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Create a Surreal, Emotional Underground Scene Photo Manipulation

Step 70

I used 11 layers to add falling leaves on the hill:

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Group them and call it “hill”.

Step 71

Make a layer inside the “hill” group, and place it at the bottom. Use black brush with very small size (2-3 px) to paint under the leaves lying on the hill to make shadow for them:

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Step 72

Take another leaves and arrange them around model, cave, underground. I applied Gaussian Blur with 3 px for some bigger leaves to create depth to the scene.

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Step 73

To the leaf on model feet, I made shadow for it with Drop Shadow effect. Double click this leaf layer, choose Blending Options:

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Step 74

I used Curves with Clipping Mask to darken and brighten some separate leaves (darken the one inside and brighten the ones outside the cave).

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Step 75

Group all the leaves layers around the cave, name it “cave”. Create a Curves layer to darken all of these leaves:

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On this Curves layer mask use brush to change lightness of them. I meant to keep the ones inside the cave darker and the ones outside brighter:

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Step 76

I added a Curves layer with same purpose:

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Step 77

Group all groups “sky”, “hill”, “cave” and change the mode to Normal 100%. Make a Hue/Saturation layer to change color of all the leaves in these groups:

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Step 78

Add another Curves to darken more some leaves at the lower positions:

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Apply masking job with leaves around the hill, sky:

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Step 79

Use Levels to brighten leaves at the higher positions:

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Apply layer mask brushing :

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Step 80

Make leaves selection as done with branches heart (step 66).

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Step 81

Make a new layer on the top. Load leaves selection (as done in step 53) and click Add layer mask button. We have result on its layer mask:

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On this layer use a light yellow brush color ( I chose #ebb356), opacity about 50-55% to give some light to the leaves in the sky part. You can see the parts I painted below:

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Step 82

Create a Gradient Map layer on the top:

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Change the mode of this Gradient Map layer to Soft Light 100%:

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Step 83

Add a Color Balance layer:

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Erase the left of sky on layer mask:

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Step 84

Make a new layer on the top. Hit G to active Gradient Tool. Choose Radial Gradient with default colors (black and white). Drag a line from the top to bottom to get this result:

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Change the mode to Soft Light 100%. On layer mask I erased the parts below as they should not be too dark:

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Step 85

Continue with a new layer and soft black brush. I lowered opacity and flow to about 10-25% and painted on some parts below. Change the mode of this layer to Soft Light 100%:

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Step 86

On a new layer, use brush with color #faa560 to paint on the top center of the sky. I altered the mode to Overlay 100%:

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Step 87

Add a Photo Filter on the top:

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Step 88

More with Gradient Map:

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Put the mode of this Gradient Map to Soft Light 50%. Erase all the bottom half of the pic:

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Step 89

I used Color Balance again :

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Erase the top of the pic:

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