Shred of an oasis in the desert

Here is the image you should get after this lesson.

Result:

For work you will need:

Step 1. First you need to select a tree from the background. The author used the tool Pen tool (Pen). Enlarge the image by 400% and begin to select the tree from the background along the blurred edges as shown.

The leaves of the tree stood out as follows.

Then RMB select Make selection (Create Selection), the settings options should be as follows.

When the selection becomes active, in the layers palette, click on the button Add layer mask (Add layer mask).

Step 2. In order to cut out the foliage, the author used the following: to begin with, he duplicated the current layer. Then it discolored by going Image> Adjustments> Desaturate (Image – Correction – Discolor).
Leaves need to darken even stronger. To do this, go Image> Adjustments> Levels (Image – Correction – Levels). Pipette black click on the light part of the foliage. It is necessary to ensure that the tree was completely black.

After adjusting the levels, use the color range to select only black foliage. Navigate Select> Color Range (Highlight – Color range). Set the following parameters.

After creating the selection, delete the current copy of the gray layer. Invert image Select> Inverse (Selection – Inversion). Then click exactly on your mask layer with the tree and tool Brush Tool (Brush) (size 60px and stiffness 100%) walk on not removed parts of the tree.

In order to see the missing areas, the author used several layers created: hot pink, white and black. Thus, you can turn on and off various options for the background.

Download selection Ctrl + click on a layer mask with a tree. Then click on the thumbnail of the tree layer and execute the command Edit> Copy (Editing – Copy). Next team Edit> Paste (Editing – Paste) paste the tree into the same document (the tree will be created on a new layer).

Step 3. Create a document measuring 420mm by 594mm. Create a folder called Background. Open the image with a desert land, copy and paste into the current folder. Name the layer “Soil”. Transform the image with Ctrl + T as in the image below. RMB select Perspective (Perspective) and display so as to create the illusion of the horizon.

Step 4. Duplicate the soil layer. Rename it to “Soil Blur.” Navigate Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) and set the following parameters.

Make sure that you are on the current layer “Blur the soil” and in the layers palette press the button Add layer mask (Add layer mask).
Press the key D, to switch the main and background color from black to white. Choose a tool Gradient tool (Gradient) and make sure that is selected Linear gradient (Linear gradient). Click on the mask layer and go through the gradient. You should have such a mask.

The soil looks like this.

Step 4. Duplicate the soil layer again and name it “Soil Discoloration”. Run the command Image> Adjustments> Desaturate (Image – Correction – Discolor). Now create a mask for this layer. Apply the gradient as shown.

Set for this layer Opacity (Transparency) 72%. The soil will look like this.

Step 5. Create a new layer and name it “Soil Darkening”. Further Ctrl + click over the layer with soil and fill with color # 463221. Click Alt + click on the mask layer “discoloration of the soil.” The layer mask will be displayed.
Ctrl + click on the mask of the “discoloration of the soil” layer, then select the layer “Blackout of the soil” and add layer mask . As you noticed, you got an identical mask like the “soil discoloration” layer. You should have the following image.

Step 6. Now we will add the sky. Open your image with the sky, copy and paste it on a new layer of the current group. Place it below all layers of this group. Resize the image to fit the width of your document. Then display horizontally Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontal (Editing – Transforming – Flip Horizontally). Part of the bottom image we need to hide. To do this, create a layer mask and use a large soft brush to move around the image as shown in the figure.

Create a new layer “Sky” and place it below the current layer with the sky. Fill with color # 161a23. You should have the following.

Step 7. Now add a piece of land. Create a new group and name it “Earth.” Open your image, copy and paste on the new layer “Earth”. The author considered to save the shadow of the earth, so in the layers palette I set Blending mode (Layer blend mode) on Multiply(Multiplication). Transform the image while keeping the proportions. Using tool Eraser Tool (Eraser) wipe off the top of the plant stalks. See the result below.

Now go to the Background folder and add to it. layer mask. With a black hard brush over the mask, begin to develop a piece of earth. For roots, zoom the image up to 400%. If you go beyond the edges of the image, then click on the X, thus your brush will turn white, and paint over the wrong area.

Step 8. Add some grass. Create a group of “Grass”. Open the image with the hill, copy and paste it into the current group. Layer the name “Grass”. Transform an image, distort Edit> Transform> Distort(Editing – Transforming – Distortion) as you like. See picture below.

Now create layer mask and hard black brush start hiding unnecessary areas.

Under the grass you need to create a shadow. Create a new layer “Grass Shadow”, place it below the “Grass” layer. Soft brush medium sized black walk on the sides of the ground. In the layers palette, set Blending mode (Layer blend mode) on Multiply (Multiplication) and transparency 57%.

Step 9. Create a new group “Tree”. Open your image with a tree. Ctrl + click on the mask of the tree layer, copy and paste into the group “Tree”. Name the layer “Tree”. If you notice that there are white or black lines near the tree, you can try to get rid of them with the command Layer> Matting> Defringe (Layer – Edge processing – Eliminate the border). The author decided to set the width to 2 pixels.
Transform an image. You can apply perspective to it. Edit> Transform> Perspective (Editing – Transforming – Perspective) as the author did. He considered that the tree should be tilted slightly forward. Experiment, but do not overdo it! See picture below.

