Photoshop Tutorial: How To Create a Futuristic Sci-Fi Scene



In this tutorial, I will guide you through the steps to create a futuristic sci-fi scene.
We will transform original pictures using Photoshop tools that will help to give the image a more spectacular look.
Things we'll be working with:
* Image - Adjustments - Curves.
* Image - Adjustments - Hue/Saturation.
* Dodge and Burn Tools.
* Gradient tool.

We'll also use the following source images:
Hill, thanks to Lelaina, from pxleyes stock.
http://www.pxleyes.com/images/users/L/Lelaina/473/fullsize/4a6f382fc30ff.jpg

Moon, thanks to mymy, from pxleyes stock.
http://www.pxleyes.com/images/users/m/mymy/76/fullsize/4a3b3965bbc5b.jpg

You can download those images, by clicking over the links. Save the images as, we'll work with them.
The images will also be available in the steps, so you can also download them from there.


End result:
How To Create a Futuristic Sci-Fi Scene Final Image

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Step 1

This image was created with Aphophysis, a program that renders flames like this. Save the following image, we'll be using it as a background:

Right click the image.
Save Image As.
Give the file a name.
Open this image in Photoshop to start working. Leave the layer's name as "Background".


Step 2

This beautiful picture of the hills, was provided by Lelaina, member of pxleyes.

If you did not download the image, through the link provided above at the beginning of this tutorial, you can do it here, just do the same process you did to download the "Background".

Click over the right side of your mouse.

When window opens.

Save Image As.

Give the file a name.

Open the picture in Photoshop.

Name new layer, "Hill".


Step 3

Select the area shown from the hills.

Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L).

Copy (Ctrl + C) and Paste (Ctrl + V) the selection.

Name new layer, "Hill 2".


Step 4

This is the result of your selection of the hill.

Leave the edge slanted to the right.


Step 5

Colorizing the hill. This step is kind of challenging, but you can do it.

Image - Adjustments - Curves.

Channel RGB.

Input: 110. Output 20.

Image - Adjustments - Hue/Saturation.

Hue: + 115. Saturation: +10. Lightness: -25.

Back to Curves: Input: 65. Output: 37.

Back to Hue/Saturation.

Hue: + 90. Saturation: +50. Lightness: -22.

Image - Adjustments - Levels.

Channel RGB.

Move the right top arrow, to the left.

Input Levels: 0 - 0.85 - 205.

The Output levels will remain as they are.

Output Levels: 0 - 255.


Step 6

Place the layer, "Hill 2" over the layer, "Background".

Add a flare over the sky.

Filter - Lens Flare.

Flare Center: 45%.

105 mm Prime.


Step 7

This is the picture of the moon that we'll use. Thanks to mymy, member of pxleyes.

If you did not download the image of the moon, from the link provided at the beginning of this tutorial. Do it here.

Click over the image with the right side of your mouse.

When window opens.

Save Image As.

Give the file a name.

Bring the picture into Photoshop. Name new layer, "Moon"


Step 8

Make a selection of the moon.

Copy (Ctrl + C) and Paste (Ctrl + V).

Name new layer, "Moon2".

Place the moon at the right top part of the picture. Get rid of the yellowish color, by coloring it.

Image - Adjustments - Curves.

Input: 70. Output: 45.

Image - Adjustments - Hue/Saturation.

Hue: 200. Saturation: 45.

With moon selected, use the Burn Tool (O), to give a shadow.

Use a 100 soft brush, and an Opacity of 70.


Step 9

Highlight the rocks.

Use the Dodge Tool (O).

Use a soft 100 px brush, with an Opacity of 70%.

Range: Highlights.

White arrows mark the spots to be dodged.


Step 10

Adding shadows to the rocks and grassy areas.

Use the Burn Tool (O).

Use a 100 px soft brush, with an Opacity of 70%.

Range: Shadows.

Careful while burning this areas, marked with arrows. You do not want the image to look to dark.


Step 11

This image of the house with chimneys, and a wheel with observation glassy capsules, was provided by pxleyes for a contest.

This will be our main subject for this tutorial. Download the image the same way you downloaded the other images.

Click over the right side of your mouse.

When window opens.

Save Image As.

Give the file a name.

Bring the file into photoshop to start working.


Step 12

Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L), to make a selection of the houses and chimneys. Leave the wheel out for now, but do ot delete the layer, we'll use it later.

Copy (Ctrl + C) and Paste (Ctrl + V) the selection.

Name new layer, "Chimneys".


Step 13

Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) to make the selection of the left chimney.

Copy (Ctrl + C) and Paste (Ctrl + V).

