Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating the background and the surface, part of Creating Dreamscapes in Photoshop: 3.
So now, what we need is we need something behind the boat and we need the surface of the water. Well, for the background, let's go in here and look at a couple of shots that I took a long time ago down in Cabo San Lucas. These giant rocks are going to be perfect. That's what we're going to use. So, what I'm going to do is I'm going to go in here and select these with the magic wand. And I'm going to click in the blue and Shift-click up there, and make sure I get all this blue, and all that area there. And I'm going to inverse the selection.
Now, that I got that selected, I'm going to Option, Click and Drag through here to deselect these portions that I don't want. I just want, basically, the rocks. Now, the rest is okay. It's going to be fine because of the fact that the, what's going to happen next is that I'm going to be able to combine these into one scene here. And I'm going to blend them in to its background. So, it doesn't matter. So, I'm going to go in here and grab this and bring it into my scene. There's the first one.
And I'm going to get the second one, and I'm going to select it the exact same way. I'm just going to select the sky there. Shift select some more and rest down there and that little bit of blue up there and then, inverse the selection, just like before and drag that into my scene. So there, there's my rocks in place. So, what I'm going to do is I'm going to make them a little larger. I'm going to go and take this one right here and I'm going to put them behind the boat. I take it and put it way back here behind the boat.
Now, the boat is going to obliterate some of this stuff so we'll going to get it to all come through really nicely. And then this other rock here, this first rock here, that one, let's bring it down behind the boat. All right. So now, what I'm going to do with these, and this one in particular, I'm going to make it a little larger. Let's just go in there and increase its size, and bring it down here, like that. And this one, we'll also make a little larger. Take this one here, make it larger so it kind of really fills up this space in here like so and there, we go. Let's just bring it in like that.
So, there's our rocks in the background. So, what I'm going to do with these guys is I'm going to bring them down in Opacity considerably. I'm going to bring down the Opacity so that they're just little ghost back there, way back there. Same thing with this one, I'm going to bring it all the way down. So, this is even further back. So, it is even less visible. They are way back in there. Then I'll give them masks. So, I'm going to give it a mask, and I want to hide the top part of this thing. So, what I am going to do is I am going to make sure I am set to (UNKNOWN) to white and in the Mask there, I'm going to want the bottom part to disappear. So, I'm just going to start down here and go straight up and throw a mask in it like that, just so it starts to disappear.
Same thing with this one, we'll go and give it a mask so it starts to disappear and I did it in layer and I didn't give it a mask. There's a mask. Okay, so we'll throw in there and throw in that gradient so that it's going to disappear and go a little linear gradient there. There we go. And that starts to disappear and I just noticed that this was given a radio gradient, let's go in there and redo that mask. So there, now these rocks are way behind our boat.` Now, we need the surface of the water. So, I open up a file that will be perfect for the surface of the water and you can see, I've got quite a few little shots that I've used here and got this one. This is one that I took of one of the other divers. Now, this little line went all the way up.
I just used a Clone tool to get rid of it. But right there, that's what I want, that little area right up there. That's going to be perfect for our little scene here. And maybe that water might be good, too. So, what I'm going to do is I'm going to just select that top portion right up in there. Let's go in here and let's select this top portion right through here and drag that into our scene. And that we're going to put way up on the top. There it is. And what I'm going to do is I'm going to enlarge it so that it fills up that scene entirely.
There it is, that's the surface of the water way up on top. And what I'm going to do is, I'm going to give it a mask. And in that mask, I'm going to just very lightly paint away the parts I don't want, so I'm going to get a large brush here, make it really large, and make it very soft. I'm going to bring down the Opacity a bit, so I can start to paint. I'll make it even larger, I'm going to start to paint away from that area there just so I can start to blend it into my background, bringing back my rocks that I want to be able to see.
There you go, you're just slowly getting rid of it and leaving those light tones on top and there we see that now we have the surface of the water visible in our scene. Now in the next scene, what we're going to do is add some fish.
Check out Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1 and Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 2 for more inventive illustrative techniques.
- Isolating and retouching composite images
- Colorizing backgrounds
- Adding shadows
- Creating effects like smoke and sparkle
- Positioning elements