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2.5 Adding and Recolouring Our Foliage

Hello and welcome back to the advanced retouching techniques course. I'm Les Moorehead, and we are now on lesson seven. In this lesson, we're going to be changing all the hues of the greens and the yellows in our foliage, they all kind of match as best we can. And also, we're going to be putting in some more foliage in the front, such as the leaves and the branches. And just making the scene come together a little bit more. Okay, so let's go straight into it. So the first problem is our moss trunk at the front here. It's not the right shade of green. It's sort of like an autumn yellow here, maybe like a mid-day or early morning. So we wanna change the green so it's a bit darker. So on this moss layer, I'm gonna actually group these together and call it Moss. So add a layer there. The fence there, so call that in a layer as well, in a group. Make it all organized, call it fence. But in the Moss layer, open that one up, I'm gonna add in a color balance. So with the mid-tones, you wanna add in a bit of green, so it's matching up more with the scene a bit more now. A little bit of blue as well. Let's get the blue from the sky, but just a little bit, not too much, maybe five. And a bit more green again. That's looking fine. Okay, so that's looking a lot better. Looks like it all got the same sort of green in there. So what we could as well on that moss layer is add in, select a color. Go to our yellows and just play around with the yellow a little bit just to see if we can take our light yellow even more, cuz it's a bit too bright. Okay, so we bring out the black a bit cuz that makes the shadows of the yellows go a little bit darker. So that's pretty good, okay. Change that. It's looking a bit better, I like that. Okay, that's cool. Maybe get the greens as well. See if we can affect that a little bit. So the greens and the yellow, change that. Not doing the fence, let's just try the black. And let's just bring a little bit so we can keep it fully at 100%. Okay, that's cool. Okay, looking good. Now the stump underneath, it's a good color but it's not dark enough for me so I'm gonna change that slightly. So let's go to that layer, so it's under the bottle here. So let's put it in its own group again, Ctrl+G on your keyboard, or Cmd if your on a Mac. Call this either trunk or whatever you want to call it, half tree I don't know. So trunk, trunk, is that the right word? I mean it's trunk or stump either one okay. So then I'm gonna add in a levels adjustment. And then attach it to the stump, or trunk. And then I'm gonna decrease the whites slightly. Actually, I'm not gonna change the highlights, I'm liking the highlights, so let's bring out the midtones. And then let's bring out the highlights there and the shadows, combination of the three. It's got a lot more saturation in there and the shows are coming out a bit more. It's looking a lot better. Okay, so let's take a step back, see what we're looking at. That's looking good, I'm liking that. A lot of difference there. So let's do the same with actually the moss as well, while we're at it. Add in a levels and so, again, darken it up. So bring up the height of the mid tones. Bring across the highlights and increase the shadows a little bit as well. Okay, so we're getting a lot more depth into our image now, and the shadows are coming along, and it's starting to match up the colors. There's still a little bit too much light on my moss trunk. As you can see here, it's too blown out here, so we're gonna have to get rid of that. So go into your moss, and I'm gonna do the exact same like I did over here on this layer over here. I'm gonna even use the same layer. Clone stamp, then select a nice patch which actually has a bit of detail. I'm just gonna go over this blown out area. Did not like that at all, okay. Looking good, maybe retrace that, a bit of that. Targeting that by using the Alt on the keyboard. Okay, now that's looking a lot better. Don't want to repeat too much of the pixels there. So maybe over here, maybe. And that's looking good. Okay, on the trunk here, on this bit here you can see that's way blown out. So get rid of that. Between the leaves. Let's get rid of all that leaf there, do not like that. Maybe even up here as well, in this section up here. Okay, that's looking good. This here as well. And you can spend hours doing this. It's not about, well it is about getting every detail looking fantastic but if it's going to be covered by a branch or a leaf in a minute, then, we don't need to do too much work on it at the moment. If we need to come back to it, then we always can. Okay, it's looking good. Okay, so now it's ready to get rid of the bottom bits of our little tree branches or bushes here. Cuz you didn't like that so we're gonna try and blend in these white parts into our scene. So the grass we've got on the mountain is looking pretty dull at the moment. I'm gonna boost it up a little bit. So above the mountain, mountain are here I'm gonna add in a levels. Zoom in just so I can see what I'm looking at. I'm gonna increase some of these levels here. So midtones, increase that, increase the highlights. Get a lot better result there. Maybe a bit of a shadow as well. You don't wanna make it like that cuz that's not very nice. But just a subtle adjustment, bit more detail into our image. Just zoom out, always good to zoom out see what we're looking at. It looks better, okay. And then we're gonna do exactly the same thing with the trees. So I'm gonna find those where are they. So got trees behind us, make them visible, and then we got trees in front. To the trees in front, I'm gonna add a levels adjustment to the whole group. So, hold Alt between the two layers. Make a clipper mask, and I'm gonna bring out the mid-tones. So try and match the two grasses if that makes sense. Like so, don't worry about the actual bush at the moment, we're just worrying about the bottom part. Okay, that's looking good. Let's leave it like that. I'm gonna invert it. So on the white mask here, on the actual levels, Ctrl+I or select Inverse. And let's add that back in using a white brush. Just go over that. See, it's matching our scene now. Add in a bit there. Okay, cool. Now