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How to Create a Marvellous Night Landscape with Waterfalls

Create an atmospheric mountainous landscape with this Photoshop tutorial! You’ll learn how to create any own mountain scenes by combining several photos together, add a bridge with lanterns, color balance images, dodge & burn, and many other techniques. A free PSD download is included with this tutorial.

Preview of Final Results

final result

Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Start by creating a blank document with size of 2490 pixels wide and 1507 pixels high by hitting the short key Ctrl+N. I named the document sanctuary.

step1a

Here is the document will be:

step1b

Step 2

Make sure we have downloaded all the tutorial assets needed and saved them in a folder in our computer. In these early steps we will create our custom rocky mountain using several stock images prepared. Start by opening one of the mountain stocks in Photoshop by hitting the short keys Ctrl+O. This will lead us to the folder in the computer where we have saved the image.

step2aa

step2a

Next, we will cut out some part of the image. Take the lasso tool in the tool panel. We will use this tool to cut out the part.

step2b

The part we are going to cut out is the one outlined in red. To cut the part, start clicking, holding and dragging the tool on the red outline to trace it.

step2c

After tracing the outline, the part will be selected which is indicated by blinking small black and white lines around it.

step2d

Hit Ctrl+J to duplicate the selection into a new single layer. Now we have the cut out of the mountain image.

step2e

Step 3

Copy-paste the cut out into the main blank document. When the cut out is in the main document, this will be a new layer named layer 1. We will work with many layers, so to specify them, I will name them accordingly. For this layer, I named it rock. (Well, sorry if I may sound fussy at this tutorial, but I have to by consideration this tutorial is supposed to be read by fresh new Photoshop users to advanced ones. Hope this tutorial will not be tricky) Now go back to our main document where we have had the rock layer. Activate the free transform tool by hitting Ctrl+T on the keyboard. The rock image is still very large so we need to scale it down to the size desired. To do this, press the Shift key on the keyboard and click, hold and drag the upper left transforming point until we have desired size.

step3a

After we have the size, hit Ctrl+J to duplicate the rock layer. This will be a new layer in the layer panel named rock copy. With the rock copy layer selected and the free transform tool is still activated, right click on the document to show up the transforming option box. Choose Flip Horizontal to flip the image horizontally.

step3b

Then, move the duplicate (rock copy layer) to the left a bit to get the position like the one shown in the screenshot:

step3c

When we have the desired position and the transform tool is still activated, right click again on the document to show up the transforming option box. This time, choose Warp. Now try to alter the shape of the rock by warping it. To do this, click, hold and drag the upper right transforming point to the direction shown in the screenshot below. Do similar way to the lower left transforming point.

step3d

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