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Dancer photo from ShutterstockOn the Dancer layer, add a Gradient Overlay layer style (Layer > Layer Style > Gradient Overlay. Set the gradient to a black to transparent gradient like shown below. It will make the bottom of the Dancer layer a bit darker.
Step 5 - RootsI'll start now add roots, but first, I'll explain how I created them. As you can see on the picture I prepared different shapes, they were cut out of the pictures of rocks. I did it with Lasso Tool (L). You can use any photo with interesting shapes like mountains, tree bark, rocks etc.
- Under you see screen of the ROCKS.psd
- Folder ROCKS / ROCKS.psd
Step 6 - Adding rootsNow I will start build roots. More roots! More roots! Part in the red circle I want to put under the arm. I added a layer mask on root layer, then I selected Dancer layer. There are two ways to make such a selection:
- Right click on Dancer layer and chose Select Pixels
- OR Press Ctrl + click Dancer layer
Step 7 - How to make image darkerThis is good time make image darker, and of course add first lights. Between groups CLOUDS and ROCKS_BACKGROUND I created a new group called LIGHT (Layer > New > Group). Create a new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Set the blending mode to Color Burn and opacity to 100%. For the first layer I will use Gradient Tool (G) filled with black color #000000 Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Paint with black (#000000), use soft brush, opacity between 30-50%. Set the layer blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%. Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). and paind with white #ffffff, use soft brush, opacity between 30-50%. Set the layers blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%. Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). and paind with #d8d2cc, use soft brush, opacity between 30-50%. Set the layers blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%. At this point I have to say few words about colors, to be honest you can use only black and white, with diferent opacity, but I'm always try to experiment and this is why I used those strange colors. Also different colors will give you different strenght of light. Just give it a try please! OK let's see what we have right now, I don't like left part of the image, I mean there is not enough clouds, let's add some.
- CLOUD 5513
- Folder CLOUDS / IMG_5513
- Set the blending mode to Overlay Opacity 100%