Landscape photo manipulation

In this tutorial,I`ll show you how to create your unique wallpapers using photo manipulation.

Using some images you’ll learn how to blend in different landscapes creating a surreal effect.

What are we making:


I`ve found two great images on the internet.One with a castle and other with a great waterfall:


The second picture:


Let`s begin.Open your Photoshop and drag the two pictures in Photoshop.As you can see the castle is a bit too large.


Resize the castle to have the width equal to the width of the waterfall and place the waterfall above the castle like in the picture:

Now duplicate the castle layer and set the blending mode for the new layer to Soft light then merge the two layers.

Duplicate the waterfall layer and set the blending mode for the new layer to Soft light too.

Your layers should look like this:

And you`re image like this one:

We`ve made those steps with the duplicated thing to make the layers to look the same.You can observe that the the waterfall looks a little bit darker.

Let`s make some areas of the waterfall to look a little bit lighty.

Select the Soft light waterfall layer and make a new layer mask.

Now set the foreground color to black and with the Soft round brush erase the darker areas of the waterfall.I`ve marked in the picture the areas where i used the brush.You can make of course your own version.You are free to do this.I`m just explaining what to do.

Using the Pen tool(P) make the selection of the mountains and delete them,because we are going to put there some clouds for effect.But again I repeat:It is optional.You may do your own manipulation in your own style.

Let`s adjust a little bit the colors.Go to Layer->New Adjustment Layer and apply the next settings:



Now our image should look like this one:

Now comes the magic:making the images to look like one.

What we have to do is to make a layer mask to the first waterfall layer and using the Soft round brush erase the middle area from the image.It`s a more complicated procedure which can be succeeded if you practice on the image.Use your imagination.

This is how my image looks:

Now,let`s create the clouds.I`ve found a cloudy image on the internet perfect for our project.

Using the Pen tool(P) cut the clouds and paste them in our image.

Make a layer mask for the clouds layer and using the Soft Round brushes,make their margins smoother,to look real.Is the same process we used when we merged the two images,one step backward.

We see now that the sky is incomplete.To fill it with clouds,duplicate the clouds layer,flip it horizontal to look different than the other layer(Edit->Transform->Flip Horizontally),make a new layer mask and apply the same treatment using the Soft brush.

My sky looks like this:

Now we`re going to create some nice sunshines.

Using the rectangle tool(U) draw a white rectangle with a big height.Then go to Filter->Render->Fibers and apply the next settings:

Go to Filter->Blur->Motion blur this time and put the next parameters:

Now go to Edit->Transform->Perspective and create a perspective like in the next image.Click on the top-left corner of the rectangle and pressing the Shift Key drag to the right.Repeat the process for the bottom-left corner but drag to the left.

Set the blending mode for this layer to Soft light.Now you have your nice sunshines.

I`ve made my image a little bit more darker,applying the next adjustment(Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Brightness/Contrast):

This is how the image looks:

I`ve searched on the internet for some gradients for the last effect and I`ve found them here.

I`ve used a blue one and changed the blending mode of the layer to Soft light.

We`ve just finished our great tutorial and this is the result:

I hope you like it and if you have any questions,problems in replicate the image or anything else leave me a comment and I`ll do my best.

Have a good day…!

[Total: 1   Average: 1/5]

Madalin Tudose

A web developer with a crush on SEO. Having my skin in the game of website development and digital marketing for more than 10 years already, you might consider me an expert. At least this is what people call me. Honestly, I HATE that term. I prefer to describe myself as a person who takes action and risks. I test every hypothesis, document every step of the process, and implement what works.

Join the discussion

  1. Emily on March 26, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    wow. just…wow. this is amazing. 🙂
    i doubt i’ll be able to do this, you’re a master…but this is just great. probably the coolest thing i’ve seen in photoshop yet.


    1. Madalin Tudose on May 3, 2009 at 3:15 am

      Keep trying and you`ll succeed!

  2. Reinier on March 26, 2009 at 11:46 pm


    Respect… just RESPECT!!!!!

