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Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 3

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The third installment of Bert Monroy's Dreamscapes series shows how to transport your photos into otherworldly territory, like an underwater coral reef, an enchanted forest, or even a menacing factory, all with Photoshop.
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  1. 49s
    1. Welcome
  2. 31m 3s
    1. Introduction
    2. Selecting the boat
      4m 17s
    3. Compositing the bottom of the boat
      8m 31s
    4. Adding coral
      2m 0s
    5. Creating the background and the surface
      4m 51s
    6. Adding fish
      3m 16s
    7. Creating a fish brush
      6m 23s
    8. Adding rays of lights
      1m 31s
  3. 40m 24s
    1. Introduction
    2. Compositing the sky and land
      3m 26s
    3. Selecting the tree and compositing
      2m 25s
    4. Making a 3D staircase
      5m 4s
    5. Rendering stairs
      4m 6s
    6. Retouching the doorway
      8m 37s
    7. Compositing the doorway
      5m 51s
    8. Selecting and compositing a person
      4m 19s
    9. Adding shadows
      6m 11s
  4. 51m 59s
    1. Introduction
    2. Isolating and compositing the forest
      4m 15s
    3. Colorizing the forest
      1m 21s
    4. Adding mushrooms
      2m 17s
    5. Creating vines
      8m 15s
    6. Adding glow
      2m 44s
    7. Compositing vines
      3m 22s
    8. Isolating and compositing the child
      3m 55s
    9. Creating wings
      4m 48s
    10. Compositing the wings
      3m 49s
    11. Creating multiple fairies
      4m 28s
    12. Adding glow to fairies
      3m 16s
    13. Adding glow to the forest
      4m 57s
    14. Adding glow to the vines
      4m 17s
  5. 43m 24s
    1. Introduction
    2. Selecting buildings: Part one
      5m 45s
    3. Selecting buildings: Part two
      3m 29s
    4. Compositing elements
      2m 2s
    5. Compositing a polluted sky
      3m 20s
    6. Creating a brick wall
      6m 42s
    7. Compositing the brick wall
      5m 17s
    8. Adding graffiti
      5m 32s
    9. Lighting the wall
      4m 8s
    10. Adding weeds to the sidewalk
      3m 43s
    11. Positioning buildings and adding final touches
      3m 4s
  6. 44m 0s
    1. Introduction
    2. Compositing the background
      6m 55s
    3. Creating the book
      8m 13s
    4. Aging the book
      6m 28s
    5. Creating the 3D urn
      9m 55s
    6. Creating the pouring effect
      9m 0s
    7. Making vapor
      3m 12s
  7. 34s
    1. Goodbye

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Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 3
Video duration: 0s 3h 32m Intermediate


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. In this installment, learn how to transport your images into otherworldly territory, like an underwater coral reef, an enchanted forest, or even a menacing factory. Bert's 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 Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1 and Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 2 for more inventive illustrative techniques.

Topics include:
  • Isolating and retouching composite images
  • Colorizing backgrounds
  • Adding shadows
  • Creating effects like smoke and sparkle
  • Positioning elements
Design Photography


(MUSIC). Hi, I'm Bert Monroy, and welcome to Dreamscapes. This is a continuation of Volume 2. What I really want to stress is that, everything you're going to see is being done with very bad photography. In fact, most of it is taken with a phone, not a big fancy camera. The point is that, you can do just about anything you can imagine with Photoshop. And what am going to use is just very simple throw away vacation shots and transform them into some real effects. The effect that you can easily create by just following simple steps in Photoshop. Nothing elaborate, no fancy studio is necessary.

In fact, most of these things are the kind of vacation shots you would normally throw away. This is just very simple steps to create very fantastic scenes.

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