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As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:
So let’s start with a new document of 2000 px width and 1600 px height at 300 resolutions. Actually size doesn’t matter here; you can keep any size according to your preferences.
Press G to select gradient tool and choose color b91414 & ffc600.
Drag from top of document to centre. The result will be look like this.
Now select gradient tool by pressing G and select white color and gradient type “Foreground to Transparent”.
Now open the green crop image and remove the sky and clouds from image and name this layer “Crop”.
Drag Crop layer to our main document. Press Ctrl + T to transform layer and increase its height according to scene.
Now create a color balance adjustment layer and put these settings:
Midtone ; Cyan-Red = -43, Magenta-Green = +29, Yellow-Blue = 0.
Shadow; Cyan-Red = +10, Magenta-Green = 0, Yellow-Blue = -17.
Your result will look like this:
Now open a forest image and hide its unwanted area to fit in our scene.
If everything goes well then result will be like this.
Now open Hill layer and press P to select pen tool. Remove all the unwanted area from image.
Drag this image to our scene and transform it to fit proportionally in our perspective.
Open Tree image now if you’ll isolate it with pen toll then it will consume your too much time. So to save that time there is a short method of quickly isolating such images. To isolate tree go to channel palate and duplicate blue channel because in this channel, tree is darker and can be easily isolated. Rename it “Tree”. Now select “Tree” channel and press Ctrl + L to adjust level and put these settings; 0, 0.10, 255.
Ctrl + Click “Tree” channel and you’ll get a fine selection of tree to isolate.
Now remove tree’s steam and keep only leaves to use it for grass near hill layer. Open another tree layer, isolate it same as in step 10 and name it Tree 2. Use its upper leafy part as grass near hill.
Select a soft brush of size 30 px and color black. Paint the grass base from right to left to give it shadow.
Now it’s time to add some tree in scene. Open Tree 2 file and drag isolated tree to scene. Transform and resize it to near hill perceptively. Hide the bottom part of tree and add shadow to give it natural look.
Put few more trees to give it a more natural look. I want a red tree to enhance my scene for this open Tree 1 file and repeat step 13 to add another tree. Add Hue/Saturation adjustment layer of these values Hue -78, saturation 0, Lightness 0. Press Alt + click between Tree 1 layer and adjustment layer to clip mask it.
Now open the background hill image and remove its sky. Drag it to our scene and place according to perspective. Create a color balance adjustment layer with these settings; Midtones -3, +62, +32, Shadows +7, +22, +15.
Your result will look like this.
Now we need to add sun in our scene. Select a brush of size 250 px and 50% hardness. Click once to make soft circle, this is our basic shape of sun.
Select another brush of size 400 px and 0% hardness. Click once on sun to give it a light glow.
Select another brush of size 600 px with 0% hardness. Choose color fced9e and click once behind the sun to give it warm glow.
Select light rays brush of size 1200 px with 80% opacity and create rays on left side near to hill.
Select another ray brush of size 1200 px and create rays right side and middle part of crop.
Select another brush of size 900 px with 48% opacity and create few more rays to sun. Mask unwanted area of rays to give it perfect natural look. Group all rays layer and sun layers and name group SUN.
Now add some clouds from cloud brushes to give life to the sky. There are many websites where you can download free brushes.
Looking good but need more touch up? Ok, give some lighting to the scene by adding some adjustment layers below sun layer group. Create a Selective color adjustment layer and apply these settings;
Create a level adjustment layer with these settings:
Apply layer masking in this way to get desired effect.
Now create a curve adjustment layer with these setting; and use same layer mask as in Step 24.
Create a color balance adjustment layer and put these settings; Highlights +59, 0, -58.
Press Ctrl + I to hide all effect and select brush tool for masking. Select soft brush of white color and apply this layer mask.
Your result will look like this;
We are nearly finished. Now duplicate all layers and merge them. Go to filter menu and apply lighting effects with these settings;
Intensity; Full 32
Focus : Wide 85
Material : Metallic 71
Exposure : 0
Ambience : Positive 10
Choose soft brush and apply layer mask like this:
That’s the tutorial finished! I hope you’ve enjoyed it and learnt something useful.
Narendra is a freelance graphic designer specializing in the fields of corporate identity (logo) design, print design, advertising and web designs. I'm currently living in India. I design because it's my passion and I love to do it. To know more about me please visit to my online portfolio.
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