Learn how to create a dark mysterious hideout in a rocky mountainous place in Photoshop. How will we find this tutorial useful? Well, I won’t brag about this tutorial, so I have to tell you that I won’t promise you special or sophisticated techniques used in this tutorial. However, by reading and following this tutorial, you will be amazed at how simple and essential techniques like blending, masking, color adjustments, basic painting, and some others can be easily applied to create a nice scenic panorama.

What You’ll Be Creating

The idea of this tutorial is just simple is that creating a dramatic scene featuring a rocky mountainous place set in the dark scenic atmosphere which people may assume (just like I do hehe…) to be a hideout where vampires, ghosts or sorts of reside. So get yourself ready with your Photoshop CS3 or newer, a glass of tea or coffee, and….. a pack of cigarettes will be good companions. Let’s start!

Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Open Photoshop and start creating a new document in it by hitting Ctrl+N. Set the size of the document like the one shown in the screenshot below:
step1a
Firstly, I tried to map what I had in mind by creating gradual scratches about the scene I am going to create. Here it is:
step1b

Step 2

Well, make sure that we have downloaded all stocks in the stock list and save them on our computer. In this kind of photo manipulation, finding good stocks will be essential. Good and suitable stocks really will help us to execute the idea we have. In this early step, we will create the right composition of our scene. Open the stock image. Take the lasso tool in the tool panel and cut out the rock highlighted in red. I named this cut out rock 1
step2a

Step 3

Add the cut out to the main document. Take the free transform tool (Ctrl+T) and then scale its size. Place it in the left part of the document. Here is the screenshot for your inspiration.
step3a
Duplicate the rock 1 layer (Ctrl+J) and place the duplicate where needed as shown in the screenshot. Select all the rock layers and group them in one folder. I named this folder rock.
step3b

Step 4

Proceed to add another rock to fill the composition on the left of the scene. Open the other rock image and cut out the red highlighted part. I named this cut out left rock.
step4a
Add the left rock to the main scene. Make sure to position this left rock layer above the rock folder. Take the free transform tool. With the tool scale, its size to the one needed. We need to alter the perspective of this rock, to do this right-click on the document when the free transform tool still activated to show up free transform option. Choose perspective. Drag the anchor point to the direction shown in the screenshot to alter the perspective of the rock:
step4b
Duplicate the left rock layer and move the duplicate to the right side to place it in front of the rock created in the previous step 3. I named this duplicate right rock. Take the free transform tool and alter the shape of this right rock by warping it.
step4c

Step 5

In this step, we will add waterfalls to the scene. Open the waterfall image and cut out the part needed.

18 thoughts on “How to Create a Dark Mysterious Hideout from a Rough Sketch”

  1. Does’t work to just copy and paste images to new document. Can’t transform. Needs another way to be able to move the cut out images into the new document and still be able to transform.

  2. Hey! Dek Wid,
    My bad ;) I missed the link to next page. Beautiful work. I really love the way you combined different Images. Looking forward to see more from your side.
    Cheers

  3. You have not shown the complete tutorial. Want to see rest of the steps after step 14 till that blue mysterious atmosphere… ;)

    Ajay Yashpaul

  4. Thank you very very much…I had finished 98% this tutorial:) .Just some step last example nebula, girl … is difficult

  5. This is a great tutorial, this is what we want, a tutorial with quality.
    Thanks Photoshop Tutorials and Dek Wid for this powerful tutorial.

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