Create a Surreal Artwork of a Tree with Moons in Photoshop

Create a Surreal Artwork of a Tree with Moons in Photoshop

Create a Surreal Artwork of a Tree with Moons in Photoshop
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Fill this selection (Shift+F5) with black and convert it to a Smart Object. Flip it vertically (Edit > Transform > Flip Vertical) and use Cmd/Ctrl+T to transform this shadow and lower its opacity to 70%:

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Use a layer mask to reduce the shadow of the further branches from the ground:

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Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the radius to 3 px:

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Step 12

On a new layer (under the tree ones) use a soft black brush with the opacity about 60% to paint more shade around the tree bottom:

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Step 13

Select the tree, branch and shadow layers and press Cmd/Ctrl+G to make a group for them. Change the group mode to Normal 100%. Create a Curves adjustment layer above the tree layers and down the lightness:

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On this layer mask use a black brush to reduce the shade on the parts which are dark already:

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Step 14

Make another Curves adjustment layer to brighten the dark parts a little:

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On this layer mask use a black brush to reduce the lightness of the parts which are bright already:

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Step 15

To fix the light on the tree trunk I made a new layer above the tree one, changed the mode to Overlay 100% and filled with 50% gray:

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Use the Dodge and Burn Tool (O) with Midtones Ranges, Exposure about 20-30% to refine the light/shade on the tree. You can see how I did it with Normal mode and the result with Overlay mode:

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Step 16

Place the mode image beside the tree root and remove the white background using a layer mask (you can use your own image):

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Make a new layer under the model one and use a soft black brush to paint the shadow for her:

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Step 17

I used Hue/Saturation to reduce the saturation of the model :

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Step 19

I made a new layer with the same settings like in the step 15. Use the Dodge and Burn Tool to refine the light/shade on the model:

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Step 20

It's time to adjust the contrast and color of the whole picture and change the time from day to night. Create a Curves adjustment layer on the top:

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On this layer mask use a soft black brush with the opacity about 20-25% to erase the midground:

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Step 21

I used Levels to increase the picture contrast:

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Apply brush masking on the layer mask (the midground and model):

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