Well, I use Paint Shop Pro 6.0, so I am only familiar with it's capabilities. Actually, I have a library of images from software like Print Artist that has nice photos and clip art and I used two of these. I started with the clouds
<IMG SRC="http://sumweb.com/expressions/clouds04.jpg" border=0>
<IMG SRC="http://sumweb.com/expressions/mountain.jpg" border=0>
then pasted the cropped mountain top as a new vector layer and stretched it to cover the underlying cloud layer - added some transparency so part of the clouds would show through and rotated it on its side to look like a peninsula.
has some good tips for making lens flares with PSP which I used in the light source.
Otherwise, I cropped out feathered sections of areas where the color matched what I wanted and pasted as vector layer and stretched as in the sky area.
Basically, I fiddled with it until that little voice inside said "leave it alone or you will ruin it".
At this point, I don't think I am much of an artist from scratch - I like messing around with effects and such - but I am learning
"...beauty is not a need but an ecstacy...a heart enflamed and a soul enchanted."
[This message has been edited by Su (edited May 14, 2001).]