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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 in the last movie we added this terrain to the top of our tree trunk to make it look like it's a plateau. Now taking that away we see that there is this really great cracks going through the tree trunk. I'd like to bring some of those back so that they show through our terrain here. So what I am going to do is I am going to go in here, and I am going to turn that off, and I am going to make sure I'm in the layer of the trunk here, and I am going to go look at the channels. I am going to look at the Red, the Green, and the Blue.
Now the Green has nice detail going on this, nice and sharp, that's the one I want. I am going to duplicate that layer to an Alpha Channel. Now in this Alpha Channel here what I am going to do is I am going in there, and I am going to invert it, Adjustments > Invert. So now I see I got these nice white tones in there. So I am going to go into my Levels, and I am going to start to darken my darks and lighten my lights. You see how I am starting to get a really strong definition of all those little cracks in my tree trunk here.
Go all the way in there and so I click OK, so now these areas here are really nice and strong. Now that I have this what I am going to do is I am going to go back to my color, and I am going to load that selection. I am going to just do it up here so you could see I am going to say Load Selection, I am going to say I want to use the Green copy, that's the one, and I am going to say load it. I am going to go back to my Layers and turn on that layer, and let's see it. What I want to do is work in the mask.
Now remember that black hides in the mask, so I am going to paint with a black brush. Now I am going to start to paint in to those areas of those particular tones. Let's get a larger brush, and I am going to start to paint in, and as I paint in you could see that I am starting to expose those areas of those cracks. And now let's just hide those marching ants, we just got the main areas so we see where they are so that way we can see better where we are working. So now I am going to start to go in there and continue to paint where I want my cracks to appear right through there just like that, and now we have this nice texture going on to the top of our cliff.
We've brought back this big drop here and a couple of little cracks in front and then this nice crack going through there and then this main little valley being caused right in there, which at this point it's a valley, because this is a big plateau on top here. There we see that we've brought back all the details on the top of our trunk.
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