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Create a Mysterious Scene with Planets

Step 10: Painting the forest

Now we’re going to paint the right side of our image, the forest. The colors will be similar to the ones we used on the left part of it, and the process will be exactly the same. Before we start, just for organization sake, create a new group and name it Forest.

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Create a new layer, place it inside the group we just created and you’re good to go.

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To create the effect of lighting travelling between the trees, let’s use a Motion Blur instead of a Gaussian Blur. Go to Filter->Blur->Motion Blur.

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Set the angle to -28º and the Distance to 300px.

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And here’s our nice little effect:

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Again, don’t worry about the darkening of the image, it’s just to help you see where I’ve painted.

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To finish off this step, let’s create a layer mask in this group so we can correct some parts of the image. Select the Forest group, and click on the “Add layer mask” button.

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Now paint with black the areas that we don’t want to be affected by the lighting, like the tree trunks of the trees in the front. Check the image below, where I highlighted with red the areas that I painted.

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This is the result:

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And this is how your layers panel should be looking like right now:

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Step 11: Painting the big planet

I told you it was going to be tedious, but we’re heading towards the end now. Create a new group, name it Big Planet and add a new layer to it.

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Now open the Images group and drag the layer “Small Planet” to the top of our layer stack.

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Also, bring the Big Planet group we just created to the bottom of our layer stack, right above the Images group.

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Now select the layer we just created inside the Big Planet group and stat painting!

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We’re going to paint most of the planet with pure black in this step. Press D to quickly access black as your foreground color.

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As you can see in the image above, we need to fix the lighting on the top of the trees. To do that, select the layer mask we created on the previous step (layer mask of the Forest group), and paint with pure black the areas highlighted on the image below:

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Here is the result:

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And now we can go back to our Big Planet group, create a new layer and continue with the painting.

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The black we added to the sky is a little bit too dark now, so open the Field group and look for that layer. In my case it was the Layer 2.

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After you find it, reduce its opacity to 75%.

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And the result should be a softer black like this:

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Now go back to our Big Planet group and let’s finish the painting of the first planet.

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In this step we’ll be painting with pure white. To quickly access white as your foreground color press D and then X.

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Step 12: Painting the small planet

This is the last part of our painting process. Create a new group called Small Planet and place the Small Planet layer (the actual small planet) inside it.

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Now create a new layer and place it on the top of our Small Planet group.

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Now hold Alt/Opt and click in the space between the layer we just created and the Small Planet layer. If you did this right, you should see a sign (highlighted in the image below) next to the layer, which means that that layer is now clipped to the layer underneath it, so all the painting we do in that layer will only affect the layer underneath it.

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Finally, change your foreground color, and  let’s paint!

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Create a new layer, place it on the top of the layer stack inside the Small Planet group, and clip it to the previous layers (Hold Alt/Opt and click between the layers).

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Create a new layer inside this group, but this time drag it underneath the Small Planet layer.

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Create a new layer and place it anywhere beneath the Small Planet layer, but still inside the Small Planet group.

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Create a new layer and place it on the top of the layer stack inside the Small Planet group.

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We’re going to use pure white to paint again. Press D and X to quickly change your foreground color to white.

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Create a new layer and place it anywhere underneath the Small Planet layer.

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It’s kind of hard to see, but just draw a straight line on the left corner of the screen (shown with the arrow).

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We’re going to add a Motion Blur again. Go to Filter -> Blur -> Motion Blur and chose an angle of 0º and a Distance of 2000px.

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Then, with the same layer still active, add a Gaussian Blur with a radius of 75px.

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And this is the result:

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Create a new layer and place it on the top of the layer stack inside the Small Planet group.

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This next step it’s kind of hard to see but it makes a huge difference in the end. Select white as your foreground color (Press D and then X to quickly access white) and paint a vertical line on the corner of the image (same place we painted above).image243

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