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Creating the basic cliff

From: Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1

Video: Creating the basic cliff

Now here we see a tree trunk. When I looked at this, I didn't see a tree trunk I actually saw it as this cliff. Now to isolate it I went in and created an alpha channel. The special movies on explaining an alpha channel will tell you how this was created but this isolates that little tree trunk from the rest of scene in back. So I'm going to load that channel to make it a selection, I'm going to send this over to a new Layer Via Cut. Now it's in its own layer and still it's like a tree trunk but now if you squint your eyes a little bit you could almost see a cliff here with a big city in the back ground, you can just let your imagination go to town here.

Creating the basic cliff

Now here we see a tree trunk. When I looked at this, I didn't see a tree trunk I actually saw it as this cliff. Now to isolate it I went in and created an alpha channel. The special movies on explaining an alpha channel will tell you how this was created but this isolates that little tree trunk from the rest of scene in back. So I'm going to load that channel to make it a selection, I'm going to send this over to a new Layer Via Cut. Now it's in its own layer and still it's like a tree trunk but now if you squint your eyes a little bit you could almost see a cliff here with a big city in the back ground, you can just let your imagination go to town here.

Now what I'm going to do here is I'm going to start to add a new top to it. So I have here another file that I have, which I called river because it has this river right there. This is a faraway scene kind of like our little cliff is faraway, so this is going to be the element that I'm going to bring into this scene. So I'm going to take this whole thing and bring it into here. So there it is. it's much bigger than I want so what I'm going to do is I'm going to in here and go back to the layer with the cliff.

Let's turn this one off for now, and I'm going to take the layer of the cliff, and I am going to surround this little part up on the top here, I'm just going to go and surround this little general area being pretty rough about it just to get a general idea of that shape, there's my basic shape up there. So now I turn this layer back on and what I'm going to do is with that selection made I'm going to go in there and say give it a mask. So now it's contained inside of that area. Let me hit the F key to bring me to full screen so I can pull back a little bit, so I could see the extent of the overall file itself, which is right here.

Here I'm in a mask, now I'm in the layer itself. I'm going to unlink them, and the reason for that is I'm going to resize that main image to fit my new top there, and if they link, the mask will be resized as well. I want the mask to stay exactly where it is so I unlink them. So now any modifications I do to the layer are not going to affect the mask, the mask will remain in place. So now, Command+T to bring up the actual handles, and you see they're much bigger than what I have, so let's escape. These files are in their original size in which they were created so now let's Command+T, now we could see it.

So I'm going to hold down my Option and Shift key to constraint it and size it from the middle and bring it down to a manageable size like that, put it centered in there, hit Enter that make it happen. And then I'm going to go to full screen here, so now I can kind of pretty much see my entire scene there. So I'm going to move it into place. Now I want that river just about there and yes that river is going to be cascading down in the form of a waterfall coming off this side of this cliff. So what I'm going to do right now is I want to keep the mask as is so let's just get a little closer and what I'm going to do is I'm going to take that mask and enhance it a little more.

So now what we are going to do is we are going to adjust this mask. So I got myself a paintbrush with a nice soft edge, make sure it's a nice soft edge. I am going to switch to the mask, and I want to expose so I'm going to use it white, I'm going to paint with a soft edge brush using white, make sure my Opacity is brought back up to 100%, and I'm painting in the mask. So as I start to paint on the edge you see that the area is coming back. I'm starting to expose more of what was hidden before by the mask. So I'm just going to kind of go right up to these little edges right in here, like so.

So it's getting exposed into this whole area right through here where I want it to be. Put the little river going right into that area, right in there like that. We'll just kind of bring this whole area back in here through there and right in through here as well. And let's just cover up that little hole right there. All right so that's starting to get there. This we are going to completely change so we are not going to worry about that. There is our river, that's what we needed. Now this grassy area I'd like to expand that into this area here.

So I'm going to take my Clone tool, and I'm going to set it up with soft edge brush as well. And I'm going to clone from right here, and I'm going to pick up this green and start putting it and make sure I'm into the layer itself. I'm going to pick up the green and just kind of throw it into this area right in here. So I'm just kind of getting rid of that little edge of water that we are seeing right in there. And that will expand this a little into here just so we get a little more grass going there, roughen that up there. I'm going to put another set of grass in here so we are not going to worry about that any more. So now we got the river going along the top of our cliff.

When we pull back we see that in our basic scene we're starting to get the sense that this is a big high plateau somewhere. In the next movie we are going to start to add all the details that go to the top of this cliff.

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Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1

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  1. 2m 12s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 14s
  2. 23m 11s
    1. Using clipping groups
      3m 33s
    2. Explaining alpha channels
      6m 29s
    3. Using layer masks
      3m 47s
    4. Creating alpha channels
      5m 56s
    5. Using Adobe Bridge to stay organized
      3m 26s
  3. 26m 6s
    1. Introduction
      14s
    2. Preparing the scene: Retouching
      7m 36s
    3. Turning day into night
      6m 18s
    4. Creating the sky
      6m 24s
    5. Creating chimney smoke
      5m 34s
  4. 16m 23s
    1. Introduction
      14s
    2. Creating the castle
      6m 14s
    3. Creating a floating island
      3m 29s
    4. The final composite
      6m 26s
  5. 29m 22s
    1. Introduction
      30s
    2. Creating the basic cliff
      4m 50s
    3. Including cliff details
      2m 38s
    4. Adding plateau details
      8m 53s
    5. Creating a cascading waterfall
      5m 31s
    6. Building a rock cliff
      2m 13s
    7. The final composite
      4m 47s
  6. 30m 49s
    1. Introduction
      40s
    2. Creating terrain
      3m 47s
    3. Adding buildings
      9m 18s
    4. Creating the planet
      4m 7s
    5. Creating planet rings
      9m 39s
    6. Adding atmosphere
      3m 18s
  7. 25m 4s
    1. Introduction
      49s
    2. Creating islands
      5m 56s
    3. Creating a beach
      4m 28s
    4. Adding a planet and a moon
      6m 42s
    5. Adding the secret base
      7m 9s
  8. 49m 34s
    1. Introduction
      33s
    2. Manipulating the plane with the Pen tool
      8m 12s
    3. Adding the logo to a curved surface
      4m 14s
    4. Compositing and aging the plane
      6m 14s
    5. Busting up the plane
      8m 54s
    6. Breaking glass
      5m 53s
    7. Adding moss and lighting
      7m 15s
    8. Adding water and reflection
      5m 2s
    9. Applying finishing touches
      3m 17s
  9. 26m 41s
    1. Introduction
      15s
    2. Creating the sea
      4m 15s
    3. Creating the dome
      8m 4s
    4. Compositing and colorizing the city
      9m 3s
    5. Adding a flock of birds with the Pen tool
      5m 4s
  10. 21m 6s
    1. Introduction
      22s
    2. Creating the scene
      7m 49s
    3. Making a castle on an island
      7m 16s
    4. Adding foliage
      5m 39s
  11. 27m 12s
    1. Introduction
      53s
    2. Composing the scene
      9m 6s
    3. Creating explosions
      8m 54s
    4. Adding flying debris
      3m 30s
    5. Applying finishing touches
      4m 49s
  12. 26s
    1. Final thoughts
      26s

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