Create a Surreal, Emotional Underground Scene Photo Manipulation

Create a Surreal, Emotional Underground Scene Photo Manipulation
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On Filter layer mask use soft black brush to remove blur effect at the part near the tree bottom to keep the hard look for it:
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Step 55

Add layer mask to shadow layer and remove the top of it:
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Step 56

I used Curves to brighten the tree:
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Step 57

Add a Color Balance layer to give the tree some yellow:
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Step 58

To add more light to the tree, I used a new layer and take brush with color #fab3b3, opacity and flow 25-35%. Paint along the tree sides as I did below:
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Step 59

Make a new layer with same settings in step 10. Use Dodge and Burn Tool to create more contrast on the tree:
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Step 60

It's time for most interesting parts of the tutorial - making a heart from branches. Open branches 3 stock. First use your own method to cut out the branches from background:
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Use Lasso Tool to take a part from isolated branches and put it above the tree. I used Warp Tool to bend it:
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Step 61

Use different parts from branches stock to put on the tree following a heart shape, use Warp Tool or Puppet Warp Tool if needed . I used layer mask to remove any unwanted parts. You don't need to create exactly like mine but can take it as a reference:
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I used 15 layers for this branches heart.

Step 62

Group all heart branches layers and name them (I called them from 1 to 15). I used Dodge Tool with same way in previous steps to brighten some parts that are too dark:
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Step 63

Make a new layer on the top of these branches layers (within this group). Use hard black brush, 1 px and color #1a142d to make some branches parts more visible:
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Step 64

Add a Curves layer within this group to brighten this heart:
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I used brush on Curves layer mask to clear some parts below:
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Step 65

Use Color Balance to give some yellow to the branches:
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Step 66

Right click branches heart group, choose Duplicate Group. Right click it again, choose Merge Group. Now we have a selection of these branches that will be useful in next steps. Turn off this layer.
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Step 67

Open leaves stock pack. Choose the leaves you like and put them between the heart:
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I used layer mask to remove some big leaves:
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Step 68

Add more leaves to inside, around the heart and to the sky, hill to create a scattering effect, try to achieve a random look:
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Step 69

To create some depth to this effect, I added more leaves to the sky part, around the branches heart. I applied Gaussian Blur with 3 px and 1.5 px for them. In the screenshots, you can see some leaves are blurrier (Blur 3 px) and some others less (1.5 px).
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I used 59 layers for the leaves in sky. Group all of them and name it "sky".

Step 70

I used 11 layers to add falling leaves on the hill:
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Group them and call it "hill".

Step 71

Make a layer inside the "hill" group, and place it at the bottom. Use black brush with very small size (2-3 px) to paint under the leaves lying on the hill to make shadow for them:
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Step 72

Take another leaves and arrange them around model, cave, underground. I applied Gaussian Blur with 3 px for some bigger leaves to create depth to the scene.

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24 comments on “Create a Surreal, Emotional Underground Scene Photo Manipulation”

  1. gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooodddddddddddddddddd

  2. Great tutorial, All are path instruction for a model very teachable. Thanks for sharing great experience.

  3. Great! all Photoshop tutorials are unique. Thanks for sharing your good effective knowledge.

  4. Hi, I think the link for the "Branches 1" is not working. Could you give me the alternative link instead? Thank You

  5. Please re uploaded PSD file because when i click on download showing 404 error, this is best work for me i want check how did you do this

  6. This is a pro job.
    I'm a fan of photoshop and I see that you give real professional lessons.
    I admire your work

  7. I a beginner in photoshop, I know only make the cut: (
    Seeing such advanced tutorials I wonder how people are to learn all that

  8. I will follow this tutorial to see the results.
    I am looking for a long time this kind of lesson

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