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How to Create Vivid Arabian Night Composite in Photoshop

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Step 49

Select the Brush and choose one of the Camel brushes. Choose black as a foreground color and create a new layer .Click once on it to draw the camels. Resize and position the camels as shown below.

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Step 50

Open the Palm file again and copy/paste the palm into our document. Convert it to Smart Object. Add a layer mask and with a black brush paint a little at the bottom of the palm trunk so that it will blend nicely with the terrain. Make 2 extra duplicates by pressing Ctrl + J twice. Resize and position each pals above the oasis lake (as shown below).

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Step 51

Open the Palm file again and copy/paste the palm into our document. Convert it to Smart Object. Add a layer mask and with a black brush paint a little at the bottom of the palm trunk so that it will blend nicely with the terrain. Make 2 extra duplicates by pressing Ctrl + J twice. Resize and position each pals above the oasis lake (as shown below).

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Step 52

Let’s add some shadow to our palms. Create a new layer and place it inside the Palms group. Change the blending mode to Multiply and with a black chalk brush at 60% Opacity draw some shadows for the palms. Remember that the light is coming from the left up so the shadows should be directed towards right and down.

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Step 53

Ok, so now we are done with the composition of our scene. Time to add some color effects. Let’s start by setting a night mood to our scene. Create a Gradient Map Adjustment layer and choose the indicated preset. Change the blending mode to Soft Light and lower the fill to 66%.

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Step 54

Let’s boost up the contrast. Add a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment layer and drag the Contrast slider to the right until we reach a value of 45.

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Step 55

Light areas in a painting draw the eye and establish the interest points. Create a new Curves Adjustment layer and drag the curves up to lighten. Click on the layer mask, press D to set default colors and press Alt + Backspace to fill the mask with black. Now choose a soft white brush at 30% opacity and paint over the horizon, the moon, the oasis and the city.

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Step 56

Sampling a color from a scene, filling a layer with that color and setting the layer blending mode to Color Dodge will give a nice punch to the colors. Let’s do this in our scene. Sample a dark blue from the sky (#1c71ae), create a new layer and fill it with the sampled color. Change the blending mode to Color Dodge.

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Step 57

In order to further increase the focus on the sky let’s darken the terrain a bit. Create a Curves Adjustment layer and drag the curve down a little to darken. Choose the Gradient tool and press D to set default colors. Click on the layer mask and holding Shift drag from the top of the scene to the bottom area.

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Finally, let’s add some color tint. Create a new Gradient Map Adjustment layer an choose the same preset as we choose at step 53. Change the blending mode to Linear Dodge and lower the Opacity to 23%. That’s it.

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Final Results

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Tutorial by Adrian Scheff

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