Correcting image adjustments
Video: Correcting image adjustmentsSo, 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.
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Learn to think like a painter and render images that look like they were created with oils or acrylics, using the latest digital artist's tools. Author and artist John Derry introduces the process of interpreting a photograph into a painted work of art. He begins by explaining his system of visual vocabularies, which describe how to replace the visual characteristics of a photograph with that of expressive painting, and also shares the custom brush sets and actions he uses to achieve these results in Adobe Photoshop. The course also covers working with filters, layers, effects, and more to add further detail and texture.
- Setting up a Wacom tablet
- Removing lens distortions
- Correcting distracting image elements
- Making shadow and highlight adjustments
- Simplifying details with filters and Smart Blur
- Modifying color
- Cloning layers
- Using a traditional paint color swatch set
- Using custom actions
- Working with canvas texture
- Creating physical surface texture effects
- Painting with custom brushes
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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