Fantasy landscape tutorial: how to blend images seamlessly in a dramatic montage

Fantasy landscape tutorial: how to seamlessly blend images into a dramatic montage

How to make a fantasy landscape: steps 13-18

How to make a fantasy landscape: step 13

13 Build up the atmosphere
Select the Move tool (V) to adjust the position of the mist, then click the top layer in the Layers panel. Create a new blank layer and add another, larger, lower, layer of mist. This time, reduce the opacity in the Layers panel to reduce the intensity. With the top layer selected, hold down Shift, highlight the rock and mist layers, and go to Layer>New>Group from Layers.

How to make a fantasy landscape: step 14

14 Adjust the colour
We now want to apply a selective colour adjustment to the rocks and mist layers. Create a new Color Balance adjustment layer and select Midtones from the Tone menu. Move the top slider towards Cyan and the bottom slider towards Blue. Hold down Alt and click between the adjustment layer and the group, then click to create a clipping adjustment.

How to make a fantasy landscape: step 15

15 Add the sun
Click the background layer, then go to Filter>Render>Lens Flare. Select 105mm prime and adjust the brightness to about 50. In the small preview window, click to move and position the sun to the top left of the image. Click OK. Because the background is a Smart Object, the sun can be repositioned at any time by double clicking the layer.

How to make a fantasy landscape: step 16

16 Remove the flare
The Lens Flare filter has created unwanted flare in the bottom right of the image. Create a new blank layer, select the Spot Healing tool, and make sure the Sample All Layers box is ticked. Enlarge the brush size to cover the spots of flare and dab them.

How to make a fantasy landscape: step 17

17 Mute the colour
The colours are still a little too bright and intense for the effect we’re after. A quick way to mute the colours is to use a Black & White overlay. Click the top layer, create a Black & White adjustment layer and reduce the opacity of the layer to 20%.

How to make a fantasy landscape: step 18

18 Add a filter
The final step is to add a Photo Filter adjustment layer to add a slight cast. Click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon and choose Photo Filter. Select Yellow from the Filter menu and set the Density to around 40%.

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