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Apply Photo Filter to change color of the hill a little:
Open sky 1 stock. Choose sky part and place it on the top (the black part), set this layer above the background and under underground group. I rotated it and tweaked it a little:
Use layer mask to remove unnecessary edges:
To make sky look smoother, go to Filter-Noise-Dust & Scratches:
I named this layer "main part".
Copy a part from sky stock and put it at the left side of the main part, resize to be smaller:
Remove hard edges of this part with layer mask:
I called this layer "part 2".
Add another part from sky stock to our picture. I placed it at the top right, used layer mask, applied Dust & Scratches filter with same settings in step 38:
Continue adding another sky part. Move it to the right corner of the sky, apply Dust & Scratches filter and layer mask:
Make group for these sky parts, name it "sky 1" or whatever you want. Use Curves to change color of sky 1:
Apply erasing job on Curves layer mask:
Make a Color Balance layer within this group:
Erase on Color Balance layer mask again with brush with opacity about 45%:
To add more details to the sky, I used sky 2 stock. Place it over sky 1 and change the mode to Soft Light 100%:
Name this layer "sky 2".
Use layer mask to reduce some details of the sky 2:
Apply Dust & Scratches filter with radius 2 px:
I used a Color Balance layer for sky 2:
Continue with a Selective Color layer:
Darken the sky a little with Curves:
I used a Levels layer to darken the sky 2 again. Then I erased the top center of the sky to keep it brighter than the sides:
Make a new layer on the top of layers. Use soft white brush with 50% opacity to paint on the top center of the sky. Change the mode of this layer to Soft Light 100%:
New layer and use soft brush with color #f7d17f to paint on the top center of sky again. Lower opacity of this layer to 30%:
Open tree stock. Take its trunk and put it on the top of the hill after scaling:
Use layer mask to blend the tree with the grass:
To make shadow for the tree on the hill, I created a layer under the tree one. Hold Cmd/Ctrl while clicking tree thumbnail layer to load its selection: