Join Uli Staiger for an in-depth discussion in this video Vector masking the train, part of Digital Painting in Photoshop: Inner City Express.
- [Voiceover] In this movie I want to show to you how to bring in the train into our scene. The train is right here and of course before we bring it in we have to mask it. You can do that either by using the Pen tool, the Pen tool is right here. You can just go around, just the train not the wagon, and just go around here with the Pen tool, or you make it easier by taking a look into the channels because then you see that there's already an Outline Alpha channel which is cool.
What we are going to do is we just go to Select, Load Selection, pick the right selection which is called Outline, and say OK. Then we just have to press the Layer Mask button, and the train is completely masked. Very cool. So now we can move it over to our scene. The scene is here so what we do we just take the Move tool, grab the whole layer, pull it up, pull it down and leave it, and then you see the train is here.
But not really the train in the size and in the position we need it so it is a very cool idea to convert it to a smart object by going to Layers, Smart Objects, and Convert to Smart Object, and maybe I just call it train. Alright now we can make it smaller just by pressing Command-T making it smaller like that.
Oops, sorry. If you ever do this what I just did just Escape, try again because then you change the ratio of your layer which is not a good idea so again Command-T, make it smaller then rotate it. Something like that a little bit bigger. That looks good to me. If we look at this now, if you try to find out the proper size you want to use for your image then you can just do the following.
Just go to this point here. You still should be able to see a little bit of that wide triangle here after the opposite platform, and right here try to match the two lines, the line of the door right here, that line and the line of the platform. If they meet right here in this point the size should be ok. Anyway I look at this image and think "It does not look that dynamic." I would like to change that a little bit especially one thing I would like to rotate the whole image a little bit, so I select all three layers.
Go to Edit, Transform, Rotate, and rotate everything just a little bit to make it more dynamic. And move it over and move it down. This disappears, this little gap right here. Maybe a little bit more, something like that. It's up to you. It's not really necessary but I just think the whole image looks more dynamic when we have a little rotation in our scene.
Ok that's it and we have put in the train.
- 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