Program: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Estimated Completion Time: 2 hours
To start our project, first create a file with a size of 1080x810
pixels. If you want to have a higher quality image, I recommend to
increase the resolution up to 300ppi.
Next, open the cloud.jpg and place it right in the centre of our
workplace. The cloud.jpg image is a huge file so you should resize it
just enough to occupy the same area of our image. You can do it by
pressing Ctrl+T to activate the resizing handles. You can hold down the
Shift key to resize the image without loosing its original proportions.
Next, add a new layer just below the "cloud.jpg" layer and name it as
"blue sky." Now, by using the brush tool (B), set to a size of 175px
and a hardness of 0%, brush the upper portions of our image with color
#275488 going to a gradient, as shown below, of color #628eae.
Next, go back to the "cloud.jpg" layer and erase the indicated areas
shown in red below.
We did the previous processes to clear up the upper portions of our
sky. The final effect should look like the one below.
Next is to open the Tower.jpg. Then, by using the the Magic Wand tool
(W), select the areas indicated in a .
Next, click the Refine Edge button, b and follow the settings indicated in c
then trace the outline of the tower.
After refining the edges of the tower, place it somewhere in the
center of the image. I erased some parts of the tower that I think are
not important for the final effect.
Next, a new layer. In this layer, using the Brush tool (B) set to a
size of 45px and hardness of 0%, paint some grey (#262626) areas on the
clouds just below the tower indicated by the arrows below. Make sure to
activate the Tablet Pressure button and decrease the brush opacity to
64% prior to doing the shading.
Next step is to add further shadings and highlights to the tower to
enhance its depth. First use the Burn tool (O) with a soft brush to
darken the areas indicated by the arrows in a.
Then use the Dodge tool (O) with the same soft brush to lighten up the
other side of the tower indicated by the arrows in b.
Next step is to open the Rocky Mountain.jpg. Like what we did in Step
5, select the areas we don't need by using the Magic Wand tool (W), a.
Make sure to press the Shift key to add selections. Next press the
Refine Edge button, b then,
using the settings in c,
trace the outline of the mountain. Finally, when your content with your
selection, hit delete.
Next is to add the waterfalls coming out of the rocky mountain. To do
this, select the Brush tool (B) set to a size of 3px, hardness of 100%
and opacity level of 100%, a.
Make sure to activate the Tablet Pressure button prior to painting the
falls. In painting the waterfalls, start with short lines rushing out of
its source, b-1. Then,
continue the process by painting longer lines that fades away at the
buttom, b-2. Add more lines
spiking out of the falls, b-3.
Then finally, put some small amount of dots at the buttom of the falls
to make an illusion of mist.
Next, using the brush tool (B) set to a size of 20px and hardness of
7%, paint some shadings (Color #000000) on the areas indicated in red
To add a misty and foggy effect at the buttom of the falls, use a
soft brush, first in color #ffffff, set to an opacity of 46%, followed
by color #000000 with an opacity of 15%.
Next we'll add the river flowing from the waterfalls down to "Earth."
Using a small brush, size 3-4px and hardness of 100%, follow the flow
of the arrows indicated below. For the portion where the water is
falling down to earth, use the same techniques we did in making the
Next we'll add the "Energy Absorbing Cable" from the tower to the
poor rocky mountain. To do this, use the Brush tool (B) set to a size of
3px and hardness of 100% and draw a thin simple line just like in a.
Then add some highlights in the upper portions of the cable (Color
#ffffff), b. Then add the
primary vine creeping around the cable, c,
followed by further detailing shown in d.
Because we want to complete the "Old Natural" effect, we also added
vines on some areas indicated below.
Next open the RockArch.jpg. Press Ctrl+T to activate the resizing
handles, a, then press
right-click and select Flip Horizontal from the dropdown menu, b.
Next, using the Magic Wand tool (W) select the areas shown in c.
Next, use the Refine Edge button, just like what we did from the
previous steps to further "refine" the selction then hit delete.
Finally, adjust the color balance (Ctrl+B) to match the color tones of
the final effect we want, d.
Next, add a new layer and fill it with color #000000 using the Paint
Bucket tool (G). Next, go to Filter > Render > Clouds. Finally
change its Blend mode to overlay and decrease its opacity to 16%.
As you can see we have to put something more in the tower to draw
more attention to it. For this step, add a new layer and fill it with
color #000000 using the Paint Bucket tool (G), a.
Then go to Filter > Render > Lens Flare and follow the settings
in b. After that change its
Blend mode to Screen. The final effect is shown below, d.
Next is to add more details to our image. First add a new layer and
name it as "Bridge." Now, using the Paint Brush tool (B), we'll add a
bridge connecting the tower and the rock arch. To do this, use a small
brush with a size of 3-4px and hardness of 100% and make a Primary line
for our bridge, a. Then add
some shadings, making sure to follow the source of light, and add some
more details. I added the railings for the bridge to add a realistic
effect, b. Complete the
effect with an "Old Nature" theme with the use of vines, c.
I added further more details shown in d
like the vines creeping across the rock and a small opening on the
tower for the bridge.
Next add a new layer and name it as Greenish tint and fill the entire
selection with color #2d4a3f then change its Layer settings indicated
in a. Next, add a new layer
and name it as Sepia Tint and fill the entire selection with color
#ad7a02 then change its Layer setting indicated in b.
Finally, add another new layer and fill the entire selection with color
#000000. Next go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise and set it to 16%.
Finally, change its Layer settings indicated in c.
Next is to add the border shadings. To do this, add a new layer and
name it as "Border" then using the paint Bucket tool (G) fill the entire
layer with color #000000. Next, using the Eraser tool (E), erase the
the areas indicated in red below. Finally, decrease its Opacity level to
The next step is to add a blur effect to complete the "dream scene."
To do this, select all the layers in the Layers tab by Shift+clicking
the first and last layers then press right-click and choose Merge Layers
from the dropdown menu, a.
After merging the layers, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and
change its settings indicated in b.
The last step is to erase the area indicated in red below using the
Eraser tool (E) set to a size of 1000px and hardness of 0%.
That's it, we're done. The final product is shown below. Hope you had
fun working on this project! Thanks for reading.