Join Uli Staiger for an in-depth discussion in this video Sketching out a concept, part of Digital Painting in Photoshop: Inner City Express.
- So we start with browsing the Bridge. We go into the Bridge and just open platform_foreground.jpg and as you can see, I have already the polygon lasso tool. I go to command-plus and go a little bit closer and just start cropping here and here, at this line. So this is what we are going to do. And I just click here, then click here.
Then let's go a little bit closer, because I want to have this thing here, this iron bar, whatever it is, we need that too. So I click right here, I click once in the middle, and maybe one more time right here. So then we have the whole thing. I go to command-minus so I see the whole image. Click, click, double click, and this is what we have to do, because now I just can mask it.
In former versions of Photoshop, you had to kill this image here first. But now you just click to the layer mask and everything's done. Sometimes maybe it looks like that, like this. If you have this, just click on the layer mask, say command-I to invert it, and this is what we need. This is nice, but it's not really that perspective that we need. I want to have a more dramatic perspective. So I go to Edit, Transform, Rotate.
And I think this is the perfect spot right here to rotate. So I take the rotate middle point right here and just bring it to this edge point. And now I just turn everything like that. Woo, that looks good, okay, something like this. You see that little gap we have here? So I just move the whole selection a little bit to the right side, move it a little bit up. And now we have two lines that are very strong lines, the white line that goes right to the corner here, and this bright line that goes right to the left corner here.
So this is the platform we need in the foreground. And now we can start putting in the rest of the platform.
- 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