Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 3

with Bert Monroy
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Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 3
Video duration: 0s 3h 32m 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. In this installment, learn how to transport your images into otherworldly territory, like an underwater coral reef, an enchanted forest, or even a menacing factory. Bert's 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 Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1 and Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 2 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


- [Voiceover] Hi, I'm Bert Monroy, and welcome to Dreamscapes. This is a continuation of Volume 2. 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, throw-away vacation shots, and transform them into surreal effects, effects that you can easily create by just following simple steps in Photoshop.

Nothing elaborate, no fancy studio is necessary. In fact, most of these things are the kind of vacation shots you would normally throw away. This is just very simple steps to create very fantastic scenes.

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