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In this Photohop Tutorial I'll show you how to create a Christmas night landscape photo manipulation. We'll go through manipulating techniques, creating lightings and working with group. Resources needed: Background LINK Foreground LINK Pines LINK House LINK Snowman LINK Door LINK Fence LINK Lamp LINK Deer 1 LINK Deer 2 LINK Deer 3 LINK Christmas lights LINK Snow brushes LINK    

By pureromance88, on January 03, 2013, under Photoshop Tutorials

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Step 1

Create a new document and fill it with any color you like (I use white). Move background stock into our document and resize if needed. I don't take all parts of sky:

 

Step 2

Make a new layer and I use Clone Tool to reduce light on the top of mountain:

 

Step 3

I want to create some mist for background so I make a new layer and use soft brush with color #7d8ba4, opacity and flow 25-30% to paint on the top of the pines:

 

Step 4

Open foreground stock. Take an ice part and drag it into our main document:

 

Add layer mask and use black brush to remove some hard edges of the top as shown below:

 

Choose another ice part and place it in a lower position, near foreground and use layer mask to blend it with the first part:

 

I call these layers "foreground 1", "foreground 2".

 

Step 5

Duplicate foreground 2 and go to Filter-Blur-Gassian Blur and choose radius as 3 px:

 

I use layer mask to remove blur part near background. This step is to add depth to our picture:

 

Call it "foreground 3".

 

Step 6

Make group for these layers (make them selected, then press Cmd/Ctrl+G). Change the mode of this group from Pass Through (default mode) to Normal 100%. On foreground 3 layer, go to New Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Curves:

 

Step 7

Make a new layer above foreground group. Use soft brush with color #bec4cc to paint on the nearest foreground part and change the mode to Multipy 50%:

 

Step 8

Cut out the house and place it on the left after resizing (Cmd/Ctrl+T):

 

Use layer mask to blend house bottom with ground:

Step 9

I add some adjustment layers with Clipping Mask to change color of the house. On house layer, go to New Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Hue/Saturation:

 

 

Color Balance:

 

Step 10

In this step we're going to make shadow for the house. With the light coming from above and behind, the house should have a shadow infront. Create a new layer under house one. Hold Cmd/Ctrl while clicking house thumbnail layer to load its selection:

 

Fill this selection with black, then lower opacity to 30%. Choose Edit-Transform-Flip Vertical and move this shadow under the house:

 

Apply Gassian Blur with 2 px, then use layer mask to blur the top of this shadow: