Join David Mattingly for an in-depth discussion in this video Painting icicles with a custom brush, part of Digital Matte Painting: Changing a Scene From Summer to Winter.
One of the prettiest and most distinctive parts of a winter landscape are the…icicles, and I'd like to add some of those to break up this roof line.…I'm going to make another custom brush just to create icicles.…I'm going to open up the Brush panel, I'm going to use Shape Dynamics to paint…the icicle, and I'm going to set the Size Jitter to Pen Pressure.…That way as I press harder, I'll get a thicker mark, and as I pull up on…the pen, I'll get a thinner mark. And I'm going to add some scatter to make…the icicle irregular.…
That'll give me a reasonable approximation of an icicle.…With white loaded into the color picker, I'm going to press hard at the…beginning of my stroke and let up at the end and I get a tapering irregular line…that's a nice approximation of an icicle.…As you can see, the time it took to create that custom brush really paid off,…because I can add the icicles really quickly.…I'm holding down on the Shift key to keep the icicles vertical.…The main thing I've got to avoid is the temptation to go overboard on the icicles.…
- 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
Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photographywith Ben Long6h 43m Intermediate
Photoshop CS5: Painting with the Mixer Brushwith John Derry2h 26m Intermediate
Photoshop CS6 Essential Trainingwith Julieanne Kost10h 30m Beginner
After Effects CS6 Essential Trainingwith Ian Robinson8h 41m Beginner
1. Revising the Plate
2. Painting Over the Plate
3. Replacing the Sky
Extracting clouds5m 15s
4. Creating a Dusk Version of the Scene
5. Animating Your Scene in After Effects
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