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Learn how to create artwork with Adobe Photoshop—no fine art skill required—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. This installment shows you how to fill your scenes with imaginary creatures, stormy weather, ancient ruins, and more. 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!
Check out the original Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1 for more inventive illustrative techniques.
Now we've got the ground pretty well lit, we have to now light up the building, right where those lanterns are hitting it. So, here's where we need the original building before we did this modification. What I'm going to do is I'm going to duplicate the structure. And we'll put the strucure right here in front of this scene. And what we're going to do here is I'm going to go in and go into levels for my structure. And I'm going to go in there and get a little more detail on those bricks. I want to get some nice detail on the bricks right in there like that. OK, that looks good.
And I'm going to go into my hue saturation and maybe pump up the saturation a bit. Just a little bit. Oh, maybe we'll just go in there and Colorize it. Just to make sure that we get the exact colors that we want. Punch up that Saturation. There we go. So, we've got this nice little effect going there. And, let's go back into Levels and just pump up those little brick definitions a little more. OK, so there. So now we've got this nice stuff going on there. We've lost it here completely, so what I'm going to do is I'm going just take this portion of the building right here and copy it right over to here, and do a little Flip Horizontal on it. Alright.
So there's our little wall on this side. Just like that. Alright? So, you select that. And, like we did with the sidewalk, we're going to go ahead and give this a black mask. So I option, give it a mask. And in the mask, with a white brush, again. I'm going to go in there and just paint in, very lightly into the wall. The light that's coming from our lanterns, I put it right through there, and I'm doing it with a lower opacity so that way it's going to very lightly give me control of how I'm creating my effect here.
And there we go, and add that little light right in there. A little more in here, and then, then we got this light coming from here. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to just add a little, little glow across the building right there, so it looks like that light is coming from that window there. So we got that little area lit. So there we see that now we have our building lit up the way it should, and just like, we didn't need little ghosts visiting the ancient town. I'm going to go in here and just draw a little bit of a shadow. I'm going to get a little brush and I'm just going to draw a little shadow right across there like that, and a little shadow here.
Let's make it a little straighter. There you go. And we'll do one right there though here, we've gotta be really small, so we'll get the brush even smaller. And we'll just draw little shadows, right there where we're getting the little shadows from the, the lantern itself. And now, we see that the building is lit, all from these little lanterns. Now, in the, next scene, we're going to start to create the storm.
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