Again, for those who are interested.
before
after

Bellow you’ll find the original, plus my editing steps to the final.

before-during1
final-c
final-bw

before-during
final2

Elements:
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02
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Steps:
1. Combine best “pouring tea” shot with best teacup shot.
step1
2. Add Alice to the mix, move arm to less distracting position (away from teacup).
step2
3. Add cards to the mix to keep the viewer moving within and around the image.
step3
4. Straighten table, add vignette, and fill light to the center.
step4
5. Texture! (Courtesy of Les Brumes on Flickr)
step5-final

Okay, so here is the sooc working image:
sooc

I originally planned on having a figure out yonder, but decided in favor of a penguin in the foreground instead:
babypenguin

working

As you can see, I snagged a few sky concepts from mother natures ever famous “Northern Lights” and blended them as I saw fit (alternating btwn: screen, multiply, and soft-light blend modes in PS).

After tweaking the color to my liking I ended up with this:
final1

Here’s a visual demonstration of how I did it! :)
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e2
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First of all, here are all the elements:

elements

I may have used some other textures from Les Brumes, on flickr, to lighten the image, but those two were the most prominent. (I used soft light & screen modes to blend the textures.)

ba01

To achieve the colors, I created multiple layers with different multi-color variations and masked where I saw fit. These colors can also be achieved through cross processing, either in ACR or with filters. The textures also aided quite a bit in intensifying the vibrance of the colors.

That’s all for now!

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