Create a sunset on a photo in Photoshop

I am always impressed by the surrealistic scenic spots with quiet lighting that are found in the movies. Unfortunately, in real life (for now), I could not see such places. However, with the help of Photoshop, I can recreate one of my favorite landscapes with similar lighting.

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After:

Baseline materials

You will need an image similar to mine. Preferably those images where the horizon line is clearly expressed.

STEP 1. Choose soft brush (brush opacity 10%, color: black), and brush 1 to 2 times below the sky area. Next, using the same brush opacity, change the color shade to # ad651a and walk around the sky (you can use a lighter color tone, but don’t try to make the image too dark). You will have something like the screenshot below.

STEP 2. At the bottom of the layers palette, click Create a new adjustment layer or fill layer (create a new fill or adjustment layer). Select an option Curves (Curves) and create a curve, as in the screenshot below.

The result after the correction curves:

STEP 3. Create a new layer below the adjustment layer. Curves (Curves), Set the foreground color to black. Fill our new layer with black color (by pressing the Alt + Backspace keys).

Decrease Opacity (opacity) layer, filled with black color to about 60% (thus, you will know where in the image to arrange the highlight). So let’s go Filter – Rendering – Blick (Filter> Render> Lens Flare). Apply the settings as in the screenshot below.

STEP 4. Next, go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filters> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Radius 10 px.

Back zoom Opacity (opacity) black layer to 100%.
Now, we will create rays of light emanating from the glowing glare.

Choose a soft round brush, a hue of # ffe01a, a brush opacity of 10%. Start drawing the rays from the glare point down, continue to draw the rays until you are able to do it, as in the screenshot below.

Change the blending mode to Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge).

STEP 5. Duplicate the layer and change the blending mode to Lightening (Screen). Reduce the opacity of the layer to about 40%. You should have it, as in the screenshot below.

If you think that the image is still too dark, you can duplicate the layer again and play with the layer opacity.

Using the same brush, hue # ffe01a, brush opacity 10% or less, work the brush over the horizon area so that the light effects are perfectly aligned. You can also use the tool Eraser (eraser tool) to slightly clean the Palace of Opera from the light (if the palace is too blurred).

STEP 6. We are almost there. Select the entire document (by pressing Ctrl + A), Go, Editing – Copy merged data (Edit> Copy Merged) by pressing Shift + Ctrl + C. Create a new document (Ctrl + N), paste the image on this created new document (Ctrl + V).

Now we will correct the blue part in our sky on the right side.

Use the tool Lasso (Lasso Tool), Feathering(Feather): 2 px. Select a part of the sky above the blue sky. Copy (Ctrl + C) and paste (Ctrl + V).

Thus, it will hide the blue part of the sky.

Optionally, you can apply the correction using Levels, Curves and Color Balance (Levels, Curves and Color Balance) to the final image, as I did in the screenshot below. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Final result

Author: Charlotte

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