June 2021 Shift Art Photoshop Challenge is Closed!

Theme: Fantasy Landscapes!

For this month’s challenge, we’re tagging onto the theme from the May Shift Art Summit and creating fantasy or alien landscapes, but even if you are not a Summit member, you can still have a great time with this one.

Try your hand at making the most fun, wild, or out-of-this-world landscape you can dream up! Check the rules to make sure you are using at least one of the provided images as your main image (as well as following the other rules too), then let your imagination soar over mountains, meadows, or moonscapes!

Bethany’s Pro Tip:

Remember that you can create a feeling of depth in your image by having layers of foreground, middle ground, and background. A sense of depth can also be added with the use of atmospheric perspective: objects in the distance are lighter and less saturated than objects close up. But since these are fantasy landscapes, these ideas may not apply to your scene!

Top Prize:

1 year of The CJM Club Membership!*

The winner of this challenge will receive the membership of CJM CLUB. Take your Photoshop knowledge to next level with CJM Club Membership.

*First time challenge winners will receive the CJM Club Membership prize, then a $100 Shift Art gift certificate for any subsequent win.

Top Runners Up Prize:

A Lightroom Presets Pack of Choice

First Runners up will receive a Lightroom Preset pack of choice from PSD Stack. The Lightroom presets are created by Bunty Pundir, a top Shift Art instructor and contributor. Bunty is also the creator of PSD Stack.

2nd Runners Up Prize:

Second runners up will receive a Texture collection pack of choice from CJM Texture Collection.

The rules:

Below you will find the rules as well as the images to be used in your composition. Entries will be judged by Caroline Julia Moore, Bethany Perron, and Andrei Tallent.

Challenge rules:

  • All entrants must be Shift Art members. Join for free here.
  • Entries must be received by midnight on June 15, 2021 U.S. Pacific Time (UTC-8).
  • You must use a minimum of three Pixabay images provided in the download packet.
  • The main subject must be one of the provided images. Note: this is the most frequently overlooked rule – please follow it to enter the challenge.
  • Previous challenge winners are welcome to participate in all challenges.
  • Entries featuring violence, hate, pornography or any other content deemed inappropriate by the judged will be disqualified. The decision to disqualify an entry is entirely at the judges’ discretion and is not negotiable.
  • You may use any of your own assets/images as long as they are under public domain, or if you have full commercial rights to them. This includes textures and overlays. See our article on finding images for ideas of where to find images.
  • Only one entry per member, per challenge.
  • Upload your entry image as a JPG with a width of 1200px on the longest side. Images with smaller dimensions will not be accepted. Maximum file size is 50Mb.
  • SPECIAL RULE: When posting your entries on social media, please tag: #ShiftArtChallenge

All images on this page, and in the challenge assets for this challenge, were provided by Shift Art Shop, or found on Pixabay.


This challenge is closed.

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Pixabay images included as assets for this challenge:

Check out the images below for your creative piece!