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Create a Surreal, Emotional Underground Scene Photo Manipulation

Step 53

To make shadow for the tree on the hill, I created a layer under the tree one. Hold Cmd/Ctrl while clicking tree thumbnail layer to load its selection:


Fill this selection with black (Shift+F5). Then choose Edit-Transform-Flip Vertical and move this shadow under the tree bottom.


Step 54

Lower opacity to 60% then apply Gaussian Blur with 3 px (Filter-Blur-Gaussian Blur):


On Filter layer mask use soft black brush to remove blur effect at the part near the tree bottom to keep the hard look for it:


Step 55

Add layer mask to shadow layer and remove the top of it:


Step 56

I used Curves to brighten the tree:


Step 57

Add a Color Balance layer to give the tree some yellow:


Step 58

To add more light to the tree, I used a new layer and take brush with color #fab3b3, opacity and flow 25-35%. Paint along the tree sides as I did below:


Step 59

Make a new layer with same settings in step 10. Use Dodge and Burn Tool to create more contrast on the tree:


Step 60

It’s time for most interesting parts of the tutorial – making a heart from branches. Open branches 3 stock. First use your own method to cut out the branches from background:


Use Lasso Tool to take a part from isolated branches and put it above the tree. I used Warp Tool to bend it:



Step 61

Use different parts from branches stock to put on the tree following a heart shape, use Warp Tool or Puppet Warp Tool if needed . I used layer mask to remove any unwanted parts. You don’t need to create exactly like mine but can take it as a reference:


I used 15 layers for this branches heart.

Step 62

Group all heart branches layers and name them (I called them from 1 to 15). I used Dodge Tool with same way in previous steps to brighten some parts that are too dark:



Step 63

Make a new layer on the top of these branches layers (within this group). Use hard black brush, 1 px and color #1a142d to make some branches parts more visible:



Step 64

Add a Curves layer within this group to brighten this heart:


I used brush on Curves layer mask to clear some parts below:



Step 65

Use Color Balance to give some yellow to the branches:


Step 66

Right click branches heart group, choose Duplicate Group. Right click it again, choose Merge Group. Now we have a selection of these branches that will be useful in next steps. Turn off this layer.


Step 67

Open leaves stock pack. Choose the leaves you like and put them between the heart:



I used layer mask to remove some big leaves:


Step 68

Add more leaves to inside, around the heart and to the sky, hill to create a scattering effect, try to achieve a random look:


Step 69

To create some depth to this effect, I added more leaves to the sky part, around the branches heart. I applied Gaussian Blur with 3 px and 1.5 px for them. In the screenshots, you can see some leaves are blurrier (Blur 3 px) and some others less (1.5 px).



I used 59 layers for the leaves in sky. Group all of them and name it “sky”.

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