Step 10. Create a mask for the “Tree” layer. Load brushes Natural brushes and select a brush with the following parameters.

Now let’s add the effect to the roots as if they were intertwined with grass. See picture below.

Step 11. Add some moss to the tree. Create a new layer in the “Tree” group. Choose a tool Clone Stamp Tool (Stamp) and a brush that was previously used with the same transparency.
Make sure that is enabled Align (Align) and selected Sample All Layers (Sample: all layers) on top of Photoshop.
Tool a little walk around the base of the trunk as shown in the figure.

Step 12. Now you need to give a little contrast to the tree. To do this, go Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Curves (Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Curves) and display the curve as in the image below.

Your image will look like this.

Step 13. Run the command Layer> New> Layer (Layer – New – Layer). Name the layer “Light and Shadows”. Set the parameters as shown below. Place the layer above the Curves adjustment layer.

Choose a soft round brush and set the opacity to 10%. Click D, to choose the default colors. Walk black brush on a tree to enhance the shadows and a white brush to enhance the light.

Step 14. Part of the treetops need to close the cloud. Create a new “Cloud” layer above all groups. Choose a tool Stamp and a round brush with soft edges and 50% opacity (make sure that Sample All Layers (Sample: all layers) is active). Look at the image and decide which part of the tree the cloud will cover. Then click on the “eye” of the tree layer to turn it off. This will allow you not to affect the tree itself when cloning a cloud.
Periodically turn on the tree layer so you can see how it turns out. See the result below.

To show a piece of tree leaves, create mask go to the current layer and black brush with soft edges on the desired area. See picture below.

Step 15. Add some rain. Create a new layer “Rain”. Make a rectangular selection (not too large) on the layer and fill it with gray (# 808080). Navigate Filter> Noise> Add Noise (Filter – Noise – Add noise) and set the following parameters.

In the layers palette, set Blending mode (Layer blend mode) on Screen (Lightening). Run the command Filters> Blur> Motion Blur (Filter – Blur – Blur in motion) and set the parameters.

Navigate Image> Adjustments> Levels (Image – Correction – Levels), set the following values.

Create a layer mask and remove the unwanted part of the rain. You can reduce the transparency of the layer to 72% to make the rain look more realistic.

Step 16. Now add the river. Open the image, copy and paste it into the main document. Transform and rotate horizontally. The author considered that the river should be on the right side of the tree and as if it flows along the ground.

Create layer mask “River” and use soft brush , to mask the sides of the river. Try to leave some rocky mountains. See picture below.

As can be seen the coastline remained unfinished. Create a new “Coastline” layer. Choose a tool Stamp and a brush with a hardness of 50%. Begin to clone part of the rocky mountains, a little river to the end of the edge of the earth. Then, in the part where the drawing of the river is roughly over, clone a piece of grass onto the rocks. See picture below.

Step 17. Now you need to create a water drain. Create a new layer under the water. Use the tool Lasso Tool (Lasso) or Pen tool (Feather) to create a discharge of water. Fill it with color # 43605e. Create mask for this layer. Choose a brush Natural brushes 12px, which we used to create moss on a tree, and mask a little edge of the water.

Now we need to darken it a bit. Create a new layer “Underwater Shadow”. Set the Blending Mode to Overlay (Overlap), opacity 75%. Further Ctrl + click on the “Under Water” layer thumbnail to make a selection. Paint soft black brush transparency of 25% (the lower the descent of water, the darker).

Step 18. Add a waterfall. Create a new group “Waterfall”. Open the image with a waterfall, select it with the tools Lasso or Pen , copy and paste into the group “Waterfall”. Name the layer “Waterfall 1”. Install Blend mode layers on Lighten (Replace with light), transparency 82%.
Place the top of the waterfall as you like. Next soft brush hide the unnecessary parts of the waterfall on the layer mask to create such an effect as if the waterfall is behind a tree. Adjust the size of the brush and its transparency. See picture below.

Now you need to create bursts of water at the bottom of the waterfall. Create a new “Splashes” layer. Install Blend mode layers on Lighten (Replacing light). Use the tool Stamp (with brush Natural Brushes 12px). Clone the light part of the waterfall to create a splash effect. Do not overdo it. See the drawing.

It’s time to correct the layers to give the image the most charm. Here is the image in full size without any correction.

Create a new adjustment layer. Gradient Map (Gradient map). Gradient will be color Chrome (Chromium). Install Overlay modeI’m layered on Color (Color), transparency 39%. Layer mask fill with black color. Choose soft brush white and begin to show some areas of the image, such as the sky.

Add a Photo filter (Photo Filter), install Blend mode layers on Normal (Normal), transparency 45%.

Add a Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation).

Add curves for contrast.

At the end add again Gradient map (Medium Spectrum). Install Blend mode layers on Soft light (Soft light), 100% transparency. Fill the layer mask with black. Choose a soft white brush and start to show some areas along the edges of the image. Do not overdo it. The effect should be slightly noticeable.

On the finished image, you can add insects to a tree, a boat floating on the river, or animals walking through the grass. It all depends on your imagination.

That’s what happened in the end.

Hope you enjoyed the lesson! Good luck in creating your own illustrations!

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