Matte Painting Landscape of Misty Mountains

In this Photoshop tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a matte painting landscape of misty mountains. You’ll learn how to blend multiple mountain stocks into a cohesive scene, and create misty and hazy atmosphere. You’ll also learn how to create an afar view, creating lights from afar, adding depth to the scene and making the scene realistic and natural.

Tutorial Resources

Preparing Background

Step 1

Start by creating a new document by selecting File > New and enter the following settings:


Add the Mountain 1

Step 2

Place the mountain 1 image to main document by selecting File > Place Embedded. Try to keep some space from top of the document while placing the mountain 1.


Step 3

Click the second icon at the bottom of layer panel and add a Layer Mask to mountain 1. Activate the Brush Tool(B). Now using a soft black brush hide the upper parts and remember to leave some parts on the horizon area. This will help us to better blend the sky with mountains.
Here is the image for reference:


Add the Sky

Place the lake image to main document and place it under the mountain 1. Use the Transform Tool (CTRL + T) to enlarge it and make it fit with the mountains.


Step 4

Use the Curves adjustment layer to increase the contrast of sky. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves and use the following settings :




Step 5

Use the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and reduce the blue tones from the sky (little bit).




Step 6

Use the Color Balance to enhance the colors of sky. Only the change the values of Midtones and Highlights.




Step 7

You may notice that we’ve increased highlights on the red parts of the sky. To fix this, use the Selective Color adjustment layer and choose the Red color and decrease the highlights.




Step 8

Now head back to mountain 1. Make a Curves adjustment layer for mountain 1 and use it as clipping mask. Now the reduce the brightness on highlights and add blue tones to mountain 1 using Blue channel.




Add the Mountain 2

Step 9

Place the mountain 2 to main document and place it as shown below.




  1. Very informative tutorial. One suggestion would be if you could include a screenshot of your final layers panel it would help a lot as well.

  2. Great tutorial! The finished product looks amazing. I’m going to play around with this tonight. I’ve got some great cloud brushes that will lend themselves nicely to this project. Thanks for such an in depth post.

    1. Thanks for your kind word and have a try and let me know if need any help!
      Also, thanks for tweeting this tutorial pal!

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