What You'll Be Creating
In this tutorial I'll show you how to create a dreamy scene featuring a calm forest with a glowing lantern using photo manipulation techniques in Adobe Photoshop.
First we'll build the base scene using an image of stairs and several stock forest images. Later we'll add the stream, bird, arch, and lantern, and we'll blend them together with adjustment layers, masking, and brushes. We'll use several adjustment layers and paint the lamp's light to complete the final effect.
1. How to Build the Base Scene
Create a new 2000 x 2000 px document in Photoshop with the given settings:
Open the stairs image. Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) to select the stairs area and drag it into the white canvas using the Move Tool (V). Place it in the lower half.
There are some unwanted light areas on the steps. To fix it, create a new layer above the stairs layer and set it as Clipping Mask. Activate the Clone Tool (S) to remove the indicated details.
Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation (set as Clipping Mask). Decrease the Saturationvalue to -67: