Step 2 – Adjusting the Rocks

Let’s focus on colors of the layer ROCKS you’ve added in previous step. In this photo manipulation you want to create strong dramatic atmosphere and I believe you can achieve it better with photos with less saturated colors.  Add new adjustment layer Vibrance on the top of all layers. (You can find the button Add new fill or adjustment layer on the bottom part of your layers palette.)


Set the value Vibrance on – 30 and change its Blending Mode on Color. By choosing this blending mode the adjustment change only color and not lightness of your image.


To lower saturation of cyan tones even more add new adjustment layer Hue/Saturation and set the value Saturation of Cyan tones on -70. By this adjustment you’ll create stronger feel of “before the storm” weather.


After this step your photo manipulation should look like on the following image.


Step 3 – Adding Waves

Download stock photo of waves listed in the beginning of the tutorial and drag it into your photo manipulation. Name this new layer WAVES and place it on the top of all layers.  Go to Edit > Free Transform (or press Ctrl + T on your keyboard) and resize waves on proper size. After you’re done press Enter to apply the changes. You should get something similar to the picture below.


Add layer mask to WAVES. You can find the button Add layer mask on the bottom part of the palette Layers (next to the button Add new fill or adjustment layer you’ve used in previous step).

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12 responses to “How to Add a Mermaid to a Dark Bleak Landscape”

  1.  Avatar

    Thanks for this idea

  2. Maidul Islam Avatar
    Maidul Islam

    Beautiful, creative and acutely enjoy able!

  3. Kevin Avatar

    I really love your tutorials … I think it explains very well for a photoshop beginner like me, and it makes me really happy that you continued to publish tutorials on photoshop it helps to learn ..

  4. Looking Avatar

    Thank you very inspirational. Ended up doing something completely different but using your techniques.

  5. bla Avatar

    hard to use a FREE tutorial when you have to BUY the content in order to follow it…

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  7. Ed Poska Avatar
    Ed Poska

    Tutorial started by asking if you wanted to add a mermaid to a landscape.
    Ended with a landscape, no mermaid.
    Where’d she go?

    1. anonymous Avatar

      lol click the next page

  8. Withinboy Avatar

    Thanks, it is very helpful!!

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  10. Rokaiya Avatar

    Helpful for Photoshop learner.

  11. Timothy Mensah Avatar
    Timothy Mensah

    Very educative

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