Mysterious vision under the moon

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Step 1

So let’s create a new document (1900X2500px).

First, we will create the background for our picture.

Once you have created a new document, in the bottom toolbar, click on the create button. Corrective layers (Adjustment Layers) and in the menu that appears, select the option Gradient(Gradient).

In the gradient settings, set the gradient type Linear (Linear), Angle (Angle) -90, gradient color black and white.

Step 2

Open the stock image of the moon in Photoshop.

In the layers palette, right-click on the layer with the moon and in the window that appears, select the option Of rear plan(Layer from background). Next, using the tool Oval area (Elliptical Marquee tool), create a selection around the image of the moon.

Once you have created a selection, invert the selection, and then remove the background so that only the image of the moon remains.

Now save the image in .psd format. Name the image ‘Moon’ and then close the document.

Now open the document with the image of the moon in .psd format. Move the image of the moon to our working paper, convert the image to Smart Object (Smart Object).

Using tool Transformation (Transform tool), apply the scaling, placing this image, as shown in the screenshot below.

Change the blending mode for the layer with the Moon to Light replacement (Lighten), reduce the opacity of this layer to 90%.

This blending mode will lighten the dark areas of the moon and help to align the image of the moon with the background.

Next, being on the layer with the image of the moon, go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian blur). Apply a blur radius of 0.8 px.

Finally, apply an adjustment layer. Brightness / Contrast(Brightness / Contrast) to the layer with the Moon as a clipping mask. Once you have created the adjustment layer, right-click on the layer with the adjustment layer and in the appeared window select the option Create clipping mask (Create clipping mask). Using a clipping mask, the effect of the adjustment layer will be applied only to the image of the moon.

Apply the following settings for the adjustment layer. Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast):

Brightness (Brightness) +10
Contrast (Contrast) +35.

The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Next, we can go to the trees.

Step 3

Open the Trees image in Photoshop.

Next, go to the layers palette in the bookmark. Channels (Channels) and select Blue channel (Blue layer), where the contrast between the trees and the sky is very pronounced.

Reduce value Brightness (Brightness) and increase the value The contrast (Contrast), so the sky will turn completely white and the trees black.

Choose a black brush. Using a black brush, paint over the bottom of the image so that the area of ​​the trees is completely black.

Next, go Selection – Color Range (Select> Color Range), in the settings set the option Shadows(Shadows). This option will highlight the outline of the trees, then copy / paste the active selection onto our working document.

Apply scaling to the tree image, positioning as shown in the screenshot below.

Double click on the ‘Trees’ layer to activate the menu Styles layer(Layer Styles). In the settings window that appears, select the option Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay), set the color of the gradient from light gray to white, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 4

Next, we will add a model image to our scene. You can use the tool Fast selection (Quick Selection Tool) to create a selection around the model image. Once you have created a selection, go Selection – Refine Edge (Select> Refine Edge) to create a more accurate selection. For more information on the selection of objects, you can find in this lesson.

Once you have created a selection around the model image, remove the background so that only the model image remains.

Now save the model image in .psd format. Name the image ‘Model’ and then close the document.

The same action that you did earlier with the image of the moon. Open the document with the image of the Model in .psd format. Move the Model image to our working paper, convert the image to Smart Object (Smart Object).

Using tool Transformation (Transform tool), apply the scaling, placing this image, as shown in the screenshot below.

To reduce the saturation of the entire image, we use an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation). Create an adjustment layer on top of all other layers. Reduce value Saturation(Saturation) to -70.

Next, go to the layer with the model. Let’s apply a correction layer to the model layer Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask. Set the 3 reference points on the curve, as shown in the screenshot below, to slightly increase the contrast.

Finally, on the model layer, apply the filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian blur). Set a blur radius of 0.4 px.

Next, we will add to the model an image of an outstretched hand using the stock image of the hand.

