Part 2 of our amazing fruit house tutorial!
Make a selection of the inner frame and then, on a new layer above it, create a shadow layer and darken the left side with a soft black brush following its shape. Create a subtle shadow around the outside of the door, offset by a few pixels.
Import an image for your windows. The same techniques used for the door can be applied to these and to the house as well. When warping the windows, make sure to follow the different curves of the fruit depending on where they’re placed.
Import other images such as flowerpots to enhance the homey feel. Use the Pen tool to select the flowerpot and stump, then use a hard-edged spatter-shaped Eraser at 100% Opacity to fine-tune the shape of the flowers.
To make the stump look like it is a growth from the branch, make a selection of the branch and paste it on top of the flower layer. Then, using the Warp tool, drag the top corner’s anchors to point downwards to create a concave shape towards the stump’s bottom.
To add shading to the stump, create a new shadow layer above the flowers and make a selection of it. On the shadows layer, used a soft brush at 30% Opacity and paint the left-hand edge.
To cast shadows of the flowerpots on the house, make a select of the layer that they are on and then, on a layer blow them, fill the canvas with a red colour. This will be used to create shading. Offset this shadow to the left by 10px.
Set the red flower shadow layer’s blend mode to Multiply. Then, using the Smudge tool set to 50% Strength, drag the shape of the shadow down and to the left to soften and create a sense of directional blur.
Add a chimney using similar steps as for previous elements. Then import an image of smoke and place it behind the chimney. Using the Lasso tool, cut it out from its background and set the blend mode to Screen.
Create a new layer at the top of the stack, fill it with a light brown colour and set the blend mode to Soft Light to it a sepia tone. Then select Image>New Adjustment Layer>Photo Filter and choose a Warming Filter set to 64% Density.
Create two new layers for shadows and highlights over the whole image. With a soft brush at 15% Opacity, paint over the darkest areas and set the blend mode to Soft Light. Paint with white over he lighter areas to further expose them and set it to Overlay.
Copy a flattened version of the image on a new layer by selecting Shift+Ctrl/Cmd+Alt/Opt+E. Using the Lasso tool, make a rough selection around the top and bottom elements and delete the inverse. Apply the Gaussian Blur filter with a Radius of 5px on the selection and use a soft eraser to blend the blurred top and bottom portions with the rest of the image.