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3.2 Adding Vines and Leaves to our Bottle

Hello, and welcome back to the advanced retouching techniques course. I'm Les Morehead, and we are now on lesson 12. In this lesson, we'll be learning how to change the colors of our leaves to match our scene, so as placing them around the bottle to create a more dynamic look. We will also be adding the vines to our bottle to make it look like it fits into the scene, because at the moment, it looks a bit flat. So that's changing the color of the bottle a bit more yellow-y because it's a bit too green at the moment. Okay, so bring in this leaf here, which you downloaded with the course files. This one here. And at the moment obviously it's completely altered basically. So we need to change that. First thing, make a new hood saturation layer above. Let's just change the yellows and let's go to a green. Now let's increase these white bars down at the bottom here so we get more of the red. Even more I'm gonna bring it all the way up here. So hopefully when I change this, as you can see it changes most of the red in our branch here. Gonna bring the lightness down. We've got too much lightness in here. Let's go back to our yellows or our reds. Let's try and change this whole bar at the top. And there we go. We've pretty much got rid of it. And maybe bring the saturation down, or up. Up is better, cuz it just gets rid of it. And bring the lightness up as well. Or just try down. Something like that is fine. So it's got a combination of reds and yellows, and it works out like that, okay. So I'm gonna group this together and merge them, Ctrl+E. So now we have our leave, it's a bit too bright, so just darken this down a bit. Ctrl+L, and then just bring down the midtones a little bit. And then let's bring down the actual output, over white balance. Just a bit darker, like that. Okay, so let's bring this into our scene. So where are we gonna place this? So, I'm thinking first of all, let's place one in front of our bottle. So you're gonna put one here. There's fine. Yeah, brilliant. Let's take it out of the actual part here because we don't want it in there. Let's take it out of there. Just watch where you're placing each image. So put that there. So we want it in the same level in its own groups. So let's call it leaves in front of bottle. Leaves above bottle. Okay, so we got that there. So we'll put any other leaves we put above we'll put in there. But for now let's duplicate this. And we're gonna put this behind all of our images. So behind our trees in front, behind our bottle. Let's put it there. So now we've got it here. We want it below that trunk, though. So let's put it below the trunk as well. Call this leaves behind bottle. Okay, and we're gonna add another one up here, Ctrl+J. Change the angle, something like this, I'm gonna change the angle of this one as well. A bit more of that other leaf there. We're gonna use Ctrl+J as well, and then add one over here. We change the size and the angles of this as well. You can do what you want with it, you can brighten change the brightness and contrast a bit of each of the leaves, make it a bit different from each other basically, change the contrast. Maybe the hue as well, not too much, but just enough to make a difference. So a bit greener or a bit darker, use the lightness to bring it down or up. Up to you. Thinking that looks pretty good. Zoom in a bit. Okay, that's looking good. So, we're also gonna add one high up in the bottle, so it's still behind the bottle. So, Ctrl+J. Resize it, put one let's say up here maybe up here, that's quite a good spot there. Okay, I'm gonna add another one over here, because we're changing the angles all the time it's not looking the same. It's all looking good. Now it's looking a bit more dynamic. So something like here be fine. Sticking out a bit too much. That one looks good. Okay, it's like that. That looks good. A little bit less. Okay, cool. Okay, lets bring in the other leaf which is similar. So it's this one here. So do the exact same thing we did to this. If I go back, so Ctrl + Alt + Z and this get this hue and saturation there. And let's try and drag this right into there. We might be able to. Exactly, there we go. Do exactly the same thing using the hue and saturation layer, perfect. We're going to group this together. Maybe make a smart object out of it. So we don't have to go back. Okay, so we bring this into our layer. Let's resize this. Same place, leaves behind the bottle. And I'm going to actually this one now. And let's put this here. So, I'm gonna put this one around here. Change the angle. It's a bit too big. Something like that's good. And again, I'm gonna darken this. Something like that. Ctrl+J, place it somewhere else. It's all about what you want really, you can put it anyway you like, just make it look pretty good, make them look little bit different every time, so I'm using Ctrl+L as well. Darken it up. That's looking a lot better like