Create a Surreal Arctic Scene in Photoshop

Create a Surreal Arctic Scene in Photoshop

Step 12

Add a clipped Color Balance adjustment layer and use the settings shown in the image below. Change the blending mode to "Soft Light" and opacity to 44%.

Step 13

Select Foreground layer and all the layers above then press ctrl+G to group them. Name this group Foreground.

Step 14

Go to File > Place and open " Sky panorama with clouds " . Drag the handle points and position him until it look like in the image below then press Enter. Be sure to put this layer below the Foreground group. Rename it "Sky".

Step 15

Make a new gradient map adjustment layer and make sure it's clipping our sky layer. Use settings like shown in the image below. For the foreground color choose black and for the background color choose # 0ef0f8. Change the blending mode to "Soft Light" and lower the opacity to 40%.

Step 16

Make a new Curves adjustment layer and make it's clipping the sky layer. Use settings like shown in the image below. Leave the blending mode set to normal.

Step 17

Select the sky layer and it's clipping layers then press ctrl+G to group them. Name this group Sky. You can select multiple layers by holding Ctrl then clicking the layers you want to select.

Step 18

Open "Full Moon Luc Viatour" file. Select the moon using the round marquee selection tool, press ctr+C to copy it then paste it in our document. Place this layer between the sky and foreground layer. Name this layer Moon. *Tip* When you need to make a tricky selection like objects in perspective or ellipses : 1. Draw a selection using marquee tool . 2.Press Q to enter quick mask mode. 3. Press Ctrl+T to transform your selection. Now you can adjust the selection to your heart desire using skew, perspective etc. 4. Press enter to apply transformation and press Q to exit Quick Mask mode. In order for this to work properly double click the quick selection icon from our toolbar on the left and choose "selected areas" option.

Step 19

Open the advanced blending mode of the layer moon by double clicking it. Use the settings shown in the image below.

Step 20

Position the moon like shown in the image below. Add a layer mask by clicking on the button "Add Layer mask" at the bottom of the layers panel.

Step 21

Select layer mask. Choose gradient tool and select reflected gradient. Press D to set default colors. Drag from middle of the moon to bottom. Now the top and the bottom of the moon blend seamlessly with the sky. Select a brush tool with the following settings:
  • Size: 100 px
  • Hardness: 0%
Set the brush opacity to 50% and make sure mask of the layer moon it's selected. If it is not selected, simply click on it. Then brush gently over the areas were the clouds are overlapping our moon. We see that our moon is a bit fade so raise the moon layer opacity to 80%.

Step 22

Press ctrl+shift+N to make a new layer and position it above our moon layer. Press shift+F5 to fill it and choose 50% gray. Then go to Filter > Noise > Add noise and use a setting of 4%, check Gaussian and monochromatic. Press ctrl+M to open curves adjustment and drag the black point and the white point towards each other, so they will meet in the middle. Now we have a black sky with white stars. If you cannot see the stars you are zoomed too far out. This is because Photoshop dumps "unimportant" pixels when it zooms out, but it is only a temporary thing. When you save the file the stars will be there. You can also pres ctrl+1 to zoom to the actual size of the image and you will see the stars.

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