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I think this works extremely well.

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Really like it Lin. Cathy
AnneB50 4 118 18 Scotland
2 Oct 2013 9:22PM
I would never have guessed if you hadn't told us, works really well.
7 10 10 England
2 Oct 2013 10:11PM
I think about layers and always get cold feet.Sad You must be much more determined than me Lin and the production is great.Smile
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2013 11:00PM
Very well done Lin - that can't have been easy seating him and keeping some stones in front of the leg was clever.
The image evokes great sadness for him.
I'd love to have seen the original image from the War Museum.
Take a bow - an excelent manipulation.
pks 12 2 England
2 Oct 2013 11:20PM
nice work well done

canonfan 6 7 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2013 11:34PM
A fantastic image Lin and well presented. It was a featured e2 photo
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
3 Oct 2013 12:14AM
Rather incredible to think Lin,
that next year marks the 100th anniversary for the start of World War One.
My father was born in 1901 and he went along to the recruiting office as a 13 year old boy.
Needless to say,they burst out laughing and sent him home.
I just wonder if the would have ''pushed him through'' had he been 16 year old though !!
3 Oct 2013 12:28AM
If this is your first go with layers as you say, then you have done exceptionally well, Lin. A great piece of work that looks SO natural. Keep up the good work SmileSmileSmile

Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
3 Oct 2013 5:00AM
A work well done Lin !! You created an excellent image here !
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
3 Oct 2013 5:49AM
Excellent work, Lin, a great result, you have bags more patience than I have Smile Carol
3 Oct 2013 7:25AM
Looks good to me
Tho not sure what you did....
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
3 Oct 2013 7:58AM
Pretty good effort for a first attempt.

bluesandtwos 6 151 1 England
3 Oct 2013 8:28AM
A great concept and exceptiomally well done for a first attempt at 'playing'! Grin

rayme330 4 17 1 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2013 8:39AM
It works for me Lin, well processed.

3 Oct 2013 8:41AM
good manipulation Lin have never used or understood layer so well done to you

capto Plus
4 4.0k 8 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2013 8:46AM
Very nicely done.Smile

Ayoob 5 Australia
3 Oct 2013 10:41AM
Great work , very well done .Lin...Grin
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
3 Oct 2013 12:53PM
Very well done for a first attempt Lin, more please.......keep em coming Wink
ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
3 Oct 2013 12:59PM
Excellent work, most impressive
great shot lin,well done indeed.ray.
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2013 8:45PM
It's very well done for a first time, Lin, I am very impressed, and I like your choice of subjects for the amalgamation.
The only things missing are shadows.

You already have the light seen on your subjects correct, in other words their shaded sides are on the right, so that's the first hurdle overcome.
But you have light coming into the cave from the left (as well as from the front), and the pieces that you inserted into the scene would have shadows showing on the rocks, going off to the right. They don't have to be too strong. In fact, the light coming through the background arch is a lot brighter.
It's not easy, but I use the burn tool at low opacity and simply follow the shapes of the objects.
Alternatively, the shadows can be created on the objects prior to merging your layers. In PSP, it's under Effects>Drop Shadow.

3 Oct 2013 11:13PM
Excellent work!
senn Plus
5 4 1 Belgium
4 Oct 2013 3:17PM
great imagination and execution .. brilliant work
UrbaneMagick 4 172 1 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2013 8:49AM
Perfectrl layering g I guess, as you really can't tell!!! Gareth.
Very well done and brilliantly thought out. Inspired!
7 Oct 2013 7:54AM
The picture that makes you to think ... Very good, LinSmile
Regards Valery
gajewski Plus
12 10 9 United States
11 Oct 2013 6:08AM
Wow, Lin. this is great -- difficult to believe that the image came from two separate sources.

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