Completing the Water

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Well, it is back to the water to paint the reflections of the cliffs. The process is essentially identical to the earlier steps we used to paint the reflections of the clouds.

1. To create the reflection, we first must duplicate the Rock layer, flip the layer vertically, transform it slightly in the vertical dimension, and position it under the main Cliff layer. Figure 2.35 shows how the Duplicate Cliff layer has been positioned under the main Cliff layer.

2. Duplicate the Cliff Reflection layer. Convert the Duplicate layer to a Dynamic Layer using the Glass Distortion effect. Use Original Luminance and the Water pattern as the driving texture for the Dynamic Layer. The reflection takes on a wavy appearance similar to the cloud reflections.

Figure 2.35 The Cliff layer is duplicated. The duplicate is transformed and positioned under the original.

Figure 2.35 The Cliff layer is duplicated. The duplicate is transformed and positioned under the original.

3. Convert the Dynamic Layer to a default layer.

4. Delete the original Cliff Reflection layer. Figure 2.36 shows the reflections of the cliffs now in place.

Figure 2.36 The Dynamic Layer effect has been applied to the Cliff Reflection layer.

Figure 2.36 The Dynamic Layer effect has been applied to the Cliff Reflection layer.

We need to clean up and paint over several rough edges and white spots to finish the Reflection layer. Also, we need to darken the Rock Reflection layer a bit, as it has the same value as the cliffs.

Duplicate the Reflection layer. Select the top Duplicate Reflection layer, and change the composite method to Multiply. The layer is now very dark with too much contrast.

Reduce the opacity of the dark layer until the combined appearance of the two is slightly darker than the cliffs.

Collapse the two layers together. Figure 2.37 shows the result of darkening the Cliff Reflection layer.

Figure 2.37 The Cliff Reflection layer is darkened slightly.

Now all we need to do to finish the water is to clean up the waves, paint the area where the water meets the rock surfaces, and add a few highlights to the water surface.

8. Create a new layer to make fixing any mistakes easier.

9. Pick Dons Brush, and paint all the little reflections and corrections in the wave's surfaces. Figure 2.38 shows the small highlights and reflections added to the reflected water.

10. When you are done with all your corrections and finishing work, select all the layers and collapse them together.

We will now have one layer above the Canvas layer with the clouds painted on it. The painting is almost done. In the next section, we will add the finishing touches to the small buildings on the top of the rocks and anywhere else that final touches are needed.

Figure 2.38 The Water layer is finished with small highlights.

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