Step 17 : Adding highlight

Let’s add some highlights behind the sun. Create a new layer,rename it as “Highlight” and place it below the clouds. Pick a color, here I used #fff9d5, with a large soft brush add some highlights.

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Step 18 : Texturing – Background

Open the Halftone textures file in Illustrator. Copy this pattern by pressing Ctrl+C.

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Back in Photoshop paste the texture by pressing Ctrl+V. Paste it as Smart Object.

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Send it below to “Highlight” layer and reposition it.

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Open Texture 1, desaturate it by pressing Ctrl+Shift+U. Drag and drop it into the main file. Place it just above the “Clouds” layer. Set the blending mode to Multiply and set the opacity around 30%.

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Step 19 : Texturing – Sun

Open Texture 2. Draw a selection with Rectangular Marquee Tool. Press Ctrl+Shift+U to desaturate. Press Ctrl+L to load Levels dialogue box, apply the settings.

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Now copy the selection, paste it in the main file. Place it at top in the “Sun” group.

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Change the texture blending mode to multiply. Add a Layer mask and Mask out any hard edges.

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Step 20 : Texturing – Mountains

Open Texture 3 and draw a selection. Desaturate it and run Levels command by pressing Ctrl+L. Use the below values.

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Copy and paste it into the main file. Place this layer in the “Mountains” group above the mountain(the left one) layer.

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Press Ctrl+T, right click on the bounding box, choose Distort. Now distort by the top right corner until you find it similar to the image.

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Change the texture blending mode to Multiply. Reduce the Opacity to 70%. Clip this layer to the mountain. Repeat this process to texture the other mountains, just duplicate the texture and clip it to the appropriate layer. For the right most mountain I flipped the texture horizontally.

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