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2.6 Creating Our Tree Trunk

Hello, and welcome back to the advanced retouching techniques course. I'm Les Morehead, and we are now on lesson eight. In this lesson, we will be adding in more leaves to our foreground as well as starting to add in our coiled tree trunks, which will wrap around our bottle and be our main composition. Okay, so first of all we left of with some leaves at the front here, and we're gonna refine these a little bit, and add in a few more. So let's get right into it. So on this bottom one here, reckon these need to be a bit different size, so let's make the one here on the left a bit smaller. Ctrl+T. And I'm just gonna shrink that a little bit. Okay, that's cool. Now I'm gonna Ctrl+J to duplicate and just play around with this again somewhere else. So over here maybe. And let's trend change this angles a bit. So get the puppet warp. So click there, and just click there, and in the middle as well or down below. I'm gonna go on rigid and then change the expansion up a bit. And let's play around with this one as well. So let's expand that a little bit, bring that out to here, change the bottom a little bit, click Tick, okay, that's looking good. A lot better. Okay, I'm also gonna change the sort of the colors as well. So let's go on Image > Adjustments and Hue Saturation, and let's just lower down the saturation. Maybe change the hue slightly like that. Maybe the lightness as well needs to come down or up. Let's go with some more on that. Maybe saturation a bit more up a little bit like that. So it's completely different there. That's good. Okay, so I gonna duplicate that one as well. And let's move this one here. Ctrl+T. I'm gonna hold down Shift on my keyboard, make it really small. Let's put it underneath both of those layers there. And this one, I'm going to Image > Adjustment > Brightness and Contrast. I'm going to bring the Brightness right down and the Contrast as well. Okay cool, looking good. Something like that maybe. Yep, okay, so starting another one. So let's get on which I like. Let's go with this a bit smaller. I'm gonna duplicate this one again. Ctrl+J. And let's put this somewhere else. Maybe come up the side of the screen at the bottom here. So at the moment, they're a bit unrecognizable between them. So what we're gonna do is we gonna add a drop shadow to each of them. So let's start with this one here. Our top layer, blending options, right-click and Drop Shadow. And add in some size and then some spread. It's gotta be realistic, but it's gotta look good as well. So let's try that. And then I'll go do the exact same to the next one. So we've got this one over here. So for this one, you don't wanna add too much drop shadow at the top here. Because you can see it's gonna be over the fence, and it's not gonna be realistic. But you want it to have an effect on the branch below it or the leaf below it, so I'm still going to add it. Blending Options > Drop Shadow. I'm gonna put the distance right down, so it only has an effect down here, like that. So let's try it, soft light or overlay. Let's try overlay. And just bring it up til you like it. Change the spread slightly. Just have a slight effect. It doesn't have to be that realistic at this stage, we can always add in more shadows later with some adjustment layers. But it's just to separate them all so they look a bit more separate, instead of just bunching up into one big pile of leaves. Okay, so let's do the same to this one over here. So this one, I'm going to add a Drop Shadow, and then this one can have an effect on the branch below or on the trunks. So let's change the opacity up there. Maybe change the layer size to overlay or something. Nah, it doesn't work with that. It says change it back to Multiply or Normal. It's either way, they're the same type of thing, same layer style really. Okay, so the opacity try that. Okay, that looks fine. Now if you want to adjust it and you don't like the tools in here and you want to rub out a section, you can always do that. So how you do that is right-click on where it says Drop Shadow. And go to Create Layer. And basically, what it does is it creates a new layer. So we've got the tree here, the branch, and we've got below it, we've got the actual [INAUDIBLE], the shadow. So you don't have to always have the layers or the blending options attached. You can have it on a separate layer. So on this layer I could go to the brush and rub out those that doesn't look very good. So like that, okay. So you can group this together if you want to call it just leaf. It's got leaf one. If you want to as well. But because it's got two parts, I'm gonna group that. Okay, so then after that, let's try it with this one as well. So this bottom one here. Drop shadow. Increase that a little bit. Size, something like that is fine. Okay, cool. So we're getting somewhere here. That's looking a bit better. So you can do the same to the right-hand side here. Okay, so I'm not gonna show you the right-hand side, because it's exactly the same process as the left. So do exactly the same thing. So I'm going to open up the layers here. I added this one here, made it a bit darker, it's exact same as this one, but I did the Edit > Transformer > Flip Horizontal. With this one, again, it's just one of these, and then in the corner there I made it a bit darker using the brightness and contrast. This one here, this is wrapping around it here. And this one, add it underneath that big one there, and then add a little bit of a drop shadow. Okay, so hopefully you'll be able to do that, this is exactly the same as the process on the left-hand side. Okay? So now onto the next part. We're going to be adding in our tree trunks wrapping around our bottle. So, open up this image here, which you got with the download links in the course. And I'm gonna double-click there, just to make it editable. What we're gonna do is we're gonna mask