How to Create a Fantasy Book Scene in Photoshop

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Step 46

Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to create a long  and fairly thin rectangle. Fill the selection with white and rotate it as shown below. Deselect everything (Ctrl + D) and apply a 2px Gaussian Blur (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur).
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Step 47

Change the blending mode of the white rectangle layer to Soft Light and lower the opacity to 11%. Duplicate this layer a couple of times (Ctrl + J) and move each duplicate in a slightly different position to the right or to the left.
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Step 48

Create a new layer and choose the standard round soft brush. Lower the size to 2px and opacity to 30%. Paint some white outlines in the places indicated below. Double click the layer and add an outer glow effect.
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Step 49

Create a new layer and change the blending mode to Overlay. With the standard round soft brush at 30% opacity an 400px size click once or twice in  the middle of the scene. By doing this we will put the focus on the middle of the scene.
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Step 50

Choose again the round soft brush and set the color to a muddy yellow (#a7b01d). Create a new layer and change the blending mode to Overlay. Paint over the areas indicated below with 20% opacity to add some color variation to our scene.
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Step 51

Open the file “Nebula”. Select all and copy paste in our scene.  Change the blending mode to Color Dodge and lower the opacity to 60%. Use a layer mask to hide the middle portion.
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Step 52

Use one of the imported moon brushes to create a white moon near the tree. Change the blending mode to Color Dodge.
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Step 53

Create a Curves Adjustment Layer and use the settings shown below. This will increase the overall contrast and darken the scene.
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Step 54

Create a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Layer and increase the contrast slider to 24.
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Step 55

Create a new layer from all the visible layers (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E) and apply a sharpen effect (Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask).
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Step 56

Create again a new layer from all the visible layers but this time apply a 15px Gaussian Blur. Change the blending mode to Soft Light and lower the opacity to 53%. Add a layer mask and hide the bottom part of the effect. As you can see bluring and changing the blending mode to Soft Light or Overlay creates a very mellow glow effect that it is perfect for this celestial scene.
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Final Results

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Tutorial by Johan Sandu

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Thank you for following this tutorial. I hope you had a good time and learned some useful Photoshop tips and techniques. - Johan Sandu

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