Step 7: Create

■ If the Background copy layer in the Layers palette is not highlighted, click it to make it the active layer.

■ Click the Square Marquee tool in the Tools palette until you get a pop-up menu; choose Elliptical Marquee tool.


■ Shift+click to create a circle approximately the size of the sun shown in Figure 34.9.Click inside the circle to place it, as shown in Figure 34.9.You may want to click once on the Show Layer icon next to the egret layer to make the egret visible. The location of the sun relative to the egret's head is important. Click inside the circle marquee and drag it where it ought to be. Then, click the Hide Layer icon next to the egret layer to once again hide the egret.

■ To make a soft-edge around the sun, choose Select ^ Feather (Alt+Ctrl+D) to get the Feather Selection dialog box shown in Figure 34.10. Set Feather Radius to 9 pixels. Click OK to feather the selection.

■ Just in case you later need to select the sun or everything but the sun, choose Select ^ Save Selection to get the Save Selection dialog box. Type sun in the Name box and click OK to save your selection.

■ Choose Select ^ Inverse (Shift+Ctrl+I) to invert the selection as we want to paint the glow around the sun.

■ Click the Brush tool (B) in the Tools palette.

■ Pick Pastel Yellow Orange from the Swatches palette. If the palette is not already visible, choose Window ^ Swatches to get the Swatches Palette shown in Figure 34.11.

If your Swatches palette does not match the one in Figure 34.11,you may need to reset the palette by clicking the menu button in the Swatches palette and choosing Reset Swatches from the pop-up menu. You then are asked: Replace current color swatches with the default colors? Click OK to reset the Swatches palette.

■ Select the Pastel Yellow Orange color by clicking that color in the Swatches palette. If you are not sure which color box is the correct color, slowly move your cursor over the colors and the name of each color displays. Or, you can set the Swatches palette to Small List mode by clicking on the menu button and selecting Small List. All the swatch names will then be visible.

■ Click the Brush Preset Picker in the Options bar to select the Soft Round 300 Pixels brush. Set Opacity to 24%.

■ Begin painting lightly over the entire image by using a lighter touch on the ground and trees. This color helps to add a warm orange sunset glow.

■ Select Light Cyan from the Swatches palette.

■ Click the Brush Preset Picker in the Options bar to select the Soft Round 200 Pixels brush.

■ Paint Light Cyan in the water at the bottom of the image and then add some more to the top of the image in the sky area.

■ Alternate between using Pure Yellow and Light Yellow to paint around the sun and the reflection of the sun in the water. This is easy to do if you set Pure Yellow as the Foreground color and Light Yellow as the Background color and press X to exchange between them.

■ Choose Select ^ Inverse (Shift+Ctrl+I) to select just the sun. Paint inside the selection by using Pastel Yellow Orange, Light Yellow, Pure Yellow Orange, Pastel Cyan, and White. Paint the yellows and oranges in the center and to the right. Keep the blue on the left. Add a small bit of White as a highlight to the sun to complete it.

■ Choose Select ^ Inverse (Shift+Ctrl+I) to invert the selection.


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■ Click the Brush Preset Picker in the Options bar. Click the menu button to get a pop-up menu. Choose Natural Brushes 2 and then click OK to replace the current brushes with the new brushes.

■ Click the Brush Preset Picker in the Options bar and pick Pastel Dark 118 Pixels. Mode should be set to Normal and Opacity should be set to 30%.

■ Paint light areas around the sun Pastel Yellow Orange, Light Yellow Orange, and Light Yellow.

■ Paint sky and water areas that are blue with Light Cyan.

■ Paint foreground grass with Dark Red Orange, and then use Darker Warm Brown and 85% Gray for the bottom of the grass.

■ Paint distant grass Pure Yellow Green, Dark Yellow Green, Pure Yellow Orange, and end with some more Pure Yellow Green.

■ Paint distant tree lines with Light Violet and Pure Violet.

■ Paint the bottom of the nearest tree line with a Dark Blue and 85% Gray.

One of the keys to creating a successful digital painting when painting over a digital photograph is to use many layers of paint. Like with natural media, more layers with different colors and strokes add richness and depth to the color which helps to remove the photograph look. In this next step, use the same colors as before, but this time use varying brush sizes and a low opacity.

■ Click the Brush Preset Picker in the Options bar and then click the menu button to get a popup menu. Choose Reset Brushes and click OK to get the default brush set.

■ Using the Soft Round 300 Pixels brush and the 200 and 100 sized brushes with Opacity set to 24%, paint over areas to soften them. Use similar colors to what you used when you painted them before.

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