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Adding moss and lighting

From: Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1

Video: Adding moss and lighting

Now we could look at our plane, and it's starting to look like it's crashed, but now we got to make it look like it crashed a long, long time ago. So we have got to do a couple of little adjustments here and there. Now right off the bat, I see that the propellor is a little blue. So I am going to take this area back here where I broke it which is right there, a little prop tip, and I am going to go into Hue/ Saturation and kind of bring down the Saturation, so it starts to become a little more like a gray just like that. And in fact, I am going to do that to the entire plane. So I am going to go down to the plane here, and I go into the Hue/Saturation, and we will tone it down a little bit.

Adding moss and lighting

Now we could look at our plane, and it's starting to look like it's crashed, but now we got to make it look like it crashed a long, long time ago. So we have got to do a couple of little adjustments here and there. Now right off the bat, I see that the propellor is a little blue. So I am going to take this area back here where I broke it which is right there, a little prop tip, and I am going to go into Hue/ Saturation and kind of bring down the Saturation, so it starts to become a little more like a gray just like that. And in fact, I am going to do that to the entire plane. So I am going to go down to the plane here, and I go into the Hue/Saturation, and we will tone it down a little bit.

I want to see the effect it is having on low. I'm just going to bring it down just to kind of unblue it a little bit. Click OK, and that's starting to look a little better. So now the lighting in this scene. If we look at it, overall scene, we have seen that these, all these little blotches of light coming through it, kind of working on a plane, but not quite as defined as you see it here. So what I am going to do is let's get close around the plane here. What I am going to do here is I am going to-- on top of all these right here, right there on the top of the scratches, I am going to create another layer, one more layer, and I got black and white selected here.

So I am going to go in there, and I am just going to give it a filter. I am going to hold on my Option key to increase the contrast and just add the Clouds filter to that area right there. And then we see the propeller, which are in front and the broken glass, so we see that, right there like that. So what I am going to do is I am going to set that into Screen mode just like that and trap it with the plane like everything else, right there. So now we are seeing it only inside the plane. I am going to bring down the Opacity for it considerably, right there like that.

And I am going to give it a mask so that I can now start to paint away the parts I don't want it to show, which is right in this-- down here, I don't want that highlights to show. So I am going to kind of paint them out from the wings and certain parts of the plane that I don't want them. I just want them along the top just like that, so there is where my little highlights are. Then I got all these nice little highlights happening through there, see? There they are gone. There they are on top, so now we got these little highlights, and I might go even-- want to go in there and maybe hide a couple of little other areas, so I'll just set this up and maybe erase a couple of little spots just to add more of that sense of blotchiness.

Now, we are going to add some moss. Let's get real close, and this is going to be all the way on top. So way up here, we are going to create another layer, I'm going to call it moss. Now we are going to use our favorite brush, one of the Spatter brushes. I'm going to go down here and get the Spatter brush, and we are going to use one of the clunky ones like this one here, it's got little kind of a cluster in the center there. That's going to be perfect. We are going to go in there, modify it as we have done in the past, so we are going to give this a spacing, so we the individual tips right there, and we're going to Shape Dynamics where we turn this off, give it a Size Jitter, and we are going to set up a minimum size so they don't get too small, and we are going to bring that angle all the way around to 100%, right there.

Okay, and then we are going to go in there, and we are going to do the Color Dynamics so that we can go in there Foreground/ Background just a little bit of Hue shift and a lot of Saturation shift and Jitter. Then I am going to pick some colors for the moss. So I am going to pick them right for the image. Close this up, and I am going to pick this nice deep green here for the Foreground, and for the Background I'll pick this lighter green right there. So now that we have that I am going to go in here and start to draw my moss. So I am going to just kind of very loosely start to just paint right on top.

Right on top of the plane, I am just going along the edge and creating this ridge of moss, right through here and a little on the glass along the edges of the glass. Then I am going to start to make my brush a little smaller and start to kind of make them drop down, so we are just having the moss kind of hanging down, a little build up here and just kind of fall down, so we are starting to get all this moss. Here I'll make the brush a little bigger. So we start getting big at clumps of moss, right through here, right at the tip. Make it smaller, and I start to drag them down.

All the little moss coming down along the edge through there, and we are going to put some moss along the top here, a little bigger, and there, and then there is--right along the edge of the engine right here. We just create some moss along the top of the plane, along these edges, and definitely right here because that's too clean looking. So we are going to just kind of cover that up with our moss, and this edge here, it's part of the motor.

Let's make the brush a little smaller and the propellor right there gets covered, that little wedge right there where the wing comes in and along the top, and let's undo that part, I just want to go back here and start adding the moss, and then it starts to come down just kind of curving it around the edge of the engine here in all these little things. And they could kind of fall down a little bit, and there I just noticed that our highlights are right there.

We don't want those highlights in there from the lights, so we'll get rid of those in a minute. So we go in there, and we start adding some more moss and here under wing, we are going to put a whole bunch of moss, let's make it bigger, and I have the moss going right after this edge of the page, down along the edge here, and then it starts dripping down. It's just growing all through here, along the top, and then we are going to have some more coming down right through here. I am going to have little moss build up in these areas in here, little moss there and all kinds of moss inside there, tons of moss which is then dripping out all over the place, along the propeller, that stuff just goes all over the place, doesn't it? Just mossed everywhere, and this plane has been here for a long time, so we are just going to add all kinds of moss.

I am making a bigger brush here, and I'm just going to fill those areas up with a lot of moss, make that brush smaller, and there we go, so now we are starting to cover our plane with all this moss that's been invading it for years. Now go to that highlight that we created a minute ago, and it's right there, and we make sure we go to its mask where I can go in and just make sure I get a regular brush, I am going to paint in to get rid of that highlight inside the engine.

We don't want that highlight in there, we don't, there we go. Make sure it's gone, and in here I don't want it in there. Okay, so that makes our engine nice and messy again. And there we see that now we have all this moss in place and our plane is starting to really look like it has been there for a while. In the next movie, we are going to add another touch, a little pool of water with a reflection of our plane in it. So that's going to be one of the final touches that we are going to add a little pool and some additional foliage.

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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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