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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.
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.
Use one of the imported moon brushes to create a white moon near the tree. Change the blending mode to Color Dodge.
Create a Curves Adjustment Layer and use the settings shown below. This will increase the overall contrast and darken the scene.
Create a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Layer and increase the contrast slider to 24.
Create a new layer from all the visible layers (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E) and apply a sharpen effect (Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask).
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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Tutorial by Johan Sandu
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