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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!
So in this movie, we are going to create a beach, which is going to be right along this side here, cementing our island to our foreground. I've got back here one of the many shots that I've taken along my hikes, and this is somewhere along Tomales Point in Northern California, and this is going to be perfect for our beachhead. Now, I only want this area here. So I'm going to go ahead and select just that one area that I need, and I do want to have this foreground here. So let's make sure we get all of that foreground in there, and there it is.
I am now going to drag this scene into our overall image back here. Now I want to put this into foreground, it's going to be way in the foreground. So I'm going to flip it. I am going to go in there and say flip horizontally so that it is exactly where we want it to be, and I could bring down its opacity a little bit just like to see the island underneath, so I could start to get a feel of where it should be. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to start to shrink it down a little bit. So I'm going to go in there and start to shrink this beach down, bring it out, there is the whole foreground area, and I'm going to bring it down some more.
So it's just into this little area that I want it to be, right in here, right there like that. Now, this foreground stuff down here, we are probably going to end up losing some of that. But I will just play with it for now, right in there like that, okay. And I'm going to bring it down just a little bit more into this area here like this. All right. So now, I'm going to put it behind my thing just to see how that beach is forming, it's right in there. It's not quite the way I want it. So I'm going to go in there and shrink it a little bit more.
And I'm going to shrink it non-uniformly so that I can actually play with this perspective a little bit here. No problem with it, I can do anything I want, so we'll just move that into position right in there like that. Click OK. So now we are starting to see where our beach is starting to work. So now, I'm going to go in there and bring its opacity back up, and I'm going to give it a mask. In this mask, I'm going to start to now blend it into its background. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to paint with black and make sure I have a very soft brush, and I'm going to start to paint up in this area here.
Make the brush a little bigger, I can very quickly paint some of this stuff right out. I'm going to slowly start to blend it into my existing sea back here and then start to erase right along here. So I start to bring my island into play. So now it's starting to mix right in there like that. Now I'm going to start to lower my opacity of my brush, so I'm going to bring it down to about 50%. So now I can very slowly start to blend these rocks into the beach. And there you can see that now we are starting to get our little beachhead right on the edge of our rocks, right in here, like so.
There we can see that we are starting to get all of the beach blending in. And then out here, we are going to start to kind of loosen this up a little bit, get rid of some of these rocks, we don't want all those rocks, and this little area right in here, we are going to just kind of soften this up, and now we can get a hard edge brush because with a hard edge brush, we can create very, very definite edge to this and bring this back up to 100%, so I can go in there and make a very definite edge to that little rock right there. There we can see that now we are starting to get our beach happening here and there.
So now, the actual water back here, we are going to take that water, remember we have a second piece of it here, so I'm going to bring this out, I'm going to bring this over so that we are going to get some light along this edge right in there. So now we are starting to get some light, right into here. Now the reason for this light is because we are going to put some planets here in the next movie. So now that I have that there, I'm going to go back to the mask over here and blend it in some more. So let's get that soft brush again and bring down the opacity, bring it down to about 50, make the brush a little bigger, and I'm going to start to blend these up just a little more just blend them in there so that they start to give it that same sense of these waves do in fact belong with this existing water just like that.
And there we can see that now we have all these nice little waves that's crashing into the shoreline. There we go, and now we have an entire beachhead that's been established, that fits with our-- and see, and I'm just going to clean it up. As I look at it, I start to see little areas where I want to just bring back the natural cliff side back, and there we can see that now we have a beachhead. In the next movie, we are going to put some planets up here in the sky.
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