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3.3 Creating Our Bubbles Brush and Adding Birds

Hello, and welcome back to the advanced retouching techniques course. I'm Les Morehead, and we are now on Lesson 13. Hope you're still with me. So, in this lesson, we will be focusing on our bottle and making it look perfect. So, that means blending in the bottom of our bottle into the trunk, so that's creating a special bubbles brush, to make it look like some fizz is going through the bottle. Okay. So first of all, let's blend in the bottom of the bottle in a moment it's looking terrible. So let's get to the bottom. Let's go into our bottle group. Let's find our bottle list here. Okay, so on the mask itself, we're going to be trying to blend in the bottom of the bottle here so it looks like bit more into the bush, into the trunk below. Okay, so let's get like a similar brush there. So, on your brush palette you have a standard brush, which is these two here, which is the tree or the grass and the free grasses here, so let's go to the brush settings over here. If you haven't got this here, go to window and then brush. Take off color dynamics and transfer, because that ruins it. Let me show you what that does. It just doesn't work very well. It adds in more color, so we won't do that. Take that off. On scattering, bring that up a little bit, or down bring the count up. Shape dynamics, you can leave that slightly where it is, maybe change the jitter or the angle. And then let's lower down in size, full opacity, full flow. Just go directly on the bottom with a black brush, like so. Keep changing the size of your brush. Because on the bottom layer like that. But I'm gonna change it slightly different so get the single blade of grass again, take off the color dynamics and transfer. Leave it as it is. Let's do some big ones. Let's create a bit more distinction as it's a bit different. Not too much because it'll show up too much. Okay. So, like that. Two over here, three over there. You get the idea? So it's looking a lot better. It looks like it's more into our scene. Perfect. Okay, so now let's create our brush for our little bubbles. Okay, so create a new document. Go to file, new. Make it 500 pixels wide by 500 pixels high and 72 resolution's fine for this. So we can have this box here. So how you do this to make the bubbles, make a new layer above everything, get your circular, or elliptical marquee tool, make it a black, draw a circle in the corner, so down here holding shift and alt on your keyboard then go to edit and then fill. So either Shift + F5 or just go to edit and fill with black. Get the tick. Ctrl+D to D select or select and D select. Got a circle here. So with this, I'm going to hit Ctrl+J, so now I've got two circles now. Okay, but before we do anything else, we want to make it white, so hit Ctrl+I to invert it, because obviously the inverse of black is white. Or, go to edit and fill with white. Okay? So now you've got this. So, then zoom in a bit, see what we're doing. What we're gonna do, Ctrl+T, drag down the top and the bottom. As you see, if we zoom out, we've got ourselves a bubble. So do exactly the same, so I'm just gonna group these together, Ctrl+J. Move this to the top right corner. Maybe change the angle and the size. Maybe make the circle in the middle a bit smaller, a bit bigger maybe. Move it around so it's like this. It's up to you. Or make it a whole circle. Okay, and I'm gonna add another one, just in the corner here just small, like that, perfect. Now we've got our brush. Now you want to go into edit, and define brush preset. Call it bubbles, or bubble. Okay, back to our PSD. And then above the bottle make a new layer, so it's attached already because it's any time you click the mask layers. Then what I'm gonna do, go above here to this section here. Get your bubbles, make the brush size quite small. First we're gonna go to brush settings. Gonna shake dynamics and scatter it. And take off Transfer. Okay? And take off Smoothing as well. So Scatter it and get both axises. Scatter it right up. So you can see here. It's perfect. It's our bubbles. It's mint. It's English slang there for you. So I bring up the count jitter. Shape dynamics and the size jitter, this makes different sizes for us. The angle jitter, we can change that as well if you like. Not too much. And I start to add in our bubbles. I want to go to white first. So white, let's start to add them in. You can't really see them that well, so maybe a bit smaller as well. So add them in here. We can't see them, but we'll see them in a minute. Okay so what I'm gonna do is duplicate that group, so I hit that, duplicate that layer over and over again. About three times should be enough, so, Ctrl+j, Ctrl+j, keep your eye on what you've done there, that'll be fine Ctrl+j, Ctrl+j. And reattach these. So you go into the layers, attach, attach hitting Alt and now we have our bubbles. So you can group these together into one layer, Ctrl+e, and we have one single layer of bubbles. That's looking really good. So, let's try some layer styles. Let's go to maybe, overlay. I'm holding the scroll button on my mouse and just going through them, see which one's gonna be the best. Maybe we should start from the top and go down. So that's no good. It's no good. No good. It's no good. No good. That's pretty good. I like the overlay. So maybe we could duplicate this again, make it even more apparent. So duplicate, right click, and duplicate this one. It's not working, and group those together. So try overlay again. That's looking pretty good. So