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4.1 Technical Checks

In this lesson you'll go through the very important process of checking your masks and the edges of your composition.

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3.Constructing the Sky and Architecture
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4.Finishing Touches
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Blending and Color

Light and Other Adjustments

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4.1 Technical Checks

Welcome to part six of our tutorial. At this point, we have a good composition. We have all the elements in place, mostly. So, it's time to start refining all of our masks to create clean and sharp alphas all over the place. I usually do this. As you can see, I create a black layer. And I put it behind each of the sections so I can clearly see if any bits and pieces are floating around or are missing from my mask. It's much easier to work like this instead of trying to work with the whole image behind. I usually use a black layer, or depending on the case, a bright blue layer. So I can see each of the details. This is a long time consuming process that needs your patience. But it's very important to take this time and cover all of our layers, and have a very clean and sharp detail of all our alphas. So later, when my painting is exported in a production environment for animation, you don't have any bits and pieces flying around that would break your work quite a bit. So be careful, take your time, be patient and if the alphas is all over the place,if you have some doubt you just disable the black layer so you can see what's behind. In this case, I immediately could see that, that right section within was not going to be used. Didn't belong there so this our first clean layer. We can go on to the left section of the castle and do the same. Go all over it and edit the alpha or the mask correctly. I just do this with chalky brush included in Photoshop, no special things right there. To go about the macro edge Of my mask to detail all over. But for overall, I make sure there's nothing floating around on my mask, lassoing everything outside my layer. And masking it out or deleting it at this point, because we already sure this is what we need. We don't need anything else from this image, so I can confidently delete what's outside my main mask? You can disable or enable the mask at any point to see what's behind it, how well is it working together, and how far your mask is reaching. For example, right here you can see that building back there, it's floating, it doesn't have any supports in the landscape for it. So a quick little change on the alpha and on the mask and it's looking much better. In cases like these where the trees have some light peeking through it, it's one of two choices like this, detail it a little bit more. Or in the case of the other tree I did first I just eliminate those sections it does not cause any problems right here. But if it was a larger object closer to the camera you need to spend even more time detailing that kind of a tree. Right here I just move the black layer mask further down, so I can see the next section. And as I told you previously, I sometimes use the lasso tool to be sure I'm removing everything and when there is more detail needed I use the brush and go in quite close, even sometimes at one pixel resolution all the way in. But sometimes it is much better to give a quick lassoing there so you're sure you're masking out everything that is outside the content we want to include. Okay, right here we move on to the next layer. One of the last layers we introduced into our image and I continue using the lasso tool to remove all the dirt that was left behind when we did the quick introduction of this cliff So it's a combination of both the lasso tool and detailing brush. And as you can see we have already several pieces ready. Just drag the black layer down one more step. It was a cloning layer, so it needs to be combined with the other layers. So in this case we drag one step further down and start editing this castle. As you can see, I'm just selecting white areas to remove all of that dirt, such as this one, making sure we don't have that thing. In this case I deleted the castle but it was not there. So, I'm checking the rest of the layers to see where that white bit was from. Okay, we've taken care of that. I go further out to eliminate any possible dirt that we have in this mask. And [INAUDIBLE] the same portion in the other masks to be sure there is no other bit from any of the layers I have worked on so far. Now we have all these layers. They all seem clear so far. So let's drag our black layer down one more. And the next one is the piece of land, we place on top of the waterfall edge. So we will go through this one using the same kind of thing combination of lasso and brush techniques to get rid of the of any dirt that it's floating around in there in our alphas. In this one I am using the lasso because, since this element is quite far away, there's no need to detail a bit more those trees back there. And we continue with this other, other castle and continue doing the same eliminating everything. And this is actually quite a long process. But I wanted to include in the video so you can see every detail of what you can find, what problems you might expect, etc, like this one when I did the key, the magic one tool aiding to this section, so I have to put it back. There's a couple of other sections in this castle towers that need to be placed back instead of removing and in some cases like this. I prefer to bring back the original image so I can clearly see where the tower ends and then redo then edge of the mask right there. Okay. For now, this process will take a bit more, so I'm gonna divide it. In the next lesson, we will continue detailing all of our masks to create clean and nice alphas. So if you wish to follow me, let's go into the next lesson.

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