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2.2 Incorporating Our Bottle

Hello and welcome back to the Advanced Retouching Techniques course. I'm Les Moorehead, and we are now on lesson four. We're gonna start building up our main focal elements, such as the bottle and the stump it's sitting on. It's important to get the main element in the image first before we work on any other elements. So it's getting the focus in the image we can build around it. So first of all let's open up our bottle image. So when you've downloaded it open it up, put it into a new, I've dragged it in from a folder and just placed it at the top here. So it makes a new document. Now I'm gonna cut this out using channels. You could use the magic wand tool and select the white, that would be the easy way to do it. And I'm sure you will do that, that's pretty easy. But I'm going to show you a different technique just in case you didn't know how to do it. So the channels, so I'm gonna select one of these channels which is gonna get the best selections. Of course, it's gonna be the blue cuz it's got more black, cuz the black's obviously gonna be our selection. Okay. So right-click on the blue channel and duplicate it. Cuz you don't wanna affect the blue channel, cuz that actually builds up, that's what makes the color as you can see. And then hide the blue channel when you've got the blue copy visible. So as you can see on that one there. And then on this blue copy, go to Image > Adjustments, and then Levels, or Ctrl+L or Cmd+L on your keyboard. Drag up the mid tones. And then drag up the shadows as well. Now we don't have to get completely rid of this bit here, you can see there's a bit of highlight left. We want to get it good enough for now. We can add that in later. Click OK. Cmd or Ctrl on your keyboard. Hold over the thumbnail and then click once and it'll get our selection there. Bring back all the other channels because they're important to the actual image. And take off the one we've just edited, the blue copy. So we've still got our selection, but that's not visible anymore. Okay, go back to layers, double-click on this, make it usable. And then mask it out. But before we wanna mask it, as you can see it's gonna take out the bottle but we don't want to do that. So we go to Select, and then Inverse, and then Mask. Okay, so that's good. But as you can see, what we did up here, we wanna bring back in this transparency here. So go on the mask, get a brush of white and then just bring that back in. You're gonna take out the highlight detail at the top there, and also here as well cuz you can see that. And on here. Okay, fab. Okay. So, we also wanna get rid of the white, but let's bring it into the background first. So let's bring that in here and we'll drag it at the top and then drag it in. So we wanna make it a bit smaller cuz it's a bit big at the moment. So Ctrl+T on your keyboard. Drag that in or edit transform. Okay. So that's in the middle there. Bit smaller. Bit smaller. Bit bigger. There you go. That's fine. That's perfect. Okay. So if you're in CC and you drag it around, and you can see these little purple lines appearing, so we can get it directly in the center of our screen there. And that's perfect. Okay. If you don't have CC you just have to do it by eye, or bring up the guides and drag it in yourself, try to find the center of your image. Okay. Let's drag this on the side like that on there. Okay. And hit Ctrl+R to get rid of the rulers on that a bit more real estate. Okay. Now before we do anything else, let's get rid of this horrible white edge on our bottle. The first thing to do, like we did in the last lesson, we're gonna use the select and expand or contract on the modify here. So on the thumbnail, our mask, hit Ctrl and then select the thumbnail. So, we're selecting our mask, or Cmd on your keyboard. Okay. So now we're going to go in a few points, just so we get rid of that line. So to do that, go to Select > Modify, and then Contract. So Contract basically means it will go inside of the image, as you can see. If I show you what expand does, Modify > Expand To, it goes outside. Okay. So, again, Modify > Contract by 2, that should be fine. As you can see, it's got rid of that horrible halo. Okay? And now hit Ctrl+Shift+I to invert the selection, cuz we don't want to actually get rid of the bottle. If I show you that again, all you have to do on the key, actually Layers, hit the Select, and then Inverse. Okay? A bit easier. Edit > Fill With Black, and then that's gotten rid of our edge. As you can see, it's gotten part of inside here, you can see the part of the sky coming through. So let's get rid of that on the mask. And to reveal that back in, like that. Oh, don't wanna get too much. Okay. Brilliant. So we've got our bottle in the scene. Okay. So now before we bring in the stump, I'm gonna make this bottle a bit longer cuz I'm not liking the stubbiness of it. So first of all, let's add the masks to the actual bottle. We don't need to play with this anymore. So apply a layer mask. Right-click and Convert to Smart Object. So anything we edit and we do to it, we can always revert back if we do it wrong. So what I'm gonna do is go to Edit. And then Transform. Or just hit Ctrl+T on your keyboard. Now I'm gonna drag out the points that are in the corner. So in this right-hand side corner here just drag it up and then in. I like my bottle to be a bit more slender. Like that. That looks fine to me. Okay. So let's drag it back in the middle with these points here. Okay. So let's now bring in the stump which we're gonna set that on. So it's this one here. Now there's multiple ways to cut this out. I think for this one the best way to do this would be either the Quick Selection or the Pen tool. Now, in theory, the focus area on Select Focus Area should work because what this does is it will take out the blurry parts and the selection will be the sharp parts. So you can see it's slightly done it, but not. Let's try Auto. As you can see it's not really done a great job at it. So we're not gonna use that. Although it's a good tool to use. Okay. So we're going to try the Quick Selection tool. Now using the brackets on my keyboard to make the brush bigger. And let's try and get in most of this tree trunk. Okay. You can click on Auto Enhance if you like. It might help to get most of the trunk in. You can always add or take away later on. Let's drag in this bottom section here. Okay, so that's done a pretty good job of it. A few bits have gone over, but let's see what it looks like in the Quick Mask Mode. So down here again, click mask under the colors. Let's have a little bit of looking at, yeah it's not bad, not bad at all. Let's get out the hard brush and layer the hardness down to about 80%. Let's just go over the sides just getting rid of any loose bits, any bit that doesn't really make sense. Zoom