Join Uli Staiger for an in-depth discussion in this video Masking the platform, part of Photoshop Artist in Action: Uli Staiger's Inner City Express.
Now we have to complete the platform. We have to put in the rear part of the platform. Go to bridge again and open the platform background, which is this. Now if you look closely to this image, you'll see that I already started to retouch the foot of that young woman here, which is okay to do, but on the other hand, I don't really know already if we really need that, so I stopped retouching. Sorry, I cropped her left foot, but I'm not sure if we need that part, because later on, the train is going to be right here in this part of the image, so maybe we don't see that, so why put work in this image now if we don't really need it? So, we go to the polygon left cell again and just crop what we need.
Just go here, do a cut. It doesn't matter if you go here, or here or here, because this is definitely enough. Then we go down here and do the rest just by cutting like this, okay. We mask it, and now I want to bring this part of the image into this image. So what we do is we don't have to select everything and copy it, the easiest way to do is just go to the move tool, move the whole thing up to here.
Don't leave it, just put it in here, and now you leave it and now it appears right where it's supposed to be. So we have to put it somewhere here, maybe here, maybe here, we don't know that. This is bad, because of course we want to pick the right spot for the back part of the platform train. So the easiest part to do this is we just press the shift key, click on the layer mask of the layer zero, then click on the layer one again, and lower the opacity to something like, let's say 50%, little bit more than 50, it doesn't matter.
Now we just go closer and now you can see, oh, alright, we have to rotate the whole thing. So we go to edit, transform, rotate again, and rotate just like that, and move it up a little bit, maybe like this. Rotate again, so the perspective is correct. Maybe move it forward a little bit, something like this, and that's all we have to do. Okay, I confirm that, then go back to 100% opacity, click again, with the pressed shift key, on the layer mask of layer zero, and now we can be sure that the perspective is correct.
- Sketching out a concept
- Masking reference images
- Constructing a roof with the fill method
- Building a looping track
- Painting in light and reflections
- Brightening the background to give the illusion of distance
- Adding text and layer styles
- Compositing, texturing, and lighting 3D objects
- Adding smoke and dust to the scene