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5.1 How to Import the Render Into Adobe Photoshop

In this lesson, you will learn how to import your moon render into Photoshop.

5.1 How to Import the Render Into Adobe Photoshop

Hi everyone, and welcome back to create a Low Poly Moon with Cinema 4D. In this video, we'll take a look at how we can create a Low Poly Moon Illustration in Photoshop. Next, we want to create a background for our illustration. Now to do this, let's create a new layer by clicking on the button here. Click and drag it underneath our moon layer, because it's going to go behind the moon. And we're going to color it by right clicking on the layer, go to Blending Options, go to Gradient Overlay, so make sure that's ticked. And we're gonna choose the colors from the gradient here, so double-click here or click on it here. And usually you'll have the presets options here, so we can just select the black to white preset. And we can click on these buttons here, double-clicking on that to choose a color. So the first color that I'm going to choose is going to be a light purple color, so 96 and 64 and 131. And I'm going to double-click on the white here and I'm going to choose a darker purple color, so 25, 14 and 54. Now it's quite nice to have the gradient go from a light color to a dark color, and of course you can choose any color. I've chosen to choose purple. Once you're happy with your color selection, click OK. Click OK again, and then just use the Fill tool here. Make sure that your new layer is selected, and fill it. Excellent, so now that we've got our layer here, we can just rename this background. And the next thing that we want to do, in fact, let's go ahead and go back into Blending Options. Click on Gradient Overlay again, and we can actually set the angle of our gradient. So you can see here that we've got the light coming in from the top right hand side, so I want to do the same. So just angle the gradient so that the light color is coming in from the top right hand side as well. Just gonna click OK to confirm that. Right, now that we've got our background color and now that we've got our sky set up, the next step is to create a field of stars for our background. To do this, we'll want to start with another new layer. Make sure that's on top of the background. Double-click that and rename this Stars. And this time, we're going to want to fill this with black, so double-click over here, and make sure that we've chosen a true black. So go all the way down to the bottom here where we'll type in six 0s here. Click OK and now, we're going to just fill this new layer with black. Excellent, now that we've got that, the next thing we want to do is, we want to go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise. Now from here, we want the settings to be 50. Make sure that Gaussian is selected, and make sure that Monochromatic is selected as well. Click OK for that. Then go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. And here we want our radius to be 1.5. Click OK for that. Excellent, now to finish our stars, we want to go to Image>Adjustments>Levels. And over here we want to use these sliders here from the left as to the right, sort of bring them into the middle close together. And as you can see by doing this, you'll notice how our black layer here is starting to resemble a field of stars. So you can experiment with the sliders here to sort of find a composition that you like best. So we can move the middle here, like so. So we can have more stars here, or if you wanted less stars, we can come over here, And then just sort of play about with the sliders, like so. Then once you're happy with that, click OK. Now what we have to do from here is make sure the Stars layer is selected and choose Screen from the dropdown menu here. And if we want to add more details to the stars and to add a little bit of twinkle to them, we'll need to duplicate this layer. And go to Filter>Blur>Motion Blur. And let's have the distance at around 5. So the more distance you have, the bigger the twinkle is going to be, and the less distance you have, the smaller the twinkle is going to be. So if you see, if I move to 10, the twinkle's going to be slightly larger, but if I go to 40, you'll probably be able to see a lot of better. You can see the line is a lot longer. So let's put that at 10 for now, and then click OK. And let's bring the opacity down to about 50%. Then we're going to go back to our original stars layer. Right click and duplicate that layer as well. And this time, we'll go to Filter>Blur>Motion Blur, and we'll set the angle to 90 degrees. So now we've got a horizontal and a vertical line, and we can also set this opacity to 50. Excellent. So to keep things neat and tidy, we can now select all three of these layers by holding Shift on the keyboard and selecting the bottom and the top layer here, like so. And just click on the Group button. Now we can double-click the group and rename this Stars. Excellent, now that we've got our star setup, and we've got our sky setup, we'll want to add some finishing touches to the moon itself. So let's go ahead and select the shape of the moon, by holding Ctrl on the keyboard, and then clicking on the Moon layer. Click on a new layer here, and let's name this Shadow. And from there we're going to select a brush, and we want to select a soft brush, so let's go to our Brush presets. And we want to choose a Basic Brush, make sure that you've got a basic brush here. And we want the brush to be soft, so make sure that you've got a soft brush selected. So right-click on the canvas, and you can choose the hardness of the brush. So the hardness is at 0%, you can choose the size of the brush as well. So I'm going to make sure that the size of the brush is fairly large, so that it can cover the majority of the moon. So about 900 pixels. Make sure that you've got black selected and in the Shadow layer, we're just going to dab the shadows down here, just to accentuate the shadow. And then we can put the layer to Multiply and the opacity at about let's say 40%. And then we want to do the same thing again, so create a new layer. Rename that layer, Light. And this time we're going to switch and choose white. And we're going to do the same thing again, but this time on the light part of the moon, like so. And then from here, we're going to choose Screen and bring the opacity down like so, to about 40%. Excellent, now as some final touches, we're going to add some adjustment layers on top of everything. So let's go ahead and deselect our selection. Go to this button here. And the first thing that we're going to set up is a Photo Filter. So the photo filter here, we want to set this as a warming filter of 81, and the density at about 25. And then the next layer here, so click on the Layer button here. And we're going to choose Curves. So once we've chosen curves, it'll bring up the properties here, and we want to bring the bottom down a bit and the top up a bit. And then in the dropdown menu here, let's go to blue, and we want to bring the blue up slightly, like so, excellent. And now the final layer is going to be Brightness and Contrast. So we can bring the brightness up slightly, and we'll want to bring the contrast up slightly as well. So you can experiment with these values to see what suits best. So that's it for this video. In the next lesson, we'll go through how to add some final touches to our low poly moon illustration. See you all there.

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