Mike Rankin shows how to use Photoshop to refine an image rendered from Dimension CC. He explains the layers that are created by Dimension which make it easy for you to create masks and select items based on materials or 3D objects. He also shows how to create layer masks based on these items to show or hide parts of the rendered image.
- [Instructor] So we've nearly completed our first look at Adobe Dimension CC. We've rendered out the image of the new Hansel and Petal plant food products and opened it here in Photoshop. So let's take a look at what we have. In the Layers Panel there's a layer for the rendered image, and a layer for the background image, and a layer for the background color. There's also a a layer group called Additional Layers which has its visibility turned off. I'll click the visibility icon to turn those on.
And at the top I have a layer with solid color areas called Material Selection Masks which would make it easy to select objects that have different materials applied to them. That way you can apply adjustments in Photoshop to just certain materials. And the layer beneath that, Object Selection Masks, serves the same purpose but for objects instead of materials. And there's also a depth information layer that's a grayscale image that can be used with the lens blur filter to create a selective blur based on the placement of the objects.
We're going to turn this off as well and turn on the rendered image and the background image. So let's say we're just about to send this image off to the client when we get word that they also want to see a version with just two different bags, the white one and the green one. So thanks to the masking layers that Dimension CC made for us this is an easy task. I'll make the Object Selection Masks layer visible. And I'll select it. And I'll use this to select just the pink bag. I'll take the Magic Wand Tool, and click on the pink bag.
And with that as my active selection I'll turn off the visibility of this layer. And target the Rendered Image layer and click the button to add a layer mask based on my selection. Now because I had the pink bag selected that's all that's visible now but I can just invert the mask by making sure that it's selected, and pressing Command-I here on the Mac, or Control-I on Windows, to invert the mask. And there's a little cleanup work to do here as the shadow from the pink bag is still visible.
To hide that I'll just press the B-key to get my brush. I'll make sure that I'm painting with black as my foreground color. And make sure that I'm targeting the mask and then I'll just brush out that shadow. I might also want to crop this image to remove some of the space at the top and on the right. So I'll take the Crop Tool and drag the part of the image that I want to keep.
And choose Image, Crop. And the really nice thing is that at any time if I wanted to bring that pink bag back I can just hold the Shift-key, and click on the layer mask to disable it. And I have my three bags of plant food ready to send to the client for their feedback. And I know that no matter what they come back with, if they ask for changing the colors or the logo, the lighting or shadows, the size or placement of the bags, I know that I can accomplish those things quickly with Adobe Dimensions CC and then render out an updated image.