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Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1
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Adding atmosphere


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Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1

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Video: Adding atmosphere

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.
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  1. 2m 12s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 14s
  2. 23m 11s
    1. Using clipping groups
      3m 33s
    2. Explaining alpha channels
      6m 29s
    3. Using layer masks
      3m 47s
    4. Creating alpha channels
      5m 56s
    5. Using Adobe Bridge to stay organized
      3m 26s
  3. 26m 6s
    1. Introduction
      14s
    2. Preparing the scene: Retouching
      7m 36s
    3. Turning day into night
      6m 18s
    4. Creating the sky
      6m 24s
    5. Creating chimney smoke
      5m 34s
  4. 16m 23s
    1. Introduction
      14s
    2. Creating the castle
      6m 14s
    3. Creating a floating island
      3m 29s
    4. The final composite
      6m 26s
  5. 29m 22s
    1. Introduction
      30s
    2. Creating the basic cliff
      4m 50s
    3. Including cliff details
      2m 38s
    4. Adding plateau details
      8m 53s
    5. Creating a cascading waterfall
      5m 31s
    6. Building a rock cliff
      2m 13s
    7. The final composite
      4m 47s
  6. 30m 49s
    1. Introduction
      40s
    2. Creating terrain
      3m 47s
    3. Adding buildings
      9m 18s
    4. Creating the planet
      4m 7s
    5. Creating planet rings
      9m 39s
    6. Adding atmosphere
      3m 18s
  7. 25m 4s
    1. Introduction
      49s
    2. Creating islands
      5m 56s
    3. Creating a beach
      4m 28s
    4. Adding a planet and a moon
      6m 42s
    5. Adding the secret base
      7m 9s
  8. 49m 34s
    1. Introduction
      33s
    2. Manipulating the plane with the Pen tool
      8m 12s
    3. Adding the logo to a curved surface
      4m 14s
    4. Compositing and aging the plane
      6m 14s
    5. Busting up the plane
      8m 54s
    6. Breaking glass
      5m 53s
    7. Adding moss and lighting
      7m 15s
    8. Adding water and reflection
      5m 2s
    9. Applying finishing touches
      3m 17s
  9. 26m 41s
    1. Introduction
      15s
    2. Creating the sea
      4m 15s
    3. Creating the dome
      8m 4s
    4. Compositing and colorizing the city
      9m 3s
    5. Adding a flock of birds with the Pen tool
      5m 4s
  10. 21m 6s
    1. Introduction
      22s
    2. Creating the scene
      7m 49s
    3. Making a castle on an island
      7m 16s
    4. Adding foliage
      5m 39s
  11. 27m 12s
    1. Introduction
      53s
    2. Composing the scene
      9m 6s
    3. Creating explosions
      8m 54s
    4. Adding flying debris
      3m 30s
    5. Applying finishing touches
      4m 49s
  12. 26s
    1. Final thoughts
      26s

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Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1
4h 38m Intermediate Sep 18, 2012

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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!

Topics include:
  • Creating alpha channels
  • Isolating content with clipping groups and layer masks
  • Turning a day sky into a night sky
  • Compositing photos
  • Creating tableaus
  • Blending color and tone in combined images
  • Painting in explosions
Subjects:
Design Photography Design Techniques Digital Painting Masking + Compositing
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Bert Monroy

Adding atmosphere

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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