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Applying finishing touches

From: Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1

Video: Applying finishing touches

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.

Applying finishing touches

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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Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1

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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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