How to Create a Landscape Change Effect


Today I decided to create one unusual tutorial about landscape change effect, which you can apply for any image that you want.

Final Image Preview

Landscape Change Effect


Step 1

Start by opening image. Go to Image > Image size to reduce photo size to 1000px width and 669px height.

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Step 2

Copy background layer twice using Ctrl+J, turn off visibility of the background layer (click on the eye, which indicates layer visibility) and don’t touch it so far, work with the Layer 1 copy. Change blending mode on layer to Color Burn to increase saturation.

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Step 3

Copy the layer once again (Ctrl+J) and change blending mode to Screen on the second copied layer (it will be above all the layers).

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Step 4

Merge all the visible layers into one using Layer > Merge Visible (or hit Ctrl+Shift+E). After merging layers, apply Image > Adjustments > Color Balance to the layer.

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Step 5

Copy this layer using Ctrl+J and apply Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast to it.

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Step 6

Change blending mode to Saturation to this layer.

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Step 7

There should be three layers at the moment: background layer with the original image (with visibility turned off), the layer with edited image and the upper layer with very bright colors. Turn on visibility of the background layer and go to Layer > New > Layer from Background. Finally move it above all the layers.

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Step 8

Apply to this layer Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation with the following settings:

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Step 9

Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool select the left part of the picture like on image below.

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Step 10

Apply transformation to this area using Edit > Transform > Warp.

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Step 11

Then turn down the upper corner, like a page:

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Step 12

Finally you should get a result similar to this one:

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Step 13

Do the same thing to the second part of the photo.

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Step 14

Under the folded corners shade is needed, for this purpose we’ll create a new layer, assign Soft Light blending mode to it. Choose soft-edged brush, 80 px in diameter, black color (#000000), 50% opacity and with the help of Brush Tool darken the area under folded corners. At first work with one part (I worked with the right part at first).

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Step 15

To increase contrast lighten edges and corners again with Brush Tool (while lightening we shift black color to white #ffffff) as you can see on next image.

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Final Image

Apply Brush Tool again on the left part of the image and you finished this tutorial.

Landscape Change Effect


37 Responses

  1. kenet says:

    nice… very interesting

  2. jessica says:

    was very easy to do. took me about 5 minutes to figure out the whole thing and about 10 minutes to actually figure out how to do the picture

  3. cholan says:

    very nice……. i like….

  4. Dinesh Khurana says:

    Superb…. thanx for such a nice trick

  5. Mario says:

    very easy n superb. nice again a great tutorial

  6. Maria says:

    This is absolutely fabulous, soooo easy to follow, every direction made so plain and simple, if you are new to photoshop, definitely 4 u, terrific work, more pleeeeze xx

  7. Carlos says:

    Once again, i think i know every single step but creativity make it unique final photo.

  8. Qyrone says:

    Very nice, enjoyed going through that.. Learned something new, thanks :)

  9. John Bosco says:

    It is very creative and informative. Congratulation!

  10. Gordon says:

    Very cool effect, I’m going to have fun looking for images that I want to try this on…

  11. Izaac says:


  12. alex says:

    super cool

  13. star says:

    really nice.. we need more example editing photos..

  14. Pallu says:

    it’s very very nice… i am loving it!!!!

  15. help! says:

    step 10… I haven’t those lines… help??!

  16. mufumbiro says:

    this is new amazingly am a designer thank God someone created photoshop

  17. sajid hameed says:

    truly very nice tutorial

  18. Deepak Shriamli says:

    Very good and interesting.

  19. Sree says:

    niceā€¦ very interesting! easy to follow the steps…

  20. Devendra says:

    very nice

  21. marbert says:

    nice one…but i have my own technique..why is that so many moves …nevertheless well done.

  22. Nice.. I used this techniques and changed a few, but nice basics. Thanks!

  23. Herman Makundi says:

    It worked perfect thanks…..

  24. prashant dobhal says:

    i am using it for first time … is so easy and clear ,,,,,thank you,,,

  25. RAVI SHARMA says:

    realy great work ..i impressed.

  26. subhasrathi says:

    Very Clearly described which can be followed
    by any one – well done – hats up.
    Perfect blend and the techniques used are
    upto to mark.

  27. kropped says:

    Great, love the tutorial and the result!

  28. marilyn says:

    Thanks a lot ! I really like it.

  29. thanks so on & it is a cool web site,great

  30. Md. Ohiduzzaman says:

    it is really good tutorial.

  31. Jaganathan says:

    Very nice. One of the best tutorial in my experience.

  32. Adeel Ahmed Khan says:

    wow nice, great

  33. johirjess says:

    it is very nice effect………

  34. goldenboyz says:

    the photo looks pretty different, even if the changes weren’t that extreme. great job, thanks for the tutorial

  35. Yarith says:

    I really love it. Thanks for your valued effort.

  36. mamta says:

    thanks for such a wonderful effort

  37. Dakedakekyel says:

    Very nice, I like it.