In this tutorial, I will show you how you can quickly create an attractive and romantic picture like the one above in just a few short moments.
To start out, let’s create a new document and set the background color to a light blue.
Next, let’s make a black box that will server as our ground, using the Rectangle tool.
Next, we’re going to create our sunset. We’ll make one rectangle that extends from the top of the image to bottom, and the duplicate that layer. We can use the Ruler or the Grids in order to place the rectangles properly. I personally just eye-balled myself though.
Next, let’s goto Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates to create our sunset effect.
I had to flip my resulting image vertically to get the effect I desired, and you may as well. I added a gradient to this layer that went from black to the background color and I set the gradient style to Radial.
Next on the agenda, adding the silhouettes of the couple watching the sunset. First of all, the picture was taken in some bad lighting, so the first thing I did was fix that by going to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast and putting the Contrast up +100.
Next I used the Magic Wand tool to get the people away from the background.
When that was done, I used Image > Adjustments > Threshold and set the Threshold Level to 255.
I then used Filter > Shapen > Smart Sharpen with the settings maxed out, to reduce the blurs and inaccuracy of the cut out.
Finally I was ready to duplicate them over to the image
Now for the trees, I simply changed the image to a gray scale and used the lasso tool to copy just the tops of the trees into my image.
Once the tree tops were in the image, I changed their blending mode to multiply to get rid of the white.
To simulate the trunks, I simply created two boxes, and the used the warp tool to shape them.
The very last thing I did to this image was to use the grass paint brush liberally on the horizon.