  3. 8 Useful Printing Tutorials | Print Create on March 30, 2009 at 10:08 am

    […] Landscape Photo Manipulation  A detailed tut on how to merge two photos to create one fluid landscape. […]

  4. Brochure Printing on March 31, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Excellent tutorial, you really know your stuff 🙂 I really like the sun shining through the clouds effect, amazing! Another example of the great things you can accomplish with Photoshop. Keep up the great work!

    1. Madalin Tudose on May 3, 2009 at 3:15 am


  5. enrinoldejoit on April 10, 2009 at 12:32 am


  6. […] Manipulação de fotos abertas […]

  7. Shyam Kumar on April 29, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Incredible!!Outstanding. Plz send your more tutorial at my mail..Will be appreciated.Thanmks! Keep it Up!

    1. Madalin Tudose on May 3, 2009 at 3:14 am

      Thanks…I`ll do it…you can subscribe to Free RSS by Email to receive them automatically.

  8. photo retouching on May 9, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    What a great bit of photo retouching especially the inclusion of the rays of light. A nice touch!

  9. […] Surreal Landscape Photo Manipulation […]

  10. Krzycho_666 on May 19, 2009 at 1:17 am

    You should improve the shadows to me….

  11. steven on May 20, 2009 at 8:17 am

    worked great untill i got to lighten affects, all the clouds went dark and it ruined it. help?

  12. zafarina on May 23, 2009 at 3:26 am

    that was awesome………

  13. Coupe on May 23, 2009 at 4:08 am

    This is an excellent article! I hope to check back for more

  14. Kirstin on May 23, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Awesome! Thanks so much! That was fun…I had a little trouble with the lighting affects on the rock, but otherwise I loved it. I’m gonna try those techniques with some other photos! 🙂

  15. gloria mackenzie on May 24, 2009 at 6:42 am

    Ahh so much to learn. the mind and imagery of ones art can come alive. i am so grateful for teachers and photoshop tools.

    Thank you ;Gloria Dawn Mackenzie

  16. Montreuil on May 27, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    That was a great post..I love this site. Thanks

  17. Sergi on May 29, 2009 at 8:22 am

    That was a great post…I love this site… thanks

  18. Barnaby on June 2, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Great Post I love this site… Thanks

  19. […] Landscape photo manipulation […]

  20. […] 22. Landscape photo manipulation […]

  21. […] 19. How to Create a Landscape Photo Manipulation […]

  22. Photoshop icin 50 Imaginative Fantasy Art Tutorials on September 2, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    […] Landscape Photo Manipulation […]

  23. […] Landscape Photo Manipulation […]

  24. […] Landscape Photo Manipulation […]

  25. […] Landscape Photo Manipulation […]

  26. 50 Imaginative Fantasy Art Tutorials for Photoshop | Ethiopian News on September 4, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    […] Landscape Photo Manipulation […]

  27. Sezer Özkara Kişisel Web Sitesi on September 10, 2009 at 10:38 am

    […] Landscape Photo Manipulation […]

  28. Photoshop Fantasy Art Tutorials on October 7, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    […] Landscape Photo Manipulation […]

  29. […] Mooi Landschap […]

  30. Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop | KSSP on February 4, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    […] Landscape photo manipulation […]

  31. […] Landscape photo manipulation […]

  32. […] Landscape photo manipulation […]

  33. […] Surreal Landscape Photo Manipulation […]

  34. […] 78. Landscape photo manipulation […]

  35. […] Landscape photo manipulation In this tutorial,you`ll show you how to create your unique wallpapers using photo manipulation. […]

  36. […] 78. Landscape photo manipulation […]

  37. […] 78. Landscape photo manipulation […]

  38. […] 78. Landscape photo manipulation […]

  39. […] Landscape Photo manipulation […]

  40. […] Landscape photo manipulation […]

  41. […] Landscape photo manipulation […]

  42. PS Wish | Photoshop Tutorials and Downloads on January 24, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    […] Surreal Landscape Photo Manipulation […]

  43. Photo manipulation using photoshop on September 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    […] 25. Landscape Photo manipulation […]

  44. 40 Imaginary Photoshop Tutorials | PSD P2Ptuts on October 8, 2011 at 1:08 am

    […] Landscape photo manipulation […]

  45. […] Surreal Landscape Photo Manipulation […]

  46. […] Landscape Photo Manipulation […]

  47. […] Landscape photo manipulation […]

Comments are closed.