How to Create a Dreamlike Scene of a Man with White Lights in Photoshop

How to Create a Dreamlike Scene of a Man with White Lights in Photoshop
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Step 14

Open the lightning 1 image. Take the lightning part and place it over the middle section of the main document and change the mode to Screen 100%:
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Add a mask to this layer and use a soft black brush to remove the hard edges and the parts on the grounds:
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Step 15

Use the Lasso Tool (L) to select another parts of the lightning to arrange around the man, hide the hard edges with the layer masks. I'm trying to make the man look like holding the lightnings:
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Step 16

Make a group of these lightning layers and change the mode to Screen 100%. I used Hue/Saturation to desaturate the lightning color:
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Step 17

I used Levels to change the contrast and make the lightning effect more visible:
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Step 18

Open the lightning 2 image. Use the Lasso Tool to select a lightning part and place it at the bottom of the right leg. Change this layer mode to Screen 100%:
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Apply brush masking on this layer mask to remove the hard edges:
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Step 19

Take another lightning part and place it above the right arm of the man, change the mode to Screen 100% and use a layer mask to blend it with the other lightning ones:
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Step 20

Make a group for these lightning layers, change the mode to Screen 100%. Desaturate them with Hue/Saturation:
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Step 21

Use Levels to make the lightnings more visible and realistic:
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Step 22

Open the rocks image. Use the Lasso Tool to take the different rocks and arrange them around the man, on the ground, in the sky. I applied Motion Blur with the different angles (around(+ or -) 90 and 60) and Distance from 12 to 25 px (but you can set your own values) to some rocks (especially to the ones near the foreground) to create some movement for the scene:
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Step 23

Make a group for the rocks and change the mode to Normal 100%. I used Brightness/Contrast to brighten the rocks:
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Step 24

I used Levels with the same purpose:
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On this layer mask use a soft black brush to erase the parts I don't want to be affected by this adjustment layer:
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Step 25

Make a new layer on the top. Use a hard black brush, size about 2-5 px to spot around the rocks to make some tiny particles:
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Step 26

To make a glowing effect around the man, create a new layer, use a soft brush with the color #f3f3f3 to paint around him. Change this layer mode to Soft Light 100%:
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Make a new layer, use the same brush to paint more light around the man and the sky. Change this layer mode to Soft Light 100%:
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On a new layer use the same brush to paint some dots of light around the arms, legs. Change this layer mode to Linear Dodge 100%:
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Step 27

It's time for coloring the scene. Make a Gradient Map adjustment layer on the top:
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Change this layer mode to Soft Light 100%:
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Step 28

I used Color Balance to change the color a little:
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Step 29

I used two Photo Filter adjustment layers for the scene:
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Step 30

I used Levels to increase the dreamy mood for the scene:
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On this layer mask use a soft black brush with a low opacity (10-30%) to reduce this effect in the sky, around the man, on the grounds:
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Final Results

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Tutorial by Jenny Le

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