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Adding flying debris

From: Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1

Video: Adding flying debris

So now we are going to create all the debris that's flying from this explosion way off in a distance. Now it sounds complicated, but it's not, it's just creating a brush. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to take my Marquee tool here, and I make sure I'm in a layer that's mostly transparent, and the front smoke is mostly transparent. So I'm going to go up right here. I know there's nothing there. Let's go look at that layer. See? There's nothing there. So I'm going to just create long little rectangle like that. And I'm going to go ahead and fill that with black.

Adding flying debris

So now we are going to create all the debris that's flying from this explosion way off in a distance. Now it sounds complicated, but it's not, it's just creating a brush. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to take my Marquee tool here, and I make sure I'm in a layer that's mostly transparent, and the front smoke is mostly transparent. So I'm going to go up right here. I know there's nothing there. Let's go look at that layer. See? There's nothing there. So I'm going to just create long little rectangle like that. And I'm going to go ahead and fill that with black.

I have it selected still, so I'm going to say Define Brush Preset, and we'll call it debris. I can throw it away, you select it, it's gone, but it is a brush. So I'm going to go into my brush and select-- there it is right there. It's just this little black which you know it's going to do this. It's got some modifications now, it's got a full opacity, and you could see it's just doing that. It's following whatever I set up for the smoke the last time.

So we'll undo that, and we are going to create a whole set of flying debris here. I'm going to go into my brush engine where I'm going to modify this. I'm going to give it a lot of spacing. I'm going to go into Shape Dynamics where I'm going to give it a lot of Size Jitter and set up a minimum, so they won't become too tiny, but very small, because I do want some little tiny things. And I'm going to set my Roundness, so some of them will be flatter, right? Flip that all the way up. Minimum Roundness, we will bring that down as well.

And then I'm going to go into my Color Dynamics. Color Dynamics, I'm going to go in there and say Foreground to Background and add a couple of extra colors in there and throw some jitter-- maybe not that much Hue, okay, right in there--and I'm going to scatter them. I am going to scatter them in both directions all over the place. Now we can see the spacing. Let's go back and bring them a little closer together, so now we start to get--okay, there we go. That's starting to look little better. And you're starting to see what's going to happen there.

So I click OK, and I'm going to make it a much smaller brush. And I'm going to go to the top of my layer stack here, so we go all the way to the top, let's bring our little layers here, so we can see that, then we'll go way up to the top--actually, it should be in front of the explosion itself. So where is that front smoke? There is the front smoke. So right there is where I'll create a New layer which we'll call flying debris. I'm going to pick some colors. I've got a nice deep brown for my foreground, and for my background I'm going to pick kind of beige color, somewhere in that neighborhood, right about there.

And then I'm going to just start to draw right in here, and there we can see that we have all this flying debris, stuff just flying around that's from the explosion just stuff flying around, and I'm going to make the brush a little smaller and kind of fill up this area here with a lot more of it. And there we see that we have the flying debris from the explosion. Now in the next and final movie, we are going to finalize this by adding all the nice little touches and little more drama to the lighting and the effects of the explosion on the other buildings that are in front of us.

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Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1

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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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