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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!
So now that our plane is in place and old aged and dirty and mossy, we are going to go over and add another feature to our landscape. I am going to add a little water here, because it is very bright down here, it's kind of distracting, we want to add something to this which kind of relate more to the plane. So I have an image back here. Here it is of just that, a little water. So I am going to go in here, and I am going to select this. I am going to take this whole picture and drag it into here. And now it's much bigger than what I need, so let's close this off, and let's see what's going to happen here.
I am going to press F to bring me to full screen and pull back a little bit so that I can go in there and see the whole image. Now I am going to take this, and I want to take this scene and put it right down here below, and I actually want it below the plane itself. So let's put it way down here right behind the plane itself. So there is the scene. So I am going to go in here and do a little resizing of this, press Command+T so that I can get the transform tool.
So I can go in here and put it right into position where it want it. I want it right in this area here like this, right about like that. I'll put it right there. There is just about where I want it, maybe we'll make it just a little bigger. There we go. So there is our little pool of water, click OK. So now, I want this to look like it really is part of this scene here, and in this--so what I am going to do is I am going to give it a mask, and I am going to start to paint away all the parts that I don't want.
So I am going to go in here and just right off to the bat get rid of the whole top area, don't want any of that stuff in there. Let me undo that for a second, I can keep some of this little stuff in there right in there, that's not so bad, and let's bring this all the way down here. We'll just kind of blend this into this area here and kind of blend it into our area. We can keep that little nice, little stick there. And it's right in there.
So now we got this little area that's just kind of add a little bit of our--a little roughness to it, so it starts to have the same kind of lighting effect like the rest of our scene. So there is our little pool, all right. That's looking good. So now, what I am going to do is I am going to turn off all these guys so I see only my plane. There is my plane. So what I am going to do is I am going to come up here to the top of what I see right here--in fact, we don't even need to see the brush tip or the broken glass.
But right here what I am going to do is I am going to hold down my option key and say Merge Visible, and the reason I am holding my option key is so that it's going to merge all those elements into a separate layer leaving everything else still there. So now I could turn everything back on. All right, bring everybody back on. Now I am going to take that layer I just created and bring it down and put it right here on top of my little water scene. I am going to drag it down, so it's right down in here, straight down. Now I am going to do a little flip vertical on it, little flip vertical right there.
Okay, and now what I am going to do is I am going to bring down its opacity, bring down the opacity considerably, about like that and give it a mask, and in that mask I am going to pretty much obliterate most of it. I want to see most of it, I just want to go in there and make sure that we see it only inside of our little pool right there like that. So there we see that we have it inside our little pool, we are seeing a reflection of the plane above in our pool of water right down there.
Now we've got this in place, I am going to go in there, I'm going to take that pool, I am going to darken it up a bit, because it's underneath the plane, so I am going to go in there and start to darken what's visible. I am going to get a nice big burn brush here, and just going to kind of darken this area down here. Now I am going to do the same thing to the jungle itself, I am going to start to really darken this area down here, because its underneath the plane. This stuff is all underneath the plane so it should be shaded by the plane right there. And now I am going to go back to my plane itself, and I am going to start darken that a lot more.
I'll start going in there and just messing with this, and I am going to go into my shadows here, so I can really darken some of those tones. We want to really go in there and darken that, and the same thing with my jungle. I am going to go in there and really darken that area directly underneath the plane and in the lake. Directly underneath the plane I want that stuff to be really dark. Now the final touch. In the next movie what we are going to do is we are going to take this fern and put it in front of the plane so that it makes it look like the plane is in fact dug down deep inside of the jungle.
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