Photoshop CS2: Build a Fantasy Landscape, Part II of II

Photoshop CS2: Finalizing the Fantasy Landscape

In the previous Photoshop CS2 article, Linda began to demonstrate how to build a fantasy landscape from several seemingly disparate objects. In this article, she wraps up that landscape with demonstrations in how to use several filters and blending modes to achieve the final result, a layout based upon the Rule of Thirds. Some of the other tools that you’ll use in this tutorial include the “Highlight/Shadow” adjustment and healing tools, Colour Channels, and the Lens Correction Filter.

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Back to the Rule of Thirds

In the previous article, I left you with a composition based on the Rule of Thirds that looked like this:

Now I want to refine this layout, as I push some elements into the design and pull others out to make this composition work. To do this, I’ll use various tools contained within Photoshop CS2, including filters and blending modes. Since I have my layout divided into thirds both horizontally and vertically, I can work within one third at a time to alter various elements. Then, as I do this, I can step back to visualize how the image works as a whole. As I do this, I’ll walk you through several steps that I took to alter the above image.

Linda Goin

Linda GoinLinda Goin carries an A.A. in graphic design, a B.F.A. in visual communications with a minor in business and marketing and an M.A. in American History with a minor in the Reformation. While the latter degree doesn't seem to fit with the first two educational experiences, Linda used her 25-year design expertise on archaeological digs and in the study of material culture. Now she uses her education and experiences in social media experiments.

Accolades for her work include fifteen first-place Colorado Press Association awards, numerous fine art and graphic design awards, and interviews about content development with The Wall St. Journal, Chicago Tribune, Psychology Today, and L.A. Times.

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