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Correcting image adjustments

From: Digital Painting: Architecture

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So, we're to the point now where we've got our composite of our foreground, which is our castle, and we've got the background now, which is out in the country here. But I noticed there's a couple of things that I need to correct before we go any further, and one of them is pretty obvious right here. It's this, kind of, the edge of the world just falls off. We need to fix that. So, I need to somehow add material that's not there, and the quickest way to do that is probably to just stretch this, the segment of this out. I'm going to select the layer that has the castle on it.

Correcting image adjustments

So, we're to the point now where we've got our composite of our foreground, which is our castle, and we've got the background now, which is out in the country here. But I noticed there's a couple of things that I need to correct before we go any further, and one of them is pretty obvious right here. It's this, kind of, the edge of the world just falls off. We need to fix that. So, I need to somehow add material that's not there, and the quickest way to do that is probably to just stretch this, the segment of this out. I'm going to select the layer that has the castle on it.

Let's get our Select tool, and I'm going to go ahead and just select this area, and I'm going to do Command or Control+T to put this into Transform mode. And now I can take this, and I can just stretch it out, so it goes beyond the border of our edge, and hit Return, and then if I do a Command or Control+D to delete this selection, we're done with that. So, very simple, easy to fix. The other thing I saw, and let's zoom up here a bit, is right here, in aligning all of these horizontals and verticals.

This particular area here got stretched kind of weird, because this is a rounded tower element. And when you get down here, all of a sudden, that stretched out in some strange way that obviously isn't correct anymore. So I need to fix that a bit. Always keeping in mind, with every one of these I do, you've always got to be cognizant of the fact that this is going to be a painting. So, I will fix it, but I don't necessarily have to make it perfect, because this isn't like we're retouching a photograph. And the way I'm going to do this is, I'm going to go up and use the Liquefy tool, and we're going to address this area down here.

So I'm going to go ahead and zoom up, quite a ways, and I'm going to use very small here. And, again, we're not trying to necessarily do a retouching job here. I just want to kind of reestablish a little bit of that roundness. So I'm not going to be perfect. You always got to be aware of the fact that you are creating the painting here, and that's close enough. It doesn't have to be perfect, right, just it was one of those What's That moments, and if it make you think, what's that, you probably need to think about fixing it.

So. I can see a little divot in there, but it's, it's no big deal, because once we paint this, those edges are going to be all changed out. So it's no big deal. So, we've taken care of a couple little hiccups that were in our image, and it's always good to stop along the way and take time to look at some of these. I would've encountered that at some point anyway, but just to stop and take a look at the image and assess it and see, you know, what are some things that I might be able to adjust. It's the kind of thing that your'e going to want to do on a regular basis as you're working through an image.

So, small changes, but just little things that are going to smooth the road, as we move forward.

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Digital Painting: Architecture

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  1. 26m 4s
    1. Introduction
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      32s
    3. Installing custom content
      2m 46s
    4. Setting up Wacom express keys
      13m 32s
    5. Setting Wacom touch ring preferences
      2m 14s
    6. Setting Wacom stylus preferences
      3m 24s
    7. Division of labor: Image prep and painting
      2m 33s
  2. 19m 9s
    1. Visual vocabularies
      3m 49s
    2. The vocabulary of photography
      7m 38s
    3. The vocabulary of painting
      4m 59s
    4. Looking at reality through a mental painting filter
      2m 43s
  3. 38m 57s
    1. Removing lens distortion with the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      6m 47s
    2. Removing distractions
      8m 7s
    3. Don't be a slave to the original photograph
      10m 51s
    4. Correcting image adjustments
      2m 58s
    5. Telling a story with added image elements
      10m 14s
  4. 25m 2s
    1. The eye has a better sensor than a camera
      3m 2s
    2. Adding natural shadows with Field Blur
      8m 47s
    3. Using the Shadow/Highlight adjustment filter
      7m 48s
    4. Using the HDR Toning filter
      5m 25s
  5. 39m 56s
    1. Resolution is in the brushstrokes
      3m 26s
    2. Using the Surface Blur filter
      6m 17s
    3. Using the Displacement filter to add imperfections
      6m 22s
    4. Using the Oil Paint filter
      11m 51s
    5. Making tonal and color corrections
      12m 0s
  6. 22m 40s
    1. Nondestructive layer painting (NDLP): Your creative safety net
      5m 54s
    2. Setting up the Mixer Brush cloning action
      7m 29s
    3. Using cloning layers
      2m 58s
    4. Working with adjustment layers
      6m 19s
  7. 20m 7s
    1. Using tool presets and not brushes
      3m 41s
    2. Categorizing and organizing brushes
      6m 14s
    3. Adding canvas texture
      4m 51s
    4. Using Sample All Layers
      5m 21s
  8. 14m 48s
    1. You must destroy detail
      2m 9s
    2. Establishing compositional structure
      3m 46s
    3. Determining a style and sticking to it
      7m 30s
    4. Painting in progress: Finishing the underpainting layer
      1m 23s
  9. 26m 40s
    1. Understanding simplified indication
      9m 9s
    2. Understanding color: Warm advances, cool retreats
      4m 9s
    3. Painting in progress: Introducing texture to the intermediate layer
      13m 22s
  10. 40m 19s
    1. The play's the thing
      5m 18s
    2. Focusing on the subject through detail
      4m 40s
    3. Using a traditional paint color swatch set
      4m 37s
    4. Painting in progress: Completing the detail layer
      16m 25s
    5. Adding surface texture effects
      9m 19s
  11. 12m 47s
    1. It pays to wait a day
      1m 55s
    2. Adjusting your importance hierarchy
      4m 49s
    3. You'll never paint the same thing twice
      2m 7s
    4. Helpful resources and inspiration
      3m 56s

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