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Create This Incredible Surreal Photo Manipulation of a Dancer in Photoshop

Step 16 – More lights

In this step, I will continue adding lights. Set your layers blending mode to Color Dodge and opacity to 100%. The brush color I used is #92877f.

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Set the layers blending mode to Normal and opacity to 15%. Use the brush color #fffbd3.

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Set the layers blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%. Set your brush color to black (#000000).

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Step 17 – More lights

In this step I will continue adding lights. Set the layer blending mode to Pin Light and opacity to 60%. The brush color I used is #d8cbb8.

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Set the layers blending mode to Screen and opacity to 100%. For the brush color, use #92877f.

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Set the layers blending mode to Overlay and opacity to 100%. For the brush color, use #9e9e9e.

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Step 18 – More roots and rocks

In this step, I just made copies from the roots which I already had. Then, I built a few new ones (Folder ROOTS_FINAL). I also added a few floating stones (Folder: ROCK_SMALL). I used the Lasso tool (L) to make a cutout of them (ROCKS / ROCKS_01.psd).

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Open the file ROOT_TOP – Folder ROOT / ROOT_TOP.psd. Use the Lasso Tool (L) to create a cutout of it.

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Step 19 – Adding shadows and highlights on dancer

In this step, I will add some highlights to the dancer and shadows to the roots. Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Set the layers blending mode to Color Burn and opacity to 45%. Use a soft brush and paint it with the color #39362f. You’ll have to apply a shadow layer to the Dancer layer. To do this, press and hold Ctrl/Cmd and point your cursor above the red line. You will see an icon – click on it. Do this operation with all the layers shown in this step.

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Make a copy of the SHADOW layer (Ctrl/Cmd+J) and move it to the arm.

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Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Now go to Edit > Fill. Set the contents to 50% Gray then click OK. For this layer, set the blending mode to Overlay and opacity to 100%. Use the Dodge tool with a soft brush and paint on this layer. For the brush settings, I used an exposure between 20-50%.

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This is the layer set to Normal.

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Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Set the layers blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%. Use soft brush and paint with white (#ffffff)

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Step 20 – ROOK

In this step I will work on ROOK. The lower part of the tail does not look good. You have to add a few feathers.

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But first use the Burn Tool (O) and make tail a bit darker.

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Now use the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) and cut feathers. Use the Burn Tool (O) and make feathers a bit darker. Prepare various size of feathers.

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Build the missing part of the tail.

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I use 16 feathers for this.

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The ROOK is ready! Add it to your final image.

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Step 21 – Last Clouds

In this step I will add the last layers with clouds. Actually, we already have them ready, they need only a small improvement.

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Make a copy layer with Cloud 6182 (Ctrl/Cmd+J). Delete the layer mask (Right click on the mask layer then click Delete Layer Mask).

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Move  the cloud here:

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Right click on your layer and choose “Convert to Smart Object“. Now we are ready to add some Shadow/Highlights (Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlights). Here are the settings:

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Click on the “Add layer mask” icon on the bottom of your Layers palette. Use a soft black brush to paint on the layer mask. The brush opacity should be around 20-50%.

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Now, I will make copies of this layer again. Then, I will move it to the left side of the picture where I will paint on the layer mask and cover parts of the cloud that I want to hide.

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