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Hi guys.
I´ve been getting many emails where people are asking me how
I work my photos
so I thought you´d like a tutorial.

Well, this is the first time I do a tutorial. I hope
it makes sence. If you find this helpful
I ´ll try to find a photo that needs a massive
work, and do another one, with more steps and screenshots.
This tutorial is made with Photoshop version 8.0, and a basic
knowledge to do this tutorial helps.

STEP 1
duplicate layer, name it sky

STEP 2
with layer we called sky, go to
IMAGE - AJUSTMENTS - LEVELS
and put in the numbers
68
1,38
255

go to IMAGE - AJUSTMENTS - hue saturation
-12
-55
0

STEP 3
name the background layer mountain (turn off the sky layer)
go to IMAGE - AJUSTMENTS - LEVELS

49
1,03
217

STEP 4
turn on sky layer, and with that layer selected, erase everything but the sky

STEP5
duplicate sky layer, name it blur

go to filter - blur - gaussian blur 8,4%

STEP 6
erase everything but the blue tones with a soft brush to make the clouds in focus
and bring down the opacity of the brush at some points

STEP 7
merge sky layer and blur layer and name it sky
at the sky layer go to:

levels
44
1,00
255

hue-sat and change Cyans, blues and master.
Cyans
-5
-38
0

blues
-7
-28
0

master
0
-18
0

STEP 8
go to mountain layer

levels
31
1,00
255

at last I put on a radical gradient
with 50% opacity, to do the vignette
(make new gradient from gray to white, with
opacity at ca 70% on the gray part)
This is what I basically do, with some
images I duplicade layers again and again
to ajust the levels, and the hue sat untill I´m
happy. I sometimes use gaussian blur at the sky
if it´s noise after all the ajustments, and then
erase the clouds part to get the focus.

Hrönn Thorarensen (NinnaK), and 1477 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. kanelstrand 51 months ago | reply

    Here's what I came up with :)

  2. Ben Capaldi 49 months ago | reply

    Thank you so much for these tutorials! They've helped me absolutly loads!! Fantastic and clear :)

  3. esskay1983 48 months ago | reply

    Wow.. amazing work!!

  4. Heidi St. 48 months ago | reply

    great work !

  5. Faire Un Voeu [deleted] 48 months ago | reply

    really beautiful.

  6. dansana 46 months ago | reply

    Thanks for sharing your post processing method. Great Shot.

  7. maggie207 44 months ago | reply

    it's wonderful thanks

  8. C laurence 41 months ago | reply

    magiiiic +++

  9. nalo.soul 41 months ago | reply

    Wonderful !!

  10. SHIELDS FL 40 months ago | reply

    Great processing. Thanks for the tutorial.

  11. Clipping Path India 34 months ago | reply

    Wow what a scene..!!

  12. Vin Dhir 33 months ago | reply

    I applied this technique to an airplane lol:

  13. hibru 33 months ago | reply

    nice pp... cool.:)

  14. J. Kaldin 31 months ago | reply

    Excellent and creative works!

  15. AspieWriter 29 months ago | reply

    Not a very clear tutorial. My class tried to follow all of your instructions and each one of us came with a whole range of problems. Please, please, please, can you give more clearer instructions, because I feel as though this is for people who have more experience with photoshop, rather than people who are beginners. There is a big problem with they sky bit, I followed your instructions to the point but it did not come out right. Please, please, please, go through and follow your own instructions absolutely just to make sure that you don't meet with the same problems as us.

  16. marta.in.black 25 months ago | reply

    thank you so much!!!

  17. Muahahaha... 15 months ago | reply

    Whataya mean erase everything but the sky?

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