Cut out the top image of the hand, then go Image – Trimming (Image> Trim) and set the option Based (Based on) Transparent pixels (Transparent Pixels). This option will cut off the extra transparent pixels, leaving only the image of the hand.

Move the selected image to our working paper. Name the layer with the hand ‘hand’. Place the hand layer below the model layer. With the help of the transformation, apply the scaling to the image of the hand to match the size of the second hand. Also rotate the arm as shown in the screenshot below.

To the layer with the hand, apply adjustment layers. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast) as a clipping mask. Slide the sliders so that the image of the highlighted hand is similar in color and contrast to the second hand.

Step 5

Open the owl image.

Perform the same actions that you applied to the image of the hand. Cut / save / move to working document / apply scaling / flip horizontally. Lay the layer with the owl above the layer with the hand.

Create a new layer, name this layer ‘shadow’. Using tool Oval area (Elliptical Marquee), create a selection under the image of the owl, fill this selection with black color.

To the layer with the shadow, apply the filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian blur). Set a blur radius of 8.0 px.

Duplicate the shadow layer. Convert both layers with a shadow to clipping masks.

For the bottom layer with a shadow set the blending mode Overlap (Overlay), layer opacity 80%, for the top layer with a shadow, set the blending mode Hard light (Hard Light), layer opacity 30%.

Step 6

Open stock image with fox.

Perform the same actions that you performed before. Cut / apply trimming / save / move on the working document / apply scaling / flip horizontally. Lay the layer with the fox above the layer with the model.

Add adjustment layers to the fox layer Curves (Curves) and Color Balance (Color Balance), both as clipping masks.

Via Curves (Curves), enhance contrast, and with Color Balance (Color Balance), perform color correction.

Create the shadows under the fox image, just like you did with the shadow for the owl.

Step 7

Open stock image with a deer.

Perform the same actions that you performed before. Cut / apply trimming / save / move on the working document / apply scaling / flip horizontally. Place the antlers on the model’s head.

To a layer with deer horns, add a layer mask through the bottom toolbar.

Being on a layer mask of a layer with reindeer horns, using a black brush, paint a small area on the head where the horns are in contact with the head to create the feeling that the horns are growing right from the girl’s head.

Using the adjustment layer Curves (curves), correct the contrast of the antlers. Remember to convert this adjustment layer to a clipping mask for a layer with horns.

Step 8

Next, we will add a spray of black.

As soon as you download the Spray brush. Go to the settings of the brush, click on the arrow button to display a drop-down menu. In the menu that appears, select the option Download brushes (Load Brushes) to install the brushes that you just downloaded.

Create a new layer on top of the ‘trees’ layer. Select a brush Spray black, while on a new layer, draw a spray.

Using tool Transformation (transform tool), reduce the scale of the spray vertically. Add a couple more sprays, creating them each time on separate layers.

Once you’re done, go to the model layer. To the layer with the model, add a layer mask. While on the layer mask of the model layer, paint over with a soft black brush along the bottom edge of the model’s dress to create a smooth transition with splashes below the dress.

Step 9

Open the image of mushrooms.

Move the image of mushrooms on our working paper, before separating the image of mushrooms from the background.

Just as you created the shadows under the mushrooms, create a new layer on top of the mushrooms as a clipping mask. Choose a black brush, blending mode for this brush Replacing dark (Darken), brush opacity 20%. So, with a brush, paint over black on the mushroom stem to create a little shading.

Step 10

So, we have finished adding elements to our composition. For each element of the composition, you can create a separate group so that your layer palette looks like in the screenshot below.

Add adjustment layer Black and white (Black and White) on top of all other layers, change the blending mode for this adjustment layer to Overlap (Overlay), layer opacity 30%.

In conclusion, we will create a vignette around the edges of our image.

To create a vignette, add an adjustment layer. Gradient (Gradient) gradient type Radial (Radial gradient), gradient color from black to transparent, Scale (Scale) 150%. Change the blending mode for this adjustment layer to Soft light (Soft light).

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial.

Final result

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