Create This Epic Manipulation of Ancient Scandinavians in Photoshop

Create a beautiful photo manipulation ancient epic Scandinavians. In this tutorial, you learn to work with the transformation of objects, creating an atmosphere building landscape, learn to work with layer masks and adjustment layers, and more.

What you’ll be creating

Begin work creating the landscape and adapt it to the picture. Then, create a mountainside and organize sailing ships. The next step is to add models and entourage (stone and crows). Paying little attention to a heaven. At the end, add adjustment layers and special effects.
You’ll need any version of Photoshop, inspiration, good mood, turn on your favorite music and take a cup of tea :)


Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Before you start, download all the material in one place. So it will be easier to work with them. Open Photoshop and start by creating! Create a new document. Go to File > New or the short key Cmd /Ctrl+ N. A blank document with size of 3000 pixels wide and 2000 pixels high. I named the document “Scandinavians”.


Step 2

Now I have added a picture of the landscape. Go to File > Place and select the image of the landscape.


This picture is the foundation and it makes sense to frame for the proper construction of the composition. So it will be easier to work on photo manipulation. At the end of the work, we will remove it.


Step 3

After addition of the landscape, then stretch, as shown in Figure. When you put the picture it automatically in the transformation. But if not, transform the landscape, press the short key Cmd /Ctrl+ T or go to Edit > Transform > Scale. Pull the black cubes in the corners formed frame.


Resize the picture so that it will cover the whole workspace and go beyond the edges of the document. Do not worry about losing quality. Picture has the function of the skeleton and the quality is not particularly necessary.


Step 4

Now let’s start creating our main landscape. Create a new group clicking on the icon of the group in the Layers palette and name it “land”.


Step 5

Let’s start creating photo manipulation with water. Put in work photo landscape with fog. Go to File > Place and select the image of the landscape with fog.


Step 6

Now transform the landscape as shown and place it on the right side of the document.


Step 7

Add a layer mask to this picture by clicking on the icon mask in the Layers panel.


Step 8

Select the Brush Tool (B) on the toolbar. Set it to the following settings: Size: 150px. Hardness: 0% Opacity: 100% flow: 100%. Be sure to set the background color (the color that you will work) to black by pressing D on keyboard.


Step 9

Now select the layer mask by clicking on it. Using the brush, remove the excess from the picture as shown in Figure.


Step 10

I wanted to make a contrasting mountain, so I added it to an adjustment layer. To add a adjustment layer go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves or clicking on the icon in the Layers panel.


Step 11

In the window that appears, locate the curve, as shown in the figure. Move point slightly to the right s make more contrast picture.
Be sure to click on the icon of a square with an arrow to apply the adjustment layer to the layer with water, and not to the entire document.

26 thoughts on “Create This Epic Manipulation of Ancient Scandinavians in Photoshop”

  1. i watch all the steps & read carefully to all of yours helping ideas, but i am just start the working on photoshop cs6 version & i have no idea for doing the work on photoshop… so who can help me for make one tour & travel web layout…??? i am waiting for the replies & thankyou maria for your best teaching way… i think you can help me very well

  2. Hi i could not find the step 5 picture in your links , i have all of them except that one …

    Is it still available ?

  3. I have not been able to locate a few of the pictures I needed to download for this project. The Fjords link shows a photo that says 11 photos. I’m pretty new at this but I have no idea how to get the 11 photos. They seem to be in one photo?

    • Hi! I understand, but on the right side of the resource page is a great button “Download”. Click on it and save the file to your computer. Then use program to unzip photos (for example WinRAR) in the corect folder. Then locate the file of the photo with the name “IMG_0328” and place it in your work. That’s it! You can continue worked. Just the author made ​​a presentation that be in his archive. This is an advertisement :) I checked that the archive is desired photo and he downloaded from the site. I hope I helped you.

    • Thank you very much! I am very pleased to hear that!
      I am very glad that my work has inspired you! Good luck in your future works!

    • Thank you very much! I am very pleased to hear that!
      The work was great, but I hope useful. Soon in this site will still be my tutorial. Invite view them :)
      Thanks for the great review!

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