Place the Grass Texture Layer on top ogf Grass Layer and change the Blending Mode from Normal to Overlay , opacity 100%. We will return to this layer later to burn some areas.
Your image should look something like this:
Step 5 - Adding the Castle
I have found this beautiful castle on Flickr . Copy it in your psd file.
Set the Foreground Color to # ff7f29. Now take the Pen Tool and draw the shape of the castle. Call this layer Castle Shape Layer. Press CTRL and click the Thumbnail of the Castle Shape Layer and go to Castle image; press CTRL+C and than CTRL+V. You now have the castle extracted from the background. Delete the initial flickr image.
Call the new layer Castle Layer . Lets change a little the color of the castle. For that simply change the blending mode of Castle Shape Layer from Normal to Color 100%.
The Castle Shape Layer must be on top of Castle Layer. Merge the two layers.
With Burn Tool I have decided to accentuate the shadows and with the Dodge Tool to accentuate the Highlights.
Step 6 - Adding details to the Castle
I want to make a difference between the walls and the roof of the castle. So create a new layer on top of all the castle layers. With Brush Tool, color #fae5b9, opacity 100% paint the walls of the castle. Change the Blending Mode of this layer from Normal to Color opacity 100%.
Now we have to deal with the Castle Shadow. Create a new layer and call it Castle Shadow Layer. Set the Foreground Color to # 142c01. With Brush Tool draw a castle shadow.
Go to Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur (radius 1,8 pixels). Change the Blending Mode of this layer to Soft Light opacity 100%. With Burn Tool burn parts of the shadow.
Step 7 - Drawing Tree Roots
I want to make some nice roots coming out of the ground. Set the Foreground Color to # 654725 .I will use Pen Tool to draw a simple root shape. Right click and choose Rasterize Layer. Now with the Burn Tool I will give shape to the root�it is something similar to Step 2 - Draw the Island. Use also the Dodge Tool to give highlights to the root.
Now use the Smudge Tool to create smaller roots. Choose size 2 for the brush, mode normal and strenght 90%.
Duplicate this root two times, flip it horizontally and place it on the other side of the island. With the same tehnique draw other roots.
Step 8 - Add Trees to the scene
I have found this really nice Brush Tree Set . Download this set and import it into Brush Tool.
Create a new layer and place three trees. I've used Ded2.jpg tree, size 130 px, 120 px and different tones of braun color for the Foreground Color.