How to Create a Stunning Surreal Landscape

Do the same with the other mountain, but this time reduce the opacity of the layer to 80%

Step 17 – place Sky

Place the layer of the sky

Step 18 – Hard  light

Use the layer in hard light mode, reduce the opacity to 75%. Also add a layer mask to the image and hide some parts.

Step 19 – orange

To give more intensity to the sunset paint with a soft round orange brush in the sky. Use the layer in soft light mode. You can set the opacity to the pressure of your tablet, or if you don’t have a tablet the opacity can be 30%.

Step 20 – The Model

Place the model and like you did before select her using a layer mask.

Step 21 – Hair

Select only the hair and press Ctrl + J to duplicate the layer.

Step 22 – Change color

Press Ctrl+U to change the color of the model’s hair. You have a menu, select the option Colorize and then use the option Hue in 9, the option Saturation at 25 and the option Lightness in -30.

Step 23 – The Hair

To paint the hair you will need a tablet to get better results, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do it  with you mouse. To star pick the same color of the hair with the eyedropper tool, after that paint some hairs not too big not too small. Use a soft round brush  2px.

Paint some more strands

Step 24 – White Strokes

Make some white strokes to give highlights to the hair.

Add some with a lighter tone of brown

Step 25 – Shadow

To make a shadow in the model’s hair paint with a soft round black brush in the hair like this:

Change layer to soft light

Step 26 – Lights and Shadows

Paint a new layer with a gray tone like this:

With the dodge and burn tool pass over that layer, to make shadows and light. Use the layer in soft light mode to do this.

Step 27 – Orange

In a new layer paint with a soft round orange brush to create light over the mountains, remember the direction of the light, where light is coming from.

Reduce the opacity of the layer to 40%

Step 28 – River

Go back to the background, and place the image of a river

Add a layer mask and hide all the parts leaving only the river, and reduce the opacity of the layer to  70%

Step 29 – Shadows

Pick a soft round brush a big one and paint over the rock to make the shadow of the model. Color black with 35% of opacity

Step 30 – Highlights

In a new layer with a small round brush 2 or 4px paint to make strokes in the mountains and objects, the color has to be orange.

Here they are white so you can see them

Step 31 – Blur

Make the background a little blurry to do this, hide all the layers and just leave the ones that belong to the background, press Ctrl + A, then Ctrl + Shift + C to select the current image, not the current layer, and finally press Ctrl + V and you will have a copy of the background.

Adding blur to the background will give the look that the mountains and all the other objects are far away from the model.

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