Photoshop is the best software for photo manipulations and this tutorial will show you how to create a dreamy sunrise landscape all inside Photoshop. This tutorial by Jenny Le will cover techniques such as blending, color adjustments, masking, retouching, and tips on how to get beautiful and realistic results.
Preview of Final Results
Create a new document with size 1300×800 px and fill it with white (or any color you like). Open sky stock. Use Retangular Marquee Tool to make a selection on sky part and use Move Tool (V) to drag it into our white canvas, place it at the top:
I use an adjustment layer with Clipping Mask to make colors of the sky richer and more vibrant. On sky layer, go to Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Selective Color:
Drag landscape stock into our picture, convert it to Smart Object and use Cmd/Ctrl+T to resize it:
Click the second button at the bottom of Layer Pallete to add mask to landscape layer. Use soft black brush to remove sky of this landscape and blend it with sky in previous step:
I make a new layer with Clipping Mask and active Clone Tool (S). Use this tool to remove some light rays:
Make a new layer, I use soft brush with color #a97c3c to paint on the right side of the mountains to add more warm color to them. Then change the mode to Soft Light 100%:
Open path stock. Copy path part and place it at the middle section of our image, transform to get a look below:
Use layer mask to remove hard edges:
Duplicate this layer four times, use Cmd/Ctrl+T and Warp Tool (Edit-Transform-Warp) and layer mask to make the path longer. You can see how I arranged them on the screenshot below:
Make all path layers selected then hit Cmd/Ctrl+G to make group for them, change the mode from Pass Through (default group mode) to Normal 100%. Name these layers from 1 to 5.
I add two adjustment layers within this group to match color and brightness of the paths with the rest.
On Curves layer mask I use soft black brush to erase the parts towards the light:
After transforming and warping, the path parts look a bit flat. To fix it, I make a new layer within this group, use brush with color #291605 to create the shades under the steps:
Open wheel stock. Extract this wheel part and place it at the right of the ground, convert to Smart Object and flip it horizontally (Edit-Transform-Flip Horizontal) and use layer mask to blend the bottom with the ground:
To make shadow of the wheel on the ground, I make a new layer under the wheel one. Hold the Cmd/Ctrl while clicking wheel thumbnail layer to load its selection:
Fill this selection with black, convert it to Smart Object and flip it vertically. Move this shadow under the wheel:
Lower opacity to 60% and go to Filter-Blur-Gassian Blur:
I use layer mask to blur the part below:
Make group for the wheel and its shadow, remember to change the mode to Normal 100%. Create some adjustment layers within this group to change color and darken the wheel:
On Curves layer mask I use black brush to erase the front of the wheel:
Extract tree and move it to the top right corner of our picture:
I make Color Balance and Curves layers (Clipping Mask) to alter color and brightness of the tree:
Erase the left side of the tree (the part that gets more light from the sky) on Curves layer mask:
Isolate the house and position it at the left side of the ground.
Use layer mask to blend the hard edges with the ground: