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And now, let us take in the entire screen again. I will move the layers pallet back into place and zoom out just a little.
Now, another thing you may notice about this image, it is kind of a wrong with it is that the sky is too sort of neutral. You know, it looks like some cloudy weather is coming in, but it is really not very dramatic and we need a dark and stormy afternoon in this case.
So, I am going to get again my burn tool here from the toolbox by clicking on it, and then I am going to select the background layer at the bottom of the layers pallet down here. I am going to increase the size of my brush dramatically and I am just going to start painting in the sky, several brush strokes to darken up the sky and get it to look a lot stormy or a lot more dramatic.
Now, we missed some of the image over here. So, I am going to scroll over to this side and darken this portion of the sky as well. Lots of little brush strokes in order to accomplish this effect in order to achieve this stormy night.
Now, I do have to be careful that I do not start dragging over the mountains too much, but I might give it a few clicks here and there just to make sure that we are shading the mountains from this dark sky, impenetrable clouds.
All right, so having accomplished the dark in the stormy afternoon here, what do I want to do next? Well, I want to crap this image. I want to tighten this image a little bit. After all, we are way too far back.
It is delightful that we can take in the entire width of the hotel, all four buildings that are associated with the Stanley. And we have got all these foregrounds, all these backgrounds so we can tell that it is out in the middle of nowhere, just where it belongs.
But, I would like to tighten in on the hotel. After all, it is the main character of story. And I am going to do that by crapping this image. And I am going to crap the image using a tool design specifically for this purpose. This guy right here is the crap tool.
I will go ahead and click on it to select it, and I am going to drag from right about here to right about there. From the upper left hand area of the image to lower right hand area of the image and everything inside the mark key, this dotted boundary here, the stash boundary of marching ants is called the mark key, everything inside the mark key is going to stay inside the image and everything outside the mark key in the stark area is going to go away.
So, once I have surrounded the portion of the image that I want to keep, I press the Enter key here in the PC or the return key on the Mac. And there we have it, a better crapped image inside Photoshop allows us to focus better in on the building and still retain the foreground and background details as well.