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Craft Creative Compositions (part 2)

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
August 9, 2015

Part 2 of our fantastic fishing bear composition!


10. Warp your image


Go to Filter>Filter Gallery>Sketch>Chrome. Set the Detail to 0, the Smoothness to 10 and hit OK. Now change the blend mode to Screen. Hit Cmd/Ctrl+L and drag the sliders to increase the contrast. Open the Free Transform tool (cmd/Ctrl+T) and click the WArp mode. Drag the meshes to create a wave shape.

11. Place the barrel


Add your barrel to the mix. Create a layer mask and grab a soft brush. Set the foreground to black and start painting above the guide line to hide the lower part of the barrel and create a sense of depth.

12. Cut and paste


Take the Polygonal Lasso tool (L) and select the bottom part of the barrel, which is under water. Now cut (Cmd/Ctrl+X) and paste in the place (Cmd/Ctrl+V). Name it Barrel Bottom and drag it underneath the Barrel layer.

13. Change the opacity


Open the Free Transform tool (Cmd/Ctrl+T) and increase the size of the barrel slightly. Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Set the Radius to 5px and click OK. Now lower the Opacity to around 40%.

14. Place your bear


Now add your bear to the picture! Grab the Pen tool and create a path around him. On the tool options bar click Make: Selection, and hit OK. Click Cmd/Ctrl+T and resize. Go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection. Grab the brush and paint around the bear to fit in the barrel.

15. Create the fur


Go to Layer>Layer Mask>Apply. Hit Z and zoom in. Grab the Smudge tool, set Strength to 80% and choose a small soft brush. Now with short and quick strokes, push the fur outwards.

16. Create transparency


Place your salmon. Resize and position it between the guide line. Create a Layer Mask and with a soft brush, hide the area above the water, leaving the head visible. Now lower the brush Opacity to around 40% and paint the body underwater.

17. Make a splash


Now place some splashes and bubbles into the picture. Change the blend mode to Screen, mask them slightly, and place them over the barrel and fishes.

18. Add final touches


Using the techniques you’ve learned, place a fishing rod in the bear’s paws. Duplicate the Reed image to add more flora underwater. Create a shadow under the barrel too, using the Elliptical Marquee and a Gaussian Blur.

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