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2.4 Adding Our Fence and Foliage

Welcome back to advance resetting techniques course. I'm Noose Morehead I'm here now in lesson 6. So in this lesson, we're going to be adding in some foliage and some trees in the foreground and making it a bit more realistic and come to life a bit more. Or some nice green trees. So before we do that, I noticed a problem for last lesson where we took off. And so, as you see the proportions. The trunk and the mountains are completely off. See that? Trunk looks absolutely massive up to the back mountains. So to fix that, all we're gonna do is select all of the mountain layers, not the sky and just bring that up a bit. So like there. And that's fixed it because now it looks realistic. It's got like the trunk is in proportion with the back mountains and they could be that size. So that's looking good. Okay so now we're going to bring in our trees so open up the tree files I gave you. Just this one here and the mossy log here. Okay so this one obviously it's pre-cut for you which is fantastic from cgtextures.com. So we're going to drag this one into our document. Okay, so bring this, gonna put this above all the layers. We might have to put that behind the actual trunk there, though. Let's put the, all the bottle and the moon or about the trunk, yeah that's fine. Okay so Ctrl+T, drag down the tree. Now I wanna good size but not too big. Something like that. We're gonna have one tree set in front of the trunk and all the trees and another tree set behind. So we're gonna distort this slightly, okay, a bit smaller again. Bit too big at the moment. Okay, a bit smaller again. Something like that, we're good. Okay to leave that one there for now. Duplicate this, Ctrl+J on your keyboard, which is to duplicate the layer. We'll right-click duplicate and we'll put this one behind the bottle and the trunk. So group this together, so Ctrl+G on your keyboard and call this trees behind. Link it to the top one. Trees in front. Just so we're not losing our wares, it's important to keep tidy when you're doing your design, so that you can find things when you need to change things. Okay, so that's one there, and we've got the tree behind. So you drag this out and it's behind here. So we don't want to do too much to this. All we got to do, control+T. And just distort the shape a little bit. It doesn't matter that we're distorting that much cuz it's not gonna look it's gonna look completely different and you can easily get away with that okay. If you want it completely different and change the angles you can always do that. Edit transform and warp or perspective. Change some of the angles on it. Make it a bit different maybe like that, it's perspective going inside the image and it's realistic like that. Okay? So you got that? If you think it looks too much like the average tree, you can always carve parts or even duplicate parts. Or use the clean stamp, so clean stamp here. Click on this pointy area here. Let's draw it again. You've got a selection here. You can see it there. Let's draw it there, maybe over here. Or draw this section here, put that there. Do whatever you wish to make it a little bit more different than this other tree here. Okay, that's looking good. Little bit there. Bit there. Add some points over here. Okay, so it's completely different now. Okay, so on this layer, to make it a bit dark, a bit different, so it doesn't look like they're both blended together. I'm gonna add a levels adjustment and clip it to that tree. And on that levels either bring down the white point, make it darker or do a combination of both. So bring down that a little bit and then bring up the mid point, the mid tones. That's looking good. Okay, and then we wanna duplicate this again so I'm gonna duplicate this layer, Ctrl+J. I'm gonna flip it, edit, transform, flip horizontal so we've got one on each side. Again, we can change this in a minute, and do the same to the top trees as well. So, J edit, transform.flip horizontal, drag it over here. Okay, now before you do anything else with this one, it can change this one a bit different to make it a bit bigger. So this looks the same on the right hand side. So you change that where it is. Again, change the trees by the back. The left one, bring it more out into here. Maybe change the, again, maybe change again, the angles of the transform. Distort, let's bring these down, up, like this. So it's up with a bit bigger this one, something like that. Looking good. Okay, so for now we're not going to worry about this these drop the bottom of the trees where it's been cut out. But actually we are going to, on the left tree here make this one a little bit different. So I'm going to, again same as I did before, just add in sections. Alt clicking on part which I want to plain stamp and then just adding it back in. So I'm over here so I'm making it a bit different than the tree on the right side. Okay, perfect. Looking good. So now we're gonna add in our moss trunk out at the front. So go on the mossy_log_stock here. Get the Quick Selection tool, I'm gonna just track over our selection. I'm gonna get all this in here. Get that back trunk in there as well. Okay. And drag that down. Okay. All that in there. So you can go on to the Elliptical Marquee tool. Go over Refine Edge and just go over this edge a little bit. With a brush, just maybe get some of the foliage in there, not too much. What this is doing is just bringing back some of the detail. It will try and find out. The computer will try and find out where, or Photoshop will find out where different parts the moss and try to add it back in like so. Didn't like what you're seeing, just add in some contrast and it'll get rid of it. As well