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Once we have all of the coins shaded in, let’s move on to the remainder of her accessories. Same techniques apply—shade and dodge. I decided to add some purple gemstones to our subject’s accessories, as well as chains of beads. Color them in, making extra sure to add a bright sparkle and glow to the gems.

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Our subject is complete!

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Part 3 – Background

First, let’s merge all of the layers used for creating our subject so they don’t get confused with the layers we will use to create our background. I created a new file to finish off our image so I can keep a file with all of the subject’s layers as well. Because the plan for the background is to be a landscape, let’s make the new image horizontal. We’ll paste the subject in, and then create three layers, one for sand, one for ocean, and one for sky. Then, we’ll fill them in with color.

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I chose to color the sky as well as the ocean as a darker color fading into a lighter color, such as the ocean looks darker when deep and becomes lighter when washing ashore. Alright, let’s begin with the sand. We went to give it a gritty texture. Go to Filter -> Noise -> Add Noise. Make sure you click the Monochromatic box or else you’ll end up with a load of multicoloured specks.

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And now we have believable sand. Let’s move on and draw in the waves. Bring the tablet back, chose a small, hard brush, and draw in the foam that is created by waves rolling ashore. Also, use a larger brush at a low opacity and draw in a lighter, see-through blue underneath the rolling waves to give the effect of water so shallow you can see the bottom.

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Using the same brush, add ripples into the shallow waves and set this layer to a lower opacity to make the ripples more believable.

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Then, choose a dark tan color and fill in the shadows created by the foam and the ripples below them on the sand layer. Remember how earlier I noted that the shallow water should be see-through? This way, you will be able to see the shadows underneath the water.

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Now, let’s not dare to try to draw in the pattern of the waves deeper in the ocean by hand. Let’s cheat a bit instead. Go online and randomly search up an image of ocean water that is large and high-quality. All we are looking for is texture to add on top of our color. I’ve pulled up an image like this.

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Import the image of the waves we just pulled off the internet and paste it over the layer we have for the ocean. Make sure the texture image covers all of the water in our main image. Now if you look at the top of the little window on the right hand side of the screen that shows all of the layers, you’ll see adjustments for blending mode and master opacity. Let’s set the blending mode for the texture layer to Screen and the opacity to 50%.

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We have our ocean!

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Alrighty, we’re almost done! All that’s left are the clouds, the sun, rays of light, and a couple of starfish on the shore. For the clouds, let’s choose a large brush and set the opacity and flow both at 50%. Then, take the brush using the color white and draw circles to form the shape of clouds. Because the opacity is not 100%, we can layer the color more in places we want the clouds to be thicker, and less where we want the clouds to be translucent and wispy.

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