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2.8 Finishing Our Wrap-Around Tree Trunks

Hello and welcome back to the Advanced Retouching Techniques course. I'm Chris Ward and we're now on lesson ten. In this lesson, we'll be working on our wrap around tree trunks more as well as adding in our parrots. Okay, so first of all before we do that, we can either fix this top section here. It's a bit flat and it's not looking like it's in perspective. So we're gonna change this a little bit. First of all I'm going to reduce the size. I'm gonna play around with the distort. Hopefully by doing this, the top section will look like it's a bit more around the back, so in the distance. Yeah, that's definitely a lot better really. Bring the side. [SOUND] Okay, that's looking a lot better. Let's bring this in a bit. Maybe change that. Let's zoom out, see what it looks like. That's looking a lot better, a bit more natural. Maybe make it a little bit bigger. Okay, so just get rid of that bit underneath. We don't like that. Don't know how it got there. This section here, it might not even be part of that. Since it's not, so let's get to the seam right here, let's get rid of that, unmask. Okay, so let's get rid of that black part, we don't want that there, Bit too dark. Okay, so now we are into the middle part, and you get to that layer, get rid of that. Okay, looking a lot better. Again, get rid of this bit here. See there's a bit of a twig there? Okay, looking good. Okay, so let's get rid of that little bit on the side as well, don't need that there. That's looking a lot better. Now we've got a problem of this not joining at the top. So to fix that, what I'm gonna do is go to Edit > Transform > Warp. And let's try and get that top section going in like that. Perfect. Okay, so now then we could adjust with the brush, go over it, this side here. Full flow and just go down, and then let's get rid of that. That's perfect. Okay, that's looking a lot better now. So now let's try and work on the side parts here. So that's gonna join them round. So as you can see our layer here's gonna be going background here. So, make the original one visible again so this one here. So let's Ctrl+T and then zoom in a bit or change the size. Now, what we're gonna do on this one is we're gonna add in a puppet warp again. So the top one and the bottom, so each side of it. Now on Distort bring this branch right up. I'm gonna bring this over here and bring this one over here. Now to make sure that this looks like it's in perspective, add one here and bring this one down and bring this one up. So as you can see it's like it's zooming in to the screen instead of just being the same sort of size. It's just gonna look a lot more realistic. Might need to move this in a bit, so let's get the thick first. Bring this in. It's looking very good. So the perspective's still a little bit off I would say. So Ctrl+T, just gonna move this slightly down and to the side. Move this one. Maybe if you want you can use the perspective warp tool as well. So draw a box, draw the warp and then use this bottom one. It makes it even bigger. Then you bring it in a little bit, make it a bit more chunkier at the side. Something like that, that looks good. And click the tick. That's looking a bit better. Now, you are gonna get quite blurry, so we're gonna have to sharpen these later on, but as you can see, it's getting quite blurry with the trunks because we're using the perspective warp for doing that, but don't worry about that for now. Okay, so now we're gonna mask in where it hits the bottle. And then, so just mask out like so. Make sure you got no blue there, looking good. Okay, so the only issue we have now is this top bit here. As you can see, on the left side, it's a bit thinner than the right, as well as on the left side it's going the other direction. But we're gonna assume that twists somehow behind it, because that's the only way we're gonna get this looking how it is and how it's meant to be. So with this right-hand branch here we're gonna make sure that this fits that width. So what I'm gonna do to make it a bit easier, I'm gonna make a marquee tool around this section here, Ctrl+J. And then delete exactly the same thing from the bottom one. I'm gonna mask it out actually instead to make sure we don't delete everything. So that's all masked, and then hide that layer. Okay, so on this layer here, what we're gonna do is go to Edit > Transform > Warp. I'm gonna warp in these points here. So they're a bit thinner. All is well. Okay, it's now starting to match up with our image on the right and our branch on the right. Okay, that's looking good. We could tooth in. But, something like that that's good. Okay, so now let's reveal the layer below. So we've got the rest of it here. Okay, so then let's try and fade these together basically. Same like I've done before with that top layer here. We're just gonna get a mask. And this mask in and let's make sure it looks right. If you need to go on the mask below, you can do that. So on this mask here, we can reveal it back in using the white. Match up as best you can. Okay, that's looking good. Make sure the part where it hits the bottle is perfect again. So you might need to just get the Polygon tool or just the brush again. Draw a box around there and fill that with black on layer mask. Perfect. Now what I'm gonna do is on the left-hand side is just make that one a little bit thicker, cuz it's still a bit too thin, and it doesn't look quite right to me. So let's make sure you get the right one. And again, I'm just gonna go to Edit > Transform > Warp. I'm just try and warp this down a little bit. If you want, you can, again, box, Ctrl+J, Edit > Transform > Warp. And that's just, make this one a little bit bigger. Okay, something like that, it's fine. Then mask it out, and get rid of that edge with a hard brush. Okay, it's just a tiny bit bigger, not much different at all, but it is a little bit, and it makes all