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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 that we have this plane all crashed and broken up here, we are going to have to break up the glass. So I am going to get in real close here so we could see the glass, real close. And what we are going to do is create a layer right on top of this, where we are going to see the broken glass, and so I am going to go in here, and I am going to take my Pen tool. So my Pen tool will give me a lot more control. I am going to go in there and start breaking the glass. So what I am going to do is actually I am creating the negative area for the glass. So I am going to go in here and start to draw a bunch of splinters, the way I think the glass should have splinted.
Now here is a case where you might want to maybe break a window, not in your own house just somewhere, though I am not suggesting violence, but you should go out and break a window and see how it breaks. What does it look like? How does it look when the glass splinters and stuff? So that's what we are going to do here is we are just going to create the sense that this glass has been broken out. So we go in here and just create all these little splinters, and you notice in some cases, it's going right up to the edge and creating this little stuff going on here and here is our broken glass.
I am just going to click around just so I have enough of area covered where my glass has been broken. And I am just clicking, having good time with it, and let's just move that one, that's the beauty of the fact that we have our thing as a path is that I can maneuver it and play with it wherever I want. And those last couple of points we are going to knock out. So here we go, I am just going around, and let's pull this up.
So we are just going in, and let's just create a couple more. Okay, there is one glass. And we are going to break this one too. Let's close this window area and here we go. So there, there is our broken glass. Now that we have this area selected, what we are going to do is I am going to turn that path into selection, make it a selection, and I am going to do a couple of things to it.
One is I am going to go in there and in a new layer, a new layer for the broken glass itself, I am going to go in there, and I am going to go ahead and fill that with black. So I am going to go in there and choose the black, a nice deep color for thing, and we will go ahead and fill it, we'll just fill it, and there is the black. Okay, so now this layer right here, I got my layer, I am going to go to that layer and give it a Layer Style.
I am going to give it a Layer Style of Bevel & Emboss. Now I am going to sharpen this. I am going to sharpen it and make it real strong so I get really strong lights and darks. I am going to make it really small, just bring it down to about a 2, see what that is going to look like. That's fairly good, fairly good right there. In fact, we might even make it small or make it a 1. All right! So there, so there is our hard edge. Now we are not seeing the black stuff, so I don't want it to be black. I am going to go in there and pick a gray. So we'll pick a nice light gray, and we'll change this to Screen, which will allow the gray to show.
So now we got the top portion of our glass, but here we have all this broken glass, these big charred areas. I am going to click OK. Now, when we pull back, we see that now the glass looks like it's broken. Now that white in that area right there which is down along the bottom, it's a little strong, so I can go back into here and just bring down that white just a little so it's not just so strong, and I get a nice little effect like that, same thing with the gray, we will just tone it down just a little bit.
Click OK and here is the broken glass, which we are going to call it glass. Now, looking through the glass, let's turn this off for a second, we see that little area of the other side of the glass, the other side of the window, so what I am going to do is I am going to go in there and select that. I am going to use my magic wand, make sure I am in the plane layer right there, I am going to select that little area in there. There is that little area. So what I am going to do with that is in the plane, I am going to go in there and delete it, see? So now we see the jungle behind it because that's what it is we are seeing through this little thing.
And going back to the glass layer, here is the glass layer again, now there is the glass layer, what I am going to do is right in that area there, I am going to go in there and cut that area right out of my little window here by just going in there and say let's give this a mask. I am going to go in there and say mask it. Now I am seeing it only in there. So what I am going to do is simply invert the mask. So I am going to see everywhere else. Now, see that little edge that came up? I am going to go to my Bevel & Emboss. I am going to go into the Blending Options.
I am going to say that layer mask hides the effects. So right through that area we won't see the effect of our glass. Click OK. Now we see that this glass just expanded a little bit, so what I am going to do is I am just going to go in there and just cut out that little piece. So I am going to take my little Selection tool, and I got my glass. I am just going to go in there and cut this right through here, right through there, cut that piece out. I am going to take that piece, and I'm in the glass. I am going to go in there and just add a little black to that.
So there we see that we have that little extra little edge that that way it's showing through the window. So now when we look through that, we see the jungle through the glass, through the broken glass, and we see that all the glass is broken. Now in the next movie, we are going to finish the aging of the plane by adding the moss that has grown over the plane.
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