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Step 18

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

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

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

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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:

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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 ):

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Step 20

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

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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:

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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:

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

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

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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:

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Step 23

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

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

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Step 24

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

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

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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%:

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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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11 responses to “Create a Vivid Winter Aurora Landscape”

  1. Iain Avatar
    Iain

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

  2. wilson Avatar
    wilson

    nice….

  3. saji Avatar
    saji

    nice tutorial … thanks

  4. saji Avatar
    saji

    good…….****

  5. wendy Avatar
    wendy

    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
    Chaser

    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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