In this tutorial we will make a winter fantasy scene. Our aim is a dreamy, soft atmosphere and a balanced composition. I will be sharing with you some advanced channel masking techniques, selection tips and a quick peek into advanced blending. I hope you will enjoy this tutorial as much as I enjoyed making it.
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Add another clipped Photo Filter adjustment layer above our previous adjustment layer and use the following settings:
Preserve Luminosity: checked
Change the blending mode to “Overlay” and lower the opacity to 20%. Hold the alt key then drag and drop the layer mask from “Photo Filter 1″ to layer mask from “Photo Filter 2″. You will be prompted ” Replace Layer Mask ?”. Choose yes then press Ctrl +I to invert our layer mask.
Add a clipped Color Balance adjustment layer and use the settings shown in the image below. Change the blending mode to “Soft Light” and opacity to 44%.
Select Foreground layer and all the layers above then press ctrl+G to group them. Name this group Foreground.
Go to File > Place and open ” Sky panorama with clouds ” . Drag the handle points and position him until it look like in the image below then press Enter. Be sure to put this layer below the Foreground group. Rename it “Sky”.
Make a new gradient map adjustment layer and make sure it’s clipping our sky layer. Use settings like shown in the image below. For the foreground color choose black and for the background color choose # 0ef0f8. Change the blending mode to “Soft Light” and lower the opacity to 40%.
Make a new Curves adjustment layer and make it’s clipping the sky layer. Use settings like shown in the image below. Leave the blending mode set to normal.
Select the sky layer and it’s clipping layers then press ctrl+G to group them. Name this group Sky. You can select multiple layers by holding Ctrl then clicking the layers you want to select.
Open “Full Moon Luc Viatour” file. Select the moon using the round marquee selection tool, press ctr+C to copy it then paste it in our document. Place this layer between the sky and foreground layer. Name this layer Moon. *Tip* When you need to make a tricky selection like objects in perspective or ellipses : 1. Draw a selection using marquee tool . 2.Press Q to enter quick mask mode. 3. Press Ctrl+T to transform your selection. Now you can adjust the selection to your heart desire using skew, perspective etc. 4. Press enter to apply transformation and press Q to exit Quick Mask mode. In order for this to work properly double click the quick selection icon from our toolbar on the left and choose “selected areas” option.
Open the advanced blending mode of the layer moon by double clicking it. Use the settings shown in the image below.