By now you’ve probably seen a few shots of your favourite digital product: the photo of the car, the video of the surf, the photo from your favourite game.
But how do you make them look natural?
To find out, we created this guide to creating beautiful, natural landscape photos.
The basic stepsWe used Adobe Illustator CS6 to create the photos.
The process is fairly straightforward.
You start with a basic scene, then work your way towards a more detailed composition.
We found that adding more detail can make the image appear more organic, so for each layer, we used the layer mask option to make sure that everything is still consistent.
We then added some brush shapes to each layer.
This is important to create a gradient.
A gradient is a subtle effect where each dot (or gradient) is slightly bigger on one side of the image than on the other.
It’s the difference between the gradient in a simple photo versus a more intricate photo.
To create a subtle gradient, you need to add a dot to the top of your image, or a gradient in the middle.
The same is true of the corners.
Finally, we added a line between each layer and the background.
You can find more details about how to create subtle gradients in our post.
To create the final photo, we started with a simple landscape photo.
The main image is white, with a few other black-and-white images scattered around the background, and a few white outlines.
We added a gradient between the foreground and the shadows, which looks like this:Once you have the final image, you can use the gradient tool to smooth the edges of the photo.
To see more, check out the tutorial from Adobe here.
Next, we took a step further and added some more details to the scene.
This time, we replaced the background with a watermark.
You could see in the image above that we added some text to the watermark to give the effect of being a lighthouse.
The text is a great way to represent a lighthouse and make it more unique.
We used a black- and-white watermark in the foreground, and white text in the background to show the background:To see a more complete example of how to use the layer masks, check this out.
For more tips and tricks on how to get the best out of Adobe Illustrators, check our guide to using Illustrator to create stunning photos and videos.
Image credit: Adobe.