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Creating the sea

From: Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1

Video: Creating the sea

Now, the first thing we need for our scene of Atlantis rising from the sea is the sea itself. Now I've got a shot right here that I took one day in Bodega Bay, not a spectacular shot but this beach area right in front, this is perfect for what we need, right there. This other stuff, well that's not going to work because Atlantis, well we've got mountains back there and Atlantis is going to come up all by itself out of the sea right here. So all this stuff has to go, that sky has to go, we are going to create our own sky, it's going to be a little more misty, so we just want that foreground area.

Creating the sea

Now, the first thing we need for our scene of Atlantis rising from the sea is the sea itself. Now I've got a shot right here that I took one day in Bodega Bay, not a spectacular shot but this beach area right in front, this is perfect for what we need, right there. This other stuff, well that's not going to work because Atlantis, well we've got mountains back there and Atlantis is going to come up all by itself out of the sea right here. So all this stuff has to go, that sky has to go, we are going to create our own sky, it's going to be a little more misty, so we just want that foreground area.

And back here I have another shot, now this one you can see it is a very bad shot because of the setting, kind of overcast, one of those typical summer days in Bodega Bay, both in the Bodega Bay, California here. This area of the sea is perfect for what we want. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to select that portion back there. I like the angle of this beach, but I like the flowing back into infinity of this particular scene. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to select this whole area right here, and I'm going to drag it into the other sea right there. Okay, so there it is.

What I want to do now is I'm going to go in here, and I'm going to kind of stretch it out, I'm going to hit my F key to bring it to full screen so I can see everything there, and I'm going to stretch this out to fit into that other scene. So I'm going to go in there and do Command+T, and I'm going to pull it out, let's make it a little bigger, and bring it all the way out to there. And then I'm going to rotate it a little bit just to straighten out that horizon right in there like that and then bring it down so that it starts to match into that part of the sea right out there, kind of bringing it out just a little bit on both sides so it bleeds off just like that.

I want to curve it just a little bit just a little so we have a little bit of curvature there, and we'll click OK, and I'm going to move it down just a little more, right there. Now I want these guys to blend in together so I'm going to give that layer a mask. And I'm going to go in there, and I'm just going to throw a gradient right into it, white is where I'm going to see it and black is where it's going to hide. So I'm going to make sure I'm just going from black to white. And I'm going to go in here and start to create that little gradient right in there about like that.

There you can see where it is starting to flow together, we'll make it little bigger, there we go, and there we are starting to get that nice little flow from one sea into the other. So now it's starting to look like a long expansive of this kind of nice bluish sea. And now, the one in front is a little too saturated. I want to give it that muted kind of feel because this is going to have a kind of mystical look to our overall scene, so I'm going to go into Hue/Saturation right there, and I'm going to go in there and bring down the saturation for that foreground sea, so it starts to match the one in back a little more.

There you could see we are just getting a nice little match happening there, click OK, and now we have a continuous sea. Now the sky, sky, we are going to go in there, and we are going to pick a color, right there. I like this color right in there. That will be for the foreground color. And then for the background color, I'm going to pick a much deeper version. Let's go in here and say we pick this darker blue right there. That's going to look really good. So now I'm going to go in there and in a layer on top of this, I'm going to go and call this the sky, okay.

And we are going to call this one just so we can tell what our layers are, we are going to call this sea, far sea, all right. And now, I'm going to go in there and throw that gradient into my sky from the light color to the darker color right up in this area right here like this. Not that high up there, right about there, like that. That's looking good. Now I'm going to bring down the opacity just so I could see it there, and I could see, I'm going to give that another mask.

And this mask is going to be right in this little area right in here where I want it to appear, so I'm just going to give it a little gradient right through there, and there we can see that now we are getting this nice little effect of--there's our sky, it's nice and smooth going up, and we have created from this original scene here. We now have a complete sea, which is where we are going to have Atlantis rise.

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Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1

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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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