Fantasy Art for newbies – Mysterious moonlit landscape

Select the blurred layer, and go to Filter >> Render >> Lightening Effects.
Apply this “omni” light spot over the blurred layer.

Now you got a nice, wrapped in fog moon, that creates a very mysterious halo around the girl’s body. That’s because we used (before) the eraser tool with the soft edge, while removing the blurred layer we were not very accurate and deleted a bit of the area around the body as well. Even if it’s just a few pixels, it is still great.

Now we need to add some landscape… Easier of all would be to use some nice clouds photo and not to create clouds from a scrap. So take this picture, pulled from

Copy it (Ctrl + C) and paste unto your fantasy canvas.
Apply the “Luminosity” blending style.
Using the eraser tool, remove remains of the clouds from the woman (if any) and the moon.

Create a new Layer.
Make sure your primal colour is white and your secondary colour (in colours palette) is same blue as the background.
Select the “Dune Grass” blush (comes default in Photoshop CS2) and apply a lot of stamps (or just hold the mouse pressed and go over the bottom of the canvas)
Ideally, it will look like this…

Now you would need starry brushes. We used some free star brushes downloaded from
You can choose between.. or any other…

Once you have installed the star brushes and loaded then into your Photoshop, make a new layer and apply a generous amount of stars over the upper part of your canvas.
Remember to use pure white colour for the brushes. If you see that the result is dull – go to Layer >> Layer Styles >> Blending options and add default yellowish glow.

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41 Responses

  1. Vim says:

    really nice tutorial, really like the fantasy art, seems simple to reproduce!

  2. pumpkincat210 says:

    Thank you for doing this tutorial. I appreciate your time for doing these in easy steps, since i’m a beginner. The glow effect has really captured my attention and i’ll be doing this one as soon as I get some free time. I’m sure I will post it. thanks!

  3. providence says:

    hi thanks for the tutorial I sure learned a lot from it..

    here’s my attempt…lightgirl2.jpg

    I am still trying to learn photoshop I only started using it last week so it might not be as good as the tutorial..

  4. Kmrogers says:

    Hi everyone, I am new here and very new to photoshop. Only been using it for about a week. I did two pictures. The one you have here and one for my husband. I love this tutorial although I couldn’t get the lighting effect on the wolves, here are my pictures.

    This one I had some troubles with, not sure what happened but will definately try again.

  5. providence says:

    hi Kmrogers

    nice one

    i like the wolves

    for the girl picture
    the lines between the 2 pictures are visible..

    if you go to the right layer, you can erase those..

    but never the less, nicely done.. im a new photoshop user as well and im loving it

  6. Kmrogers says:

    Thanks, Yeah I think I am addicted lol.

    I see the lines, I will fix that. Also, the bottom right hand corner is in black and white. I can’t figure out why it keeps turning out that color.

  7. Lorelei says:

    Kmrogers, fantastic result! the one with the wolves is stunning!

    in my opinion, in both images u skipped the part where, BEFORE colorizing teh image u have to flatten the image… did u? that is the only explanation why some parts of your image are grey (in my image some parts were grey too, therefore i had to flatten and colorize).

    about the lines between the images – like providence said, take an eraser tool with soft round, preferably not too small, and go over the sharp edges to get rid of the dodgy parts.

    btw, to everyone’s attention – you can use the girl’s picture, its available in HUGE resolution at liam’s stock –

    u can also pic other figures, his photos are all fabulous, i used his red curtain one – for creating “moon eclipse”

    i love your results, for 1 week with photoshop its absolutely amazing!!

  8. providence says:

    Lorelei 1 question though.
    Before I used a different picture with a white background, and when i put Luminosity and then guassian blur the picture became a bit black and not blue. What i did to get it working was copy the background you used in your tutorial and resized that and that worked.

  9. Lorelei says:

    providence, u dont have to worry about the image been in some strange hue, it won’t be perfectly blue unless u fatten it and colorize, which is what we do in the end.

    we used dark blue background, and when we applied Luminosity – it just got the same hue as the layer below, which in this case was blue. but again, it really doesnt matter, the picture can be even red all the way until the end, when u paint it to blue or any other colour of ur choice, so it shouldnt be a problem…

  10. providence says:

    ahh thanks for that, actually i also missed the flatten image instructions, i manually deleted the lines by using the eraser tool hehe

    thanks again!

  11. Kmrogers says:

    Thanks Lorelei, I think I did flatten the image with the girl. I am going to start over though. I will post it as soon as I am done.