I'm just gonna rub out that section here. So on the trees in front, which is these trees here, let's make a mask and then all we've go to do, the black brush, just get rid of it. And now it matches the end of our scene. Go below that, pass it in, and blend it in softly, so it's not so obvious. Okay, it's looking good. And the just go over it and over it and over it until we're happy with the results. Okay, that's looking good. It's not so obvious that we've done anything there. Okay, so it looks like it's in the scene now. Do exactly the same for the other side. Okay, so I need to add it in with the levels mask as well on this side. Go to capacity, and then go over that. Exactly the same thing black brush, go over that, looking good. Lower the opacity again, and then just do it again, but just a bit closer. You're getting a bit more the detail in, bit more precise. Okay, cool. So I'm gonna do exactly the same thing, but with the back trees. So let's just bring them in, the trees behind. So I'm gonna bring in maybe the same levels adjustment. See if we try that. So that's duplicated that, I've put the above trees behind and I'm attaching it using the Opt key. Okay, delete the masks. We need to make a new mask, and then hit Alt, and then hold Alt on your keyboard, and then hit on the mask, and it will completely go black. Okay so we're looking good there. And with the white brush just go over it at the bottom so it will be easier to blend in with our scene. Same again over here. Okay, so with the trees behind group, make a mask, get a black brush and I'm just going to rub out exactly the same as what I just did before, on this layer instead. Same over here. Got quite a lot of it over here, get rid of all of that. Okay, and that's looking a lot better. A lot more like it's in our scene. Put in, okay. So we've got a bit of the river coming through over here, but I think that looks quite good, so I'm gonna leave it. Just get more light in there. Okay, perfect. Okay, so next, let's add in some more foliage to the front, some more leaves and branches. So open up this one here, which you downloaded from the course files description links. And also this one here. Okay, so let's bring that one in. Let's resize it, pile that down, so about there, that's fine. And then the hill is completely off the green. So let's change that. Image adjustments and then hue and change that to like a yellowy green, something like that. Maybe change the lightness, no let's not do that. Keep that at 0 and then saturation up a little bit, cool. Okay so I'm gonna write directly on it, I'm gonna add in a bit more of some midpoints or shadow, do more highlights, do more shadow, looking good. Okay so zoom out, see how that looks, looks matching, it's not really matching at the moment. It needs a bit more yellow so maybe a bit of color balance. Bring in a bit more yellow. Okay add a bit more green maybe. Okay, looking good. Okay, so now let's play around with the angle of this and the shape. So duplicate the first, Ctrl+J, start a copy. And on this layer go to Edit > Puppet Warp. And what you do is, you put a pointer at the bottom and the top and then maybe one in the middle. So do that. And what this tool does is you can bend basically the shapes. But before we do that we don't want it to be restricted to just the shape around the edges. We want to make it expand a little bit just so we can have a bit more to play with. So as you can see you can bend it right round. But if it was as it was at two, see one sec, two, it's not as good. It's a bit more rigid, okay? So again to expand it a little bit and just play around with the shape, something like that, something like that a bit, up down. Okay, let's try that. Okay, looking good, so it's wrapping around the moss. It's a bit too green, isn't it? So let's lower that down a little bit. That's better, okay. And do exactly the same thing for the same one. I'm going to Ctrl+J, Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal. And we can add it over here maybe. Again, puppet warp, and then just change this one. Expand it, add some points in and then just make this one a little bit different. So let's try and drag that one in there, maybe drag that over here. Looking good. Okay, maybe we can use some other tools like perspective. Change this a little bit and distort, maybe. Like that. Just coming in from the side, okay. Looking good. Okay, so do exactly the same process with other leaf. So, this one's quite desaturated so I'll add a bit more color into this. So let's try a hue, [INAUDIBLE] saturation layers, so let's bring this down to a green, get the saturation a lot better. Maybe the lightness, not the lightness. Let's do Ctrl+L for the levels and bring it up to a mid-tone and then the highlights. Midtones, highlights and the shadows. A dark leaf, this one. Okay, that's looking a lot better. Maybe a bit too saturated so Image Adjustments > View Saturation, bring that down a little bit, the darkness one a bit. Okay, cool, so do the same, put it somewhere else. If you wanna be extra, safe convert it into a smart object and then that means if you go wrong, you can always delete what you've done. So we're gonna Puppet Warp this again. This one's gonna come out from the side and say Puppet Warp, top and then middle. Let's go to rigid this time, the expansion is rigid. It's gonna keep its shape so I'm gonna add the points back in again. So as you can see, it's really good tool to use. So I'm gonna bend it in a little bit, over here as well. Bend that in. Bend the bottom in a little bit, and the middle. Okay, looking good. Click tick, let's put this over here. Maybe distort it. So, Edit > Transform > Skew or Distort, whichever one. Let's go do that, tick. Oh, that looks funky. Maybe I have to rasterize it now, because we wanna edit again. And so maybe, then do it again to compare it with Smart Object. Edit > Transform > Distort, and just get it a bit more dynamic. Okay, so let's play around with this. Looking a lot better. Okay, brilliant, that's the end of this lesson. Please join me in the next lesson where we learn how to blend these in a bit more, after the starting to add in our nice rough, round tree trunks around our bottle.

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