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Let's take a look at what's happening in the video:
Note: This video is aimed at photoshop intermediates, if you have absolutely no idea what's going on, this one's not for you.

00:00 - 00:30; Creating a High-Res Canvas (in order to shrink later on, for best results.) Then using the Pentool and wrap, making the base top part for the island.

00:00 - 01:30; Using different brush sizes, creating a grassy-like outline to the shape, and merging it into one layer.

01:30 - 02:10; Placing a grass stock photo on the above shape, and using select-inverse, cutting the grass according to the shape.

02:10 - 02:40; Using levels (Ctrl+L) Enhancing the grass colours then duplicating the layer and darkening the one underneath to give it a "depth" look.

02:40 - 03:40; Using the same technique for the grass, making the ripped earth underneath the grass.

03:40 - 05:11; Drawing Some Shades on the earth, and trying some lightning options, basically, you should experiment with this part till you're happy :dummy:
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:iconxyphid:
xyphid Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That's great to know! I was saying that more as a guideline really, since allot of beginners expect to get a really clear step by step procedural video. I know I learn the most just by watching somebody do something quickly rather than go through all the boring steps that are easy to figure out anyway.
Cheers
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amort01 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
buiti Tuto
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romio900 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thank you for your tut
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cheema729 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Wonderful :)
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Maiconmzp Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's very good. You made an excellent work ;)
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:icononlydipu:
onlydipu Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
Great Tutorial
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TedZ01 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
That Tut was A+
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OldMihaChan Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
Great tutorial and job!
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wilsoninc Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
amazing job mate!! thanks for the tut!
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Andrei-Oprinca Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This technique is just so simple and so greaat. Thanx so much
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xyphid Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
No problem, I don't like how some tutorials use difficult boring techniques and too many layer masks when you can keep it simple, and basically treat your image almost like a painting.
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Andrei-Oprinca Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yea, you're right. Simple is almost always better
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ffz3 Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
Couldn't you just mask the layers for the vector and the textures?
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:iconxyphid:
xyphid Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I could list a few more ways to do that, this is simply my favorite way of doing things :)
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ffz3 Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
ohhh I see :D ok lol just wondering :D
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xkurdi Featured By Owner May 7, 2010   Interface Designer
You really did it great, can i download this psd some where? Cause i cant do it by my self
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Reaper-X Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
I think this is an interesting tutorial, though I wish that the screen was larger and clearer (even on the downloaded version) and that there was some dialogue. Still, very nice work.
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:iconxyphid:
xyphid Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You're right, actually, quality was decreased and video was sped up due to upload issues, I'll try to at least narrate it as it is ;)
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mauricioestrella Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
:thumbsup: awesome
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:iconimabro:
imabro Featured By Owner May 4, 2010
i love you haha, simple as that.
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:iconxyphid:
xyphid Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:hug:
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alizarinerose Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
Fantastic tutorial, I actually learned some stuff and I've been using (messing with) Photoshop for about 11 years (not professionally). Great application of some good pics - never though to use a grass photo that way; I usually fight with masks to separate grass from the other components in my picture. Thanks a lot ^.^

- Alizarinerose
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:iconxyphid:
xyphid Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! you don't know how happy this makes me :)
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jezkovidlo Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
hah i wish i saw it yesterday, when an idea of creating such an island came to my mind :P Well.. i managed to do so without this tutorial and the effect could be seen here: [link] :) But still, very usefull and well done tutorial! Thanks for it :)
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xyphid Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
yeppers, thank you for being so awesome and commenting your thoughts. luvit.
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An1ken Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
Nice one mate :) I enjoy seeing how other people work in PS :)
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:iconxyphid:
xyphid Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
lets make loav naw?
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1may Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
its really amazing and useful.
weldon and tanx
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:iconxyphid:
xyphid Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
No Probbies, I'm glad it helps.
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0o-elly-o0 Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
You should probably add voice to this. Would be better.

Also you'd get more faves 'cause your voice is so hawt.
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xyphid Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
aye at first It had voice, but I had to double its time cause it was too long and frustrating, and took a big size so I couldn't upload it. maybe I'll narrate it somehow, and add illegal licensed music.
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MMKH Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice tutorial. How did you get the brush strokes to apply around the island/selection at 1:18 though?
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:iconxyphid:
xyphid Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I knew this will come up, I just cut some of the video cause after a while you get the point and didn't want it to get boring, so, no magic tricks :D
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MMKH Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, so you just kept painting in those strokes by hand I see. I thought there was a feature in PS that allows you to apply brush strokes along a path. :)
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:iconxyphid:
xyphid Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
well I bet there is a way to achieve that somehow, heck, if you looked hard enough you could probably make coffee with PS XD
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nous3rnam3 Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
nice tutorial, definite fave =3
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:iconxyphid:
xyphid Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:meow:
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nous3rnam3 Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
^^
could be a good DD too =3
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:iconmoev:
Moev Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
nice tut.
Great Job :)
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:iconxyphid:
xyphid Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thankyou, hope it helps or inspires some people ;)
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Moev Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
I thing so :D
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