Name new layer, "Chimney 1".






Step 14

This will be an important and crucial step, as we'll start building a tower. Follow and read the instructions carefully. These directions are easy to follow, just take the time to read and put your learning in practice.


Step 15

You should have something like this.

As you can see the tower is looking nice.


Step 16

From layer, "Chimneys", use the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L), to make a selection of the two remaining chimneys.

Copy (Ctrl + C) and Paste (Ctrl + V).

Name new layer, "Chimney 5".


Step 17

In this step we'll be doing more selections using the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L).

Copy the area from "Chimney 1" that is in the circle.

Copy (Ctrl + C) and Paste (Ctrl + V).

Name new layer, "Top of tower".

Bring your copy to the top of "Chimney 4".

Use the Transform Tool (Ctrl + T) to make this copy smaller.

Open layer, "Chimney 5" and place it as shown in picture.

Colorize them.

Image - Adjustments - Hue/Saturation.

Colorize: Hue: 205. Saturation: 25.

Do some dodging and burning as explained in picture.





Step 18

This is the image you should have now.


Step 19

Open layer, "Chimneys" and select one of the observation glassy capsules, or pods. I selected one, and circled it, but you can select the one you want.

Make your selection.

Copy (Ctrl + C) and Paste (Ctrl + V).

Name new layer, "Pod1"


Step 20

Make a copy of layer "Pod 1".

Name new layer, "Pod 2".

Place the pods as shown in picture.

To colorize the pods.

Image - Adjustments - Hue/Saturation.

Colorize: Hue: 205. Saturation: 25.


Step 21

Make a circular selection of the area circled over "Pod 1".

Copy (Ctrl + C) and Paste (Ctrl + V).

Name new layer, "Light1".

Duplicate layer, "Light 1".

Name new layer, "Light 2".

Those copies of the small highlighted area from "Pod 1", will be placed on top of layer, "Chimney 4".


Step 22

Place the layers "Light 1" and "Light 2", as shown in picture.


Step 23

Let's make the light over "Chimney 4".

To do this, read and follow the directions very carefully.

This step shows you the easy way to do it.


Step 24

Set the layer blending mode for the light to Lighten.

Decrease Opacity to 40%.

You should have something like this.


Step 25

Follow the directions given to you in this step.

This will help you to accomplish your work as I did.

You can start to merge the layers down, if you are happy with the results. We are almost at the end of this tutorial.


Step 26

For this final step, let's make some outside lights.

Read this step, carefully, again.

You'll be happy with the results of this journey.


Step 27

I thank you very much, for following me through these steps in this tutorial.

It is nice to know that people like to try different things using Photoshop. I am happy that we can also share a good tutorial with you, in this way, your learning will be better.

Good luck in your journey through Art.



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89 Comments:

avatar nishagandhi

beautiful result and great tut

(4 years and 341 days ago)
avatar George55
George55 says:

Thank you Nisha...

(4 years and 341 days ago)
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Guest says:

you are a gangster

(4 years and 341 days ago)
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Guest says:

you are a gangster

(4 years and 341 days ago)
avatar ponti55
ponti55 says:

I love your tutorials! Well written, steps are clearly laid out.. excellent work!

(4 years and 341 days ago)
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rrhall says:

nice stache....and tutorial

(4 years and 341 days ago)
avatar George55
George55 says:

Ponti55..thank u.

rrhall...smile..thank you.

(4 years and 341 days ago)
avatar Alan2641
Alan2641 says:

well written great techniques

(4 years and 341 days ago)
avatar madamemonty

A very well written tutorial George, with a fabulous result.

(4 years and 341 days ago)
avatar chandershekhar

nice tutorial................

(4 years and 341 days ago)
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rrhall says:

hope i didn't come off creepy, i just have a fascination with good facial hair.

(4 years and 341 days ago)
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Guest says:

George55,
I followed your tutorial to stage11, where i downloaded image House and chimneys, but in Photoshop i was unabled to open the image as it is not a valid Photoshop Document. Can you please help.
Regards Alun

(4 years and 340 days ago)
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Guest says:

George55,
I followed your tutorial to stage11, where i downloaded image House and chimneys, but in Photoshop i was unabled to open the image as it is not a valid Photoshop Document. Can you please help.
Regards Alun

(4 years and 340 days ago)
avatar George55
George55 says:

Alun: If you Save the image as a .jpg file you can be able to open it in Photoshop.

While working on your Photoshop program go to:

File - Open

Look for the file you downloaded (.jpg)

Bring it to Photoshop, I think you will be able to do it.

Thanks for comment.

George.

