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Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1
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In this movie we are going to complete the scene by adding our secret base, right here. A secret base, a giant tunnel dug into the wall of this mountain here where spaceships are coming in and out. Now, where do we get the materials for this? Well, let's go look. Right here we have the backside of a dam, this is just a dam, you can see it back there, and this is just one side of it. So I just took a picture of this dam.
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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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Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1
4h 38m Intermediate Sep 18, 2012

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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!

Topics include:
  • Creating alpha channels
  • Isolating content with clipping groups and layer masks
  • Turning a day sky into a night sky
  • Compositing photos
  • Creating tableaus
  • Blending color and tone in combined images
  • Painting in explosions
Subjects:
Design Photography Design Techniques Digital Painting Masking + Compositing
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Bert Monroy

Adding the secret base

In this movie we are going to complete the scene by adding our secret base, right here. A secret base, a giant tunnel dug into the wall of this mountain here where spaceships are coming in and out. Now, where do we get the materials for this? Well, let's go look. Right here we have the backside of a dam, this is just a dam, you can see it back there, and this is just one side of it. So I just took a picture of this dam.

Because it looked cool, I didn't know what I would use it for, but I take pictures of everything because everything can be useful in one way or another. Now, I isolated this dam by creating this Alpha Channel. In the movie on creating alpha channels, it explains how this thing was created, but there you see a basic idea, and you see that the Alpha Channel is called Green copy because it was based on the Green channel. There is the Red channel, there is the Blue channel, and there is the Green channel which gave me the details that I wanted right in there, so this was basically a green copy.

So now, I am going to go in there and turn that into a selection, and I am going to drag that into our scene. Now I want to make sure that I am at the front here. So let's go to the front of the mountain itself right here. In fact, let us put it way up at the top. So that's selected so when I drag this in, it's going to fall right on top of it, right there. There is our base of our entrance right here. So what I am going to do is I am going to scale this guy down. So it's going to fit into this side of this mountain right here. So I am going to just scale it down a little more right there like that and maybe we can crunch it in a little bit, and we'll put it right into this whole side of this mountain right here. And one last little thing here is I am going hold down my Command key to skew it ever slightly, right up there like that and maybe a little tiny bit smaller, there, and we will put it in a position right about there.

Now this is dug into the side of the mountain here, right? So it has to look like that. So I am going to have to do a couple of things to it, but first let's do the actual entrance to our little secret base. I have here another file, and this is actually shot with an iPhone. No big fancy camera here just an iPhone. The only thing I have done is I have smeared some of that black into this side railing here just to give myself more black. That's the area that I am going to want right in there.

So let's get a little closer right in here. And I want to go in there and select this little guy right here. This is what I want, right there, and I am going to deselect the Green. So I am going to hold down my Option key with the one, I am just going to click on the green, it gets rid of that green area, and I want to add a little to this area here, I just want to grab that little part. That green doesn't matter because it is going to get blended out. Now that I have that area selected, I am going to take that and copy that into here, there it is.

Now that is going to be behind the wall. You can see where this is starting to go. So what I am going to do is I am going to take that tunnel, and I am going to bring it up into this area right up in here, right up in there, and that is the entrance to our big hideaway secret base here. Now I am going to go in to my Hue/Saturation, I am going to play around with some of the colors. So I am going to go to Hue/Saturation, and I could see that it's a little on the bluish side, so I might want to go in there and desaturate it a bit and lighten it. Not too much because I want that stuff in there to get light, but I am going to desaturate a little more, so it starts to bit look more like that stonewall in front of it down below.

Okay and then the stonewall below, I am going to go in there into Hue/Saturation and here I am going to increase the saturation just a little bit and bring it more towards those blues. So it starts to match that other wall just a little more, just like that, and maybe darken it, there we go, bring it more towards those blues, click OK, and now we have the basis of our secret base. Now let's get in close and start to modify this, so it starts to look like it actually is here. So what I am going to do is I am going to go to the tunnel.

There is the tunnel there, and I am going to give it a mask. And in that mask, I am going to take my black brush here, and I am going to bring down its size, make sure that it's a soft edge, it is. I am going to bring down the Opacity to about a 50 and slowly start to bring the actual mountain side into it. So it starts to look like it has been, in fact, carved out of this mountain right in there like that. Just like that. Now to the entrance of this base down below, I am going to add a mask to that. Go in here and add a mask to that one.

So now I got a little flat terrain here, so in that flat terrain I am going to just bring that terrain back. So let's just go in there and just soften this whole part, right there like that and start to have this blend into the mountain side as well just like that. Same thing down here, I am going to just get a smaller brush and just kind of take certain areas and just slowly kind of blend them into the mountain side, same thing on this side just little rough areas just so it looks like it has been built right out of just rock and our little structure has built right out of this rock, right there like that.

And this one we'll just get all this little terrain showing there. Okay. So now there is a curvature to this. So what I am going to do is I am going to go in and in the main layer, I am going to just darken that just a little bit in there like that. Now, see the shadow right here? Well, it's being cast by this outcropping here. We need to have that down below. So what I am going to do is I am going to go in, and I am going to select with my Lasso, I am going to start right here at this edge and just going to draw this little shape, and it's kind of rough so that it seems to be going over the rocks and goes right up to the edge of where the shadow ends, and then I go in here and close it off.

So now in a layer above the rocks themselves, I am going to create a layer, right there, which will be my shadow. And I see this kind of a bluish kind of a shadow and these dark tones over here. So I am going to kind of just use black, and we'll see what kind of an effect we are going to get. So I am going to use a warmer black, so let's just use like a really deep brown like that. I am going to fill that with that color, right in there like that which I am now going to put in Multiply mode and then bring it down in opacity, so it just becomes this shadow.

I am just going to lower it enough so that it starts to match these shadows in there, bring it down a little bit more, and I might want to just blur it just a little bit, like that, maybe a little less because it is pretty sharp on this edge, click OK, and there we see that we now have this big mountainside secret base on some moon somewhere out in space where bad guys or the good guys could be going home.

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