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Here is the result in the overlay at 100% opacity.
If we want to give more vivid highlight, we can repeat this step by painting more highlight on a new different layer like the result I did.
Here is the result so far…
Proceed to give the last adjustment layer to the scene. This time we will give it curves adjustment layer. Make sure to create this layer above all the other layers and folders so it will be the topmost layer in the layer panel.
Mask the areas indicated by the selection and set it to normal at about 60% opacity.
Here is the result:
Create again a new layer above the curves layer. Set this new layer to linear light at 100% opacity. Take the brush tool. Choose a hard round brush set to 100% opacity with a size of about 2-4 pixels. With white color, click the brush randomly on the areas needed to create stars. After creating the star, we can duplicate the star layer in order to make the star brighter. Finally, group the star layers in one folder.
Make sure we are still active on the star folder. Hit Shift+Ctrl+Alt+E to stamp all the layers into one single layer. Then go to filter > others > high pass.
Set this stamp layer to overlay at 100% opacity. This will sharpen the scene. And….. this is the final step in this tutorial. Here is the result after a very long tutorial.....
Download the PSD
Sanctuary.zip | 148 MB