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In this Photoshop Tutorial I'll show you how to create a garden scene featuring a cat gazing at a fish cloud. We'll walk through manipulating teachniques, retouching, blending, working with group and more. Resources needed: Sky LINK Clouds LINK Cat LINK Fence LINK Vines LINK Tree LINK Tree 2 LINK Butterflies LINK Cloud brushes LINK    

By pureromance88, on March 26, 2013, under Photoshop Tutorials

Final Result Preview

 

Step 1

Create a new document with the size of 1000x1000 px but you can use your own. I choose the white color for background. Open sky stock. I choose a part of this image and use Move Tool (V) to drag it into the white canvas and resize as shown below:

 

Step 2

Make a new layer (Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+N) and use soft white brush with larger size (about 500 px) , opacity and flow about 50-60% to paint over the sky bottom to brighten it. Lower opacity of this layer to 70%:

 

Step 3

Open clouds stock. Extract this cloud part and place it at a low position of sky and resize it down:

 

Change the mode of this layer to Screen 70%. Click the second button at the bottom of Layer Pallete to add layer mask to this one. Use soft black brush with opacity about 60% to blur the left side and bottom a little:

 

Step 4

Isolate tree 1 and place it at the left corner of our picture. Then go to Filter-Blur-Gassian Blur and choose radius as 2 px. This step is to add some details and depth to the scene:

 

Step 5

Open fence stock. Cut it out and move it to foreground of our main picture. I make only the top part of it visible:

 

Step 6

To remove some yellowish on this fence, I use an adjustment layer with Clipping Mask. Go to Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Hue/Saturation:

 

Step 7

Make a new layer (Clipping Mask), change the mode to Overlay 100% and fill with 50% gray. Active Burn Tool (O) with Midtones Range, Exposure about 20% to darken a part of the right side a little. You can see how I applied this tool with Normal mode and Overlay mode (result):

 

Step 8

Open stock with vines. I copy a vine part and position it at the right of the fence:

 

I name it "vine 1".

Duplicate this layer and move to the left. Flip it horizontally (Edit-Transform-Flip Horizontal) then use layer mask and hard black brush (don't use soft brush) to remove the remained fence part and the top:

 

Step 9

I use a Curves layer (Clipping Mask) to darken vine 1 a little:

 

Step 10

Extract the cat and place him to the top right of the fence:

 

Make a new layer under the cat one. Use soft black brush with opacity about 60% to paint under the cat tail to make shadow for him on the fence: