Figure 8.33

Painting the tree

6. Toggle on the Shadow layer by clicking its eye icon in the Layers palette. Select the Shadow layer and turn down its opacity to 75% to tone down the shadows slightly.

7. Right-click the mask thumbnail on the Farmhouse layer. Select Add Layer Mask To Selection from the context menu. Press Shift+Ctrl+I to invert the selection.

8. Select the Sky layer and toggle off the Farmhouse layer. Click the Add Layer Mask button at the bottom of the Layers palette, and then click the layer thumbnail to select it. The Sky layer fits within the composition without overlapping other layers.

It looks a bit strange to have a photographic sky in the illustrated scene. You can make the sky take on a hand-painted look with artistic filtering.

9. Choose Filter > Filter Gallery to open the Filter Gallery dialog box. If there are any effects in the effect layer stack, delete them by clicking the Delete Effect Layer button, repeatedly if necessary (see Chapter 1, "The Basics"). Click the Create New Effect Layer button, expand the Brush Strokes folder, and select Accented Edges. Set Edge Width to 1, Edge Brightness to 33, and Smoothness to 4.

10. Click the Create New Effect Layer button again. Select the Angled Strokes filter in the Brush Strokes folder. Set Direction Balance to 28, Stroke Length to 25, and Sharpness to 6.

11. Once more click the Create New Effect Layer button. Expand the Artistic folder and select the Dry Brush filter. Set Brush Size to 2, Brush Detail to 4, and Texture to 1.

12. Add additional effect layers and/or tweak the settings given in steps 9 through 11 if desired to produce a hand-illustrated look for the Sky layer. You can zoom in and out by holding down the Alt and/or Ctrl keys while clicking in the preview window of the Filter Gallery dialog box. When satisfied, click OK (see Figure 8.34).

Use the Zdepth channel to create a fog that gets thicker as it recedes from the picture plane.

13. Click the Channels palette and select the Zdepth channel. Click the Load Channel As Selection button at the bottom of the Channels palette. The marching ants appear to describe a boundary, but be aware that some pixels (beyond that boundary) are partially selected according to the grayscale values in the channel.

14. Click the RGB channel and then click the Layers palette. Select the Shadow layer at the top of the layer stack, and then click the Create A New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers palette. Rename this new layer Fog.

15. Click the Add Layer Mask button at the bottom of the Layers palette. Press Ctrl+I to invert the mask. Click the Fog layer thumbnail. Press D to set the default colors. Press Ctrl+Delete to fill the Fog layer with white.

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