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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!
Now we are going to create the rings for this planet. I want those rings to be quite large, and I want to use the planet as my basis, so I am going to have to go in there and increase the size of my canvas to accommodate the rings. Now I want the background to be white so I am going to return the Foreground and Background Colors to black and white, and then I am going to increase the canvas. I am going to pull back a bit, and I am going to press the F key so I get just this screen here, and I'm going to just go back a little bit more, I'm going to come up and say Image > Canvas Size. I am going to increase the Width quite a bit, so it's 24 right now, I am going to go head and make it let's go 60 inches and make sure that that planet is centered, click OK, now I got all this additional space.
That's plenty of space for me to create the rings. So now, I am going to take my Elliptical tool right here--now this is not the Elliptical selection this is Elliptical tool which creates shapes. I don't want it to create a shape, I want it to act as a Pen tool, so I come up here, and I am going to choose Path. Now when I use it it's going to create paths that are elliptical. So I am going to start from the center of my planet right here and hold down my Option key, and I am going to start to draw out this long set of rings just like that.
That's what the ring is going to look like just like that. All right so now, what I am going to go do is I am going to select that ring, and I am going to copy it and just go into here and say Copy, and then I am going to Paste it. Then I Paste it right on top, it looks like nothing happened but what happened is that original one is underneath and became deselected, the new one is on top, and it is selected. I am going to press Command+T to allow me to transform the path.
And I am going to drag it in from the top, drag it in from the bottom. Now I am not doing this uniformly because you are looking at this for shortening so it's going to be a little different. I am going to bring the sides in right a bit, right like that. Those could be fairly equal and bring this down just to tad, and this up just a little bit. Now I am going to say do it. So there is my basic shape of my ring, I am going to have a still selected, I have my Pointer tool selected so when I hit my cursor keys it can move the path.
I am going to move it up so that this will widen, and that will become a little narrower, giving me the sense that those rings are way in back just like that. All right so now I am going to paste again, there it is again. I am going to go in there and transform this one, and this time I'll do it from the center out so I'll hold down my Option key, and I'll just bring it in about like that, and we'll put that one right there, and then I am going to go in there and just shorten this one and shorten that one just a little bit, there we go about like that make it happen.
There we have another ring going on in there. So now, now that I have these basic shapes, these are going to be my rings. So what I am going to do now is I'm going to go in there, and you don't need my planet anymore, I am going to go in here and start to play with the rings. So I am going to select a new layer, and we shall start naming these so we know what we are doing here, this is the planet right there, and this will be the outer ring. I am going to go in there, and I am going to pick a color for that outer ring, and we could pick it right from the planet.
So I am going to pick this light tone, right here, this lightest tone right there and just turn the planet off again, and I am going to pick a lighter version of it, so let's go right into this area here like that. And in that layer I am going to go ahead and take that path and fill it just like that. Now I am going to take this inner one right here, that's that second one right there, and I am going to go and turn that into a selection, turn off the paths so that they are not on and with that area selected I am just going to hit the Delete key.
Deselect it, so there is my first ring. I have that second set of rings right in there this one right here, so I got that same color. What I wanted to do this time is make a little narrow extra ring there and a little lighter too. Let me go a little lighter, maybe less saturation there, right there, and I am going to get a paint brush. And I got a paint brush right now which is that size, that's a good size right there. So with that I am going to go in there and take that path, and it's only going to take into consideration the one that's selected, the other two are deselected, so it's only going to work with that one.
I am going to say, stroke it, and that created another ring on the inside like that. So now, it's getting nice and close. So we can see what's going to happen, I am going to go in there, and I am going to blur them a little Gaussian Blur just enough to soften them just like that. Bring my planet back, and now we see that have these rings around the planet. Don't worry about that we'll get rid of that in a few minutes. Now let's go back to a, the regular windows, and we are going to transform these guys into our scene here.
So, there is my scene, so I want the scene just to happen in the background. So I make sure that I have my background there, it's selected so that anything I bring in will fall right on top of it. So I am going to take the planet, there is my planet, and I am going to drag it in to my scene and put it in position where I want it right about there. Now I am going to take the rings, there is the rings, and I am going to drag them into the scene, right there.
So now just go to full screen so we can see what's happening and pull back a little bit, so I can see all the elements in unison here. So now I am going to take my rings, there is the rings I still have them. So I am going to go in there and rotate them. So they are in fact around the planet just like that, and I want to center them around that planet. I might want to make them a little smaller, they're a little too big so I can see that curvature so I really get the feel that they are rings. So I am going to in there and shorten them a little bit.
There they are right in there like that, make it happen. So now I am going to go in here and make the planet a selection, and now that the planet is a selection I am going to go in there and in the rings layer I am going to say, give it a mask. So now we are seeing it only inside there, so what I wanted to do is I am going to take that mask and invert it. So I just go in there and Invert it, there now you see it here right, it hit the area in back. I want to bring this part back into mask, I take white and with a paint brush make the brush a little bigger I'll just bring the rings back in this area here, and there they are on top of my planet.
So now they have to be there, so the planet we have that light, our light is coming from down here somewhere, right somewhere in this area I would say just about to our left and forward of this stone section. So what I am going to do is I am going to double-click on the planet layer to bring up the layer Styles, and I am going to give it an Inner Shadow just like that. And my light, it's coming from this side so I can go in there and start giving a little Distance. So we could where it's coming, okay so it's got to come more from this side because I want that shadow to be down in this area here, right about there.
Let's go little more distance, little more, there we go, so we are starting to get that, and maybe a little bigger. So there we have this dark shadow on our planet. Right in there click OK, and there is the shadow on the planet. Now, the planet has to cast this shadow on the rings. So in the layer of the rings right here I am going to create a layer on top of it, and we're going to call this layer shadow. And I got to go in there and with black I am going to just paint where my shadow is going to be, and I want that shadow to be just about this area here like this just like that.
So, what I am going to do is I am going to clip that with the layer of the rings so now that shadow is contained inside there, I can bring down the Opacity just a little, so it's not so dark just a little darkness, and I am going to go ahead and blur it. I am going to give the same Blur, Gaussian Blur but soften it up a little more so it becomes a soft kind of a shadow inside the rings right in there like that. And now that we have that I'm going to take all three of these guys, and I am going to bring them down in Opacity just a little bit so that we start to see the background coming through.
All right, so now I want to lighten up the bottom part of this planet, why because the atmosphere is obscuring part of the thing along the horizon, the visibility of the planet. So, I got the planet, I am going to give it a mask and in the mask using black and a brush which has a soft edge, really nice soft edge, and I brought the Opacity down to about 27% just kind of go to very lightly start to make the planet disappear towards the bottom. And then I am going to do the same thing to the rings.
It already has a mask so I am going to very lightly just make that part disappear just like that. And now we have this planet up in the sky. In the next and final movie of this chapter we are going to add a little atmosphere right here on the surface of our moon.
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