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2.1 Base

In this lesson you'll introduce your first images and start to work on the composition.

1 lesson, 01:25

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

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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


2.1 Base

Okay, so right now we're in the first lesson. So let's drag into this image into Photoshop. And let's start using the magic wand to make quicker selections of the background. As we can see in this image, the shading of the background, it's much different than what we want in the foreground. So it's easier to go ahead and use the magic wand to make quick selection of that. The sky goes through very easily. Of course, all this is a non-destructive workflow. I'm gonna be teaching that in several sections of this course, because it's always much better to work in a non-destructive form so you can always go back adjust, redo, without really committing to any of the changes. So in this case, we make a quick selection of the whole background. Just holding the Shift key and clicking, using the magic wand to add to the selection until you get a nice selection that mostly encompasses all of the background. Then, as you can see, you just hit the mask button and quickly all of the background has been masked off, but as we just said, this is non-destructive. The image is still untouched behind the mask, where we can access, edit, or modify in any way. Right now, we're looking for a position for our main element that we gather from this first image. I'm just looking for the right place, trying to imagine how the background is gonna be build up using this first piece as a starting point. A very important part of detailed map painting its a good eye to ascertain a nice composition. So as soon as you get a nice position for your first image we can now start using the clone tool to eliminate those areas that are kind of defective or have some issues from the image. And we also need start planning what are we going to do with this left edge where the image ended? So we will try to use the chrome to make a Formation that can go onto that edge. Maybe a cliff, use some of the rocks on the right. Because we can not, and don't want to of course leave this sharp edge on the left of the image. So we need to figure out some way to position more rocks, or maybe some kind of cliff. We can always add another image and blend the two together, which is probably the best solution. But for now lets use our brush with black and paint on the mask to eliminate, or mask off a bit further what we don't need from this first image. It's always good to keep analyzing how our image is working, or in some cases not working. And try to find solutions, solutions section by section until we can finally have an image that it's workable. But as we said, we are always using a nondestructive workflow. And of course, the capabilities of Photoshop allow us to edit, or add different elements that will be further enhancing our images. In this case, since this our first, very important foreground object or image, we need to be careful and really analyze how is it going. Right now, looking for a new image that we're gonna add to our composition. Let's see. Yeah, I think this is something that I wanted. Of course, previously to starting the tutorial, I made a lot of searches, and tried to find images that work well together. Which is a great part of DMP, looking for assets, looking for source files that will help us work our magic in Photoshop. In this case, again as we did with the first image, I'm looking for a nice position. And mostly see if it's gonna work. So let's use the selection tool, the patch selection tool to quickly try to eliminate that bushes in the left corner. This of course is committed, but I'm not committed to the actual image yet. So I just want to see if it's gonna be usable if I'm going to. How it's gonna be, and then later we can really fix and clone out whatever is there. But for now I need to, it's better for my eye and my brain to see a cleaner vision, so I quickly remove those bushes on the left. Now we're gonna do a quick dirty selection of the sky as we did previously using the magic wand tool. And being careful not to over select parts of their landscape that we might wanna keep. But as we did, we will gonna use only a mask so it's quite okay. We can fix the edge later. What we want to do today, is right now, since it's a It's the first part of our process to get a feel for our image and start working the puzzle out, and finding nice ways to mix our images that we're bringing into our document one by one. And of course, in the back of our brain we go with the imagination and try to visualize how our setting, it's gonna work. So for right now, we have masked out the sky in this second images. So now we have to go through the process of eliminating sections that are not working with our first image. For example, this great chunk of rock that it's mostly at the same c space, at the same plane as our first image. And from what I see right now, it doesn't really work together. So we are gonna end this first lesson. And after it, we'll go into the next section where we will have some other images introduced into our DMP.

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