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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!
In all the previous movies we've gotten to where we are now. And looking at it, our cliffs are really starting to look like a tree trunk again. So what we are going to do is we are going to take this section here and change it a bit. So what we are going to do is add some rocky surface to this. Now in all my travels I take shots of everything, and I have here a nice stone facade, nice texture of stone. This is going to be perfect for our rock cliff, and you notice that these shadows are going in the right direction, it's just where we need them.
So we got this little curve here so that's going to be a nice little area to work with. So what I want to do is I am going to take this section right in here, I am going to drag that into our scene. Now it's quite large, now I want to make sure it's in the right place so let's make sure that it's in front of our tree trunk right down there, that's where it belongs. So now you see it's going to fall and in front of our tree truck right there, there it is in place. So now, what I am going to do is I am going to shrink it down to the size that we want, bring it down.
There is that nice little curvature that we saw in that scene there, so I am going to just put right behind the waterfall right there like that, click OK. Now we see that we have a completely new structure back here, which almost matches what's happening back here. Now it's a little bright, so I am going to into my Hue/Saturation where I am going to bring down the Saturation a bit so it's not so strong, it start to match more what's going on over here. I am going to darken it just a tad so it starts to look more like the same kind of material but just a little rougher. Click OK, and we do have this shadow.
So what I am going to do is I am going to take my Burn tool, and I am just going to hit the F to bring us to full screen, so I just brush where I want. And I am going to go in here, and I am just going to very lightly go in here, and let's set this up to the Midtones, make the brush a little smaller, and I'm going to kind of darken it behind the waterfall right in there like that, and I'm going to darken some of these areas in here a little more just to give them a little more definition, and it just darken that area behind the waterfall just a little bit more, right in there like that. And there we see that now our cliff is starting to have a whole new life.
In the final movie of this particular chapter we are going to add the background that this cliff is living in.
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