How to Create a Magical Town in the Clouds Using Photoshop

How to Create a Magical Town in the Clouds Using Photoshop
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Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) to create a selection area over the sky of “landscape 56”. See image below:
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Now that you’ve created a selection area, activate the Move tool (V) and drag it to our canvas. Once on the canvas, rename this layer to “sky”. Next, position it as shown on the image below:
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Next, we will need to flip the “sky” layer to blend in with the clouds. To do that, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and right click on our canvas to show the Transform tool’s contextual menu. When the menu shows, click on “Flip Horizontal”.
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After flipping it horizontally, the result should be similar to this:
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Now, we will make it blend seamlessly with the “clouds” layer. To do that, we will need the help of the Eraser tool (E). Before erasing, make sure to adjust its settings to the following:
  • Brush size: 400px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
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Now, let’s erase!
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The result:
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In detail:
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After that, we would need to paint-in a horizon to give a sense of depth in our sky. To do that, let’s create a new layer by pressing Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N. When the menu opens, input “Horizon” on the name box. Next, activate the Brush tool by pressing B on the keyboard. Once open, make sure that the brushes are the default Photoshop brushes. See image below:
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To make sure that you’re using that, simply right click the canvas while a layer is selected and while the Brush tool (B) is activated and then click on the button highlighted below:
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Then click on “Reset Brushes” from the contextual menu.
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Now, that that is done input the following settings for our Brush tool (B):
  • Brush size: 1100px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffffff
The #: ffffff is the color of our Brush tool (B), so this means it is color white. To set the brush color, follow the instructions below:
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Once the Color Picker menu is open, input #: ffffff on the box shown below:
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Now, we’re all set to paint!
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The result:
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Now that we’re done, select all the layers and press Ctrl/Cmd + G to group them. We would need to group them to avoid confusion on later steps. Rename this group to “Sky”. Note: Renaming a group is similar to renaming a layer. You would also notice that the layers have been hidden from view, to view them again just left click on the arrow beside the Group’s name. See below:
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Step 3: Create the Books

We will now be adding the books which will serve as steps into this dream world we are going to create. To start, let’s open “books pack 3” by twilightamazonstock. When the image has been opened, activate the Magnetic Lasso Tool (L). See image below:
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Now, that we have the Magnetic Lasso Tool (L) open, we can now create a selection area over the book of our choice and in this tutorial, we are going to use several books. First, let’s create a selection area over the book shown below:
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When you’re done, activate the Move tool (V) and drag that book to our canvas. Once on the canvas, rename it to “Book 1”. Make sure to put this layer above the “Sky” group to avoid confusion on later steps. For us to transform the book easily, position the book on the area shown below:
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Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and resize it as shown on the image below:

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