Essential photo editing tricks for landscapes: 11 Make a surreal scene
If you're into Photoshop montage, then a simple landscape base image can prove useful as a backdrop for a huge range of surreal subjects.
This is something we see time and time again: a plain shot of grass, concrete or any other textured surface that recedes into the distance, eventually meeting a hazy horizon and moody sky. It's an effective mood-setter, and they are surprisingly easy to make.
To make it, we opened the three 'surreal' images (sky, carpark, and tree) then made a rectangular selection of the car park. Next, copy and paste it onto the sky image and position it over the bottom.
Add a Layer Mask and plot a black to white gradient on it to blend the land and sky together.
Next, make a new layer then plot a white to transparent reflected gradient over the horizon to add a misty effect.
Lower the layer opacity to suit, then cut out and drop in any other image elements you like, such as our tree here.