Create a Photo Manipulation of a Woman Watching a Sunrise Landscape

Create a Photo Manipulation of a Woman Watching a Sunrise Landscape

In this photo manipulation tutorial I’ll show you how to create a sunrise mountain landscape with Photoshop.


You’ll learn how to combine several stock images, adjust color, create lighting, enhance the atmosphere and more.


Final Image

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Tutorial Details

  • Program : Photoshop CS3+
  • Estimated Completion Time : 60 minutes
  • Difficulty : Intermediate

Resources


Step 1

Create a new 1728×1000 px document in Photoshop with the settings below:

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Step 2

Open the landscape image. Drag this image into the white canvas using the Move Tool (V) .

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Step 3

Go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal :

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Step 4

There are unwanted people on the cliff. Hit Ctrl+Shift+N to make a new layer. Activate the Clone Tool (S) and use this tool to remove the indicated people.

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Step 5

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Balance and change the Midtones settings.

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Step 6

Open the mountains image. Place this image over the middle section of the canvas.

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Step 7

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, reduce the mountains’ opacity to help blend them with the background.

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Step 8

Create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and set it as Clipping Mask . Bring the Saturation value down to -65 :


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Step 9

Open the sky image. Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) to select the sky only and place it over the top of the scene.

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Add a mask to this layer and use a soft black brush to blend the sky with the background.

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Step 10

Create a Color Balance adjustment layer (set as Clipping Mask ) to match the color of the sky with the rest.

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Step 11

Make a Curves adjustment layer to brighten the sky. On this layer mask, use a soft black brush to erase the top and leave the bright effect visible on the lower left.

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Step 12

Open the woman image. Isolate the woman from the background and add her to the top of the cliff.

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Step 13

Use a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to change the woman’s color:

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Step 14

Make a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer on top of the layers and alter the Reds values.

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Step 15

Create several layers and use the bird brushes to paint on the horizon. Remember to turn the foreground to black.

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Step 16

Select all the bird layers and press Ctrl+G to make a group for them. Lower the opacity of this group to 70% to make the birds blend better with the background.

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Step 17

Make a Color Balance adjustment layer on top of the layer and change the Midtones and Highlights settings.

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Step 18

Create a Color Lookup adjustment layer and lower the opacity of this layer to 50% .

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Step 19

Make a Gradient Map adjustment layer and pick the one with Red, Blue and Yellow (one of the default gradient settings). Lower the opacity of this layer to 10% .

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Step 20

Use a Photo Filter adjustment layer and pick the color #00b7ec :

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Step 21

Make a Curves adjustment layer to increase the light for the scene.

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Step 22

Create a new layer and use a soft brush with the color #240202 to paint on the horizon. Change the mode of this layer to Linear Dodge 100% .

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Step 23

Make a new layer and use a soft brush with the color #fdbfa7 to paint more light on the horizon. Alter the mode of this layer to Overlay 100% .

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And We’re Done!

I hope that you enjoyed the tutorial.

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