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Duplicate (Ctrl+J) the fire and place it above the new layer. Scale its size and give it a clipping mask:
Finally, duplicate the BG layer and place the duplicate above the fire layer. I named this layer gradient. Give this layer a clipping mask and set this layer to overlay at 40% opacity. Select all the layers and group them in a folder. I named this folder fire on head.
Add the fireflies image above the fire on head folder. Scale its size and take warp to alter its shape a bit. Set this fireflies layer to color dodge blending at 100% opacity.
Create a new layer above the fireflies layer. Fill this layer with black. Set its blending to color dodge. Take a very soft round brush set to opacity of about 5%. On this new layer, paint some color which is white, orange and yellow to give some highlight on the model.
Here is the result so far…..
Next add the particles image to the scene. Place it around the model. Set the particles image to normal at 25% opacity.
Create a new layer on which we will paint some highlight on the model’s face. Take red color (#fc6703) and a soft round brush. Stroke the brush on areas around the face as indicated by selection in the screenshot. Then, set this layer to soft light:
Create another new layer to paint soft yellow on areas around the face as indicated by selection in the screenshot. Set this layer to soft light at 100% opacity. This will give more vivid highlight on the face. Finally, group all these layers in a folder. I named this folder highlight on face.
Proceed to create light on the fingertip of the model. We will apply almost similar ways as we did in previous step when creating or adding color to the scene. Go to layer > new > group to create a folder for the light layers. I named this folder light. Open the folder and create a new layer within this folder. Take a very soft round brush set to about 40 pixels size. On this new layer, create soft yellow light on the fingertip by clicking the brush on it. Then, set this layer to overlay at 100% opacity. I named this layer yellow.
Create another new layer above the yellow layer within the folder. Create soft white light on this new layer. Use smaller brush than the one used in creating the yellow light.
Duplicate the light folder several times as needed. We will use the duplicates to add light on the candles. Move the duplicates to every candle. This will give more light to them. To determine the brightness of the light on the candles, we can place two duplicates on them. Select all the duplicated folders and regroup them in one folder. I named this new folder light on the candles.
Next, we will make darker mood for the overall scene and let the reddish tone be more vivid. To do this, we will just simply duplicate the gradient layer (step 12) two times and place the duplicates on the topmost position in the layer panel. Set the first duplicate to overlay blending at 100% opacity and the second duplicate to overlay blending at 25% opacity. Mask on certain parts to the duplicates. Select the two duplicates and group them in one folder. I named this folder gradient.