Using layers to create a realistic scene

Today’s essential question: How can I use layers to create a realistic scene with a foreground, middle ground, and background in Photoshop?

I created this photo of puppies on vacation with many layers in Photoshop:
beach_layers

Here is what the layers palette looks like:
layers_palette

Here is a step by step process for building the scene with layers:

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Using foreground, middle ground, and background will help your characters look like they are actually in the scene, versus on top of an existing image. How will you use layers in Photoshop to create a realistic environment? What are some things you could add to your foreground?

Today we will:

  • Continue building our scenes in Photoshop
  • Create a new blog post with the following:
    • PNG images of anything you worked on today
    • a few sentences describing what you found easy, as well as any challenges or things you would like extra help with
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