that. Ctrl+J, click somewhere else. So, our image is starting to come alive a bit more now. Yeah, okay that's looking cool. Okay, so now we've done that, we're gonna put some above our trunks as well. So, we could use the same one, so I'm gonna use the top one up here, the brightest one. This one here, Ctrl+J. And bring this all above our trunks. So we can see it says trunks here. Let's make sure we're using the right ones. Okay, this has got one here. So let's put it here. Change the size, shape and then we put this here, so then now we're getting a bit more, Dynamic placement. Zoom in a bit. Change the levels of this. Ctrl+L. Bring out the shadows. Bring down the white point. Bring out the mid tones. Just play around with it, really. Bring out the highlights. Doing good. Okay. So let's add it somewhere else, as well. So, where else can we add it? Maybe around here, so just around here somewhere. Okay, so I'm just gonna duplicate that layer, and then let's just gonna place it above here, so it's obviously not above our layer, so we need to change that, so it's above our bottle and our trunks. Just put it back into our leaves above bottle layers, okay. So we don't want it affecting the actual bottle or maybe we do, maybe we could have an effect on the bottle itself, that might make a little bit different. I'm gonna flip this. Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal. Maybe we can put it here, might be a good spot for it. Not too big. Maybe you want the leaves to have an effect on the bottle. Let's zoom out. And that's looking pretty good. I'm gonna leave it like that. It's a bit different to what I did originally but that's fine. This is exactly the same. You never do a design exactly the same twice, which is good. That's always a bit of difference to each one. Okay, that's looking good. So, now we're going to add our vines to our actual bottle. But before we do that, let's change the color of the bottle because it's looking a bit nasty at the moment, a little bit too green. So, let's go into our bottle layer, this one here, our group. So we've got hue saturation on the actual label, now we want one on the bottle. Okay, so bring up a hue saturation layer, attach it to the bottle. If you wanted to, you could do this in its own. So I edit content. You can do it in here. I'm not going to, because we won't be able to see what it looks like on the actual scene. So I'm gonna attach that hue and saturation layer. We're gonna go to our greens. Let's try and change this slightly. So we don't want it too yellow, but we don't want it too green either. Something like that will be fine. Look there everything's looking good. Okay, we got one problem with our actual bottle. And that is it's not transparent. So, what I mean by that is, don't want it too transparent but obviously this green section here would not be green, it would actually show part of the moon, it would show part of the background so let's fix that. So on the bottle itself, I'm going to add a mask, get a black brush, get a soft brush. And you can even go low a little past your low flow, either one. And to start rubbing out the back of the bottle, so you start to see part of the moon. Zoom out. Okay that's looking a bit better. Gonna have to do a lot of that to the rest of the bottle as well. But let's bring back some of it. So I'm gonna hit X on the keyboard. Bring a bit more of the green back here, let's take away a bit more on the top here. Looking good. Maybe a bit on the top here as well, on the lid. Okay, looking good. Okay, so we're gonna do exactly that same as the rest of it, this can be a lot lower opacity. You're only gonna see slightly through the bottle in a realistic way, but you're not gonna completely see through it. So let's go down to a 15 or 13%. And with quite a big brush I'm just gonna go over certain sections. So I start to see the leaves between, like, behind the bottle, which is good. You want that. We don't want to see too much, cuz otherwise we'll see where it doesn't actually join up. So maybe down here as well. Take your brush, start to see part of those leaves coming through. All right, we can see that trunk there. You can't actually see where the trunks don't meet. So if you wanted to, you could put a trunk behind, but I'm confident enough that you can't really tell too much what's behind there. Okay, that's looking good. A lot better. Okay. Now we're not gonna start highlighting the bottle yet. >> That looks fine, that. Start to see through here bit too much there, so we're gonna bring the white back there. Maybe a bit too much up here as well. So I'm gonna add a bit more green back in there. So you still see the moon, but it's not so obvious. Like so. Okay, good. The next issue is just the green hue to the top of the bottle. It wouldn't be green, it would probably, well the bottle's probably green, but we're gonna add a bit more blue into it. So I'm gonna add a black and white layer, and it completely de-saturates it. On the mask I'm gonna hit