Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding effects in car windows, part of The Making of Amsterdam Mist: The Vehicles.
- The fact that you can see through all the car windows to what's behind them is crucial. It's very important to make these cars look believable. So as you look through all these windshields, you can see beyond that car. You can see the other car in back and some case some pieces of tree and so on. Now let's see how that reflection was made. Now, you saw before that when I created the cars, the actual windows themselves are one big shape that contains all the interior views. Here we're going to see another car, a white car right there, and a green car, there, there's a green car.
So, three cars. And we'll even stick a little background there. There's a little street in Italy. OK, so now we need to see through those windows. So what's going to happen is, I'm going to go to my white car here, and you can see that this has a little mask, but let's just hide that, it's a little distracting. Right here, there's what happens. Now what I do is I create a very distinct color for the actual glass. The glass that's going to allow us to see the interior of the car.
And here you can see the interior, you can see the little dash and little steering wheel, a little vent there, a little design on the thing and a mirror. Very distinct color. Having that color so distinct makes it easy to select after the fact once the car is in place. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to go in here, I'm going to give that layer a mask and the mask is white, so it's showing me everything, nothing seems to have changed. Now, back in the car layer itself, see, here the mask is selected, now the car is selected, I'm going to go in with my Magic Wand.
So I select my Magic Wand tool right there, and I'm going to click in these areas of that white color, that slightly off-white color that I used for the glass. I'm going to Shift-Select that one, this one, that little one in there, that one and finally that one. All the ares of the glass, this is a plate in the front, it's not glass, it's just the way the car is designed. So every part of that glass is now selected. Then I go to the mask, and what I'm going to do is black hides.
So what I'm going to do is choose black for the foreground color, and I'm going to go ahead and fill that area, not with black. foreground color, or, rather, I will fill it with black, but not 100 percent because I don't want it to totally be transparent. I want it to give it that little bit of a glaze to it, which it already has, a nice color for the glaze. I want that glaze to come way down in opacity. So I'm going to bring this down to about 40 percent, 40 percent of that black.
And I click OK. And there you can see that now we're seeing through it. See? So now when we turn on our red car, you can see the red car through there not completely because there is a glass there. So you're seeing that little effect through there. So when we pull back, and see the other two cars, the green one and our little cityscape back there, you'll see that these other two cars, you see the cityscape through the white car, and the other two cars do have masks that are temporarily turned off.
If I Shift-Click on it, and the green guy comes on, and the red guy comes on. And now you see that all three cars have windshields that you can see through to whatever is beyond. Not completely because of the fact that you want to have the sense that there is a glass there. So when we go look at that mask that we just created, you see that it's filled with a gray, a 40 percent of the black, just enough to give it that little effect that we needed so that we can then see through it to what's beyond.
- Making reflections in windows
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- Creating a boat interior
- Making a rope pattern
- Creating a bicycle
- Creating a bike's tires, seat, chain, and gears