How to Create a Sci-Fi Landscape Photo Manipulation with Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Sci-Fi Landscape Photo Manipulation with Adobe Photoshop
In this tutorial, I'll show you how to create a sci-fi landscape. First, we'll build the base environment using images of the sky, mountain, and landscape. Later, we'll make the columns, add the planets and blend them together using adjustment layers, masking, and brushes. After that, we'll use the tech brushes and some basic tools to make several sci-fi effects, paint lighting, enhance the color and contrast, and more.

Preview of the Final Result

Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Create a new 2850x1780 px document in Photoshop and fill it with white. Open the sky image and use the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) to select the sky part only. Drag it into a white canvas using the Move Tool (V). Use the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl+T) to resize it to fit the size of the document.

Step 2

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation  and set it as Clipping Mask. Change the Master values as the screenshot below shows:

Step 3

Create a Curves adjustment layer and reduce the lightness. On this layer mask, activate the Brush Tool (B) and select a soft round one with black color. Use this brush to erase the left and the middle of the sky to reveal the lightness there to fit the main light source (we'll see in the next steps).

Step 4

Open the mountain image and place it in the lower of the canvas. Use Ctrl+T to rotate the image a bit as shown below:
Click the second icon at the bottom of the Layers panel to add a mask to this layer. Use a soft black brush to remove the hard edges and most of the sky and reduce the visibility on some parts of the mountain.

Step 5

Make a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer (set as Clipping Mask) and decrease the Master settings:

Step 6

Create a Curves adjustment layer to make the mountain darker.

Step 7

Open the landscape image and use the Magnetic Lasso Tool ( L) to select the ground with the rocks only to add to the bottom of the canvas.
We'll fill in the missing part on the left. Use the Lasso Tool (L) to select this part and go to Edit > Fill and choose Content Aware. You should have a similar result like the screenshot below shows:

Step 8

Add a mask to this layer and use a soft black brush with the opacity about 30% -50% to soften the hard edges of the ground to fit the misty background.

Step 9

Create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer (set as Clipping Mask) and bring the Saturation values down to -68:

Step 10

Make a Color Balance adjustment layer and change the Midtones settings:

Step 11

Create a new layer, change the mode to Overlay 100% and fill with 50% gray:
Activate the Burn Tool (O) with Midtones Range, Exposure about 10% to paint more shadow and details for the rocks in the middle. You can see how I did it with Normal mode and the result with Overlay mode.

Step 12

Add a Curves adjustment layer and increase the light and haze on the left and the rocks on the right.  On this layer mask, use a soft black brush with the opacity about 50% to paint on the rest to keep its lightness.

Step 13

Make another Curves adjustment layer to darken the foreground and midground. On this layer mask, use a soft black brush with the opacity about 10% and 100% to reduce and remove the dark effect on the far  left, middle and right of the landscape.

Pages: 1 2 3 4 5

Dark Conceptual Portraits Course (71% Off)
Sponsored

Discover how to create stunning photo manipulations in Photoshop. In this course, you'll learn everything from photographing models to creating dark conceptual artworks. If you enjoy our photo manipulation tutorials, you will absolutely love this course.

2 comments on “How to Create a Sci-Fi Landscape Photo Manipulation with Adobe Photoshop”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

cross