How to Create a Conceptual of Life Photo Manipulation with Photoshop

How to Create a Conceptual of Life Photo Manipulation with Photoshop
Add a mask to the branches' group and use a hard black brush to remove the middle top of the branches.

Step 51

Open the leaf image and place it into our main document. Duplicate it many times and transform them into different sizes and form using Ctrl+T with the Warp mode. Arrange them around the whole canvas and apply the Gaussian Blur filter of 12 px and 6 px to the some of the leaves.

Step 52

Double click the leaves layers which are on the road, choose Drop Shadow. Set the color of shadow to black to have the shadow of these leaves on the road.

Step 53

Create a group for the leaves and make a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to desaturate the ones around the road's end. Paint on the rest of the leaves to keep their color.
Add another Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and later the Master values Use its layer mask to show the change of the color of the leaves to fit the trees' one.
Make a Curves adjustment layer to darken the right of the leaves. Paint on the rest so they won't be or less be darkened by this adjustment layer. 
Create another Curves adjustment layer to brighten the right of the leaves. The selected areas show where to paint on the layer mask.

Step 54

Create a Gradient Map adjustment layer on top of the layers and pick the colors #290a59 and #ff7c00. Lower the opacity of this layer to 20%.
Make another Gradient Map adjustment layer and pick the colors #2f0101 and #8ab3b0. Change this layer mode to Soft Light 100%.
Add a Color Fill layer and pick the color #220101. Change this layer mode to Exclusion 100%.

Step 55

Create a Color Balance adjustment layer and change the Midtones and Highlights settings:
Make a Curves adjustment layer to darken the edges of the canvas. Paint on the middle section to reveal the light and make a nice contrast for the whole scene.

Final Result

Download the PSD

Road Photo Manipulation.zip
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