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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 this early morning shot in the city of Florence is going to be the basis for our moonlit night, in the days of the renaissance. Now of course, there are some things here which shouldn't be here, like this truck and some of these people, because we are going to talking way into the wee hours of the night. So we need to eliminate some of these people in the street. Now these people here I am not going to worry about, because I am going to crop this. So the first thing we are going to do is crop it to the way I want it to be. So I am going to crop it right about in this area here and come down to about this section about like that, and I am going to go in there and say Crop.
So that's it, that is the beginnings of our image. Now let's get in closer and start to do the retouching that's necessary to get rid of all these people. Now some of them, once it gets dark, you are not going to see them anyway, so it is not that crucial to get them perfect, but I do want to get them as close to perfect as possible. So I am going to use my Clone tool, I am going to get a smaller brush here, and I am going to Option+Alt-click right here so that I can just go in there and start to get rid of this person right there. That's good enough. That's just enough that I need to get rid of him.
Same thing with this one here, I am going to click and kind of paint that person out and bring that wall down into this area here, Option right there, and bring it down, so there we are painting the wall in. Same thing with this person, now, you notice that I am lining the little crosshairs with that edge of the wall so that I can then start in that same area and just drag it down. So you can see that I am just getting ridding of all this, and it's just working right down to the area of the sidewalk right there and then bring the sidewalk over.
So just like that, and that person is now gone. And this area here, these areas are so intricate here that we want to be a little more precise. So I am going to go in here, and you notice that I am starting with that edge right there and at the bottom, so I am going to click right there and then go right here. So I can start to create my own new edge right through there, and you can see I am lining these guys up, and I am starting to get this person gone there, and this person gone. Now I am going to bring up the wall, so I can just slowly start to click down.
Now I am not doing complete swipes, I am doing single little touches and the reason for that is if you do a complete swipe, what is there originally will be brought down below so that's why I wanted to just get these nice little bricks to appear as individual bricks. Now I am going to go in there and clean up the sidewalk. Now, the truck here is a little more complex. So what I am going to do is, first of all, I am going to go in there and get rid of this part of the truck, which is kind of like the doorway, so I am going to kind of retouch my door right into that area there just, like so, and I have a door, and I am going to bring a sidewalk right into here.
And I will do that right here and start drawing, I am getting rid of the truck and its shadow. Now you notice that I am picking from different areas each time so that I am painting away. Now that's a little too light, so I am going in to this darker area here, select it, and then I can start drawing from that area. Now one thing when you start getting these little smudges is because you are working completely with that dark area on top of this area that's slightly lighter. Now one thing I like to do is to lower the opacity of the brush to about 50%.
I just clicked on 50, so you see the opacity has been lowered to 50%. That way I can slowly start to build on top of these colors, and it is not so stark, and I could do with a couple of strokes until I have a nice even tone exactly where I want it. So I am slowly painting away, getting rid of all this part of the truck down below. Now I am going to bring back my door again, and start from that edge and start to draw my door right into here, and we are getting rid of this whole part of the truck, there it is that area is gone.
And now I can start to bring this area down, and again, I am going to start with small strokes each time. So that way I am just dragging the entire doorway down into this area, right in there like that. These areas I can just kind of very quickly paint those out, and that tail light is very obnoxious, let's get rid of that right away. All right, now we have this dark area. So I am going to just go in here and clone in this dark tone from up above into this area here. Now it's no longer looking like a truck.
So, I could, since this is such a small area, leave that as is. This, however, is objectionable. So what I am going to do is I am going to bring down the wall from up above into this area right in there, and that's good enough to have the truck pretty much become part of the building there. If you really want to get rid of that even further, let's just say we like that doorway, right, like this here. So what I am going to do is I am going to select this doorway right here. I am going to select this little area right in here just like that--and I don't need this part--and I am going to go in there and send that to a New layer, a new Layer Via Copy.
So now that I have that New layer I can drag that right over into this area here where I can then go in there and adjust it so that it goes into that little area right there like that, click Enter, and that area is now gone, and we see that that entire truck and all its people are gone. Now this sign here, that's a bit objectionable as well. They didn't have those kind of signs during the renaissance, so we need to get rid of this. And again, it is going to be the exact same process where I am going to go in there and click in an area and start retouching across, and here I am going to bring my Opacity back up to about 80%, so I can start to clone.
And let's merge this down, it becomes one layer again, and then I am going to go in there and start to clone this away. And we can see where it's all going away, I'm just going to click, and there is the pole. The pole is now gone. Now here we have to rebuild the wall, so I am going to start right here, way down here, click on that center of that line, come up here on the center of the line, and I start to draw. And we could see that we are getting rid of that whole part of the wall, and we can see where it is quite large, so I am going to make my brush a little larger and just very quickly start to paint that up.
So we are getting rid of that whole area of my sign. We can start bringing up this whole area, and you can see that each time as I draw, it is going to go in there and start to pull it right from there, and there we can see that we are getting the whole doorway rebuilt. Now here, we got a little arch situation going on, again, so what I am going to do is I am going to pull this arch just like I did before, I am going to pull this arch right here, right in there like that. I am going to send that to a new Layer Via Copy and drag it into this area here and line it up right where I want it, right in there like that, and that looks fairly good.
So now what I am going to do is I am going to make this guy fit into the existing wall and what I am going to do with that is I am going to give it a mask, give it a layer Mask. I take my Paintbrush and black, which is going to hide, and I am going to make sure that it is nice and soft, no hardness there, and I am going to bring down the Opacity to about 50%, so it's soft. I am going to very lightly start to paint in, into this area, so it is going to just blend in to the existing wall just like that.
And now we have gotten rid of the truck and all the people, and we are ready to turn this into night.
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