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Step 13 – Adding grass around the treeCreate another layer labelled “grass_back” under the “tree_colour” layer. Then use the Brush Tool to add some grass behind the tree. Use some greens and yellows. They do not need to be the same colour. Create another layer labelled “grass_front” above the “tree_colour” layer but below the first “grass” layer that you created in step 11. Use the Brush Tool to paint some grass in front of the tree. Use some greens and yellows. They do not need to be the same colour.
Step 14 – Painting FlowersCreate another layer labelled “flowers” and paint a flower among the grass. Then warp the flower (Edit > Transform > Warp) like the image below. Copy the flower (left click + right click or Alt Gr) and place it around the grass. Select the three flower layers (shift + click) and merge (Layer > Merge Layers or Ctrl+E) the three layers together. You should now have only one layer for the flowers.
Step 15 – Painting cloudsCreate a new layer labelled “clouds” above the “sky_colour” layer. Paint some clouds. Create another layer labelled “clouds1” to add more depth to the clouds.
Step 16 – Adding leavesSelect the “tree_colour” layer and draw some leaves on the branches. Your painting should now look like this.
Step 17 – Painting the animal characterIf you deleted the “squirrel_sketch” layer and saved it in another file, now is the time to bring it back. Add it to your Layer palette. Create a new layer labelled “squirrel_colour” and start painting over it. You may need to change colours and delete strokes as you go.
Step 18 – Adding foregroundTo make the squirrel appear to be in the midst of the grass, I changed the canvas size again. I increased the height of the canvas by adding extra space to the bottom of the painting. Create a new layer and label it “black.” Give it a dark brown colour. Use the Brush Tool to add some grass to this layer or copy the “grass” layer and paste it on top of the “squirrel_colour” layer.
Step 19 – Detailing the squirrelGive the squirrel some more details and paint it white. Use the Smudge Tool to smooth the squirrel out. Use the Burn Tool to add some shadows. The drawing actually looks more like rabbit, so rename everything that says “squirrel” to “rabbit.” Move the rabbit over to the left, as it looks better in that position. I also repositioned the “sky_colour” layer. Your painting should now look like this.
Step 20 – Backing up a copySave a copy of your painting as a psd file. Merge the files and save as another copy.
Step 21 – Finishing touchesRight click the layer and choose Duplicate Layer. Working on the “copy” layer, blur (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) and set the Blur Radius to 9.5. Now use Fade Gaussian Blur (Edit > Fade Gaussian Blur). Set the Opacity to 47% and the Mode to “Screen.” In the Layers palette, still working on the “copy” layer, use the following settings:
- Opacity: 57%
- Fill: 100%