Step 6: Here as you see I have only 2 layers now. It is important to keep the layers clean. By keeping the layers clean, it makes further progress easier, by doing this it will be easier to make changes if you need to. Here add some details as you see to the background wood.
Step 7: Now I’ll draw a Christmas socks simple shape with selection tools. In the toolbox, select the Polygonal Lasso tool (L). Firstly, make a separate layer for the “Christmas socks”. With this tool make a sample selection like I did. I’ll use Lasso tool to draw becuse this lasso tool allows you to make freehand selections. Cick and drag to draw the selection. Whenever you let up on the mouse button, your selection will automatically close, forming a straight line between the start and end points. After you make the selection fill the layer with the Paint Bucket Tool (G).
Step 8: When I make a digital painting I use many layers. For the final piece here, I do think I have used about 20 layers. in order to keep everything organized and easier you need to keep them in Layer Groups. I’ll show you how to make a Layer group in a clean way. I’ll explain about Layer groups in the next steps.
Step 9: Here I open a new group and you can see all my layers in this Group Layer. In this tutorial I‘ll work with lots of layers so I need some Layer groups to get my layers organized. With a Layer Group your layers palette will look less cluttered and there will be less need to scroll. Please, pay attention to my Layers name. Create a new Layer Group by clicking on the Layer Group icon Layers Palette at the bottom of your layers palette. It’s important that you name your layer groups, otherwise you will get confused when you have a few of them. My Layer Group name is: Santa_Background_Details. Please arrange your layers like I do. And draw you colorful Christmas sock as I draw and here as you see I don’t make lots of details on our background objects. You can draw a more simple Christmas socks too. İt doesn’t matter.
Step 10: In this stage I make copy the Christmas sock layers and then I merged them in one layer. And now it has totally two layer. One shadow and one object. As you see I don’t make slight changes to it as a whole, as well as add more details.
Step 11: Here take a look at the details of the Layer Group. As you see in my sample picture a new image object like “colorful details” has a single layer. in in a layer Group there are lots of layers. Layer groups help you organize and manage layers. You can use groups to arrange your layers in a logical order and to reduce clutter in the Layers panel. You can nest groups within other groups too.