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Discover how to use Adobe Photoshop, without any added fine art skills, to modify artwork and turn the ordinary into extraordinary. Author and illustrator Bert Monroy takes an unexciting photo and transforms it into an amazing dream sequence by combining it with other photos and techniques. His process touches on compositing, digital painting, masking, and other key image editing techniques. All you need is Photoshop, some images that could use a boost, and your imagination!
So, right now it looks like an extremely clear day on our little moon out in space. So we are going to go in there, and start adding some atmospheric effects. First thing I'm going to do is I want to tone down some of the saturation on those buildings. So, I'm going to go to the layer that has buildings right there, and I'm going to go into Hue/Saturation, and just bring down the saturation a bit, just a tad, just so it starts to take away some of those strong blues that we're seeing there, just like that. That's looking good.
And these buildings back here, I'm going to select those buildings, and I'm going to blur them. I'm going to go in there and just give them a little blur because they are further away. So maybe not that much just a little bit just so that they are a little further away so they start to get a little more blurry. Click OK. Now that we have this, I'm going to go in here, and create a layer on top of the entire scene, and I'm going to pick a color. Let's just pick this color right from here or maybe the color from the planet back there. It's nice, kind of orangey color, and then we'll go in there and in that same range, we'll just pick a slightly lighter version of it right there.
I'm going to throw in a gradient. I'm going to make it a gradient that's going from foreground to transparent. I'm going to throw in a gradient right across, like so, just like this, and maybe make it a little longer like that. There we go. I'm going to bring down the opacity for it just to add a little extra atmosphere to our area here, just like that. Now, we're going to go in there and add some mist. So, what I'm going to do is I'm going to create a new layer, let's pull back a little bit.
I'm going to create a layer right on top of this one, right here. I'm going to go in, and let's just return this to black and white, and I'm going to give it a filter. There's a filter called Render > Clouds. That creates clouds like that. So now, I'm going to undo that. This time, I'm going to hold down my Option key and say Render > Clouds. And you'll notice that there's more contrast now. There's more contrast, the darks are darker, and the lights are lighter.
So, it kind of changed the way that filter was working. So now, let's get back to a full screen here, so we could what effects are going to be. I'm going to change the mode of that to Screen so that only the whites are showing through. I'm going to bring down the opacity a bit, quite a bit, so it's just this little mist like that. I'm going to go in there, and I'm going to kind of scrunch it down, bring it down so it's closer to the ground level so that my little mist is down here along the ground, like that.
Then I'm going to give that layer a mask. And using black and a soft edge brush, I'm going to bring the opacity back up to about an 80. I'm going to start to draw in right along the top here, very loosely painting black so that it's going to start to lessen my mists, and kind of confine it down to the lower parts of my planet, closer to the ground like a low fog. There we see that now we have this moon surrounding a planet way out in space and the rest of the story is something you can make up.
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