Ctrl+I, and that's changed to black. Put it above our hue saturation, and let's go to our white and then start to reveal that over to the actual bottle lid so we bring in the opacity, just bring that back in like that. So it's a bit more realistic. So I'm gonna lower the opacity of this. So there's still a bit of green in there, but not too much. Okay, so maybe add another Color Balance, and then go to a blue. We're starting to get in that blue hues that you would see in the bottle because of also the environment it's in, which is gonna be a night sky and a nice dark scene. So let's see what that looks like. Okay, so we don't want that on the whole of the bottle, so again I'm gonna hit Crtl+I, on the mask, and that completely gets rid of it. Bring in the white, and then just do it to the top, basically. On the sides, maybe, a little bit. And that looks fine. Okay, cool so we're looking a lot better here. Okay, so we're gonna work on the bottle, the highlights and that, in a later lesson, but now we're gonna add in our vines. So open up this file here. It is quite a tricky section. It's this one here. So first step, we're gonna try and cut out these vines. So it's quite difficult to do. But first of all go to your channels and we're using the channels again. So on this blue one here, right-click Duplicate Channel. Same process as we did in the previous lessons. Gonna make that visible, hide the blue. Ctrl+L, bring out the mid tones, bring out the highlights, bring out the shadows, bring out the mid tones. After you got that from the last way we did this. So we're just trying to get the most blacks into the leaves. So something like that, maybe. Let's try that. So click OK. Hold Ctrl select the thumbnail, make these visible, hide the blue copy, hit Layers and hit On Mask. Let's mask out the actual leaves, want to invert it. So, Ctrl+I on the thumbnail or select Inverse. Then we've got our leaves here, our trunk, our moss, vines. Okay, so I'm gonna bring this into to our document. So we've got a few errors going on here, which you're going to get. So I'm gonna Ctrl+T, bring this down a bit. Ctrl+T, bring it down. And what we're gonna do is on the mask, itself, Ctrl+L, and let's work on it a bit more. Okay, so see it in real time it's a bit easier to do. So, don't do that too much or you're gonna lose a lot of the leaves. Bring down the shadows, that works pretty well. Okay I'm happy with that. So the rest of it we can just get rid of with the brush. So with a black brush, full opacity. Also, I'm just gonna get rid of all this. You're not gonna notice it because it's gonna be attached to the bottle anyway. So any problems I have it's gonna be fine, but get the most of it with the brush. Yeah, it looking a lot better, cool. So now, let's Ctrl+T, bring it down a bit more, as you can see it's got a bit more arrows here, get rid of that. Okay, at the bottom here, okay looking good, it's a bit of more red there. If you wanna be super, like really careful with it, you can add a hue saturation and change all the reds to green. That will make sure that any red parts you see will change to green. It will just blend a lot more. Okay, so bring it onto the bottle so down to where the bottle is to the bottle here, and open up that file, and then bring it down here to the bottle. So it's just above all the layers, I'm gonna add a click mask, and that's attached. Now I'm gonna hit Ctrl+T. Let's drag this down to the corner here. We don't want it too much effecting it. We want it to have a good, clear sign that's on there. So maybe flip this. So Edit > Transform, and then flip horizontal. That's looking a lot better, that side. Let's do it somewhere here. Now, to make sure that it looks like it's actually having an effect on it and it's going around the side, let's use the warp tool and let's warp this around the bottle. So something like this, dragging these points. So there you go. That's looking a lot better. Okay. Cool. Looking good. It's a bit too light at the moment so on the actual layer itself, I'm gonna go to Ctrl+L, and let's drag down these mid-points. Bring out the highlight slightly on the shadows. Okay, it's gonna blend in a lot more when we start to add in shadows to our bottle. But that's looking good. I'm happy with that. Something like that looks good. Changes you want. And I'm happy with that. Cool. Looking good. Just want a mask on there. Okay, looking good. Okay, so now I'm going to put on the other side as well. So Ctrl+J. Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal. And let's just change the angles of these. Again,click Mask it. Let's just apply it like this. So just slightly on that side. Okay, looking really good. Okay, so that's the end of this lesson, so please join me in the next lesson to continue the course. We will be adding in more leaves to the front of our bottle. So we're starting to look into what we're going to be doing to the highlights and the shadows.

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