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Begin by duplicating the Background layer with Layer>Duplicate Layer. Then hide this layer by clicking the eye icon, and return to focus on the original background. With the original background selected, go to Enhance>Convert to Black and White.
Choose a Style preset that works well for your image then make further refinements with the the sliders. Reveal the top layer and make it the active layer. Go to Image>Magic Extractor and follow the on-screen instructions for isolating the objects that you want. Finally, tone down the colour a touch by changing …
Awe-inspiring rays of light from the sky occur when a heavy cloud cover lets in a small crevice of sunlight. The light can be seen streaking down through the clouds in a dramatic spotlight-esque fashion. To simulate this you need to start with a photograph that already contains a sky with heavy clouds. Create a selection around an area of cloud that contains a bright spot. Duplicate this selection into a new layer, then go to Enhance>Adjust Color>Remove Color to turn the layer to Grayscale.
Use a Levels enhancement to drastically increase the contrast and …