Step 5: The Cloud Roof and its Shadow

Now, prepare your eyes, we’re about to put something really amazing! We’ll be replacing the house’s roof with clouds. Open Above 3 by castock and Select All (Ctrl/Cmd + A) and Copy (Ctrl/Cmd + C) the image then Paste (Ctrl/Cmd + V) to our canvas.

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Position it as shown below:

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The Above 3 image is quite huge so we need to resize it. Like we did before, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and transform it, you can press Ctrl/Cmd + 0 if you want to see the whole Above 3 image. Now, let’s enhance the color of the Above 3 image, non-destructively of course. Click on the Create New/Fill Adjustment layer button.

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Click on Vibrance and input the following once it opens:

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Next, open the Adjustment Layers menu once again and click on Brightness/Contrast.

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Once it opens, input the following:

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To make it more realistic, let’s add some shadow under the cloud image so let’s create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N), and name it “Central Shadow”. Make sure that this layer is above the cloud layer.

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We don’t need to put a Clipping Mask on the Clouds since we are going to paint both on the Clouds and the Roof at once. Activate the Brush tool (B) and set the following:

  • Brush size: 90px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000

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Now you change the brush settings to the following:

  • Brush size: 300px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000

Create a New Layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it to “Whole Roof Shadow” and then paint on the following area:

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Your image should be looking like this now:

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Now, let’s create accentuate the cloud format ions. Create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) above the “Whole Roof Shadow” layer and then name it “Accentuate”. Activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:

  • Brush size: 125px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000

You may paint on any part of the bottom of the clouds, but recommended areas are shown below:

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Now, let’s balance the light between the house and the clouds. Let’s darken some areas of the house which less light should be shining. Create a Gradient Adjustment layer.

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Once the Gradient Adjustment box is open, click on the drop down menu with the gradients and click on the following gradient:

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When it’s done, just use the settings shown below:

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On the Layer Window, while the Gradient Adjustment layer is selected, click on the drop-down menu near the word “Normal”. This should open several blending mode layers. Click on Multiply. Once in Multiply, set the Opacity of the Gradient layer to 60%.

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The image should look like this now:

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The light on our image is flat now so we definitely have to fix that. To do that, left-click on the Layer Mask of the Gradient adjustment layer.

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Once the layer mask of the Gradient Adjustment layer is active, activate the Brush tool (B) and set brush settings to the following:

  • Brush size: 1000px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 25%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000

Remember, on a layer mask, we use black paint to erase and white paint to show. Paint on the highlighted areas:

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The result should be similar to the following:

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(Optional): If you want to darken it more, you can do it selectively by creating a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) over the stack of layers. Next, click on the Color Picker and use the following settings:

  • H: 0
  • S: 0
  • B: 50

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Now, on the new layer we created, fill it with gray using this shortcut: Alt/Option + Delete. This will automatically fill the layer with the gray color we set-up.

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Your layer canvas should be filled with gray now, and we don’t want that, so on the Layer window, while this layer is selected, click on the drop-down menu near the Normal button and then click on the Overlay blending mode.

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Now, to darken it, select the Burn tool (O) and use the following settings:

  • Brush size: 900px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Range: Midtones
  • Exposure: 45%

Brush now on the following areas:

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The result should be similar to this:

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Select all the layers now from this Step and group them (Ctrl/Cmd + G), name the group to “Cloud Roof”.


Step 6: The Sleeping Giant and her Bed

Open February Winter Morning by Eirian Stock and select her using either the Quick Selection too (W), the Pen tool (P) or the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L).

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Here comes another fun yet tricky part! Create a layer mask to the girl layer.  Activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following settings:

  • Brush size: 70px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000

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We are going to use a soft brush to mimic the softness of the clouds on the girl’s skin.

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Enhance the color of the girl and make her blend with the dawn background. Create a Color Balance adjustment layer!

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When it opens, input the following:

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Make sure that this Color Balance adjustment layer is clipped to the girl.

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Now, let’s enhance the lighting on the girl, to further enhance the light produced from the horizon. Create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) over the girl’s layer and create a clipping mask to the girl by right-clicking on the new layer and clicking on Create Clipping Mask.

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Click on the Color Picker and use the following settings:

  • H: 0
  • S: 0
  • B: 50

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Now, again, on the new layer we created, fill it with gray using this shortcut: Alt/Option + Delete. Use the Overlay blending mode to make the gray color become invisible. Activate the Dodge tool (O), input the following settings and brighten the areas shown below:

  • Brush size: 175px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Range: Midtones
  • Exposure: 45%

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Let’s add some glowing sunshine over the girl and the clouds. Create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) over the stack of layers. Activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:

  • Brush size: 1200px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 25%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: fffdd6

Brush on the following area:

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Now, select all the layers from this Step and group them (Ctrl/Cmd + G). Name the group to “Sleeping Giant”.

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