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3.2 Architecture

In this lesson you'll add new architectural elements that add the human detail to your composition.

1 lesson, 01:25

Free Lesson

2.Adding Images, Masking, and Blending
3 lessons, 33:49

Free Lesson

Masking Techniques


3.Constructing the Sky and Architecture
2 lessons, 26:37



4.Finishing Touches
5 lessons, 55:21

Technical Checks


Blending and Color

Light and Other Adjustments

Final Touches

1 lesson, 00:47


3.2 Architecture

Welcome back, we are in part five of our tutorial. It is looking good, we made some big changes last time. And it's looking nice, I like this landscape, but I think we can add something to it. Because we have the waterfall here, and there's nothing that connects it to the water down there. So let's figure out how to make a kind of a river going in the direction of our waterfall. A river coming at us. So let's create this new layer, and using the cloning tool, let's clone a little bit from the same water. Let's try to build up some kind of river, going inside. Leading to our position, right here, I'm trying to grab some sections. That don't break up the water, have the same illumination, so it doesn't feel out of place. And since it's a new layer, we're cloning from the image behind, but it's on a single layer. It's non-destructive again. And we have the ability to edit or delete our efforts if they are not successful. But I think the idea is good. I'm liking where we're going. Let me adjust, a little bit, the color balance in our landscape. It was still a little bit too blue. So by adding a little bit of red and yellow, we eliminate the bluish tint that this image had. Okay, it's looking good for now. Let me find this image of another castle I found. So we can add a second castle structure to our image. So let's bring this one in. This one, I want to play with adding a point of interest to the right. And I like this castle quite a bit. And it has the correct illumination for our scene. We won't have to edit that out. I usually, when I go through my images, trying to find the elements, I usually try to find the element that will save some time, and will need to be edited in the light direction and such. Which is always more natural and easier to blend into the rest. Okay, right about there. It's a nice place for now. So now that we have it in position, let's quickly mask off the background. Of course, we don't need it. So let's use our magic wand once again to make a quick mask. Remember all this. You need to go back, all these quick masks we're doing. You need to go back at the end and detail everything correctly, okay? It's looking good already. The size, it's quite good. Our quick mask didn't reach all the way here, so we use our brush to eliminate that. Let's see if we keep this. I think right about there it's good. The position and perspective are looking good. Let's take a quick zoom back look. I think I like how our image, it's going so far. We're doing good. Right now we have what we clone on top there. Let's take another look. It's always good to zoom back and take a look at how things are feeling. Let's bring in this other image I found. Let me see, I'm thinking about using this section right here or maybe let's bring the whole thing in. I want to use something for our horizon on the right. That I like quite a bit. Mountains that are more or less in the same perspective and distance as what we are building. Yeah, I think that that seems correct. Since you can see its the same kind of image in perspective. And that is the one that we're building. I'm checking to see how it feels with our main element. So maybe we can use those mountains on the right to connect with our far background. Just on the right, I'm happy with what we have on the left. Yes, I think you can see. You can see and I can see it's right there, that's the section I wanna use. Quick mask, and then let's be sure about the position for now, and continue editing the mask. Let's see what we are gonna keep. Okay, I think, yeah, I think this is a good idea. I'm just being careful with the mask because I don't exactly know at this point How much of that distant mountain range we can keep with our element right here. So I don't think that is working. The foreground rocks are working, but the distant background is completely in a different level. So yeah, I'm not gonna edit the rest which is working correctly. But I do want keep those two mountains on the right, are working very good. So let's reduce the brush and eliminate all this. All this we don't need. Okay. Let's detail a little bit more, because I want to take a good look at it. But again, these masks are not final. We will edit them. When we are close to finished with our scene, we will make a pass of quality check all over the place. But for now, the important thing is to get the composition down and get a good feel of our puzzle pieces and be sure they're in the right place, okay? I like this section, but then we need to remove these guys back here. So again, with the brush we mask those out, mask the edge, remove the rest. And I think, yeah, I think we have another good addition to our landscape. It's making sense, it's adding depth, and a good sense of distance. Yeah, okay guys, another good one. Our image is increasingly looking better all the time. The sky is working very nicely. Let's look at the whole thing in full screen, okay? Yeah, we can move on. Now I want to add a new element. I had in mind an image that I found. Let's see, yeah, there is this kind of Middle Eastern tower that I want to mix. I always like to mix different architectures that look good together. Even though they're from different sections of our world. But sometimes they complement each other nicely. And since we're not usually accustomed to looking at these kind of architecture next to something more European or something, they look interesting. Let's copy that tower back into our document and place it into position, scale it down. And we're gonna use it, To make a higher tower back here, and combine it with our caste. So we have a higher point of interest in our architecture. Before I completely place it or scale it down, let me edit the mask a little bit more. So we have a good edge to work with. I am editing more carefully right now because I'm planning to use this tower section a couple of times to build up something a bit more interesting, a bit different. So first, let's find a place for the base. Yeah, I think we can make it smaller. It's huge. Okay. Yeah, I think another one, that will work. Let me see where the bottom is. Yeah, I was looking at the size of the windows, so it needs to match the rest of the structure. So right there it's working correctly. Oops, the mask I want to edit. Let's see how it looks, we have to edit this edge so it fits correctly. But yeah, I like it. It's a good combination. We have to detail this a little bit. Because if not, it's quite distracting to have a badly blended edge right there. Okay, Right here, I'm gonna introduce this new element. As we talked, this is more of a European kind of castle that I want to bring in on to the back of our waterfall. So it feels more balanced, in terms of architecture, I wanted to place something on the left. All the way back there where we place our little piece of land covering the sharp edge of the horizon for the waterfall. So let's do a quick selection of the sky. For this castle towers and for the rest, let's use the lasso tool and quickly mask out, What we don't need of this castle image. Again, this is quick to see if this image will work. We've done quite well with the new image as we introduced so far. But there's always a, A kind of an element that sometimes doesn't work. So let's use our mask in a non-destructive way. And test out if it will fit back there or it will not. Finding the right size and position for it. Let's take a quick look at it. Let's remove this so it's not distracting us. And to further judge, we need to adjust the levels a little bit. When sometimes you bring in a new image that is completely off, you need to bring it quickly down so you can judge correctly if its gonna fit at some point. Or, we can discard it and not get involved into more detail with it. So I think it will work a little bit more cyan, as we discussed. And yeah, I think it will work. Okay, so for now, let's end up this lesson right there. Quickly masking in the last details to see how good it's working. But we'll end it up right here, and I'll see you in the next lesson.

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