Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating the foreground, part of Creating Dreamscapes in Photoshop: Mystical Passage.
So here we go. This is how it starts. This is the foreground or the stuff that's closes to us. Now, you have this file. You'll be able to download it. You can use as much of it as you want. What I want to concern myself with is a much smaller area just through here. Okay? So I'm going to go ahead and start my cropping process. I'm going to go in there and select the parts that I want. So I want to just go in here and just pull in right from here. And pick up an area just about like that. I want to just get enough of that image there.
That's going to be the basic shape of my final image. So I go ahead and crop that. There's my scene. Now, in the scene, I have the sun coming from that way. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to flip the whole thing. Let's see, Image > Flip Horizontally. And there, there's the beginnings of it. Not quite there yet, we're almost there. One thing I want to do, is I do want to kind of, lull that out a little bit. I could do it by just the way I crop it, or I could do it this way. I could just go in there, and just turn the background into a layer.
Click OK, and there it is. And I could just do a little rotation on it, just a little bit just to straighten that out. There we go, that looks better. And do a little recrop on that, just so we have exactly what we want. Right through there and crop that. Okay, so now, I don't like that little pelican there, so I'm going to go ahead and get rid of that pelican, right there. I'm just very simply going to clone, the blue from here, right over him, just to cover him and get rid of him, just like that.
There, he's gone. Hopefully no animal rights activists are going to write me nasty letters saying, oh, what did you do to that poor. But again but, it's just a little bird that got in the way. I'm going to crop this top portion off again. There, get a little more of a rectangular shape. And now, now we're ready to go. What I want is basically, just the foreground and the water. So what I'm going to do, is I'm going to go in here and select the sky. Just select the rest, and get all of it in there. And I'm going to go in there and I'm going to just expand that selection just a little bit.
So I go in there, and I say Expand. Just a tiny bit. It goes in, there you go, right up to the edges and then I'm going to say inverse. So Select > Inverse. So now, the entire area that I want is selected. There we go. So what I do now is I say send that to a new layer or I could just say cut it. But I send it to a new Layer Via Cut. There's our sky and there's our land all by itself. Okay, so we can keep that sky, that's a nice sky.
So we'll keep that sky as our backdrop and we'll call it sky just to be sure. We'll call it sky. There it is. And that bird. That bird's going to be hidden. We don't have to worry about him. Just in case, I'll tell you what we'll do. We'll just go ahead and clone him out right now. Easy enough. All right so now, when I take that sky, I'm going to expand it a little bit. Just so that it really goes beyond our borders there and we have a nice clean sky. And look, another bird. Let's get rid of him. We don't want any birds. This is a, a desolate area.
Really weird and mystical and stuff. We don't any any, any birds hanging around. Unless it's like some kind of demon bird. But, that's a different story. So now, let's start creating a land. So now we have this little thing that's going to happen here. So, we'll create that little land in the next movie. We have our sky. And we have our foreground. Here they are. Let's call them that. So in the next movie, we're going to start putting together what's behind