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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 are going to create a planet and a moon and put them into the space right here way off in the distance. So now, let's see the resolution of our current file. This file right now is 6x5 at 300 dpi. So I'm going to create a little tiny little planet back there. So we can make it a lot smaller. But we want to keep the resolution about the same. So we'll create a new file and just to give ourselves some room, we'll make it 4x4, and we'll make it 300 dpi just like the original image, click OK, and right here we are going to create our planet. In a layer, right here, we'll call it planet.
I am going to select a circular ellipse right here with the Elliptical tool, create a little circle like that, I held down my Option key to paint it from the center out and my Shift key to constrain it to a perfect circle. Now right in there, I am going to throw in some color just to have something in there it's in a layer, and I am going to pick the colors for my planet. So I want it to be fairly earthlike. So I am going to pick a nice green, nice deep green like that.
Instead of white I am going to pick a nice, nice deep blue like that and in that selection right there, I am going to go ahead and give it some Render > Clouds. It's going to give me that. So I am going to undo it and hold down my Option key to increase the contrast and say Render > Clouds, so I get stronger blues and greens, which I am going to get even stronger now by going into my Levels here and bringing all those whites in there and darkening those tones and just really emphasizing some of those colors in there.
Now you can see that I am starting to get these really cool delineations happening in there, right there like that, right? So now I am going to give it a little bit of a spherize just to make it look rounded. So I'll go in there and just give it a little kind of a curvature like that. So now we got some continents and some seas happening there. Okay, so now I am going to go in there and the layer on top of this, I have got the black and white, and I am going to give it some clouds. I am going to go in there and say Render > Clouds. Again, I am going to hold down that Option key to constrain it, and there I get these which I am going to lock into the planet like that, and I am going to go in there and set the mode of that to Screen.
So now I see my planet showing up underneath, and I am going to go in there and shrink it a little bit. So I am going to go in there and shrink those clouds just like that, and I am going to erase some of them, I don't want that many of them. So what I am going to do is I am going to take my Eraser tool, and I could do this with the mask, but I am just going to go ahead and do it with the Eraser tool. So I got a nice soft-edged eraser here, and I am going to just go in and start to erase just so it starts to look like clouds over a planet, like so.
We can then take that little area there, and we'll spherize that. Let's go in there and spherize it. So now we have got some clouds over the planet. So there is my planet. All right. That's the planet, I am going to go ahead and merge the clouds down into it, merge them down, and there is that. So now in another layer on top of this, I am going to turn that into a selection. So I am going to go in there and apply with black and white except I am going with a gray.
I am going to go in there and give that the same little clouds, Render > Clouds which gave me that. I am going to go in and with my Levels, increase the contrast, make those darks darker and lights a little lighter. That's the moon for my little planet. So now they are both in separate layers, so we'll call that one moon, and we are going to drag them into our scene. Now we want them in this scene here to appear behind everything.
So we are going to put them right here by our sea, on top of that. So when I drag them in, they are going to come in right on top of the sea. So we'll drag in the planet first and then the moon. All right. So now, turn the moon off for a second. We'll take the planet, and we are going to shrink it down. I am going to shrink it down to the size that we want it to be, little size about like that, and we are going to put it right there on the horizon, there is our planet, make that happen, and I am going to blur it a little bit.
So we'll go into our Filters, and we are just going to go and say Gaussian Blur and just soften it up a bit, because it's off into background, and then we are going to bring down its Opacity because it's just visible through the atmosphere ever so slightly. And then I am going to give it a mask. In that mask, I am going to go and block out the areas along the bottom so that they kind of fade in to our horizon, just like that. Make sure they are not overlapping that sea at all.
So I just go in there and make sure that area is hidden. Make the brush a little bigger, bring down the opacity some more, and just kind of very lightly hit it towards the top, so it's softening it up even more. Then I have my moon, there is the moon. So we are going to take the moon, and we are going to shrink that quite a bit. Now there is just a little moon out there, right there, and I am going to put that moon, right here partially in front, right in there, and we are going to bring down its Opacity a bit, so it's real soft, and we are going to blur it with that same blur as we did before, there we go.
So we see this little area right here, we see into planet right through the moon, we don't want to do that. We want that moon to be opaque. So what I am going to do is I am going to take the moon and turn it into a selection, there. And back in the planet's mask, right there in the mask for the planet, right there, I am in the mask for the planet, I am going to paint that area with black. So let me get in real close, so we can see what's going to happen here. Now we can see that the planet is showing right through there. See the blue? So that area is selected. So with a black paintbrush, let's make it small, let's see what happens, and we are going to bring the Opacity back up to 100. I am going to go in there and paint that out.
See how the planet just disappeared? The planet just disappeared because in fact that it is now being masked by the planet. So if I take the moon away, you see that there is a big hole there. We didn't really cut it out, we simply masked it with the shape of the moon that's covering it. We come back on top, there is our planet and moon for this new world that we have created. In the next, and final movie, of this chapter, we are going to add the secret base right here.
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