Learn how to create a dark mysterious photo manipulation in Photoshop. In this tutorial you’ll learn how you can create dark, ghastly weather atmospheric scene in Photoshop. I will also give you quick tips to extract the hair.

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Setting up the background

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop by selecting File > New and then set the setting as shown in the image below.

Step 2

Place the landscape image to the main document by selecting File > Place.


Step 3

Add a layer mask to the landscape image by clicking on the add layer mask icon on the layer panel or select Layers > Layer Mask > Reveal All. Activate the Gradient tool by pressing (G) on the keyboard then choose a linear black/white gradient and then apply it vertically from top to bottom on the layer mask of the landscape layer. This will hide the sky part of landscape layer and I generally use this technique when I’ve solid part of any image.


Now place the sky image below the landscape layer. Also, try to resize it as shown in the image below.


Step 4

Make a Curves adjustment(Layers > New adjustment Layer > Curves Adjustment) layer to sky.


Results with decreased lightness and added yellow tones.


Step 5

Continue coloring sky layer by using a Gradient Map adjustment layer.


Change the blend mode of Gradient Map to Color Dodge.


Step 6

Increased the brightness of sky layer, a little bit, using a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer.




Step 7

Now select the landscape layer and then start blending it using adjustment layers. Add Curves adjustment layer to it as clipping mask (press the red button for clipping mask) and set the setting as shown in the image below. Also, make a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer to it.


After using Curves and Brightness/Contras adjustments:


Step 8

Hide the effect of Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer indicated by the red area.


Results with more brightness in the middle of the landscape.


Step 9

Make final adjustment layer for the landscape by adding a Selective Color adjustment layer to the landscape.


After using Selective Color adjustment layer:


Adding Hut

Step 10

Extract the hut from its background using selection tools. Place it as shown in the image below. Also, hide the below parts of hut using a soft round black brush to blend the hut in the landscape.