Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Colorizing the background, part of Creating Dreamscapes in Photoshop: 2.
Now we're ready to take our horse and put it into its background. But you know, we study it before we do it just to make sure everything is just right, and it still needs a little work in this area here, so we're going to get in a little closer and see what's going on. What I'm going to do is I've got the wing selected here, and I'm going to just go in there and darken. A little more of this area, just add a little more tonality to it, and maybe a little more darkening right into here, right? Just as it starts to blend in more with it's bottom underneath there. I'm going to go in there and soften up that edge where the two of em meets. I'm going to go into the mask and I'm going to go in there and just very lightly go in there and start to paint.
Now that darkness, that's the Shadow back there. So let's go into that shadow and make sure that we eliminate any parts of it that we don't really want. I'm just going to go in there and erase that shadow where we don't want it, right into that area there. So that we can see that our horse is starting to match up a little better from the way we want him, right in there like that, and we start to get rid of that shadow and all the areas that we don't want. So I'll just make the brush a little bigger. Make it a little softer, there we go. And now, we can soften up that shadow just where we want it, right into there like that.
And there, we see that now, we have a better transition of the wing into the horse. So now that we have that, we're going to do is merge all of it into a single layer. So what we're going to do is Turn Off the background. And instead of just saying Merge Visible, I'm going to hold down my Option key. I'm going to place the cursor at the top layer, so it's going to create a new layer on top of this one. I hold down my Option key and say Merge Visible. It's going to merge all those into a single layer, which I'm going to call Flying Horse. That's going to go into the background. So, we look at our little area here, there's, there's a little scene that we're going to put it into, right? So, what we're going to do is take our horse and drag him right into that scene right there. Now you say goodbye to our horse and yeah, we can go ahead and Save him. Okay, he's going to go away and here's our scene. So let's bring this open, like this.
And I'm going to go in there and hit a Cmd key, so I can go in there and modify my horse. Now, I don't see the area because he's outside of the entire frame, so I'm going to hit Cmd+0, which will allow me to. Shrink the window to the point where I can actually see my horse. And then go in here and shrink him down. Holding down my Option and Shift keys will shrink him down, from the center uniformly down. All right, now I'm going to bring him in here, put him like that, and maybe twist him up a little bit, he's flying up into the sky. I'm going to kind of have him crop off.
Little bit off to the side there, like that, and up to the top. Now, I want this wing to go off, this wing is, just comes in. And in the tail could just about go out just a little bit. So there he is in the scene. Click OK and that's my scene. But the scene right now is looking kind of bland. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to just kind of link him in here so he's. Full screen there, and what I'm going to do with the background is really make it intense. So, I'm going to duplicate it. because I want to keep it as is, and I'm going to just go into Hue Saturation, and really punch up the saturation on it. So, it becomes really bright color.
Like you'd find in a fairy tale book, and so on. And there's our horse in place. So now, we need one more little point of interest. And it's all these clouds in the sky of which some of them are dark. So maybe it rained a little while ago. And there is a sun. The sun's popping out, as we can see. So, what we need is a nice rainbow to complete our little scene here. So in the next and final movie, what we'll do is create that rainbow.
Check out the original Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1 for more inventive illustrative techniques.
- Isolating and retouching composite images
- Colorizing backgrounds
- Adding shadows
- Creating effects like smoke and sparkle
- Positioning elements