Night on the town

NPhoto - - Nikon Skills -

1 Mask the sky

Open day_night_be­fore then grab the Quick Se­lec­tion tool. Paint to se­lect the sky. Next click the ‘Se­lect and Mask’ but­ton at the top, then set Ra­dius 4 and paint with the Re­fine Edge brush over any tricky edges. Once done click ‘In­vert’, set Out­put: Layer Mask and hit OK.

3 Drop in the stars

Open day_night_s­tars and use the Move tool to drag the im­age up to the tab of the main im­age, then down and in to copy the im­age over. Go to the Lay­ers panel and drag the layer to the bot­tom of the stack then po­si­tion it over the sky. Hit Cmd/Ctrl+T to trans­form the layer to fit.

5 Glow­ing win­dows

Grab the Polyg­o­nal Lasso tool and se­lect the win­dows. Next add a Solid Color ad­just­ment layer and choose a bright yel­low. Dou­ble-click the ad­just­ment layer to open its Layer Style menu. Click ‘Outer Glow’, choose an or­ange tone, set Mode: Lin­ear Light and set slid­ers as above.

2 Re­move the peo­ple

Click the New Layer icon in the Lay­ers panel then grab the Spot Heal­ing Brush tool and check ‘Sam­ple All Lay­ers’ in the Tool Op­tions. Paint over the peo­ple to re­move them. If nec­es­sary, switch to the Clone tool and use it to tidy any rough patches.

4 Ad­just the tones

High­light the top layer then click the Cre­ate Ad­just­ment Layer icon and choose Color Bal­ance. Push the slid­ers to­wards cyan and blue then ex­per­i­ment with the High­light and Shadow set­tings. Next hold Alt and drag the layer mask thumb­nail to the newly cre­ated ad­just­ment layer.

6 Fi­nal ad­just­ments

Next press Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E to merge a layer at the top of the stack then go to Fil­ter>Cam­era Raw Fil­ter for fi­nal tonal ad­just­ments. Re­duce Tem­per­a­ture and Sat­u­ra­tion as shown, and ex­per­i­ment with Ex­po­sure un­til it looks right. When you’re happy, hit OK to ap­ply.

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