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Learn how to create artwork with Adobe Photoshop—no fine art skill required—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. This installment shows you how to fill your scenes with imaginary creatures, stormy weather, ancient ruins, and more. 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!
Check out the original Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1 for more inventive illustrative techniques.
So now, what we're going to do is have the effects of the lightning on the buildlings. So that's going to have a, quite a strong lighting burst on the buildings and the sidewalk as well. So right off the bat we could see that the building is a little too light. Which is why it was a good thing to lighten the building using these Adjustment Layers. So, I'm going to go back into my levels adjustment right here and make it even darker. So, we'll make our blue darker still. There we go, so now the buildings really nice and dark. It's really like it's night time.
(INAUDIBLE) That's done. So what I'm going to do now, is I'm going to duplicate the building again. Okay. And, this one here, what's going to happen is I'm going to bring is above, above the others, right there. And I'm going to apply a couple of effects to this. So I'm going to go in and do the hue saturation. Bring down the saturation and darken it. I'm going to go into my, levels. And I'm going to go in there and darken it. But I am going to lighten certain parts of it quite a bit. So let's go in there and really lighten these up. See, really lighten those little areas up, right there. Just like that.
And click okay. And that one right there, that particular layer we're going to put in screen mode. That's going to be right on top of the other building on, in back so that now, we got this really strong burst of light right in there. And what we could is, in certain areas, we'll just mask it out. We'll mask it in areas so that it won't be as strong. So now that I have that, I'm going to go in here and, with a black paintbrush, I'm going to just go in there and just kind of darken some of these areas so they won't be so strong with our lightening. So there you go. So now we have these little bursts of light that hit the building as the lightening struck.
So, in fact we'll just darken this one as well. So now we're going to have to do the same king of thing to the sidewalk. So we have our sidewalk appear. So there's our red sidewalk. Let's take the original sidewalk and let's duplicate it. Put it on top of the whole thing here, where we're going to go into levels. And we're going to really bring this in here and make this really bright. Really strong and very bright. Just like that. And we're going to go into our hue saturation and bring down that saturation considerably. So we just get this, this little effect like that and click OK. And we have a Mask, so in that Mask what we're going to do is we're going to go ahead and paint the way.
All these parts here, we don't want those, just that part of the sidewalk in the front that's picking up the light from the lightning and the shadows that are being caused by the buildings in front. So there we see that the lightning is in front. So in this last movie, what we're going to do is create the rain that goes with the lightning, completing our storm.
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