Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating mushroom lanterns, part of Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes - Mushroom House.
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- In the last movie, we created this shading. We've shaded the overall scene to start giving us that sense of it's the setting sun. We're going to enhance that even further later on, but, right now, what we're going to do is lighting. So now - what kind of a lighting would we have in a place like this? Would we have big giant municipal street lamps? No -- what we we would probably have is some magical lanterns. So I have a image right here -- a little cluster of mushrooms.
What I'm going to do is -- I'm going to take my pen tool, and I'm going to go in there and start to select a particular mushroom. I'm going to start right up here at the peak. We'll just go around and come down and come around to this little edge and go close. Then we're going to change direction Option click and drag, so we can get a little handle going this way Come up to here. Option click and drag and so on -- and go around the whole thing like so. But, to save time, I already have a path selected for all three.
You see there's one path. There's a second path -- and there's a third path. These three mushrooms which are fairly complete, are going to make up our little lanterns. So I turn all three of them into a selection like that, And I send them to a new layer -- via copy, There they are in a whole new layer -- right there by themselves. I'm going to take the background here and just going to go ahead and fill it with black. We can see our three little lanterns that we created. Now, what I'm going to to is -- I'm going to go to that layer and I'm going to take this guy, and let's just put him right over here.
So we have a nice little -- three distinct little shapes. We can even move them over to the middle a little bit more. There we go. So there we have these three distinct shapes. I'm going to do a few things to them. Right off the bat, I'm going to go into my levels, and in levels I'm going to kind of make them a little more dramatic. I'm going to kind of bring in those tones. We've got to make sure we're in the right layer, and we just kind of darken them up a little bit like that. That looks good. Click okay. That's getting there. So now - now what we're going to do is -- add a few more things to these.
First of all, these are going to lanterns, so that little shading under there -- that shouldn't be there. So, what I'm going to do is -- I'm going to come up here, a little closer. Let's get real close to this guy right there -- alright. What I'm going to do is I'm going to just very quickly surround this little area right in here. I'm just using the lasso because it's just a lot easier, and I'm going to select all of this area. There's nothing here, so it doesn't matter. So I'm going to make sure that in the layer, I lock the transparency, so I can't draw within this area here. I'm taking my clone tool -- I'm going to take this light area down here, and kind of clone it up into here.
Just like that. There you can see that I've got that nice little edge. So we come over here. Let's go over to this other one, which is somewhere down in here. There's the other one. We're going to do the same thing to this one. So I go in there and I'll go in and just create a little selection, just like that. Okay and clone -- just so we get these nice little tones in there. Going to put those right in there -- just like that. There we go.
And then finally, we got this last little guy, right here -- whose got all these nice textures happening -- so he's going to be kind of crucial So we go in there and we just select this little piece -- right through there. And again we clone. So I'm going to clone from right here. Let's get right from that edge -- Got to use the clone tool -- there we go. Clone from right here. In fact, here what I'm going to do is -- I'm going to just kind of pull it right from here, and just kind of throw it right in there. See, it's not going to go beyond the area that I selected. Now here, I've got this nice little shading, so I might want to get some of that in there.
Let's bring that up into there. And let's get some of this shading right into this area here. There we go. Now, let's just get rid of that -- there we go. So now, in fact, let's get rid of the little shading, right in there. Pull back and there we can see that we've got rid of those dark areas underneath the mushrooms. So we can deselect that. Now that we have that, let's give them a little more of a rich color to them. So on a layer on top of this, I'm going to just fill that layer with a nice kind of an orange tone. Say, we pick a nice orange like that! Fill that layer with that color -- right there.
And I'm going to clip it with our mushrooms -- right there, like that. I'm going to change the mode of this to say something like overlay. See, maybe bring down the color, just a little bit. Or I could try a few of the others -- like maybe a little hard light. Okay, that starts to give us a little more of the tone that we want. There, that's looking good. Just in case -- try soft light. It's a little too subtle. Let's go back to the hard light. That works really nice. We bring down that passage just a little bit.
See it -- now they're starting to look like little lanterns, but not quite yet. Alright, so now what we're going to do is were going to add a little shading on top of it. Click another layer and we'll call this one "Shading." The shading is going to be along the bottom, so we get black -- a nice big brush -- soft edge brush -- bring that hardness down. Make that size a little bigger. And right in here -- opacity is still locked for the mushrooms, so what we're going to do is throw some darks right in here. And let's make that brush a little bigger, and we'll bring down the opacity a little bit.
Just throw some tones down in the bottom of these right there, like that. Bring down the opacity to more -- to about a ten percent, and just give it one more little dab, right along the tops there, just to add a little more tonality. Okay, we can take this off, and we lock it with the mushrooms as well. See, there it is. Turn that into multiply and bring down your passage just a little bit for the little shadings. Right there like that -- alright. So now, there it is back on and we're starting to get there.
The last thing we're going to do is actually turn them on. So, yet another layer on top of this and we'll call this "the light," and we clip it. It's going to be right inside there. We'll get a nice bright color. We want our light bulbs to be bright lights -- right there -- just like that. What I'm going to do is right here on top. I get that soft-edged brush and I'm going to bring the opacity back up to 100 percent and I'm just going to give it a little little click -- right in that area. Let's just keep going. Click it a few more times, and then maybe we'll make it a little bigger.
Just give it a couple more right in there. A couple right inside there -- and a couple right inside there. Just like that -- alright. Now, when you see it, it's not quite glowing the way it should, so you know what -- we won't clip it -- unclip it -- there we see that now we get this little glow happening. So I'm going to make the brush much bigger, and just give it a nice big hit right in there -- a nice big one right there, and a big one there -- alright. That's looking good.
We might want to give it a little more of a glow along the bottom. What we'll do is just -- kind of -- Let's get back close again, and just give it a little touch down here. Bring that right in there, and right there, and right there. Okay, that one's a little too big. There we go. Now what I'm going to do is -- I'm going to give that last layer -- Okay, I'm going to give it a mask. There's the mask -- and what' I'm going to do now, is I'm going to go in there and turn the mushrooms into a selection, and I'm going to go in there and say, inverse to selection.
Then, in that mask, that's just for that glow, I'm going to take this and with black, I'm going to bring down the opacity for that black a little bit, and the size of the brush. Bring down the opacity to about a 50 percent. I'm just going to go right across the top -- a couple of little hits -- right there -- and another one here -- and another one right through there. You see how it lessened that glow on the top, right there, like that. Deselect it and there you can see that now that glow on top isn't as strong as it was before. Now, final thing I'll do to that layer is bring down it's opacity a little bit, about like that -- way down -- and there we can see that now we have these little lanterns.
Now in the next movie, what we're going to do is, we're going to put those lanterns into position and then we're going to see what's going to start to happen to the scene once we add these lights.
- Collecting images for your artwork
- Compositing photos
- Adding color
- Lighting and shading
- Cleaning up