Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 2

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Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 2
Video duration: 0s 3h 47m Intermediate


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.

Topics include:
  • Isolating and retouching composite images
  • Colorizing backgrounds
  • Adding shadows
  • Creating effects like smoke and sparkle
  • Positioning elements
Design Photography


- Hi I'm Bert Monroy, and welcome to Dreamscapes Volume Two. This is a continuation of Volume One. But what I really want to stress is that everything you're going to see is being done with very bad photography. In fact, most of it is taken with a phone not a big fancy camera. The point is that you can do just about anything you can imagine with Photoshop. And what I'm going to use is just very simple throwaway vacation shots and transform them into surreal effects. Effects that you can easily create by following simple steps in Photoshop.

In some cases, they'll be shots that will be done specifically for Dreamscape. And even then those shots will be shot against a garage door, just putting on a very simple props, nothing that requires a very elaborate set-up. This is just very simple steps to create very fantastic scenes.

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