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Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1
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Creating the planet


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Video: Creating the planet

In this movie what we are going to do is we are going to put a distant planet right here. Because we are on a moon of this planet. It's going to be about half the size of our existing file, so when we look at the file here we see that it's 32 inches high. So what we are going to do is create a new file, and we'll make it a little smaller, let's say we'll make it 72 just like what we are working at 72, and we'll set this up to Inches, and we are going to make it 24 Inches high, and we'll make it 24 Inches square, there we go, and we'll click OK.
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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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Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1
4h 38m Intermediate Sep 18, 2012

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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!

Topics include:
  • Creating alpha channels
  • Isolating content with clipping groups and layer masks
  • Turning a day sky into a night sky
  • Compositing photos
  • Creating tableaus
  • Blending color and tone in combined images
  • Painting in explosions
Subjects:
Design Photography Design Techniques Digital Painting Masking + Compositing
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Bert Monroy

Creating the planet

In this movie what we are going to do is we are going to put a distant planet right here. Because we are on a moon of this planet. It's going to be about half the size of our existing file, so when we look at the file here we see that it's 32 inches high. So what we are going to do is create a new file, and we'll make it a little smaller, let's say we'll make it 72 just like what we are working at 72, and we'll set this up to Inches, and we are going to make it 24 Inches high, and we'll make it 24 Inches square, there we go, and we'll click OK.

So here is our new file where we are going to create our planet. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to get my Elliptical Marquee tool and right from the center here I'm going to hold my Option and Shift keys--Option will help me draw from the center out and the Shift will constrain it to a perfect circle--and I create this big circle about like that. That's going to be my planet. I'm going to create a new layer, right here, and I'm going to just fill it with, it doesn't matter just fill it with black because that's not going to be the color.

But to use the next filter, which is what I'm going to use to create the planet, I do need to have something inside that space. So now I'm going to and pick the colors for my planet. So I'm going to go in here, and we're going to pick this kind of an orangey color right here, nice light kind of beige color there like that okay. And then for the background we are going to go with that family but go really dark like say this guy down here, click OK. So we'll keep it as a similar color scheme to our actual moon back here.

So now that we have that in that planet, or that selection, I'm going to add a filter, and it's Render > Fibers, and there's Fibers. Now I can play around with the Variance to get all kinds of different details and such, but I'm just going to go with a little Variance I start getting these nice little tones like that, and I'm going to click OK, and I'm going to get that texture right there. Now that I have that texture, that's going to work for me, I'm going to start to give it that roundness by giving it another Filter here, under Distort we have Spherize, which I'm going to go in there, set to 100% I'm going to go ahead and say do it.

And then I'm going to apply it again, so I'm going to apply it a few times until it starts to have that really round kind of sense of the planet that I'm trying to create. One more time should do it, maybe one more just for fun, there, now we have this planet. It starts to have a feeling of something like Jupiter or something, we might even want to throw a couple of storms in there but we'll do that in another of our dreamscapes later. But there we see that we have this nice kind of a texture for our planet. And you know, just for the fun of it, I'm going to go in here, and I'm going to get a Lasso, and I'm going to select a little Feather for it, I am going to do a Feather of 20.

Now this is set to Pixels. So 20 is quite high because we are working at 72 dpi, if we were working at a 300 dpi, 20 isn't that match. So keep that in mind when you are setting some of these things that are set to Pixels. So I'm going to go in here, and I'm just going to select a little area right in here, like so, just like that, and I'm going to go to another filter, which I have a filter down here which is called Liquify. And Liquify, what I'm going to do is I'm going to do some weird stuff to this. I'm going to make my brush a little bigger and right in there I'm going to do something like little twisting just to twist this around like that just to start forming a little storm kind of a thing happening in that area right there just to add a little more variety to our little planet just like that just a little distortion, click OK, and there we see that we have this little distortion happening to our planet, that's the portion that we are going to see right in there.

Now, I'm going to take this and rotate it so that our planet is going to be kind of shaped like that. Well, maybe we'll even turn it this way, yeah that looks good, see we could do anything we want until we have exactly what we would like it to look like, and there is about the shape that we are going to have. In the next movie what we are going to do is we are going to add some rings to this planet.

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