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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!
In this movie, we're going to add a little title to our plane right there, a little logo that's going to be at here to this area here. But before we do that, we have to first position the plane how we want it. Now this plane is going to be crashing into a jungle. Now this scene back here is going to serve as our jungle. Now the plane is going to be coming in from this side right here, and it's going to be lodged in between these trees right here, it's just going to be kind of anchored in there. So, it's going to be coming this way. So right off the bat, the first thing we have to do is we have to go in there and rotate this plane.
So I'm going to go in there and say Flip Horizontal so that our plane is now facing in the right direction. So now we're going to go get our logo. Now, I started to think of what kind of a logo I can put on here, and I remember that a little over 20 years ago, I did this Illustrator file for this company. They wanted me to create a logo, and I did a whole series of logos for them, and one of them was this logo little here. It was a company, I don't even remember which logo they ended up picking, but I thought this would be a great little logo to put on our plane, except I wanted to make some changes to it.
So it is an Illustrator file, and Illustrator will still open up its old files. So I opened it up in Illustrator and recreated it to look like this. So I changed the triangle as you can see, made it a little bigger, and I changed Productions to the word Missions, bogas Missions. I thought that would be prefect for our dead plane. So this is the piece we're going to do, and you can see that it's in separate layers. There is the triangle, it's by itself there in a layer. So what we are going to do now is I'm going to take the word Missions, the logo and the triangle, and I'm going to merge them together.
This also kind of reminds you as to why it's really important to keep things in layers, and the possibilities of being reused sometime. Now this is something I did over 20 years ago. But since everything was in layers then and using Illustrator, it was real easy to use it again now and just make the necessary changes to make it fit what I needed in this particular situation. That's why I put everything in the layer because it becomes this great collection of stock photography you might say or stock elements that can be used.
So I'm now going to take this and drag it into our scene of our plane there. Now I can say goodbye to this, don't save it, and there is our little logo, which I'm going to put in position right about there. Now I'm going to have to go in there and modify this a bit, so let's get a little closer, so we can see what's going to happen now. Now I could very easily just go into my Transform Tools, and I'm going to just say Command+T just to call it up. I hold down my Command key so that this will control it so that I can go and do a little skew like that, see? Now there is a little skew.
Now typically you might say well that looks good enough, that's perfect, that's just what you need, may be just a little more. Okay, there we here we go, that's perfect, but not really. It's not really perfect, why? Because of the fact that the plane is slightly curved, see? There is a curvature to this, and this straight line right here is kind of hiding the fact that the plane is straight. So if you want to be a perfectionist, and you want to make things just the way they should be, we're going to go in there and make that little curve to this. So what I'm going to do to it now is I'm going to go into my warp, Transform > Warp which is going to set up a nice little grid for me right here.
So I can now go in there, and we're going to take this side and just warp it ever so slightly. We're going to drag this down just a little, and we want to make it just a little bigger. So we can now pull this down just ever so slightly. So there we see that we have this curve that's now starting to follow the curvature of the plane, and we actually have these little bolts that we can use as guides. So there they are, following the bolts, and I can just bring this one down just a little bit, and we'll even curve it in just slightly just like that, so it starts to have that little bit of a curve to the edge of the plane.
And that's all, very slight moves right there, but just enough to make it look like now it is in fact painted onto our plane, and our plane is ready to be totally destroyed.
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