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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!
The last thing we need to do is add some foliage to the foreground to kind of establish how close we are to this rock and then add in the same kind of foliage way back here to give you a sense that this is in fact far away from us. Now looking at it right off the bat before we even start, I think our castle is a little too saturated. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to make sure I'm in the layer for the actual castle. I'm going to go in there and just going to desaturate a little bit more, just bring it down some more just so it's not so jumping in your face there, click OK.
So there, now that's looking a little better. So now, I got back here some foliage, that's the foliage that I'm going put, it kind of go, see, it's growing in the same kind of environment, so we know that, that kind of plant will grow there. All right, this isn't an important thing, because sometimes you create something, and you think it looks cool, and then you show it to people and then somebody is going to say, you know, that wouldn't work like that because that particular tree will not grow in that environment. Well, we don't need that. So here we know that this plant will in fact grow in our environment.
So I'm going to select the plant, and I'm going to select this whole area right here, and then I'm going to deselect the blues. By clicking here, clicking up there and clicking in these blues, we don't want any of these blues showing through, and that's pretty good! I'm going to even go a little step further, and say Contract my selection by say yet another pixel. All right, now that I have it, I make sure that I'm in top of everything else. I'm going to go way up on top here, I'm going to drag that into that scene. So there it is.
Here is my little plant. I'm going to rotate it. Let's Flip Horizontally here. I'm going to put it way down here, right into the scene, and I'm going to enlarge it a bit. Plants are nice and large, and they are right down in here, right at the base of our little scene here. Now if there are little pieces that I don't want, there are a lot of ways of getting rid of those. I can go in there and just kind of select those particular tones, so I just go in there and select that little thing, and I just go and tell it to select Similar, and it's going to find all those, and I could just hit Delete and they will go away.
So there, so now I got this nice looking little plant here. So we're really close to it. We can see it. So what we want to do now is create this plant over here. But instead of taking the same one and just shrinking it way down, we're not going to see the detail over here, we're just going to create the little hints of it, so what I'm going to do is I'm going to select these greens, this green, and this darker green, maybe not that dark, there we go, and let's just make that a little bit darker, there we go. And I'm going to take my good old Spatter Brushes--I love those guys, they work so well-- and I'm going to take this guys right here, and we're going to modify it, give it a little spacing, we have been doing and just a little bit of this, let's just turn this off, and we just do the angle change, that's all. See how I am going to do here.
And what I'm going to do is I'm going to come over here and start creating the little green brush. So I'm going to pump this up a little bit and make sure we're set at 100% Opacity right there, and I'm just going to start to draw little crops of the bushes right in here, and one more thing we need, yes, we need the color. Color Dynamics, go between the foreground and background. All right! So now, there we go, so now we're getting the little dark tones and the light tones. I want to create a little bush there and another here, and we'll put one in this little cropping here, right there, and there is some natural foliage on here, so we can kind of follow the foliage that's there.
Just creating little clumps, and maybe a little tiny one down here, and a couple of big ones up here. There we go, there's a nice one, right there, happy little bushes living in there. Okay, now that we have that, I'm going to pick up his yellow right there, and let's make it more yellow, make it a little brighter. There we go, that's looking more like the real thing, and I'm going to make this a very tiny brush, very tiny brush, and we're going to get in real close to see what I'm going to be doing here, because what I'm going to do now is I'm going to just kind of make it even smaller.
I am going to go in there and start adding the little flowers just like we have and the guy in the foreground. So we just add our whole bunch of little clumps like this, which is going to start to help create the illusion that these rocks are much further from us. It establishes a relationship between where we are and what we're looking out into. So we just add a few more to this. So I'm just tapping along here just adding little flowers to the clumps of green, you can put as many as you want, and I'll add a bunch here.
And I go right on top of that green mess, and I'm just using that same brush I had before, because the flowers are like little tiny little bunches of little petals, so they are not like a rose or anything, they are just these little things going on there, so I'm going to go up to the top here and add a couple of little flowers to this guy. I'm going to put some towards the top. Now we've established that the same kind of foliage is growing, but much further away from us on the other side of this big cliff here, and there we see that we have the completed scene where we've taken our castle, and we've put it in the middle of a cool little island out in the middle of nowhere.
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