Open a blank image. Add a new layer.
Fill with gradient.
Add a new layer. Open the picture tubes and select the preset grass blades.
My tube size changed from the back to the front but it was around 20-30 or so. Start painting your grass by holding your left mouse and moving along your canvas until you get the desired grass.
Add a new layer. Now just paint a bit of grass, as shown in picture, so that you can place some fireflies "in" the grass.
Open a new canvas and add a new layer. Using your shapes tool, use the ellipse shape in silver and make sure "vector" is checked and start to draw the body of the firefly.
Add a new layer and draw the wings. Add a new layer for each wing. I used the ellipse shape again in black.
Right click on the wing and click "node edit".
Square out the top part of each wing. You can add nodes by holding CTRL and click where you want your node added. After you are finished there, you can right click again and click "quit node edit"
Here is both wings squared out.
Add a new layer and change your vector shape to a rounded rectangle and draw a rectangle for the head. I used a yellow/gold color.
Edit the nodes on this rectangle to make the head a bit pointy.
Go to your layers pallette and right click on all the vector layers and convert them to raster layers.
Now you will start to give the firefly color by outlining the wings in yellow/gold using your paintbrush. Use your retouch "dodge" tool on very low opacity and start working on the outline.
Use your spray can tool and paint some black dots along the gold outline. Add a new layer and spray paint some whitish glare on the wing and add a blur to it to make it look like the wing is elevated or shining in the elevated area.
Do the same for the other wing.
Now work on your head by painting some black in and some red. Use your retouch dodge tool for the yellow/gold and again spray paint some dots. Paint in a whitish line in the middle of the head and soften that line.
Add a new layer and draw legs in black with your paintbrush. Add a bit of white to round the legs--soften the white with your retouch tool on soften.
Duplicate this layer and mirror it for the other side.
Duplicate this layer. Move the leg halfway down the fireflies body. I used my selection tool on freehand and selected 2/3 of the bottom half of the leg at the joint. I rotated this selection to the left a bit and moved it to join again with the rest of the leg. I then erased what was left in that position (the program PSP7 basically copies the selection when you move it). Duplicate this layer and mirror it.
Duplicate this layer and move it to the lower part of the body and then duplicate it again and mirror it. Turn off the background if you started with a white canvas and then merge all visible layers.
Copy the firefly and paste it on the grass image as a new layer.
Resize the firefly.
On the same layer, use your paintbrush at a low opacity and the hardness at 0, paint a soft glow in yellow over the fireflies rear end.
On that same layer, bring the size of your brush down just a tad and paint another glow over top of the first one.
On that same layer, bring the size of your brush down to paint a bit of glow between the wings. Work your way from the rear end to the top of the wings.
On the same layer, bring your brush size all the way up and bring the opacity down even more and put on big glow on top of the rear end again.
On that same layer, bring your brush size down again and change your color to bright green.
Paint just one green glow on the rear end. Fireflies seem to have a green glow to them sometimes; that is why I added this one green spot.
Duplicate this firefly layer as many times as you want a firefly in your picture.
Move the layers around in the picture and resize them, smaller the farther back.
The farther back the firefly, the more of an average blur you need to apply to it.
You will want to move a few of the fireflies to make them look like they are in the grass. Drag the layer you want under the second grass layer you made earlier but above the first grass layer.
Do this with a few of the firefly layers and move the fireflies to where they look best behind the grass.
Now open the glass jar image from http://www.flickr.com/photos/shashachu/277049272/ and add a new layer. Please ignore "merged" in the picture- I took a screen shot after I finished this part.
With your paintbrush at 0 hardness and color white or gray, start drawing where you see highlights on the background jar. Use your retouch tool on soften at a low opacity and soften these hightlight lines. At points, I added new layers and painted white and added gaussion blur instead of using my soften tool. Turn off the background layer by toggling the glasses and then merge visible layers.
Copy your jar and paste it onto your grass/firefly image as a new layer. Rotate and flip the jar. At this point, clean up any edges on your jar--it is easier to see on the green grass.
Add a new layer. Using your selection shape tool on circle, select a circle around the firefly. Add the cutout effect on one side of the circle.
Add a new layer and apply the cutout effect again to the other side of the circle.
Add a new layer and paint a soft white thick line along the edge of the circle.
Apply gaussion blur.
Add a new layer. Paint a soft white dot on the other side and add gaussion blur.
Add a new layer and change your color to green and paint a thick line the opposite side of the rear end. Add a gaussion blur.
Add a new layer and paint a bit of green alongside the bubble near the rear end of the firefly.
Add gaussion blur. Now add a new layer under the grass layers.
Now paint some mountains with a soft brush.
Sometime around this point, I wanted to move my glass jar closer to the firefly. Because it was closer, I needed to paint a bit of reflection from the fireflies light onto the glass so I added a new layer, painted a bit and softened it.
Now back to the mountains....duplicate the mountains and drop the lightness all the way down so the mountains are black.
Now using your retouch tool on smudge, start just above the top of the mountains and bring your smudge brush down at an angle alongside the top of the mountains. This lets the colored layer show through.
Keep smudging until you reach the desired effect. If you haven't done so already, move these mountain layers behind the grass layers.
In the layers pallette, I brought the opacity down on both mountain layers. The black one only about 50% but the colored one down even lower.
I decided that I didn't like the goldish mountains so I used my color replacer tool to change the gold to blue by changing my background color to the gold color using the color picker and the foreground color to blue---just double click on the gold mountain and it should change to blue.