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Creating a line of crenellations

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Now let's join the pointed top crenelation with this These arches are too big, so let's scale them Let's scale this so two arches exactly match two crenulations. Holding down the Shift key, Drag > Copy > Line it up perfectly.

Creating a line of crenellations

Now let's join the pointed top crenelation with this arch decoration in a way that it exactly repeats. That way we can use it to create a long line of crenulations. These arches are too big, so let's scale them down, and then move them right under the crenulations. Let's scale this so two arches exactly match two crenulations. Holding down the Shift key, Drag > Copy > Duplicate the arches so we have four in a row. Choose the Rectangular Marquee tool and Select this right edge so that we can move it over onto the left.

Line it up perfectly. It looks like the arch piece is just a little too long. I'm going to merge those two layers together, and scale the whole thing. The arch and the crenulations do need to exactly match. We need to test it to make sure the two sides match exactly, so merge the arches and crenulations, then Copy >Shift > Drag to make sure the duplication is perfect. That matches exactly. So we're good to go. Let's undo that. Now that we know the duplication is working. Let's do a little additional painting to clean up the section. When I cleaned up this archway a little bit, and this top white line still looks a little too light.

Looking at these more closely, I think the arches are kind of overwhelming the crenulations, so I'm going to select them with the marquis tool and scale them down. I also noticed that the bricks in the crenulations are much larger than the ones in the arches, so I'm going to go through and cut these bricks in half. This will help to keep the crenulations in the arch forms in scale with each other. That's looking pretty good, let's Cmd, Ctrl, Option, Alt, Shift>Drag Copy it to the right and make sure it still matches. Perfect, and duplicate it again.

Merge the two layers together and scout it over. Select all then copy the crenulations out of the file and re-open your castle text rate file if your closed it. Paste the crenulations in the castle file. They're too big, so zoom in and scale them down to a more reasonable size. And compare them to what's already there. That looks pretty good. Move them up to the top where there's some more room. And let's think about how many crenulations we're going to need. I think the longest expanse on this castle is the front bridge.

So let's count these. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19. So let's call it 20 crenulations. We already have 16, we need 4 more. Marquee around these final four. Now, holding down on the Shift key, along with the Cmd, Opt, or Ctrl+Alt keys, duplicate those to the right side, and carefully line them up with the other crenulations. Now we have a nice, long layer of crenulations.

Name the layer Crenulations Flat, and that's it. We're ready to start placing the photo realistic crenulations on the castle using photoshop's amazing vanishing point tool in the next lesson.

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Digital Matte Painting Essentials 4: Texturing

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  1. 1m 51s
    1. Introduction
      59s
    2. Using the exercise files
      52s
  2. 44m 5s
    1. Why did we wait so long to use photographic textures?
      1m 55s
    2. Prepping the form study for texturing
      5m 32s
    3. Transfer modes
      9m 4s
    4. Color basics
      4m 45s
    5. Creating a stone texture
      3m 26s
    6. Adding the dark side's base texture
      3m 57s
    7. Adding the light side's base texture
      3m 40s
    8. Rounded textures and the Warp tool
      6m 33s
    9. Websites for matte painting reference
      5m 13s
  3. 30m 12s
    1. Creating a photographic crenellation
      7m 30s
    2. Creating a line of crenellations
      3m 27s
    3. The Vanishing Point tool
      4m 54s
    4. Adding crenellations using the Vanishing Point tool
      3m 4s
    5. Trimming the crenellations
      7m 9s
    6. Adding back sides to the crenellations
      4m 8s
  4. 29m 36s
    1. Levels and Curves anatomy
      5m 26s
    2. Camera Raw
      3m 33s
    3. Using Levels and Curves
      4m 55s
    4. Color correcting individual RGB channels
      3m 19s
    5. Toning the base castle
      5m 35s
    6. Toning the crenellations
      6m 48s
  5. 32m 25s
    1. Adding photographic elements
      4m 19s
    2. Distorting the dome and rectangular faces
      5m 18s
    3. Relighting the dome
      5m 59s
    4. Color correcting the dome
      1m 52s
    5. Adding more photographic details
      5m 57s
    6. Relighting the new details
      3m 50s
    7. Color correcting the details
      5m 10s
  6. 51m 33s
    1. Extreme color correction
      3m 36s
    2. Adding a photographic sky
      6m 27s
    3. Adding background mountains
      5m 32s
    4. Integrating the details
      7m 30s
    5. Collapsing layers and more details
      5m 13s
    6. The final paint layer
      6m 28s
    7. Lights and glows
      7m 16s
    8. Smoke and flames
      9m 31s
  7. 33s
    1. Goodbye
      33s

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