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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.
So now we have our little windows here. What we want to do is really lighten 'em up. We want to make it look like there's light coming from inside. First thing we're going to do is create some light inside. We're going to go in here and turn them into selection. Alright just Command click on the Preview icon, which turns them into selection, and then a layer behind them. Command, click on the new layer. I will give this the inside glow, there we go. Let's turn off the windows on top for a second so we can see what's going to happen there. And then we get a set of colors for my inside glow, and then we get this bright yellow here. Going to this more of an orangey color for up in the upper floors up there. And I'll throw in a radial gradient.
Into this area here and I'll start way down here and throw a gradient right up into that area just like that. Deselect it, and now we can see that now we have these nice bright colors for our windows. And there's the windows on top but right now I'm just kind of covering it up. So what I need to do I'm going to take those windows and lets duplicate them, just in case we want to make some changes, so let's turn off the one in back. And this one right here, I'm going to go in there and I'm going to increase the contrast on it. So I'm going to go into my adjustments and go to levels, and I'm going to make the darks darker and I'm going to make lights lighter.
I'm going to go in there and make all those tones really nice and dark, right in there like that, nice and strong. Click OK. And I'm going to change the mode to that, I'm going to go in there and do a, let's see what a linear light is going to look like. Here's a linear light. It's a little too strong, well that might be pretty good. Let's just try a vivid light. Ahh, that's looking better. Now it's reacting with the colors underneath it, so it starts to look like the windows are stained glass and they're lit from inside. So it gives you that nice effect, unlike the original windows, which look like that, which were kind of dull and boring and didn't allow you to see the colors inside.
This new Set of windows, where I increased the contrast to make those details really come out, and changing it to vivid light made it react to the colors underneath, giving you this nice, strong inside light coming through those stained glass windows.
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