That would be the problem. I don't want my trees to be opaque AND use a brush, so the greyscale technique PS uses will always make them transparent that way. Or did I misunderstand you?But it need to be opaque to do that.
You're right. It looks pretty strong. I will lessen the color dynamics and see how it turns out. I didn't think about the autumn colors, that's a great idea!In my opinion, the change of color is great if you have a decidious forest in autumn, else not so much. Here, I think the effect is too strong.
Thanks! I spoke to a friend though and she said, although she thought I did a great job, I shouldn't have used the "smudgy-smudgy". She showed me different pictures with and without smudge and I have to agree with her. It looks better with lots of penstrokes and multiple layers.Great mountains by the way.
So I came up with this:
I messed up the northern part, but apart from that I'm much more satisfied with the outcome. I used a soft brush on two layers to work out the shadows but I'm not sure if it's too much. This is the same image without the brush (and the trees).
Thanks for your opinions and input, by the way!