I decided to do a dog fight for this project. I used the perspective tool under the transform sub menu to make the blue plane look like it was coming from behind on the original yellow plane. A simple hue/sat adjustment layer was used to change the color of the plane. I then dogdes it, probably too evenly, because only the bottom of the plane is facing the sun. the smoke was made by by blurring some black paint.
I didn't quite finish this project. I got through the first video and the touched on the second one a little bit. Towards the beginning I had some trouble with "moving" the room. When painting the floor towards the beginning of the second video I am pretty sure that I painted the wrong floor back in. Also my brush somehow got changed to a setting where it doesn't affect the opacity of pixels and instead just deletes them entirely. Unfortunately I was so focused on just trying to follow the video that I didn't quite catch these things in time. I do feel though that I did an ok job in adjusting the colors.
This stone portrait project was extremely straight forward because all you had to do was follow the steps in the tutorial. There were some creative elements however when making the shadows and lighting effects. Since that couldn't be copied verbatim from the tutorial, I did have to use my own judgment to decide what looked best. For the most part though, all I had to do was exactly what the guy told me.