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Our mechanic horse is ready. Now let’s place him on some proper background. Open file “magical forest at night”. Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and use the settings shown below. This step will fade out the details and leave us with the background we want.
Open our horse document and select the upper group. Press Ctrl+Alt+E to make a new layer from all visible layers. Ctrl+click the layer to select opaque pixels, Ctrl+C to copy than paste it in our background document. You can close the horse document. Resize the horse layer to look like in the image below.
Add a new layer below the horse layer and using a chalk brush ( or any other hard brush ) paint the shadow with black.
Add a new blank layer and choose Filter > Vanishing Point. Make it look like in the image below than choose Render Grids to Photoshop from the options menu and press Ok. Double click the layer to enter advanced blending options and use the settings shown below. Move this layer below our horse layer. Add a layer mask and mask away the shadow area.
Let’s add some lightning. Make a new layer and using lightning brushes from “Lightning Brush set 1” make some white lightning bolts. Double click the layer to enter advanced blending mode and use the settings shown below.
Add a new layer and using the lightning brushes add some black cracks to make our metallic horse more genuine. Add a layer mask and mask away everything but the horse.
Add a curves adjustment layer and use the settings shown below. Add a layer mask and fill it with black. Brush with white on layer mask to improve the general lighting.