Ancient Scandinavians – Part II

In this lesson we will continue the creation of the epic composition “Ancient Scandinavians”.

Final image

Starting materials

Step 45

Now proceed to the addition of ships. Create a new group, name it “Ships”. Place it under the Cape group.

Step 46

Open the ship image. Go to menu File-> Place (File -> Place) and press Ctrl + O and select the image with the ship

Step 47

Take the tool Quick selection (Quick selection) in the toolbar and highlight the ship. Be careful when highlighting, some details may not stand out.

Step 48

Choose a tool Move Tool (Move) and move the selected part of the image to the tab with our work.

Step 49

Now reduce the ship as shown below. To do this, go to the menu Edit-> Transform-> Scale (Edit -> Transform -> Free Transform) or by pressing the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + T. After that, reflect this fragment horizontally through the menu Edit-> Transform-> Flip Horizontal (Edit -> Transform -> Flip Horizontally)

Step 50

Duplicate the ship layer 6 times (Ctrl + J), place duplicates as shown below or you can think of your own layout. Change the size of each ship, making each time smaller. Remember, the farther the ship, the smaller its size.

Step 51

Add a mask to the group of ships. Choose a tool Brush (Brush) on the toolbar. Set the following parameters: size 35px, Hardness (Hardness) 0%, Opacity (Opacity) 30%,Flow (Push) 100%, foreground color is black. Remove the excess part. Remove the smooth line of the shadows of the ships. Change the transparency settings of the brush and erase some of the ships that are most in the fog and the smallest.

Step 52

Here is the result

Step 53

Now add a motion effect and a shadow. Go to the Earth group. Create a new blank layer. Choose a tool Brush (Brush) on the toolbar. Set the following parameters: size 65px, Hardness (Hardness) 0%, Opacity (Opacity) 30%, Flow (Push) 100%. Set color # 393e48 and draw shadows for all ships.

Step 54

Now we will change the brush settings, so as not to bother with various effects. To do this, click on the tab. Brush (Brush). First set the parameters as shown in the figure below.

Then go to the tab Shape dynamics (Dynamics form) of this window. Set the parameters as shown in the figure.

Then go to the tab Transfer (Transfer) of this window. Set the parameters as shown in the figure.

Step 55

Now you need to draw white waves from the ships. Change the color to # d2d2d2 and on the same layer draw white waves.

That’s what happened.

Step 56

Now add a model. Open the image with the girl.

Step 57

Take the tool Quick selection (Quick selection) in the toolbar and highlight the girl. Be careful when highlighting, some details may not stand out.

Step 58

Now you need to correct the selection – remove the white edges around the model. Go to menu RefineEdge (Specify edge)

Change blending mode to Overlay (Overlap) for the convenience of working with the model.

Now set the settings for this window, as shown in the image below. Apply the settings by clicking the OK button.

Step 59

Now using the tool MoveTool (Move) drag the model into the working document. Layer with model should be above the rest.

Step 60

Reduce the size of the model, as shown in the figure below. To do this, go to the menu Edit-> Transform-> Scale (Edit -> Transform -> Zoom) or by pressing the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + T. After that, flip the model horizontally. Make sure that the head of the model does not reach the sky.

Step 61

Now add the magic stone and the crow. Let’s start with the stone. Open the image with a stone.

Step 62

Take the tool Quick selection (Quick selection) in the toolbar and select the stone. Be careful when highlighting a lion, some details may not stand out.

Then click on the mask icon to remove the background and leave only the stone.

Step 63

Now reduce its size (Ctrl + T). Then flip horizontally. You can tilt a little stone to match the slope of the cliff.

Now place the stone as shown below.

Step 64

Now open the bird image.

Step 65

Take the tool Quick selection (Quick selection) in the toolbar and highlight the bird. When highlighting, grab the green background around the wings of the crow. Then remove it and leave the feathers.

Then you will need to adjust the selection, remove the white edging through RefineEdge (Specify edge).

Step 66

Change the blending mode toOverlay (Overlap)

Click on the brush icon in the window and paint over it in places where there is a green background. You will see that this place has become red. I highlighted it in blue, for example. This will remove the green background, but leave the wings of the crow.

Step 67

Then click on the mask icon in the layers palette to remove the background.

Reduce the size of the crow (Ctrl + T). Then place it as shown below.

Step 68

Now you need to create the direction of light and shadow. Create a new layer Ctrl + Shift + N and set the following settings

Step 69

Using Dodge tool (O) (Clarifier) ​​and Burn tool (O) (Dimmer) draw light and shadow. Try to make the image contrast.

Pay attention to the model. You need to change the lighting of her dress to make the girl seem more realistic.

Change the size of the tools depending on what you are doing. The settings for both tools are shown below.

