Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Selecting and compositing the beach, part of Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes - The Magic Orb.
- In this dreamscape what we're gonna do is create this island, this island that's containing this magic orb and it's surrounded by a sea and this path, a beach kind of a path that leads up to this island. And so we've gotta start finding all the different pieces. Now, this path that leads up to the island is like a sandy path. So, how do we get that? Well, right now I'm looking at a QuickTime movie that I have here on the screen and it's a very simple scene.
And you can see it's just water. It's just a scene of the beach. This is going to be perfect. This is gonna be perfect for our scene. I'm gonna go into full screen view. Oh, here, go to full screen and that way I can get the maximum use of this whole area here. So, I'm gonna go in there and I start to play and what's gonna happen is I'm looking for a place where I can get a good beach. Like, right about here. There's a nice scene right there. This could be a good beginning right there. So, now that I've froze it. Let's just go move a little more.
Let's just see. That's... Maybe that's even better. It's got a nice little shoreline. The water has a nice delineation right there. So, I've got this stopped. So, I'm gonna take a screen dump of it. I'm gonna hit command + shift + 4 which allows me to pick exactly where I want and I want from right up here, I'm gonna click and drag, and capture that scene right there. So, I'm gonna go ahead and start playing this some more until I find another one that I kinda like and here the water's coming in real close and let's stop right there.
That's a good one right there. All right, so. I'll go in there and command + shift + 4 that again. And I have my two shots. So, now, now that I have this I can go in and go back to Photoshop. So, what happens here is I'm gonna go in and open up those two scenes, those two screen dumps that should be right on my desktop and there they are. That one and that one. This is going to make my little beach scene. I'm gonna select both.
I'm gonna select both of them and say Open. They're both gonna open in the background. I have that one and that one. So, these together are going to form my little path leading up to my little ocean there. So, or my little island. So, what I'm gonna do is right here I'm gonna take this particular file and I'm going to increase its size. I meant this one here. So, I'm gonna say go to Canvas, go to Image, and say Canvas Size. And right now it's 18 inches wide. That's pretty wide but I need it to be twice the size so I'm gonna go in there and make this 36 and put the original, which is the left side, this is perfect, put it on the left.
So, that here the new dimension would be all added to the left side of the image. Click OK and there we can see it. There it is. So, now, there's my other one. I'm gonna bring it down here and just click and drag it right into that scene there and put it in position right about here. And that particular layer, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna do a little flip horitonal and there we start to see have the beginnings of our little beach. So, now I need to go in there and have these two blend together and there's just little path leading up to what's eventually going to become our island over here.
So, I'm going to come over here and let's just move this over just a little bit, there we go, so we have a little more of that area. There, that's looking good right there. Just like that. Now, I need to blend this. So, what I'm going to do is I'm going to take that guy and give it a mask. And in the mask I'm gonna go in there with black and make sure I have no hardness right there, I'm gonna go, and very lightly, I'm gonna make a brush a little bigger, I'm just gonna go in here and just-- Now, right now it's perfectly on top of each other so instead of masking it, what I'm going to do is dump the mask.
We don't have enough room for a beach here. What I'm gonna do is instead I'm gonna clone them. So, I'm gonna take my clone tool, make it a little bigger, make sure it's soft but not that soft because I don't want any kinda haziness along the edges. I want it to be fairly sharp. So, I'm gonna say clone from here, or right here in this area, and then start to clone right into here. So, I'm gonna say use All Layers because cloning from one end back that we don't see so I'm gonna click here and it's let's just start adding right into these areas right in here.
See? Just like this. Make sure that edge is a little softer then. There we go. Now, I can graph from here and we just kinda start throwing it right into this area. And you can see where they're starting to kinda match up. So, I'm gonna go in there and I see that my brush is right now picking up a few things. I'm gonna turn off the Shape Dynamics. It's just changing shape based on pressure so I'm gonna turn that off. Now, I want some of these nice dark tones to kind of appear through here. So, I'm gonna just kind of bring this over and let's pick up some of these light tones and kind of blend them in there and let's take some of this dark stuff and lighten it up and I can even bring down the opacity a little bit of the brush.
I'm gonna bring it down to about 50%. See? Right there, 50%? So, that way I can kind of very lightly make them start to blend together, see? So, now we're gonna start to get some of these tones up in here and some of this stuff. One is from the same general area so the perspective will be about the same. And I'm just gonna very lightly just go in there and start adding some of these other tones into these areas until it starts to become one continuous beach going up to the end right there light there. And there we can see that we've just about, we just kind of blend some of this stuff in here a little better, there we go, and there's our little path leading up to what's eventually going to become our island right there and there we can see that we have now what seems to be this long sandy path with a sea on either side of it.
Now, up here, that's all gonna become our overall scene so we're don't have to worry about that for now. But there you can see how we now have established a long path between the seas.