Though real-life depictions through photography are perhaps the most often used, illustrations of landscapes can set a completely different tone. And, unlike running out to grab a picture, creating your own project in an image editing program allows you to take on the role of Mother Nature. After all, why go looking for the perfect setting when you can do it yourself?
Cast sunlight down on snow-capped mountains. Plant daisies in a meadow. Float ducks in a pond. Cover a country lane with the shade of lush maple trees.
It gives new meaning to 'landscape designer'. Here then are some great tutorials to get you started, including some that let you put your personal spin on a nature photo:
Create a Stunning Surreal Landscape
Create Custom Landscapes in Photoshop
Create a Middle Earth-Inspired Landscape
How to Create a Mountain Landscape
Create a Landscape in Photoshop
Create a Detailed Lighthouse Landscape in Illustrator
A Simple Landscape Scene in Illustrator
Create a Magical Vector Landscape in Illustrator
Serene Fantasy Photo Manipulation
Adding Sunlight Through Trees
Create Silky Smooth Waterfalls