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Create a Surreal Artwork of a Tree with Moons in Photoshop

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Step 14

Make another Curves adjustment layer to brighten the dark parts a little:

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On this layer mask use a black brush to reduce the lightness of the parts which are bright already:

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Step 15

To fix the light on the tree trunk I made a new layer above the tree one, changed the mode to Overlay 100% and filled with 50% gray:

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Use the Dodge and Burn Tool (O) with Midtones Ranges, Exposure about 20-30% to refine the light/shade on the tree. You can see how I did it with Normal mode and the result with Overlay mode:

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Step 16

Place the mode image beside the tree root and remove the white background using a layer mask (you can use your own image):

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Make a new layer under the model one and use a soft black brush to paint the shadow for her:

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Step 17

I used Hue/Saturation to reduce the saturation of the model :

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Step 19

I made a new layer with the same settings like in the step 15. Use the Dodge and Burn Tool to refine the light/shade on the model:

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Step 20

It’s time to adjust the contrast and color of the whole picture and change the time from day to night. Create a Curves adjustment layer on the top:

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On this layer mask use a soft black brush with the opacity about 20-25% to erase the midground:

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Step 21

I used Levels to increase the picture contrast:

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Apply brush masking on the layer mask (the midground and model):

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Step 22

Create a Gradient Map adjustment layer on the top:

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Change this layer mode to Soft Light 90%:

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Step 23

I used Photo Filter to add some warm tone to the image:

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Step 24

Place the moon at the top of the branches and cut it out from the background using a layer mask. Duplicate it several times and position them over the other branches:

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Double click the moon layers, choose Inner Glow with white color:

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Step 25

Make a group for the moon layers. Use Photo Filter to add some warm color to them:

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Step 26

I used Curves to brighten the moons:

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Step 27

It’s time to add some light effect. Make a new layer on the top. Use a soft brush with the color #c0beaf to paint over the moons and the branch parts which are holding them. Change this layer mode to Hard Light 100%:

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Step 28

On a new layer, use the same brush to paint the light on the model and on the ground. Change this layer mode to Overlay 100%:

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Step 29

I used the same brush on another layer to paint on the edges of the tree. Alter this layer mode to Soft Light 100%:

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Final Results

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Download the PSD

Tutorial by Jenny Le

I hope that you enjoyed my tutorial and found it useful. To see more of my works and tutorials, you can follow me on Facebook or watch me on Deviantart .

– Jenny

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