This is how I painted light and shadow.

Step 70

Now let’s work on the light effects and make more mountains near the water. Continue the ledge started a little to create a semblance of a harbor.

Choose a tool Stamp ( Stamp) in the panel and holding the key Alt, Click on the green area of ​​the mountain image.

Step 71

Go to the created layer and draw a continuation of the mountains with a hard brush, since the landscape has an exact shape and it should not be blurred.

Step 72

Now duplicate the adjustment layer from the mountains (Ctrl + J), which we have cloned and placed above the layer with the bay.

Do not worry if you change the picture a little in color. Just when you put all the layers in the right places, you make sure that the adjustment layers apply only to the required layers, and not to the entire document. To apply an adjustment layer to the desired layer, hold down the Alt, Click on the layer to which the correction is applied.

Step 73

Create a new layer and do the same, but now with water. Nothing complicated, just a little more careful. The layer must be above the layer of water in the bay.

Step 74

That’s what happened.

Step 75

Now create the rays of light. To do this, create a new layer in the “Earth” group.

Select Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) (Polygonal Lasso).

Step 76

Now create a selection, as shown in the figure.

Select PaintBucketTool (G) (Fill).

Fill the selected area with white.

Step 77

Choose a tool Brush tool (B) (Brush) on the toolbar. Set the following parameters: Size (Size) 25px, Hardness (Hardness) 0%, Opacity (Opacity) 50%, Flow (Push) 100%. Set color # 4a4a4a. Draw lines as shown. Do not worry and calmly paint over the edges of the selection, as the brush outside the selection will not be painted.

Step 78

Now click Ctrl+D, to remove the selection and apply a blur filter. To do this, go to the menu Filter-> Blur-> Motion Blur (Filter -> Blur-> Blur in motion).

Apply the settings shown below.

Step 79

Choose a tool Brush tool (B) (Brush) on the toolbar. Set the following parameters: Size (Size) 65px, Hardness (Hardness) 0%, Opacity (Opacity) 30%, Flow (Push) 100%. Now add a mask to this layer, and remove the extra parts, as shown in the image below.

Step 80

Now create a new layer and add fog on the mountain. Choose a tool Brush tool (B) (Brush) on the toolbar. Set the following parameters: Size (Size) 65px, Hardness (Hardness) 0%, Opacity (Opacity) 30%, Flow (Push) 100%. Set color # a8acb1

Step 81

Getting down to the final part of our image. It is necessary to create a harsh atmosphere. In this part of the lesson we will deal with corrective layers. Click on the icon in the layers palette and add an adjustment layer. SelectiveColor (Selective color correction).

Set the parameters as shown.

Step 82

Next adjustment layer Curves (Curves). It is necessary to make the blue and green channels brighter and deeper.

Set the points on the graph as below.

Step 83

Next adjustment layer Solid color (Fill). We will fill the background with color. Go to menu Layer-> NewFillLayer-> SolidColor (Layer -> New fill layer -> Color), without changing the settings, agree with the creation of a new layer and set the color 495cbf.

Then in the layers palette, set Opacity (Opacity) 42%

Step 84

Next adjustment layer Gradient (Gradient). We will fill the background with a gradient, go to menu New Fill Layer-> Gradient (Layer -> New Fill Layer -> Gradient), without changing the settings, agree with the creation of a new layer.

Now change the style Radial (Radial), Angle (Angle) 180. Click on the gradient to get into more
detailed settings.

Set the very first version of the color gradient, and then change it. To change the color, click on the color index. For the right, specify the color # 0e1406, for the left to set the color 90ac60. When done, click OK.

Then in the layers palette, set Opacity (Opacity) 50%

Step 85

Next adjustment layer Curves (Curves). It is necessary to make the blue and red channels deeper. This will give a natural atmosphere.

Set the dots on the graphs of the red and blue channels as shown below.

Step 86

The image was a bit green, so I added for the balance of blue.
Next adjustment layer Solid color (Fill). We will fill the background with color. Go to menu Layer-> New Fill Layer-> Solid Color (Layer -> New Fill Layer -> Color), do not change the settings and agree to create a new layer and set the color 28337a.

Then in the layers palette, set Opacity (Opacity) 30%

Step 87

Now holding the key Shift, select the first and last layers in the layers palette and group them (Ctrl + G)

Add a mask to the group. Choose a tool Brush tool (B) (Brush) on the toolbar. Set the following parameters: Size (Size) 400px, Opacity (Hardness) 0%, Opacity (Opacity) 30%, Flow (Push) 100%.

Step 88

Remove the color from the mountains, ships and sky as shown in the image below.

Step 89

Here is the finished work with all layers. Hope you enjoyed working on it.

Final image

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