It can take a surprising amount of layers to get an image the way you want. This isn’t necessarily a particularly great image, but I still want to do my best. Going from:
Takes a bit of work.
I divided it into four layers.
The rest of the sky:
and a background layer to put it all together
I adjusted each layer to get a well blended mixture of the features.
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