How to Create a Conceptual of Life Photo Manipulation with Photoshop

How to Create a Conceptual of Life Photo Manipulation with Photoshop
Make a Curves adjustment layer (set as Clipping Mask) and reduce the lightness a bit. On its layer mask, paint on the right of the tree as it gets some light from the background. 

Step 40

Add the tree again to the middle section of the road and make it smaller than the first one.
Create a Curves adjustment layer to brighten the front of the tree a bit. Paint on its hidden side so it won't be affected by this adjustment layer.

Step 41

Make a new layer below the tree one and use a soft black brush with the opacity about 36% to paint shadow of the tree trunk on the grass.

Step 42

Place the tree again in the higher position of the road, resize it to be smaller and make shadow for it as done in the previous step.

Step 43

Create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to desaturate the tree. On the layer mask, paint on the left of the tree to keep its original color.
Make a Curves adjustment layer to brighten the tree. Paint on the tree trunk to keep its shadow and contrast.
Add a Levels adjustment layer with the same purpose. The selected area shows where to paint on the layer mask.

Step 44

Add the tree to the position behind the old man and scale it down to be smaller than the previous ones. Add a mask to this layer and use the Chalk 36 px brush to remove the right half of the tree. I've used the following settings for this brush:

Step 45

Make shadow for this tree using a soft brush with the color #2f251d, the opacity about 50%.

Step 46

Create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to desaturate the tree.
Make a Curves adjustment layer to brighten the tree. On the layer mask, paint on some details so they won't be brightened too much by this adjustment layer.
Add a Levels adjustment layer to bring more light to the tree. Paint on the bottom left of the tree as it's hidden from the light than the rest.

Step 47

Continue adding the tree to the end of the road and use a layer mask to remove the leaves, leaving the trunk visible only.

Step 48

Create a group for the tree layers and make a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to change the trees' color. On the layer mask, paint on the big tree on the bottom left and the right of the second tree and the trunk of the third tree to show to change of the periods of life.
Make a Curves adjustment layer to darken some parts on the trees. Paint on the rest to keep its lightness.
Use another Curves adjustment layer to brighten the right of the trees more. Paint on the first tree and the right of the second and third ones to keep their contrast.
Add a Levels adjustment layer to bring more light to the tree. Paint on the bottom left of the tree as it's hidden from the light than the rest.

Step 49

Open the branch image and move it to the right of the fourth tree. Duplicate this layer several times to fill in the missing half of the tree. Set this layer below the trees' group.
Continue making a dead tree above the tree trunk at the end of the road.

Step 50

Make a group for the branch layers and use a curves adjustment layer to make the tree at the road's end lighter. On the layer mask, paint on the branches on the right of the rest tree to keep its contrast.

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