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A Wizard and His Pupil – Create a Fairy Tale Manipulation in 75 Steps

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Move the converted road layer below the Castle group in the layer palette. Press Ctrl + T to resize and position it as shown below.

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Step 25

Duplicate the Castle group and press Ctrl + T to resize and position it as shown below. Move this group below the “ConvertedRoad” layer. Name this group Castle Copy.

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Step 26

Duplicate the “ConvertedRoad” layer and move it below the Castle Copy group. Resize and position it as shown below. Name this “ConvertedRoadCopy”.

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Finally, duplicate the Castle group again and move it below the “ConvertedRoadCopy” layer. Resize and position it as shown below.

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Step 28

Select all the castle groups and the roads and group them together. Name this group “Castles”. Remember the trick I taught you at step 18? We are going to use it here too. Change the blending mode of the “Castles” group from Pass Through to Normal.

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In the Castles group create a Curves Adjustment layer and drag the curve down to darken. In the layer mask paint with a round soft black brush over the top of the castles to prevent the darkening effect from happening there.

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Create a new layer and with a round soft white brush paint at 2-5px paint the top left parts of the castles. This will create the illusion of specular highlight.

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Step 31

Create a new layer and with a round soft white brush paint at 2-5px paint the top left parts of the castles. This will create the illusion of specular highlight.

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Step 32

Open file Tree. Copy and paste the tree into our image. Convert it into a Smart Object and resize and position the tree as shown below.

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Duplicate the tree layer a couple of times and move and resize the duplicated layers to create the illusion of some vegetation on the castle rocks. Group all the tree layers together. Name the group “Trees”.

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Step 34

Open the file “Rider”. Using the pen tool or the quick selection tool select the rider. Copy and paste it into our scene. Name the layer “Rider” and convert it to a smart object. Resize and position the layer as shown below.

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Create a new layer and move below the “Rider” layer in the layer palate. With a round black soft brush paint some shadow below the rider. Change the blending mode to Multiply and name it “Shadow”. If the effect is too strong lower the opacity of the “Shadow” layer.

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Open file “Wall Lamp” and select the lamp. Copy and paste the lamp into our scene. Convert it to a smart object. Resize and position the lamp as shown below.

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Create a new layer. Sample a green color (#103d2d)from the lamppost and with the chalk brush paint something resembling a pole coming down from the lamp.

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Create yet another new layer and with a round soft black brush paint a shadow coming down from the lamp post. Change the blending mode of the shadow to Multiply. Finally, group all the lamp layers together and name the group “Base Lamp Post”.

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Duplicate the “Base Lamp Post” group and convert it to a smart object (right click the layer and choose Convert to Smart Object from the drop down menu). Name the new layer “Converted Lamp”. Resize and position it as shown below.

We do this because this graphic element is very small and not prone to change. Also having too much smart objects will increase the size of our document and by converting a group to a smart object we reduce the layer clutter.

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