How To Create A Misty Atmosphere In A Landscape Shot

 

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a misty but almost sunny landscape. You’ll learn how to combine several stock images and blend them in the best way possible so it looks flawless and clean. You’ll also learn how to adjust color, create atmosphere, increase the depth and more. Let’s begin!

Photos Needed For This Tutorial:

45547096 @magmac83

30021302 @Vitaly Suprun

16827686 @photobac

45103740 @Anawat Sudchanham

Birds @spiritsights-stock

 

Final Result:
How To Create A Misty Atmosphere In A Landscape ShotStep 1

Open Photoshop and create a new 1300×800 px document. Browse the landscape 1 image and place it onto the white canvas.

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorialStep 2

Open the landscape 2 image. Drag this image into our main canvas using the Move Tool (V):

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorial

Click the second icon at the bottom of the Layers panel to add a mask to this layer. Use a soft black brush with the opacity varied from 30 to 100% to reveal the landscape 1. Use a higher opacity when brushing over the mountains on the right to make them covered by a mist.

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorialStep 3

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves and set it as Clipping Mask. Increase the lightness to make these mountains brighter and enhance the mist intensity. On this layer mask, use a soft black brush to erase the shadow areas and create a nice contrast for the scene.

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorialStep 4

Use another Curves adjustment layer to increase the light on the areas where are lit by the sky. Use a soft black brush on the layer mask to keep the shade of the other areas.

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorialStep 5

Make a Color Balance adjustment layer to change the scene color:

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorial

 

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorialStep 6

Make a Curves adjustment layer on top of the layers and reduce the lightness. Paint on the illuminated areas and the horizon not to make them affected by this adjustment layer.

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorial

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorial

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorialStep 7

Isolate the rock from the background and add it to the left edge of the scene.

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorialStep 8

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation and reduce the Saturation value to -40:

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorialStep 9

Use a Curves adjustment layer to increase the light on the right side of the rock where is lit by the sky. On this layer mask, paint on the left to keep the shadow of this area:

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorialStep 10

Create another Curves adjustment layer to make the rock shadow stronger. Paint on the right to reveal the lightness there:

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorial

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorialStep 11

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

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorial

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorial

Step 12

Isolate the tree from the white background and add it to the top right and bottom left of the scene. You can see how I’ve chosen the tree parts and added them in the screenshot below:

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorial

Step 13

On the lower tree layer, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the radius to 4px:

This step is to increase the depth for the scene.

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorial

Step 14

Make a Curves adjustment layer for the lower tree layer. It’s nearest the foreground so it should be darker.

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorial

Step 15

Select the tree layers and hit Ctrl+G to make a group for them. Change this group mode from Pass Through to Normal 100%. Add a Color Balance adjustment layer within this group to match the tree color with the background.

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorial

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorial

Step 16

This step is pretty easy. Change the foreground to #221e30 and activate the bird brushes. Make several layers and paint the birds on the horizon area, above the misty mountains.

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorial

Step 17

Create a Levels adjustment layer on top of the layers and increase the Midtones value to make the whole scene brighter.

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorial

Step 18

Use a Vibrance adjustment layer to enhance the final effect:

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorial

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorial

Final Result:

How to create a misty landscape photoshop tutorial

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