  12. RuliN says:

    i’d really really like to do this, but i can’t, cause i dunno where 2 find that stupid “Single Column Marquee Tool”…. couldn’t you pls explain where 2 find that one? the tut is really nice and i’d wish 2 be able 2 make it myself…

  13. Cinnamon says:

    This tut was the best ever so I tried to do it, here is my attempt (excuse the line – need to blend that more) :pardon:

    Lorelei how did you get your grass and stars to looks so great? I tried really hard and did not even come close. :aggressive:

  14. El_Puerto says:

    this is a very nice tutorial. but why can’t i copy and paste the picture?

  15. mystika_d says:

    thank for showing how to do this. It took me forever and alot of fustration, to finally get it, but it was worth it. Here’s what i made with your guidelines.

  16. DeeJayBaDGiRL says:

    This is a great tutorial, but for some reason I can’t get the lighting effect to work. It doesn’t show up on my layer. It tries to put it behind it and I am on the blurred layer. Any suggestions???

  17. nganter33 says:

    Hey all.

    I am reatively new to working with photoshop besides just screwing around and I tried this out. I thought I would post it up for you all to see and give me advice on.

  18. GodOfSquirrel says:

    I’m a newbie of photoshop and i hav some noob question. Can any1 here teach me?
    wad tool u use 2 draw the grass and stars?i downlaoded the star file but how to upload it?

    Reply me pls..Thx

  19. PanDa says:

    Brushes, then click the little button on the right that is a circle shape with a sort of “play” button image, go down to load brushes and find the brushes you downloaded.

  20. Vick says:

    Ok this is a bit strange. I am trying to accomplish this tutorial, however, When I add a layer or and attept to perform things like render lighting I am unable to perform such tasks. They are grayed out on the menu bar.

    Can someone tell me what settings I would need to change which would make these other options available.

    I am using CS2 a bit different from PS 5.5 which is what I upgraded from.

    Any help would be appreciated.


  21. Usagi says:

    I’m also getting the problem where the lighting effects are grayed out at the bar. Only half of them work while the other half is grayed out

    like Different Clouds, lighting effects and Clouds are grayed out
    Fibers and Lens Flare are working

    Anyone who could help?

  22. highlyevolved8 says:

    i am so frustrated! okay i got to the step where you erase the blur over the girl and it kept putting the background color over her, so it took me forever but i finally hit “erase to history” and it worked fine. so i do that, copy and paste the clouds, luminosity that, now i am stuck again where you use to eraser tool to erase the clouds from the girl and moon. the “erase to history button” which i had used before is gray and unclickable so now it is doing the whole background on the image thing again. how can i make it transparent? i am a photoshop n00b but i really want to learn.


  23. Vick says:

    Hi everyone,

    Sorry I couldn’t reply I was out of the country.

    Ok thank you to all who have trued to help with this problem. I may not have stated this clearly in my first post but I am unable to apply a Filter>Render>Lighting Efect while using the 16 bit color mode. It is only available using 8 Bit. Is there a fix for this?

    I don’t know how to attach file here so I can’t show a screen shot of what I see.

    Thanks for all your efforts


  24. vato says:

    this was an awesome tutorial, as I am new to this (very new) I had somewhat of a success, I just couldnt figure out how to get rid of the lines when I combined the two photos, I tried the eraser with different ranges and they all still came out wierd. I tried smudge tool and all but, overall very good and it is what i needed to get me going in the right direction. I wasnt even thinking of joining the forum since I got this site off of good-tutorials, but I just had to give you guys a big thank you. Now That I see your site and see how you have detailed explanations for us true newbies I think I will stick around and learn and hopefully eventually help.

  25. Susan says:

    Hi this is a great tutorial, I have just completed it, and I am really pleased with the result, I am sure my granddaughter will be too when she sees the result

    This is the second Tutorial I have done of yours and i reccommend them all the time

    Thank you


  26. MissCoco says:

    Excellent tutorial 😀

    Voici mon résultat (je début dixième mini créa seulement, excusez mon inexpérience).

  27. lchild says:

    I’m so annoyed that I can’t get this to work! I am not able to erase any of the blur. What am I doing wrong???!!!

  28. Widayad says:

    Nice Tutorial…jakalloh..

  29. Pedro Espinoza says:

    I think this is a wonderful tutorial…but i can not understand even i try and try…why “newbies” is included in the title…i mean if this is for newbies..then Why newbies find many dificulties in doing something so “easy”…becoming so difficult..for them???

  30. Achare says:

    This is great but can some one help on how to get this brushes esply. dune brush in photoshop cs3? please

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