1. Turn off the visibility for
your bottom two layers ("base-white" and "base-black") and your
water layers ("water" and "water hilites"); then merge the remaining
layers (Layers/Merge/Merge Visible).
2. Rename this merged layer "background".
3. Turn on the visibility for your "base-black"
layer (this will make it easier to see your colors).
4. With your "background" layer active, click on
your Smudge Brush and change your settings to the following:
Sample Merged: Unchecked
5. Using your Smudge Brush, start by defining the edges
of your grass (you can use your Airbrush to add more color at any time
if you think you need it - I found I needed to add more dark green at
my edges) and continue blending your colors (adjusting the Hardness
and Opacity as needed - I ended up with my Hardness as high as 40 and
my Opacity as high as 80). I started blending horizontally, then used
short vertical strokes, then more horizontal blending :
6. Turn off the visibility for all layers EXCEPT
"water" and "water hilites"; merge these two visible layers and rename
this merged layer "water". Turn on the visibility for all your
7. With your "water" layer active, click on your
Smudge Brush and start blending your colors:
8. Merge your "water" and "background" layers and rename the merged
9. Use your Smudge Brush to blend the edges around your water, using
short strokes. I also toned down the hill I had in the upper right