Add the waterfall 2 image below the mountain 1 layer but above the mountain 2. Resize it using transform tool (CTRL + T), so we get the waterfall. You may also notice I am placing it below the mountain 1 layer so I can cover rough masking parts of mountain 1 layer. Since the both images parts matches with each other therefore we are free to add any parts either of waterfall or mountain 1 layer. That we’ll make the blending easier.
Add layer mask to the mountain 2 layer. Using a soft round black brush hide the highlighted part of waterfall 2 image to blend it properly.
Here are the results
I need some more parts of mountain 1 layer over the waterfall 2 layer to cover it up. To do this, duplicate the mountain 1 layer by pressing (CTRL + J) on keyboard. Move it little bit to left as shown in the image below.
Hide all the parts of mountain 1 layer using layer mask but keep some parts above the waterfall 2. Here you can see that how I covered it over the waterfall 2 layer.
As you can see in the previous step I’ve kept some parts of waterfall 2 (hard edges) and to blend it we’ll use the same waterfall 2 image. So place the waterfall 2 image again (above waterfall 2 layer) and this time transform it shown in the image below as we only want the bush parts of this image. Also name it ‘Waterfall 2 again’
Here you can see how I placed it after transforming it.
Hide all the parts of ‘waterfall 2 again’ layer using layer mask but keep the selected parts (see the image below) of ‘waterfall 2 again’ layer to blend it with waterfall 2 layer.
Here are the results after masking. As you can see we’ve very decent blending for all the stock images.
Now let’s add sky to the scene. Select the mountain 2 layer and add a layer mask to it. Hide the selected part of mountain 2 layer using soft round black brush.
As I said earlier in this tutorial that I’ll give you a quick tip to blend mountains image with another image without getting any hard edges. The trick you’ve already learned in this tutorial (when masking mountain 1 layer) but did you notice that I’ve also hided the edges of mountain 2 layer using very low opacity for brush about 10% to 20%. So I can the blend the mountain 2 image with sky without getting any hard edges otherwise edges of mountain will look sharp and everyone don’t want that. Same thing I’ve done with mountain 1 layer. If you are not good in masking then you can also use the Blur tool to soften the edges. With this technique you can blend any mountain image with another image or with sky image like I am doing it.
We’ve masked the sky parts of mountain 2 layer and now let’s add the sky image to the main document. Add the sky image under the mountain layer and let’s see we are getting any hard edges of mountains.
As you can see that the edges of both mountains properly blended with sky image using simple quick tip.
Let’s take a look at my layer panel so you can see how my layer panel is arranged with all the layers.
We’ve our basic ambient ready and it’s time for coloring using adjustment layers. Let’s start with the bottom layer sky. Add a Curves adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustments Layer> Curves) to the sky.
Here are the results with added cyan, green and blue tones.