out this area here. So there's multiple ways you can do this. You could use a focus area, but I'm not going to. Because some of you might not have Adobe Photoshop CC. So you can see quickly, it does work pretty well. Even with the auto, good cut out there, but I'm not gonna use that. I'm gonna use the same again, the magic wand, or the quick selections. Increase the brush size using the brackets on my keyboard, and let's just go over that and see what it gets. Okay, so it's good. And then let's do the rest of it. Okay, looking good. And there. Okay, and then so use the minus one here to just get rid of that section there. Okay, awesome. Maybe in this corner here a little bit as well, okay. So now I'm gonna hit on Refine Edge. And let's make this edge a bit softer so that the radius in it, smart radius here. Bring the radius up slightly 1.5, something like that. Then with a brush, just go over the [SOUND] top section here. And let's just bring back some of the main leaf parts or moss. This will make a bit more soft, okay, like that. Then let's add in some feather. So I'm gonna shift edge in lower that down, get rid of that grayness there. And then possibly some contrast as well. That really gets rid of that. Okay, that's looking good. Okay, click OK. And mask the out here with the mask tool. Okay that's good, got a good mask on that. So the bottom bit here, I'm just going to refine this a bit. Just going to make it a bit less dodgy here. The lasso tool, I'm just going to randomly, with my brush or mouse or whatever you're going to be using back home, just jiggle your fingers a little bit, your amount on your hand, just making it a bit more with rough edge. You don't want a straight edge. And, just Edit > Fill with black. So it makes it better than it was before, but it still a bit rigid like a branch or a trunk would be. Okay, let's bring this into our scene. Now before we do anything else, just group these leaves together. Call this Right-side. Right leaves. Should be leaves, not leave. Yeah, that's right. Okay, so now I'm gonna basically Ctrl+T, and let's make this smaller. Okay, looking good. Now, whenever you're wanting to increase the width of this you're going to have to duplicating and changing things. So, I'm gonna, first of all, apply this layer mask. Right-click, convert to smart object. Control, and then go edit content, so edit contents. Okay, so now I'm gonna go to the crop tool. Let's make this longer. This is gonna be our branch. We're gonna make this bigger. So first of all, let's duplicate this layer, control+J. Let's bring it out. It's now gonna be trying to make these match. Do that there. Zoom in slightly. Let's string this together, so go on the mask tool. Get a black brush. And a fill 100% and let's bring the opacity down a little bit. And let's just start to go over at this edge and try and merge these together. Okay. Like so. Now obviously you're gonna get repeated pixels we're gonna bring the opacity up a bit more. We're gonna get repeated we're gonna have to work on that a little bit. But that's the general idea, like that. Looking good. Okay, cool. Draw this good there. Just want it brushed, a bit more detail in there. That looks a bit better. Okay, so now we're gonna merge these together. Ctrl+E. Okay, we're gonna change the angle a bit, so we can add a bit more. So we're gonna add a bit more again. So Ctrl+J. I'm gonna do exactly the same thing. Now actually we're going down the page a little bit. So let's expand our scene. See what we're looking at. So, same process. Mask, and then let's get rid of all this, and then merge those together. Fairly simple to do. Looking good. Again, merge those together. And that's probably all we need. But let's add on a little bit more, just to be safe. So again, something like this edge here should be where it stops. That cannot be just enough. Okay. So again, mask out, get rid of that edge. It's looking good. Okay. So let's try and fix the problem with, obviously, repeating the pixels. It looks exactly the same over and over again. Let's fix that. So what we do is we're just gonna move some pixels around. So, go right-click on this one here, and go to content aware move tool. So let's get this section here, and let's move it over here. Let's get this section here and move it over here. The section here, move over here, actually not there, that's not very good, elsewhere, there. Let's just keep doing that, until you like what you see. You could use other tools as well. There, such as the paint stamp. So just get a section, and then just repeat it. And just keep doing this, until you think that you can't see any repetition anymore. It's all different, and it's looking good. So it's looking good there. Let's change this area here. Make sure we're not repeating this one here, this area. Okay, let's completely get rid of that. All right good. So it sort of looks like a flexed opposite, so change that. That there. Add a bit more green. Okay, looking good. Let's zoom out. And you see it repeated. You can actually see it repeated here. It's that one, that one, and that one, so let's change that. Make the brush a bit bigger, and get that like a brown, bring it in somewhere else. Repeat some of our pixels. Add in more green. It's starting to look a bit better. Don't like this area here. Change that, okay. I think that's looking pretty good. So let's cut off the rest of it here. So that's Ctrl+A, I mean, Ctrl+C > Ctrl+V. Oh, I did. It was just cut off this rest of it here, and then, there you go. Okay, so let's Save, the file is saved. And, hopefully we go back to part, our PSD. We've got a full branch to work with, or a stump. Okay, brilliant. Now let's leave this for the next lesson, so we're on this. Cuz we're gonna need a whole lesson for these trunks, because it's quite difficult, this section. Also, join me in the next lesson, and I will continue this course.

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