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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!
Now I'm going to add the finishing touches to our scene to make it look real. Now looking at it at this angle right now, I see that the moss is not quite there. It's there but not really on the plane, so we are going to add one more touch to the moss itself. The moss is lying on top of the plane, and it should be casting a shadow. So I'm going to go to the layer of the moss, I'll just move this over so we could see what's going to happen, and I'm going to double-click on it to bring up the layer Styles, and I'm going to give it a drop shadow.
Now I'm going to take that drop shadow, I'm going to bring it down to--just give it a size of about 2 and a distance of about 2, nice and small. I'm going to have the light coming from the top right about there like that, and that just gave us a little more body to our moss, click OK. You see if I undo it, you can see that moss is just kind of lying there, now it's really on top of the plane. And then the finishing touch is going to be right here, taking that fern and having it get come to the front, in front of the plane because it is pretty much in front of the plane, it's pretty large if it's not.
So what I'm going to go and do is I'm going down to the layer that contains that fern, which is right down here, let's just see that layer by itself. And what I'm going to do is I'm going to go in and select that to bring it to the front and to select to that fern, I'm going to use a whole different way of selecting. I can't use the pen tool because it's just a little too complex. The magic wand, well, it could work here, but this is going to be kind of hard in all these little tiny areas. So what I'm going to do is basically work with the color.
So I'm going up to Select and say Color Range. And in Color Range, I can go in here and start to click on the green that I want. And I can go in there and just really start to see the effect that I want. I'm going to say None so that I can actually see my green in the back. I'm going to allow my shift key. I'm going to click and drag right through those green tones and some of the lighter tones. So you could see that it's starting to pick up all that stuff. I'm going to go into some of these darker greens and these darker greens through here.
And so it's starting to pick up all these nice little tones for my fern. Once I have it I'm going to say select them right there, and then I'm going to pull back, and you can see that it picked up a lot of other things, so what I'm going to do is I'm going to deselect those. I'm going to go in there, hold on my Option key, I'm going to deselect all these little ranges in here because I don't want those. I'll just deselect that. And there's my green, right? So in that layer that has all that nice green I'm going to say send me to a new Layer Via Copy.
Okay, so now let's turn everybody else back on and see all the other layers, everybody else is on and turn on our background as well. There it is. So now what I'm going to do is that layer that I created which I want to call Fern, there it is, I'm going to move that all the way to the top. By moving it to the top, I'm putting it in front of the plane, and there we see that now the fern is in front of our plane and our entire scene is now created, and I'm going to hit F so we can see it complete, and there we could see that plane crashed a long time ago, and it's been laying in that real muddy creek there forever.
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