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2.3 Blending

In this lesson you'll continue adding elements to your composition and begin using blending techniques.

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


2.3 Blending

Okay, welcome to part three of this Matte Painting tutorial. I'm gonna bring this new image into our document. I want to use the cliff section on the left. So let's just make a quick selection right there and copy and paste it into our document. Remember in the first part, we had this edge of our main image that we were trying to fix, cloning some rocks in there. So to finish that off, I'm gonna use this image. So let's just scale it down into position, right about there. Probably a little smaller, and yeah, that should work fine. So now just create a mask for it. And quickly let's mask off what we don't need from this image. So we can construct the edge of our main island in the sky, right here. Let's just mask off a little bit more, so it blends good with the rest. Let's make a levels layer. Clip it, clip it to the source, so it only affects it. And this way, we can bring down the intensity of the light in it. And I think it's working quite good. It will be nice. So now that we can see it's gonna work, yeah, right there, let's, Mask off whatever is left right there, those bits and pieces. We don't worry much about details for now. We will do a check of the details all over our image as soon as we're kind of finished integrating everything. So right now we have this central portion of the lake. That also needs us to bring down the levels a little bit, so another level layer that it's also clip to it. We bring down the light a little bit, making it darker so it feels better with the rest. And as soon as we can see some part of our mask peeking through, we can edit that out. Okay, it's looking good. Now let's move ahead. Let's see, Let's analyze what we have so far. I'm gonna select all the layers and make a new group for it. These are all of the layers of the foreground element, our island kind of. That's what I name it. So now, each time we make the group normal. So now each time we create an adjustment layer, it will affect the whole group, as you can see through here. A hue saturation, reduce the saturation, and the saturation is reduced in all the elements included in the group. So let's take a look at our composition. I like it, it's looking good. Okay, so lets go ahead and save it right here. It's good practice to save now and then. New version, just to be sure we don't crash and lose our work. Okay, so now we have one group with our foreground elements in it, and we have the rest outside. So let's go back to our waterfall. Since we already seen that it's not working quite good. I wanna check the position again. I don't know. Let's try, let me go back here and adjust the saturation a little bit, down a little bit more. And let's create another level layer for our main object. Because I notice here that the haze in the immediate next portion of our landscape is a waterfall. That it has quite a bit more, so we're adjusting the levels, lifting the blacks a little bit. We can match a little bit more closely the, The mainland and the waterfall. Right now, I think if we flip it, we flip the waterfall. Let me test this. I think it could work. Yeah, it feels better, the waterfall flipped over to the left side. I think it will work. Let me just mask this bit out a little bit. That's a little bit of leftover from our cliff portion of the image. Okay, let's grab our brush, enable transfer with pen pressure. So we can edit the mask of the level layer on our cliff. And this way, if we mask off the levels which are darkening, we bring back the original illumination, so it makes it brighter. And this is the way we're looking to add some bit of highlight to accentuate the light direction that we have in our scene. That might work. Okay, I think it's working. So, for now, let's end this part of the lesson, right here. And we will come back and continue adding new elements to our scene.

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