05. To finish the sky, drag and drop the second sky image into the background canvas, and reposition it as shown here. Now add a layer mask and, with a large soft brush (300-400 pixels in diameter, varying the opacity from 20-40%), paint into the active mask area using a black brush. I’ve highlighted the areas to be removed in the screengrab. Remember to click the layer mask so it’s active before you start painting, and set the colour of the mask brush to black.


06. Now we have the basis for the composition it’s time to add some elements for interest. Let’s start with a small picture frame in the background. Open the picture frame image you downloaded at the start and delete the white background using the Magic Wand tool before dragging and dropping it above the background layer. Now resize it (Edit > Transform > Scale > Reduce > 30%) and rotate it 75º. As in Step 4, use the Burn tool to add some shadows to the frame.


07. The problem is that the frame looks like it’s floating in mid-air – we want it to be half-buried in the sand. With the background image selected, use the Polygonal Lasso tool with a 30-pixel feather to select a small area of sand near the frame. Copy and paste this selection into a new layer and place it above the frame layer in the Layers palette. Reposition it above the corner of the frame, then edit it using the Transform tools so it appears more in perspective with its surroundings. I used a combination of the Transform Distort and Warp tools to do this. Use the Burn tool with a smallish brush to add the frame’s shadow.