How to Create a Conceptual of Life Photo Manipulation with Photoshop

How to Create a Conceptual of Life Photo Manipulation with Photoshop

Step 24

Duplicate this grass image several times , also take different parts from the original image to add to fill in the road. I've used the Puppet Warp (Edit > Transform > Puppet Warp) to bend some parts to fit the form of the road. 
Add a mask to each of these layers and remove the uneccessary parts. Hide the road layer and we'll have the result below:

Step 25

There are some unwanted details on the grassy road. Create a new layer and use the Clone Tool (S) to remove the indicated details.

Step 26

Create a group for the grass layers and the cloning one. Make a Color Balance and two Hue/Saturation adjustment layers to change the color of the grass. We've aimed to make the change of the road's color to show the process of life. Paint on the part on the foreground to show the fresh green color to express the start of life.

Step 27

Create three Curves adjustment layers to change the light and shadow of the road.  The selected areas show where to paint on the layer mask.

Step 28

Make a new layer below the grass's group. Use a soft black brush with the opacity abut 50% to paint shadow of the road on the rock wall.

Step 19

Create a new layer on top of the layers and use a medium-soft white brush to paint along the end of the road to show the end of life. 

Step 30

Cut out the man from the original image and add him to the position near the end of the road. Use a layer mask to erase his left hand a bit. 

Step 31

Use the Puppet Warp to change the pose of this man a little.

Step 32

Create a Curves adjustment layer to brighten the man. On this layer mask, paint on the hidden side of the man so it won't be brightened by this adjustment layer.
Make a Color Balance adjustment layer and change the Midtones and Highlights values:

Step 33

Create a new layer, change the mode to Overlay 100% and fill with 50% gray.. Use the Dodge Tool to brighten the back of the man.

Step 34

Make a new layer and use a hard brush with the color #2f251d,, the size is 2 px to paint a stick for the man. Hold the Shift key and drag straightly from the right man's hand down to the road. Duplicate this layer to make the stick thicker and more visible.

Step 35

Press D to turn the foreground and background to the default colors (black and white). Add a new layer and go to Render > Filter > Clouds. Convert this layer to a Smart Object
Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the radius to 140 px to turn the clouds effect into a mist one.

Step 36

Add a mask to this layer and use a soft black brush to remove most of the mist, leaving the effect visible mostly on the bottom right. 

Step 37

Create a Color Balance adjustment layer to change the mist's color.
Make a Curves adjustment layer to make the mist's effect more visible a bit. On this layer mask, use a soft black brush with the opacity about 20% and 100% to reduce the effect on some parts below:

Step 38

Create a Color Balance adjustment layer on top of the layers and change the Midtones and Highlights values.

Step 39

Open the tree image. As it has a transparent background so just use the Move Tool to drag it into our main document and place it in the bottom left of the canvas. Apply a Gaussian Blur of 8 px to this layer.

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