How to Create a Sci-Fi Giant Tortoise Shelter Photo-Manipulation

How to Create a Sci-Fi Giant Tortoise Shelter Photo-Manipulation
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The result:
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Step 20

Now, we will be creating the floor for the tortoise shelter. To start, let’s open “Apartment Stock 2” by Disney Stock. Once it is opened, activate the Polygonal lasso tool (L) and create a selection area around the floor as shown on the image below:
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Once the selection area has been created, activate the Move tool (V) and drag the selected area to our canvas. Put this layer below the “shell” layer. Do this by left-clicking on the layer and dragging it all the way down until you see it below the “shell” layer. Rename this layer to “floor”. Position this layer as shown on the image below:
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Step 21

Activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and then resize the “floor” as shown below:
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The result:
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Step 22

Next, activate the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L), we are going to cut the extra areas to make the floor look like it really is inside the tortoise shelter.
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The result of that should be like this:
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Step 23

Next, activate the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) again and then create a selection area over the following areas of the “floor”.
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The result:
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Step 24

Next, we will make this floor blend well with the tortoise shelter by adding shadows on the inside. To start, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) above the “floor” layer and name it “darken inside”. Right click on this layer from the layer window and then click on the “Create Clipping Mask” option from the contextual menu. Activate the Brush tool (B) and then input the following values:
  • Brush size: 300px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
Now, let’s start painting:
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The result of that should be similar to this:
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Step 25

Now, we will be creating the shadow of the tortoise shelter. To start, let’s create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it “shadow”. Put this layer below the “floor” layer so that the brush paint would just be shown below the tortoise shelter. Activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following values:
  • Brush size: 15px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
  • Zoom level: 100%
Note: To change the zoom level, simply change the zoom values at the Navigator window. See image below:
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Now, let’s paint:
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The result:
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Step 26

Next, let’s create another layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) above this layer and name it “shadow 2”. Activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:
  • Brush size: 40px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
  • Zoom level: 100%
Paint here:
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The result of that should be like this:
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Create another layer again (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it “shadow 3”. Activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:
  • Brush size: 20px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
  • Zoom level: 100%
Paint here:
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The result of that should be like this:
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Step 27

Create another layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) but this time, name it “shadow 4”. Activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:
  • Brush size: 300px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
  • Zoom level: 100%
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The result should be similar to this:
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For our last shadow layer, name it “shadow 5”. Activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:
  • Brush size: 500px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
  • Zoom level: 100%
Paint here:
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The result of that should be similar to this:
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Now that is all done, select all the layers that we’ve made in steps 4 to 6 and press Ctrl/Cmd + G to group them.

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