Step 18

Open foreground image. Use Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) to select the ground :


Drag this selection into our picture, place it at the bottom:


Duplicate this layer, flip it horizontally and use Warp Tool (Edit-Transform-Warp) to bend it:


Step 19

Make group for the foreground layers. I name them “1” and “2”. I use three adjustment layers to darken and alter color of them:


On Curves layer mask I use brush with very low opacity (10-15%) to reveal some parts of the ground. On Levels layer mask I use brush with 100% opacity to erase the front part of the ground (which is nearer the light from the sky ):


Step 20

Extract the bear and place him onto the contour of the left mountain:


Step 21

To make shadow for the bear, I make a new layer under the bear one. Hold Cmd/Ctrl while clicking bear thumbnail layer to load his selection:


Go to Edit-Fill (or press Shift+F5) and fill this selection with black. Choose Edit-Transform-Flip Vertical then convert it to Smart Object. Use Cmd/Ctrl+T to transform this shadow as the screenshot below shows:


Lower opacity to 50% and use layer mask to blur the bottom of this shadow:


Go to Filter-Blur-Gaussian Blur and choose radius as 3 px:


Step 22

To correct shadow on the bear I make a new layer with Clipping Mask. I use color #c5bf9f (similar color of the bear) and paint over the dark parts:


Step 23

I use some adjustment layers to change color and darken the bear:


On Curves layer mask I use brush to erase some parts as I don’t want them too dark:


Step 24

Make some adjustment layers on the top to change color and contrast of the whole picture:


On Levels layer mask I use brush to erase the sky part, mountain edges and front part of foreground:


Step 25

To create a stronger focus and contrast I make a new layer on the top. Apply Radial Gradient with default colors (black and white) and change the mode to Soft Light 100%:


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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11 responses to “Create a Vivid Winter Aurora Landscape”

  1. Iain Avatar

    Nice article for those people who wants to learn more about photoshop…

  2. wilson Avatar


  3. saji Avatar

    nice tutorial … thanks

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  5. wendy Avatar

    photoshop is amazing =)

    1. Christiana Paul Avatar
      Christiana Paul

      just awesome thanks for nice tut.

  6. Umar Langa Avatar
    Umar Langa

    I agree with Chaser

  7. Chaser Avatar

    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.

    1. I am smart, s m r t Avatar
      I am smart, s m r t

      It’s intentional… ?

      A polar bear in that distance will be a 1 pixel dot.

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