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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 what we are going to do is start to create the explosions. Now I need a special brush for that. There's not an explosion brush that comes with Photoshop, so I am going to create one. So I am going to create a New File here, where I am going to create my little explosion brush, so right here, and let's just hit F7, so we don't have to see all this other stuff going on, and we'll go to full screen. There we go. Now what I am going to do is I am going to use black, and I am going to take my existing paintbrush, I am going to soften it up quite a bit, very soft.
And I will make it a little bigger, too, and what I am going to do right here is I am going to just draw a couple little dots. Just drawing a couple, little dots, make it smaller, increase my Opacity a bit and start drawing other little dots. Now I am going to start to kind of connect these a little bit. So I am going to just do a couple of things to do that, I am going to smear a couple just so I get a little smearing happening going in there like this, and let's just smear a few.
And then I am going to go in with the brush again and kind of just bring down the Opacity way down and just kind of add a couple extra little tonalities inside here. I am just basically almost looking like I am creating a little puff of smoke. Okay, it's kind of like the little cloud, the smoke that we created in the moonlit night, but this one we are creating from scratch. So it is the basic shape of what I want to create right there. I'll make a little tiny brush and just add a couple of little wispys in the edges like that.
I am going to select that and turn that into a Brush, and we'll call it Explosion. Now it's going to serve a multitude of purposes, but its main purpose is going to be the explosions, so we will just call it an Explosion, so now we can close this. We don't need it. Now back in our overall scene here, the first thing we are going to do is change the sky a bit. Now the entire foreground is going to be changed in the next movie, but for this movie, we got to just change our background scene here.
So what I am going to do is I am going to pick some darker tones. So I am going to get a dark blue, kind of a murky blue like this, going into a lighter version of that same blue, like that, and I'm going to throw a gradient in that background. So now we can say, we have set the foreground and background, and I'll just throw kind of a murky tone like that to our sky, maybe a little too purple, but that's okay. It's a war ravaged city, they are not really worried about a nice beautiful blue sky. So in a layer on top of that is where we are going to start to create our explosion, and we are going to name this one. We are going to call it explosion.
And I am going to choose a nice Bright yellow color, Bright yellow like let's say almost white, not like that, I think we'll go even lighter, right there like that. I am going to take that brush I just created. There it is, there is my brush I just created, which right now is going to do that. So what I want to do is I want to go in here and start to play with it. I am going to go in and play around with this brush, I am going to give it a little spacing. Give this some spacing, you can see what is starting to happen there.
I am going to go to Shape Dynamics, where I am going to move that angle around, so it's not so pronounced. And I am going to do a little scattering on it, but not that much just a little bit of scattering just like this. All right, so I have a little spacing and stuff right in there like that. Click OK, I'm going to make the brush much smaller and right in here I am going to start to draw, and I am going to bring the Opacity back up, back up to 100% I am going to start drawing with that color I just created, that yellow.
Now I am going to just draw in here all these little kind of shapes like this. Now this is going to be the basic explosion. It doesn't look like an explosion yet, but it will start to look like one in a few minutes. Now I am going to make it a little bigger, bring down the opacity a bit and start to throw some softer puffs along the edges like that. Now to this, I am going to go in there, and I am going to give this explosion a Layer Style. I am going to give it an Outer Glow, and this Outer Glow is going to be a Bright, Bright orange, very Bright orange, almost red like that.
This is an Outer Glow, which I am not going to expand that. I am going to expand that glow so it comes out like that, really strong kind of a glow. Then I am going to give it a--and we'll even increase the Opacity of that a little bit, we get this strong glow going on there. And then I am going to give it an Inner Glow, and the Inner Glow is going to be a nice deep kind of a warm yellow like this, which I am then going to go in there and start to--and this is set to screen, which we are not seeing, because it is actually darker than the original color.
So I am going to set that to Multiply. So I am going to get that kind of color happening inside, and when we increased the size of that one a little bit, so you start to get that kind of an effect happening right inside there. I am going to bring up the Opacity a little more, so I get a really strong effect of that color, right in there like that. Click OK, so there is the beginning of our explosion. So now what I am going to do is I am going to bring our colors to black and gray and a nice deep gray like this, and with that same brush I am now going to start to create the smoke.
So in a layer behind it, I am going to hold down my Command key and click New layer which we have created behind, and I am going to call it smoke. I am going to start to throw in little puffs. And let's add one more feature to our brush, and that is the Color Dynamics so that it's going to go in there and create a little color dynamics, and I am going to go in to my Shape Dynamics and set up that Size Jitter. So I am going to start getting more of a Size Jitter and a little bit more of an Angle, click OK. So now I am going to start to throw all this smoke back in here, and I can throw much bigger brush, so I can start getting bigger puffs of smoke all through this area back here, all this smoke that is starting to happen from this main explosion that's just happened back here.
All this smoke is just pouring up into the sky. Then back here we have a smaller brush, and there are some other smokes from some other explosions that happened, and I am getting too much color, so let's go to Color Dynamics, we'll just get that Hue slider over there and bring the Saturation down. All right, so let's start throwing some puffs of smoke that are just coming from other explosions down in this area here. And then there is one really far away, so I am going to make the brush much smaller, and we've got this other smoke coming out from back, way back there somewhere.
All right, so we are going to go in there, and let's just go to a full screen here so that we can really see what we are doing here. And I am just going to start to create this smoke, I am going to make it larger now, much larger brush and bring down its Opacity so that start to blend that smoke in with bigger puffs, same back here. And I am going to add a few more to that main explosion that just happened just so we start getting some more smoke happening all through that area in there. So here's the other explosions that have been happening.
So now I am going to create a layer on top of the explosion right here, right here. We'll call it front smoke, and we are going to take that same brush, so at this time it is going to be really small, and we are going to start to add little puffs of smoke all through this area right in here so it starts to break up our explosion. Now I am just going to start drawing all these little shapes that are just going to cover up parts of the outside edges and start blending our explosion into our little smoky patches.
And some of them we'll start making it even darker. We'll start getting all this smoke and fire happening all through this explosion. Now we'll make it bigger. I am going to bring that Opacity some more and just kind of add bigger puffs along the top, right through there like that, and now we see this major explosion that's just happened way back there in our city. Now in the next movie, I am going to add all the final touches to this, including all the debris that's being thrown up from this explosion.
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