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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.
Now to complete the scene, we're going to add the rain. The rain that goes with this incredibly stormy night. Look at a little closer here, so we can start see what's going to happen. So now we're going to add this rain. So a layer at top of everything else, we're going to go ahead and fill it with black. And we're going to go in there and just go ahead and fill it with black. Here we go and I'm going to give it some noise. Lot of noise, there we go. Tremendous amount of noise. And then, to this, when you get in real close, you see that it's just pretty much black white with a couple little grays in there.
Well I would increase the number of grays, so I'm going to go in there and give it a little blur. We'll blur more just to introduce more grays, cause now that I have more grays, I have more of an ability to lessen the amount of noise that I have there. By going into my Levels, I'm going to push the blacks all the way over and you can see what's started to happen. And I'm going to bring my whites way in. Let's get these blacks all the way over and bring those whites as far in as possible, so they are just about touching each other. Click OK. There we see where we're starting to get this, right? So, I'm going to get a little closer to see the next effect here.
What I'm going to do now, is I'm going to go in there and apply one more filter. And this filter is a motion blur. And I want my rain to be coming down in this direction here. I'm going to give you a little more distance. So I've these really strong little effects like that. Click OK. And I, might want to just go in there and let's try to do a little bit more of effect that's just less of those things happening. There we go. So now it starts to look better. There we go. And there we have this rain coming down.
And what's going to happen now, is I'm going to take that layer and put it in screen mode so only the lights show through. And there we see that now we have this rain coming down, pouring down and it completes our scene of our stormy night. If the rain isn't strong enough you can duplicate that layer and then you get much stronger rain right on top. And there you can see it. Now, what you might want to do in this case, would be to take those two layers because you see that little. White stuff happening up there, we can pull back a little bit. I'm going to take both of these layers and enlarge, just a little bit, from center out, just to bring them out of that whole range there.
Click OK, and there we see that we have our stormy night.
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