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- Making precise selections using the Color Range command
- Controlling reference material through layer masks
- Creating custom brushes
- Painting snow, icicles, and trees
- Painting through a high-contrast matte
- Replacing the sky in an image
- Animating smoke and falling snow
- Reformatting and rendering a scene in After Effects
Skill Level Intermediate
With my new sky added, I want to turn this into a dusk scene, and I'm going to do that by applying a layer of blue, in Multiply mode, over the top of the landscape. I want to isolate the blue to only the area of the landscape, so I am going to load in that layer mask I already created for the sky. And I'm going to need to select the inverse of the selection, so I have the landscape selected instead of the sky. I'm going to cleanup the selection by subtracting the mask layer, so I'm going to Command+Option+Click, Ctrl+Alt+Click into the layer icon preview.
I want to start a new layer above all the other painted layers but below the mask layer, and then fill it with a dark but neutral blue. I'm going to name the layer BlueMultiply and fill it full of that color, and then set the Layer Transfer mode to Multiply. I am going to dial back the Opacity of this layer to 80% so I can see it a little bit better. Now I want to add a dusk sky, because this bright cloudy sky won't work on the dusk version.
This is also from the Corel stock photo library and it's included with the course materials, so you can open it up and follow along. I'm going to open up the Curves to make this sky a little bit more dramatic, and I'm going to pull the black point in to add more contrast and the white point in to lighten it and add a little bit more intensity and saturation. So now I'm going to pull down on the midtones to darken it and add some more intensity, and now we've got a nice intense dusky sky. I'm going to select All, copy it out, and paste it in just above all those daytime sky layer elements.
And I'll move it into position. I need to scale it up, because I also plan to move this sky in the animation. I want to make sure I've got enough room to move the sky around and then hit Return to accept the transformation. I want to select that orange right at the base of the sky and choose a big soft round brush, then solo that layer, and then go in there and paint over that existing landscape. I don't want that suddenly showing up behind my mountains. I want to patch this edge just a bit to give myself some extra room.
Now I'll press Command+J or Ctrl+J to copy that little section onto a new layer and stretch it out. Then merge those two layers together and call this layer DuskSky. Now I'll press Option+Click or Alt+Click and click onto the eyeball next to the DuskSky layer to unsolo it and turn on the other layers. I need a layer mask for this layer and I'm going to use that same layer mask I created for the daytime sky. So I'm going to Command+Click or Ctrl+Click into the preview for the daytime sky mask and with the selection visible, I'll apply a layer mask to it.
Next up, we're going to light some windows inside the chalet.