Here is the next video.
Now, we will clean this up a bit and make it a bit prettier.
- Start by selecting a med/small brush
- Set the foreground color to 50% gray (808080)
- Now, trace over the edges of the creak walls on the layer mask for the Rocky Bank layer. You don't have to be perfectly symmetrical (and should not!), nor do you have to trace every single square inch. Notice in the video that I left some gaps and did NOT put down some grey in a few places.
- Finally, Apply a Gaussian Blur of perhaps 50 px. You can use less or more as your taste suites you.
Also, note that you could just as easily used multiple shades of grey on the mask layer. Perhaps Black, 80% gray, 50% grey, 30% grey, and white. This is all up to you as to how much you want the blending. The blur will do some of the blending for you, but with multiple greyscale passes in various places, this gives you much finer control over the final product. I did not feel like spending a ton of time on it, which is why I only did one single extra shade of gray in addition to the base black and white.
Here is what I have now, and yours should look something like this:
Hmm.. now this is looking much better. The water appears to get "shallower" in near the banks and in a few places, there are even some small pools of the stream. But UGH. the repeating rocky texture is killing my eyes you say! Fear not... we shall tone that down in just a few minutes. Stay tuned for the next exciting episode of "Playing with Layer Masks".