Create a Vivid Winter Aurora Landscape

Create a Vivid Winter Aurora Landscape
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Step 26

To make reflected light from the sky to the scene, I add two layers on the top. On the first I use brush with color #f79ead with opacity from 40% to 80% to paint on the sky, the edges of the mountain, on the bear, ground and trees. Set the mode of this layer to Soft Light 100%:

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On the second I continue using this brush to paint on parts like on the first layer, remember to vary brush opacity to get more natural result:

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Step 27

Create some new adjustment layers on the top to enhance color, saturation and increase the vibrance of the whole picture:

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On Color Balance layer mask I use brush to reduce cyan on some parts below:

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Step 28

There is a small detail we need to take care of. You may notice that we have a small stick on foreground. I don't want to remove it with Clone Tool as I want to keep more details for this part. It needs a shadow! To do it I make a new layer within foreground group (above 1 and 2), use Pen Tool to make a line on the ground and stroke it with black brush, 1 px:

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Apply Gaussian Blur with 1 px and blur the top of this shadow with layer mask:

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Final Results

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Tutorial by Jenny Le

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- Jenny

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12 comments on “Create a Vivid Winter Aurora Landscape”

  1. OMG!! What a humongous polar bear!

    Not bad for a tut but you need to learn perspective... unless you intentionally decided to make a dinosaur-sized polar bear.

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