Step 30
Create a sunset in Photoshop. Part 3 – the finishing touches.


Open the image of the 3rd tree and edit it in the top right corner and place it in the upper left part of our workspace:
Step 31
I used hue/Saturation to change the color of this tree:
Step 32
I used the color balance with the same purpose, to darken:
Step 33
Select the bird and place them right of the stage (on the horizon):
Apply the Gaussian Blur of 2 pixels:
Step 34
Create an adjustment layer with a gradient map at the top of the picture (colors shown in the picture):
Reduce the opacity of this layer to 20%.
Step 35
Increase the values of the color balance, to enhance the effect of the whole picture:
Step 36
I used another adjustment layer gradient map to add a warmer tone to the image:
Reduce the opacity of this layer to 20% and apply the brush on top of the sky and to the left of the balcony:
Step 37
I used levels to darken the scene:
Step 38
Make an adjustment layer Vibrance, to enhance the whole effect:
Step 39
From now on, we will try to make a lighting effect for the scene. Create a new layer at the top. Use soft brush with color #221501 and draw on the horizon a small area. Set this layer mode to Linear Dodge with a value of 100%:
Step 40
Create another layer and use soft brush with color #c09469 to add more light on the landscape. Set this layer mode to Soft Light 100%:
Step 41
On a new layer use the same brush to paint the trees, the mountains and the landscape itself. Change the mode of this layer to Soft Light 100%:
Step 42
Create a new layer and change the brush color to #fed58a. Paint the horizon to make clearer light. Set this layer mode to hard light 100%:
Step 43
I used a new layer and using a soft brush and the same colors to paint the tops of the trees. Change this layer mode to overlay 100%:
Step 44
On a new layer use the same brush to paint on the stones and create the same light. Set this layer mode to overlay 100%:
Step 45
Now let’s take care of the mountains. On a new layer use a hard brush (better use a tablet) with the same color to paint and highlight a mountain, then change the mode to hard light 50%:
Step 46
Create a new layer, use the same brush to paint the outline of the mountain. Put it in the mode Color Dodge 100%:
Step 47
Create a new layer and use the same brush to paint the edges of the mountains. Set this layer mode to overlay 100%: