Step 13 – Create the Clouds

Now, we will be adding clouds at the bottom of the hills to give the illusion that this is a very high place. To start, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it “Clouds 1″.

Activate the Brush tool (B) and then Load “Cloud brushes” by Adaae.

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Make sure that after downloading the brush file, put it in the following directory: Adobe > Adobe Photoshop CS2/3/4/5 > Presets > Brushes.

Now that these brushes are loaded, right click on the canvas while the Brush tool (B) is active and then pick this brush:

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Next, input the following settings for the Brush tool:

  • Brush size: 2500px
  • Hardness: Default
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffffff

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Now, let’s paint:

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The result of that should be like this:

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Step 14

Next, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and then name it “Clouds 2″.

Activate the Brush tool (B) and then use the following brush:

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Input the following settings for the Brush tool (B):

  • Brush size: 1024px
  • Hardness: Default
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffffff

Now, it’s time to paint:

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The result of that should be similar to this:

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Step 15: Create the Background

In this step, we will be adding the sky and the other clouds. To start, let’s open the stock image “Dark clouds – STOCK” by Supermalade-STOCK; once open, activate the Move tool (V) and drag this image to our canvas. Put this image below all the layers that we’ve made. The reason for that is for the sky would appear at the back of all the images that we would be putting.

Move and position it here:

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Once the sky is on the canvas, rename it to “sky 1″.

Activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) next and then resize “sky 1″ as shown below:

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The result of that should be like this:

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Step 16

Next, open the stock image “sky from plane III” by deadenddoll-stock. Once open activate the Move tool (V) and drag this image to our canvas. Put this image above the “sky 1″ image but still below all the layers that have been created.

Rename this layer to “sky 2″.

Move and position it as shown on the image below:

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Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and resize it as shown below:

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Step 17

Transform it once again:

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The result of that should be like this:

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Step 18

Activate the Eraser tool (E) and input the following:

  • Brush size: 500px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%

Now, let’s erase that extra sky from “Sky 2″:

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The result of that should be similar to this:

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Step 19

Next, let’s brighten the horizon. To do that, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it “Horizon”. Activate the Brush tool (B) and Reset the brushes.

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Once reset, input the following settings for the Brush tool (B):

  • Brush size: 1100px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffffff

Now, let’s paint:

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The result of that should be similar to this:

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Now that we’re done with the hills and the background, select all these layers and press Ctrl/Cmd + G to group them. Name this group to “Background”.

Note: Renaming a group is similar to renaming a layer.


Step 20: Create the Man

Now, we will be adding the man jumping off the cliff. To start, open the stock image: “Jump12″ by Danger99Stock; once the image is open, activate the Magnetic Lasso Tool (L).

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Once activated, use this tool to select the man.

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Step 21

After creating a selection area around him, activate the Move tool (V) and drag him to our canvas. Put this layer above the “Background” group. Rename this layer to “Man”.

The “man” should be positioned here upon moving:

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Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and resize the “man” as shown below:

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Step 22

Activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) once again and rotate the “man” as shown below:

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The result:

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Activate the Move tool (V) and drag it to the position shown below:

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Step 23

Next, let’s adjust the Brightness/Contrast of the “man”. To do that, go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast and input the following once it’s open:

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The result:

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Step 24

Next, we will be adjusting the exposure of the “man”.

In the Layer window, click on the “Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button”.

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Once open, click on the following:

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Once it is open, input the following values:

  • Exposure: -0.38
  • Offset: 0.0435
  • Gamma Correction: 1.03

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After hitting OK, right click on this Exposure layer and then click on Create Clipping Mask.

The exposure layer would then be applied only to the “man”. See image below:

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Now, select all the layers we created in this step and group them (Ctrl/Cmd + G). Name this group to “Man”.