HOW TO PAINT a landscape in Photoshop | Digital Art Tutorial

HOW TO PAINT a landscape in Photoshop | Digital Art Tutorial

August 18, 2019 16 By Peter Engel


How to paint a landscape in Photoshop In this video I will show you the process of painting a landscape in Photoshop. We will be painting a landscape with mountains and a beatiful colored sky. I’ll use a chalk like brush to paint in a background color first. I will also lay down the basic shapes of the mountains. You can keep the painting rough and loose at this point. Just think about the basic shapes and the composition. To make separating these mountains easier during the painting process, we’ll ‘cut’ them out. Make a new layer First we’ll select the mountains way in the back using the lasso tool. Once you have selected the mountains, fill the selection on the new layer. We’ll do the same for the other mountains, working from the back to the front. Each mountain will have a layer of it’s own. This is very handy, because you can click on the layer thumbnails while pressing CONTROL to select the mountain you want to paint on. You won’t be able to paint outside of the selection, so your edges will stay nice and sharp. Let’s select the mountain in the back. Hold Control on your keyboard and click the layer thumbnail. Now we can paint inside the selection. We’ll do this on a new layer above all the others You want to get rid of those marching ants? Press control plus H on your keyboard to hide them. We’ll paint the basic form of the mountains, adding the suggestion of snow and some rough texture. Let’s move to the sky for now. We’ll start refining the sky on a layer below the mountain layer we were just painting on. If we would paint on a layer above it, we would easily be painting over the mountains and we don’t want that. We want the edges of the mountains to stay nice and sharp. Time to start refining the mountains some more. We’ll use the selection trick again. I’m paying more attention to the lighting and texture for this pass, slowly building up some detail. Using my Basic Flo brush, I’ll add more detail to the sky. The Basic Flo brush is a round brush with slightly ragged edges and opacity set to pen pressure. Check out my other video if you want to learn more about painting clouds. Using a layer set to Overlay, I add more vibrant colors to the sky. I also add warm and cool tones to the mountains. The parts that are in shadow will have more cool tones, so I glaze over some blues. Next I will add a Multiply layer, I will use this layer to add more contrast to the mountains and refine the shadows. Time to add more texture to the mountains, I will do this on a new layer and use my Chalky Sketcher brush. You can download this brush for free on my Gumroad page, I will leave a link in the description. Keep building up those details and textures, till you’re happy with your landscape. You can do it! Have fun painting landscapes in Photoshop. Don’t forget to give a thumbs up if you liked this video and I will see you next time!