in if you want. Just getting rid of any harsh edges. You want it to look realistic. So if you would like, you could use a different brush for this, such as the leaf brush, so at this tree brush here, or a leaf brush, or a grass brush. It's automatically in Adobe Photoshop, so you should be able to use that one. So but at the moment it's the wrong angle, as you can see. And also it's gonna be, not gonna work like that. So we need to take, go to brush presets on here, and then take off color dynamics and transfer. That means it won't do it. So as you can see it's going the wrong way. So let's use this little spin wheel here and it will turn it the other way. So let's use that and then just, you can go over it like that. That's a good way to make it look a bit more realistic. But we're gonna stick with our hard brush for now, cuz it's not gonna impact our design too much, cuz it's gonna be behind the bottle. This section. Okay. Getting rid of that. Don't want that anymore. Okay. Looking good. Yeah, like that. Take away the twigs. Okay. Now, as a final step, you could use the refine mask, see if you can get any more detail coming through. So let's try that and see if it works. Okay. So get off of quick mask mode. And then go on the marquee tool and then hit Refine Edge. The marquee tool just gets out of this quick mass mode and it, the refine edge will appear. Okay? So then let's try and add a smart radius, and then bring the radius up a little bit. So if I put it all the way up it brings up a lot of the background detail. We don't want it all a bit, but we want a little bit. Looks a little bit more realistic, bit more of a mossy edge. As you can see here, it's got a lot better edge there. And then let's try a bit of Contrast. You don't want it too much. Possibly a little bit of Shift Edge. So if I go that way on the Shift Edge it will go out and if I go that way, it'll go in. So, see what looks best. I reckon out will look good. Click OK. And we got our tree trunk. So mask that out, get on the mask icon. Brilliant. And then let's bring that back into our file. Okay. So now we're going to apply the layer masks. We don't need it anymore. It's always good to be non-destructive when you're doing your artwork, so maybe keep that on if you like. But I don't need it, so I'm gonna hit Apply Layer Mask. Okay. And then again, right-click, go to Convert to Smart Object. That means that any editing we do, it won't effect the quality of the image. So I can go like that, I can go like that, and it would still be the same quality as we had before. Okay? So let's reduce the size of that. Place that underneath. See what we're, let me zoom in a bit. Put that there, make sure it's underneath the bottle. And see if we can get the right amount here. So, thinking the bottle needs to be a bit smaller. Ctrl+T, drag it in a little bit. And let's see what we're dealing with here. So, about there. I'm not liking the angles of the tree trunk. So we need to make this a bit more dynamic, a bit more outwards. So go to Edit > Transform > Distort and let's bring out each of the edge. So let's bring that edge out there. And that point there. Maybe in the bottom point, a bit taller. Okay. That's looking good. Now I'm gonna make both the bottle and the tree trunk a bit smaller so Ctrl+T together. And then there, now I think that's perfect. Okay? There we go. Make sure it's in the center. And it's looking good. Now, as you can see, our mountains are not really joining up to the center. So we're gonna have to change that a little bit. This is definitely the center of our image, as you can see by our points. Again, if you don't have CC, just make a point in the middle with the ruler, get it right in the middle of your page and use that as a guide. Okay. So I'm gonna change the mountains a little bit. So I need to move these slightly. So possibly stretch the left mountain, or even move the whole mountain. See if we can do that, and we can. That's looking a lot better there. As you can see we've got errors up here, we have to get rid off that. So let's zoom in a bit and let's correct that for us. So on the mask, get a black brush, a soft brush, and a lower opacity. Just go over that there, like that. Okay. Maybe a bit more. And then a bit more here. Get a bit more darkness on there. Brilliant. Okay. That's looking a lot better. Now, before we do anything else, let's add in our nice sort of city lights in the background on the night sky. So, above the sky, get a new layer. Now go on your gradient tool over here, and then let's change this to a sort of dark purple first of all. Sort of like this. This is sort of like a blue, but it's also purple. And then from the bottom of the bottle, drag up. And as you see, that's made a nice halo at the back. And then make a new layer again. Change this to like a nice pink. Like a subtle pink, something like that. And then drag up again. So all this is doing, it's just creating a nice little scene, background, almost like a city lights, there's a city in the background. And we're just illuminating the back of the bottle, giving a bit more focus to the bottle. Okay? So we're gonna stretch this out a little bit. So, we go to Edit > Transform, and then Warp. Let's warp the edges a bit, bring a bit more of the pink into different areas of the mountain. Okay. That's looking good. If you see any errors on the mountain that's coming through a bit too much, you might want to go over it. So, as you can see over here, I've done a bit too much. So on the mask of the mountains, change it to white, maybe bring that in a bit more. Again, same over here, a bit too much on there. Bit down there. As you can see, because we rubbed out part of, or say masked out, part of a mountain, the colors are coming through, which is good because that's what it would do, it would have an effect on the scene. So it's good that we've done that. Okay. So I'm still not liking the bottom of this trunk. So we're gonna warp this a bit and make it a bit more like it's coming towards us a bit more 3D, and actually looks like it's in the scene. So let's go down to the bottom on that layer. Go to Edit > Transform, and then Warp. Let's bring out the edges here. So, it makes it look like it's more having an impact on the scene and not looking so flat. And let's bring down these points here so that's looking a bit more like it's obtrusing. That's looking good. Okay. That's nice. Maybe bring out the points in the corner here so it looks like it's wrapping round. Same with the inner points. A bit more, come round here. Same with the other point over here. And that one there and there. So that's looking a lot better. Click OK, or the tic here to confirm. That's looking good. Okay. So that's the end of this lesson. Please join me in the next lesson. We're gonna continue doing this course.

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