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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!
In this movie we're going to take out ancient renaissance city and turn it into night time. Now the first thing we need to do is to actually isolate the room where our little boy is staying up late. The reason I'm going to it now is because, since it's still day time in its original form, it's easy to go in there and select things, like for instance, up here, this is the room where our little boy is going to be, right up in this area here. So I'm going to go in there and select these window panes. Now in your particular situation you can use the Lasso tool, you can use the Pen tool, whatever you feel is necessary.
But because it's such a strong contrast going on here, I'm just going to use the Magic Wand tool. So I am going to click on each of these windows, Shift-click to add another one, and that one, this one here and the other two. Now that I have all of them selected, I am going to go over here and say Save Selection to send into an Alpha Channel, which I'm going to call windows. And our Alpha Channel of course will appear right there. For a complete explanation what the alpha channel is refer to one of the basic movies at the beginning of this series.
Now back here again I can deselect it, my windows are ready for it later on. I'm going to go in here now and turn this into night time. Now I need to separate all these buildings from their background. So again, the Magic Wand is going to be perfect, because my sky is one big white area up here, so I am going to click on it, and it selected the entire sky. I can now go in there and say Inverse that Selection so that the buildings are selected. I'm going to send them to a New layer. So I go in there and just say send them to a new Layer Via Cut.
And they appear in their own layer as we can see right there. Now the background, I'm just going to invert it. I am just going to hit Command+I there to invert it, now we see that that we have this black sky, and this whole scene down here that is looking like this. Now what I am going to do is I am going to select my city, which I am going to go in there and call it city. It is advisable to name your layers, especially when you start creating a whole series of layers, you want to be able to quickly see what they are. Some times they will be little tiny windows you need to be able to tell exactly what they are. Now that I have that layer selected, I am going to my Hue/Saturation.
I am going to go over here to Adjustments and go down to Hue/Saturation right there, and I am going to go in there and say Colorize. It's going to turn everything into a single Hue. So I am going to go in there and pick the Hue which I want for our moonlit night, which is going to be this blue like that. Pump up the Saturation a little bit and then darken it. I'm going to bring it down, so it starts to get a little darker like that. Bring up that Saturation just a little, I can play with these so that I have just the one I want right there like that.
Bring this down even more, so it gets just a little darker, click OK, and now we are starting to see this dark street here. Now these two areas of these buildings, they are in shadow, in the shadow of the moon that's going to be up here, because we see the light coming in, so the moon is going to be up here. So we need to darken those, those two areas. So I'm going to go over there and get close to them, and because they are a bit intricate, this is a case where I am going to actually use my Pen tool to do this, to surround them. Now I don't have to be that precise on the top, I just have to worry about the sides where I have these darkened area.
Now for the sake of making things quick, I already have part of a path setup. And here you can see this path how it's encompassing that part of the building. So I am going to go over here to this area here and select this side of the building. Again, I go to my Pen tool, and I am going to go in here and start clicking. I can go straight across, all the way across to this side, right to that edge. Now there is a little piece going up here, so let's undo that and just go up there across down, up, and then over to that edge.
Go straight up to this side of the building here, up. Now here I don't have to worry about the side, so I can actually go a little beyond out into this area out here, because there is nothing in this layer here. So nothing is going to be affected. So now I can just close it off, it's totally encompassing the area I worked in, and I only have to worry about these areas here, because those are the areas that butt up against another part of our scene. So now that have both those areas selected with our paths, I can go in there and turn that path into a selection.
So now that they are selected, I am going to hide those marching ants, so we can see exactly what's happening there. Now I can see them, now I'm going to go into any of my controls, in this case I am going to use my levels. So I'll go to Adjustments, I say Levels and in Levels I'm going to just see one of them there, I will go in there and start to darken it. You can see I am darkening that area, pretty dark. I want to get it about as dark as these areas here, click OK. And there it is getting dark, and I am also going to go into Hue/Saturation. I am going to go into that control again. Why? Because they are little too blue as you can see.
So I want to bring down the Saturation a bit and maybe make them a little darker right in there like that. So now I've got these nice little dark areas the way they should be. Now that we have this whole scene setup like this, I am going not going to turn on the lights in that room up there. So what I am going to do is I am going to create another layer right on top this whole thing, and I am going to call it the windows. And I am going to turn that channel that I created into a selection, I can Command-click on it, or I can go in here and just say Load Selection, which is going to show me the windows.
I'm going to go in there and have that area selected, right there you can see it, come in close, and you can see that those little windows are selected. Now again I am going to turn of the marching ants, because these are tiny areas, so you wanted to really see what's happening in there. And I am going to get some colors for my candlelight, so I am going to pick a nice bright yellow for the foreground color and for the background color I'll pick kind of dark orangey color like that one, maybe a little darker. Let's just go darker like that. And I am going get my Gradient tool right there and chose a Radial Gradient.
Now that area right there is confined to the selection, so I am going to click down here and draw it up, and there we could see that, when we pull back, we have the little lights on in that room up above. In the next movie what we are going do is give that sky a little life
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