(4 years and 340 days ago)
avatar George55
George55 says:

Alun: If you Save the image as a .jpg file you can be able to open it in Photoshop.

While working on your Photoshop program go to:

File - Open

Look for the file you downloaded (.jpg)

Bring it to Photoshop, I think you will be able to do it.

Thanks for comment.

George.

(4 years and 340 days ago)
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Guest says:

it's nic

(4 years and 339 days ago)
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Guest says:

i cant get past stage 1

(4 years and 339 days ago)
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Guest says:

ill just copy and past yours for my project, kay?

(4 years and 339 days ago)
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Guest says:

nice one...

(4 years and 339 days ago)
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Guest says:

thanx wonderfull little project

(4 years and 339 days ago)
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Guest says:

It was a great tutorial(:

(4 years and 339 days ago)
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Guest says:

brillant.....

(4 years and 339 days ago)
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Guest says:

thanking u r sir .....i learned somthng new with u r effect tutorial

(4 years and 338 days ago)
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Guest says:

Very helpful to develop creativity......

(4 years and 338 days ago)
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Guest says:

exelente George55, gracias por este gran tutorial..
desde colombia, seguimos todos tus tutos gracias

(4 years and 337 days ago)
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Guest says:

Thanx a LOT!!!)))

(4 years and 337 days ago)
avatar George55
George55 says:

Amigos de Colombia, gracias por sus comentarios, espero que aprendan mucho de mis "tutorials", se los agradezco de corazon.

(4 years and 337 days ago)
avatar cool2008
cool2008 says:

What a great tutorial , well written , easy to follow , well done George .

(4 years and 337 days ago)
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Guest says:

Great . I like it
thanks man

(4 years and 336 days ago)
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WOW George... FANTASTIC

Thanks for such a great tutorial. I have so much to learn and this tutorial will help me in the future.

(4 years and 336 days ago)
avatar CorneliaMladenova

Another great tutorial from you, George! Congrats!

(4 years and 335 days ago)
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Guest says:

Cool work, I'm impressed!

(4 years and 335 days ago)
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Guest says:

veru nice use of flair

(4 years and 331 days ago)
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Beautiful Result!

(4 years and 330 days ago)
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Guest says:

That was amazing Thanks great Tutorial!

(4 years and 329 days ago)
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Guest says:

when I am decoloring the hill it turns out to be blue
pls help

(4 years and 328 days ago)
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ecoverbee says:

Wow that looks amazing and definitely worth trying to follow, will learn some great stuff following it. thanks

(4 years and 328 days ago)
avatar Toca
Toca says:

Coolsome!

(4 years and 327 days ago)
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Guest says:

Mine didn't turn out quite like yours but it still cool

(4 years and 324 days ago)
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Guest says:

wonderful!

(4 years and 324 days ago)
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Guest says:

awesome tut George

(4 years and 321 days ago)
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Guest says:

Gretat tutorial congratulations...
i just learn some new tricks..
thank again...

(4 years and 316 days ago)
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Guest says:

Gr8 tutorial....U R the MAN!! really enjoyed this tutorial

(4 years and 314 days ago)
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Guest says:

can you make this tutorial in Camtasia studio and post it on youtube? (Futuristic tutorial)

(4 years and 313 days ago)
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Guest says:

great, great.. I like this tutorial. Perfect!

VioletBreeze
http://violetbreeze.multiply.com

(4 years and 313 days ago)
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Guest says:

Hello George. You are a great artist. Andy

(4 years and 312 days ago)
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tatin1 says:

Sencillamente ¡¡¡¡GENIAL MAESTRO!!!! Grande George, muy bien, excelente, jejeje estoy emocionado de ver tanta belleza, reciba saludos cordiales desde Lima-Perú y que Diosito me lo bendiga.

Atte: TAtin_1

(4 years and 310 days ago)
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Guest says:

Very impressive u really explorer a great future of up coming world Great Work
Thanks a lot

(4 years and 306 days ago)
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Guest says:

great artist..
thanks a lot

(4 years and 303 days ago)
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Guest says:

That's great but making simple
-ZAKIR, Bangladesh

(4 years and 300 days ago)
avatar Vortex
Vortex says:

nice, tnx

(4 years and 297 days ago)
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Guest says:

What a gorgeous final image! I've had a quick read through the tutorial and it seems very clearly laid out and easy to follow, so I think I'll go grab a cuppa then sit down to give this one a try. Thank you for your effort in making this for us. Happy New Year!

Li x

(4 years and 295 days ago)
avatar Loveli
Loveli says:

Sorry, the above comment was me, I didn't realise I wasn't logged in. Good start, eh?!