the difference to me. Okay, so now we're going to add in our other side, our left side branch. So again, go back to your original layer, which is this one here. Okay, so I'm gonna Ctrl+J, so we've got a copy of it just in case. Right-click, Rasterize, Ctrl+T, and then just bring it in. Okay, so now we're gonna add points to each side again. So we could hide all the other ones if you want to. You could even bring this back in and maybe change that if you wanna make it perfect. But on this layer here I'm gonna add in the point. So Edit > Puppet Warp, again. And a point here and a point here. Change this function right up and go to Distort. Bring this one here and bring this one here. And we're gonna also add one here. Same as what we did to this one, and then just bring it out like that. So bring this point over here out here. And it's gonna wrap around. So this one's sort of wrapping around to nowhere, really, cuz it's not really doing a knot or anything. But we're gonna assume that it's attached to this trunk or down here. But it's just another element to your add-in to make it a little bit more symmetrical on both sides. So something like that is looking really good. That's looking realistic, okay, we'll click tick, and we're liking that. Okay, so, again, mask out this site here, so make sure it's looking good. Mask, and then we get the black, and just mask it out on the bottle. Okay, that's looking really good. Okay, so now let's add in our parrots. So let's bring in a parrot here into a new document. Unlock the layer. So there's multiple ways you can do this. You can use this using the normal quick selection technique which is probably the best way to do it. Or could use the Pen tool, and use Quick Selection, cuz it's quicker. Okay, so this, just go to the Quick Mask Mode, this button down here, and with the black brush I'm gonna get rid of the areas around the feet. Makes our selection a bit more refined, and we'll bring the hardness down, cuz every image is not gonna be perfectly straight even from video camera. So edges are still gonna have some sort of blur to it, so you don't want it too hard. Now we're gonna get a straight edge as perfect as you think. Okay, so I'm just gonna go over that up there, the wood. Get around its foot. I'm not sure what it's called, a pole or something. Here's his feet. And hit X on the keyboard to switch between white and black. So, obviously the white is gonna reveal part of the parrot, and the black is going to conceal. So white reveals, black conceals. Okay, so just going over that. It's quite rough at the moment, but you can always refine it later on. But we're gonna be getting rid of some of these areas at the feet as well. On the branches it blends in a bit more, so just like that. Bigger brush. That's looking pretty good. Okay, so let's mask this out, so hit on the Quick Mask and hit on Mask, that's looking good. So drag this into our layers, into our document, Ctrl+T, and I'm holding Shift on my keyboard, and this, oop, another one there. Make sure we get the right layer on the parrot. Got autoselect on, make sure that's off, and then we're gonna put this on our trunk over here. So, something like that's pretty good. Okay, looking good. So now it's blended together onto the actual trunk. So with this, going to need to add some shadowing and some effect on the feet here. So first of all let's add the actual moss masks, so what I mean by that is we're gonna create a little bit of like a moss effect on the actual image that looks like the moss is going over the top. So the black brush. Let's get standardized brushes here, which is these here. You should have these in your palette, in your brush palette. Then get to brush settings, adding shape dynamics and scattering. Take off smooth in and take off transfer. The shape dynamics go in size fitter, add an angle fitter and that's great. It's basically a moss brush for us. That's pretty good. And all we're gonna do is go over certain sections over the birds. So it looks like it's having an effect on their feet, the moss. You can zoom out if you want. And make sure you go over certain sections, certain areas. Okay, that's looking good. This area here, on its wings, its wings covered. Let me make the brush a bit smaller, like that. Looking good. Okay, so now let's add some shadowing to make sure that this looks realistic with the feet. Okay, so I'm gonna make a new layer above and I've grouped this all together first. So on these layers over here, Ctrl+G. We'll call this parrot. Right, okay. And then below it's feet. First of all get a black brush. Get a soft brush and bring the opacity down to like 12%, 15%, and the flow right down as well to like 26, 25. And I start trying to work in some shadows. Okay, so all I'm doing is continue to click around these areas. Try and make these look a bit more into the scene, so let's get rid of that area there, so let's increase the brush size, there and around his feet. Okay, looking good. A bit more shadow there. Okay, that's okay for the bit underneath. So it's a bit more into the scene now. It's not so unrealistic. Now let's make a new layer above the parrot. Let's make even more shadows on top of it. So even blend it even more. Okay, so retracing around its feet and over here. Actually going up to the bird as well. Like that on top of it. Its front feet there. Then around the center. Okay, that's looking really good. Okay, so let's leave that for now. We can always come back to that later. Okay, so we have successfully added in our tree trunks. They're looking good. That's probably the hardest part of it. So gotta go through that. So the next stage or the next lesson, we're going to be adding in more leaves around our bottle, as well as adding in leaves on top of the tree trunks, because to make it look a bit more realistic and blend them in a bit more. Okay, so join me in the next lesson, we'll continue this course.

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