you want to do exactly the same to the bottom of our bottle, like this, I'll take off and do it again. So again a new layer. Your brush, bubbles, and draw some bubbles, and then Ctrl+j, but this might ruin r. As you can see, it's ruined r. Clip and mask. So, I'm gonna bring this above everything working on a different layer above everything so we don't affect any of the other masks. Ctrl+j, Ctrl+j, Ctrl+j. Got our bubbles. Tint to overlay. Nice, and let's add it back in to our click and masks. I think we've done a bit too many bubbles here. It's a bit too much going on. So I'm gonna delete that, and redo it. It's fine if you have to do that. It has to be perfect. So, get your brush scale. I'm gonna change this scattering to a bit less, actually a bit more, would be better. Like that. Ctrl+j, Ctrl+j, Ctrl+j. Okay, a lot better there. Overlay, and that's looking good. Let's put this below everything to the same layers as the everyone's below. That's looking really nice. Okay great. I've also noticed that our label is actually above our vines, and we don't want that because so we want the vines to actually have an effect on the labels. Just change that to the other vines here. You can name it if you want. Make it a bit easier for yourself. So, vines, vines. Let's put these above our label here. So all of our that's a lot of air. Our tip masks are all perfect. Okay, so that's our bottle. Okay, so let's add in some leaves in front of our bottle to kind of hide the front of our vines here. I think our leaf here on the right is a bit too big as well. So let's find where that is, okay. So it's here. This one here. Let's make this one a bit smaller. Ctrl+T. Just a tad smaller. There we go. Okay, so now I'm gonna add in another leaves or another branch. It's this one here which it should be in the downloads section. Okay, so this one here. Let's drag this into our scene. This is gonna be in front of our bottle so it's Ctrl+t and resize this. So this one's gonna go somewhere around here. Okay, zoom in. That's looking good there. Except a bit smaller. So something like this is fine. As you can see the color's off again. And let's go in to our hue and saturation layer, zoom in a bit. So Image > Hue and Saturation. Let's go to our yellows cuz there's definitely yellows in here. Let's change those to like a green, like that, and let's darken as well with the lightness. Perfect. And get our reds as well. Get rid of all red saturation. Completely get rid of it or just tints of green. As you can see there's reds in that plant is completely gone. Perfect. That's looking really good. Okay, so just blend in the bottom cuz it's a bit too straight. Using a mask. Either use the leaves again or just get one of the default, something like this, these are the default brushes as well. And just rub it in. Maybe a lower pass at your flow. You want to rub until you mask it in. Much easier. Looking good. Okay, perfect. Okay, so now we are nearly done with our actual compositing. All we've got next is the actual retouching, the highlights and the shadows and all that type of thing with the color. But the last thing to do with the actual compositing and the arranging of our scene is to add in our little bit of birds. So it's a simple process. Go to your sky. I believe you've got a little bit of a dot here so we can get rid of that. Just make sure it is on that layer, yes that one there. I'm just gonna rub that out to get a clean stamp on the sky. Hold o and then let's just get rid of that, so we don't like want that there. Okay, so in this sky layer. In this sky group, make a new layer. Get a black brush and make it a hard brush, full opacity, full flow. If you have a whackim tablet or any tablet also would be much easier. I'm gonna use a mouse to make it easier for everyone. But you could go on dynamics, go on pen pressure, make it a lot easier. What I'm gonna do, is let you see, the easiest way do a bird, I have some birds in here. So I'm just gonna do a triangle like that. That's our bird. So from a distance that actually looks pretty good. So I guess we could add a bit more depth to make it a little bit less rubbish. Okay, so just add in some birds here. You don't have to really do much in terms of just to play around with your brush. And that's pretty bad, that one. It doesn't have to look perfect. Just to look sort of like a bird, or you can tell that it's meant to be a bird in flight. Something like that. Lets see what that looks like from back here. That looks okay. Maybe a bit too big, make it a bit smaller. We don't want to see the detail of them all because they're only just black lines. But, from a distance they do look like birds. I can do it to the ones over here on the right hand side. Keep it on the same layer. Maybe do a tribe of birds here, or that dot there. Something like this maybe. Like a little flock coming in here. Get rid of that one here. I'll just adjust it. So that's good apart from that horrible one in the middle. Maybe repeat one. Although it's just a dot. Fairly easy to do. You have some birds. Perfect. Also you can get some bird brushes online. They're a lot better than doing this but you're not gonna see them. They're really small and thus good enough for me. So we can call this birds. And that's done. Okay, brilliant. Okay, so that's the end of this lesson. So, we've done our compositing. We're all ready to go. And now it's on to adding shadows, highlights. More depth into the image and changing the colors. So join me in the next lesson to continue this course.

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