(4 years and 295 days ago)
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Guest says:

THANKS MAN

(4 years and 295 days ago)
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Guest says:

Brilliant, Many Thanks

(4 years and 293 days ago)
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Guest says:

Awsome

(4 years and 292 days ago)
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Guest says:

super awesome^^

(4 years and 291 days ago)
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Guest says:

Really cool tutorial! I like a lot.
thanks

(4 years and 291 days ago)
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Guest says:

Excellent! George how long did it take you to do this the first time?

(4 years and 289 days ago)
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Guest says:

Oh man thts really OSAM

Wonderful

(4 years and 289 days ago)
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Guest says:

nice man, helped me a lot!!

(4 years and 288 days ago)
avatar albevolution

the happy end , great men, big idea, i cant see it and in dreams.

(4 years and 286 days ago)
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Guest says:

very nice... it's a perfect idea...

(4 years and 280 days ago)
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Guest says:

just 1 word: Awesome !!

(4 years and 276 days ago)
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Guest says:

Thank you George, amazing work.

(4 years and 270 days ago)
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Guest says:

Hi George,

I hope you can help....

I am NOT an advanced PS user, but I have seen your work & so I wanted to make the "Futuristic Sci-Fi Scene" with my PS CS4 portable.

As I opened the photos (Background & Landscape) and pressed L -nothing hapened! The cursor still stayed as a hand so I chose the Lasso tool with the mouse, same result. Then I tried other tools too, but none of them seemed to work, the cursor remained as a Hand. Do you have a clue what am I doing wrong? The last time I have used my PS was aprox. 6-7 Months ago and everything was fine. See my creation from back then here: http://tinyurl.com/ybkn2og

I do not have a clue why is it not working now?!

Plase give me some hint if you can.

Thanx a lot Art.

(4 years and 269 days ago)
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Guest says:

Thanks !

(4 years and 266 days ago)
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Guest says:

splendid

(4 years and 263 days ago)
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Guest says:

awesome dude but very time consuming lol

(4 years and 263 days ago)
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Guest says:

Talent, there's nothing like it and you got it. Keep up the good work and thanks for the tutorial.

(4 years and 259 days ago)
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Guest says:

I do not know what I'm doing wrong, but with the numbers given to me, my hill comes out purple, my moon comes out purple and the burn tool is not giving it a shadow and my scene looks nothing like yours as far as color. If you could email me at alkahme@yahoo.com with help that'd be wonderful.

(4 years and 257 days ago)
avatar DeteCtiV
DeteCtiV says:

Very detailed and creative tutorial. Love the outcome.

(4 years and 244 days ago)
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Guest says:

thank for this great tut

(4 years and 229 days ago)
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Guest says:

thank u sir for ur excellent work this wil be very much use full for me

(4 years and 218 days ago)
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Guest says:

thanks a lot this is look like a heaven.............................
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(4 years and 206 days ago)
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Guest says:

Although I don't particularly care for the image itself, the tutorial is fantastic as it shows how melding every-day, in-the-ordinary objects in intellectual ways can produce next-day, out-of-the-ordinary scenes.

What an intriguing idea. Well done.

(4 years and 205 days ago)
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Guest says:

good work .....(Divakar Sharma)

(4 years and 191 days ago)
avatar hereisanoop

good tutorial

(4 years and 148 days ago)
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Guest says:

Just as a note to everyone (or just us newbies): when utilizing the Curves and Hue/Saturation menus... ensure that you have the "colorize" option checked int the lower right section of the menu, otherwise you will get incorrect results

(4 years and 116 days ago)
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Guest says:

FANTASTIC...HOPING THAT I WILL LEARN MORE FROM THIS...
THANKS...

(4 years and 68 days ago)
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Guest says:

thankssss muach

(4 years and 66 days ago)
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Guest says:

thankssss muach

(4 years and 66 days ago)
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Guest says:

thankssss muach

(4 years and 66 days ago)
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Guest says:

I like

(3 years and 360 days ago)
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[banned] says:

Thank U. It's a beautiful

(3 years and 268 days ago)
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Guest says:

excellant tut

(3 years and 154 days ago)
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Guest says:

I just love how You added the lighting fro the lighthouse!!! looks great and real!!!

fotoclipping.com

(3 years and 142 days ago)
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Guest says:

Great idea 4 the light. Nice in all, but 4 me 2 small pics.

(2 years and 76 days ago)
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[banned] says:

Wow! Wonderfully creative use of the stocks. Thank you, I learned a lot from this tutorial.

(1 year and 269 days ago)


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