08. Here you can see how various selections have been pasted in and transformed to blend in. Trees 01.jpg is in the bottom right (with the blending mode set to Normal and the opacity at 75%) and the other tree occupies the far left (again, set to Normal at 65% opacity). Experiment with the Blending modes and the Opacity values as well as the Color Balance to maintain the tonal range established at the beginning.


09. Now for the foreground: open the files P1000186.jpg and b14vickysheperd006.jpg (this came from tinyurl.com/c4nkrb) on the cover disc. Make a rough selection around the areas highlighted above in red. These will occupy the right-hand side of our image. As in the previous steps, alter the brightness and contrast to match the lighting and scale accordingly. Don’t be concerned about them being perfectly integrated at this stage – focus again on the tonal range and contrast.


10. Once the image adjustments are made, select the Eraser tool (E) and use a textured brush with some randomness or scattering in order to erase an irregular shape. This will help blend it in better and make the edges between the photo and painted elements less discernible.