as shift the edges if you want to do that as well, it's there for you. Hit OK, looking good. And then mask it out, unmask, and let's drag that back Into our scene. Okay, so we want this above all of our layers. We want this at the very front. Okay. Hide that one. Let's resize it, so bring it right Down, that's the bottom. And then we're going to distort this slightly as well. Not worrying about portions. Only worry about portions if it's gonna be like that. That obviously does not look realistic. Just doing it slightly, looks fine. Okay, I'm gonna add in a distort here. So edit, transform. Edit, transform and then distort. Just make this one a bit bigger here, bring over there. Bring this one down. Okay, I'm gonna bring it up a bit more as well. That's looking fine. Okay, there, perfect. Okay, so now, obviously it's not matching our scene at all. It's quite bright, there's a lot of highlights over here, which we're gonna have to fix. So to do that, I'm gonna add a exposure, adjustment layer and then add, click this to that layer and then just lower down the exposure slightly like -30 and gamma a little bit more. It's getting a bit more closer. It's not gonna be perfect for now but we do need to fix this highlight areas. It's not very good. It's blown up completely. So to do that Create a new layer. Get the clean stamp tool and you use current layer and below. And you'll put this below the exposure and then we're going to just get rid of all this area here. So let's try and select certain parts which we can copy. So hold alt on your keyboard. I'll select certain areas of the moss which isn't completely blown out and, pop this back in to our scene. So we didn't let these blown out highlights, so we can use these parts over here, like that, parts on this log over here. It's a lot better. Okay. It's looking good. So now our image is not completely blown out. It doesn't look awful. There we go. That's a lot better. Okay, perfect. I noticed there our selection is, add a bit of transparency to the edge of the logs, we're gonna add that back in. Let's get a brush and a white. Let's just go over that and make sure we're not losing any of our detail here. All right, good edge, this one. That's where the pencil could come in handy. Just perfect selection. It's completely straight. I think that the refiner just blew this out a little bit too much. You could go over it with a hard brush with a little bit of a softness. Just get rid of that edge a little bit. It's not liking that white bit there. Okay, a bit too much there. Perfect. Just go along, changing to white if you want to reveal parts, or black if you want to get rid of parts. I get white on there. That's good. Get rid of that perfect. Okay. Okay so now we can add in our fence. So get that image open which is this one here this fence. So let's open up on this one doesn't matter. Okay so this image is not that great. It's from the fence is great but the trees at the bottom are completely fake but it's okay cuz we're not gonna be seeing that. So just drag that into our image. Okay so I'm gonna drag that into this arrow. Not gonna work there so control+A, copy. Let's drag it into my section here, tilt the tree here. So I'm gonna put this below where the moss trunk is. So here, Ctrl+C and you've got a fence in there. So we're going to increase the size of this. And we're also going to change the angle as well. So edit, transform and distort, or even skew, but we'll try distort. And let's drag in the corners here. So it looks like it's going in that layer action. So it's like a forbidden drink type thing we're going for. Okay, let's make sure that it can go away underneath there. Something like that. Looks good. Okay. Perfect. Okay, so we're also gonna have the fence in the background behind the trees. So I'm gonna duplicate a layer. And let's put this behind all of our bottle and our trees. This above our mountains. So here. Then we're gonna reduce the size of this. It's too big. Let's put this there, increase it again. Add it about there. It looks good. A bit smaller. Okay, so we're gonna get rid of the trees behind so I can see what I'm doing. Now I'm just gonna get rid of that nastiness at the bottom. So I'm gonna mask it out. Get a black brush. I'm just gonna get rid of that for now and see what we can do with that. Okay, black color. [INAUDIBLE] On that one there. So to get rid of this white bush here. This is too prominent an image. What I'm gonna do on the layer itself. Get clone stamp and select this. Part here and add that in there. It's just in the background, you're not gonna notice that, it's not perfectly lined up where it's joined. If you want that perfectly you can do, for instance select that log there join that log there. A lock there, a lock there, ect., ect.. Guess it looks good. It's a bit more realistic. Change, and all we're gonna do is dictate that. We can apply that now. We don't need to change that. And add that e right here. Use the distort if you wish. Join these two together. Must be edit, transform, and flip them around. Now I reckon that looks better as it was. Okay, and again. This time I'm gonna use the bottom one. Transform, flip horizontal, and put this one over here to join up the fences. So on my perimeter around my bottle, okay? So let's make sure they join up nice and neatly like that, looks good. Just mask out that section here. The colors so, zoom in here, black brush, I'm just gonna mask out that area like so. Still that horrible color on there. Okay, and we've got a tree there. Okay that's looking good. Okay so we've got our like perimeter fence there, so that's the end of this lesson. Please join me in the next lesson to continue this course.

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