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Add a layer mask to the rendered clouds layer and fill it with black. With a white round soft brush at 50% opacity paint over the rain (in the layer mask) to reveal the mist in that area.
Now let’s add the rain cloud. Download the “Cloud Brushes” and import by double clicking the .abr file. Choose a brush cloud you like and create white cloud on a new layer sitting just where the rain is starting.
Create a new layer and move it below the cloud layer in the layer palette. With the chalk brush at 50% opacity and 2px size paint some highlight lines on the lower margin of the cloud.
This is a rain cloud and it should be more dark and menacing instead of a pearly white. Create a new layer and place it above the cloud layer in the layer palette. With a round soft brush at 30% opacity paint with the color #979797 on the bottom section of the cloud (this is where the rain is coming).
Ok, now it’s time to add the final effects. Create a new layer from all the visible layers and apply a 200px Gaussian Blur. Change the blending mode of this layer to Soft Light to achieve a nice and soft color contrast. If the effect is too strong (and it will probably be in the underwater section of the scene) use a layer mask to hide it.
Create a new layer from all the visible layer and this time apply a subtle sharpen effect by going to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask and using the settings shown below.
Create a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Layers with the settings shown below to boost the contrast a little bit.
Now let’s improve the overall highlights of the scene – by doing this we will add focus and clarity to our scene since white areas tend to attract the eye first.
Create a new layer and change the blending mode to Overlay. With a round soft brush at 30% opacity paint with white over the areas indicated below (basically our points of interest – the guy, the boat, the cloud and the island).
I wanted to add some green color vibrance to the scene – and specially to the underwater section.
Create a new layer and set the blending mode to Color Dodge. Set the color #1e7619 as the foreground color and with a round soft brush at 10% Opacity paint over the underwater in gentle strokes and a bit over the guy’s back.