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3.3 Create the Background

In this lesson you will learn how to import your render from Cinema 4D into Adobe Photoshop. We’ll then cover some basic tips and tricks to improve your image.

3.3 Create the Background

Hey guys, and welcome back to the low poly backgrounds course. So in the last class, we went through how to actually render our background. So we finally modeled the mountain, made some lighting, and rendered it out to create a file out of it. In this lesson, we're actually going to create our background. And add some little extras here and there in Photoshop, just to make it a little bit nicer. So now that we're in Photoshop, let's go ahead and import that file into Photoshop, so that we can manipulate it. So let's go to File > Open, and I'm going to go into my desktop. And this is where I saved it, so low poly background so let's open that up. And this is my PNG that I've imported into Photoshop here so zoom in, it's looking pretty nice. So the first thing that we're going to do here is we're going to duplicate this layer. So left-click or right-click and Duplicate Layer. So this'll be my main background and this if I double click this we can rename this Original. So the reason I do this is in case I'm not happy with the changes I made to this one, we've always got the original copy here. So let's shut that down and let's start changing the background. So first things first, one of the things that I'd like to do here is just to increase the contrasts. So go into Image > Adjustments > Brightness and Contrast and here you can make it a little bit brighter and increase the contrast here, like so. Now I'll actually change the way that it looks. Another way that you can do this which doesn't change the layer completely is you can add a brightness contrast adjustment layer here like that. And then do exactly the same thing. So I find this is probably a lot easier to work with, that way if you're not happy with the change that you've made with Brightness and Contrast, you can always delete that layer, or turn it off. So that's Brightness and Contrast, another thing that I like to do is I like to create a Curves layer, like so. And just bring that down, bring that top to there, and we can also play about with these options here. So I'm going to go into blue and make the color a little bit cooler, like so. So I'm bringing the blue up like that. And this bit down a little bit. So that's Curves, and then let's see what else is here. So we can also. Play about with these other options. So Vibrance is another good one to use. So I can up the vibrance here a little bit and put the saturation up a bit. Let's leave it like that, okay. And next one I wanted to have a look at is Photo Filters. So with these photo filters we can play about with these options here. So I'm going to select Cooling Filter, then you can increase or decrease the density, like so. So I'm going to make the density about 45 and that way, you get this nice contrast of colors here and here, which is kind of cool. So those are the adjustment layers that we're going to go through. Another thing that I like to do as well is to just do a little bit of painting over the layer as well. So let's select the brush tool. And I'm going to make the size of this brush quite big, in fact not too big. And I'm going to make the hardness all the way down to 0%. Then I'm going to choose a color, so the color that I'm going to choose here is white. And let's see, where's the colors? Let's see, I want to view where my colors are oops. I think if I do this, there we go so here are my colors. And I'm going to choose white like so and I'm just going to make this brush a little bit bigger. And I'm going to create a nice, whoops, that's not it. First of all let's create a new layer so that we don't damage out background layer, I'm just gonna call it white light. Then making sure that white is selected and you've got your Brush tool selected, I'm just going to do one click. And that'll create a nice little spot, blurry spot here, and I'm going to press Ctrl+T. And this way, we can transform this layer in any way that we want. Another way that you can do this is by going to Edit and Transform or Free Transform, so that's what I did. So Ctrl+T here, I'm just gonna make this a little bit bigger. So I want the lights to come from the top like so. And then once you're happy with the placement, click Apply. And then I'm going to make the opacity about 20%. So that's 20%, another thing that I like to do, is I like to create some, just a little bit of warmth color to the bottom here. So it's quite cool up here so let's make a nice orange color, like so. And we're gonna do the same thing, so clicking on the brush tool, creating a new layer Warmth. Going to click on the layer to create that round spot, Ctrl+T, and then I'm just going to manipulate and move it just down here like that. Then once you're happy with the placement, just accept it so here. And then from here I'm just going to go over here to this drop-down menu. And play about with these options here. So for this one I'm going to see what Overlay looks like. So that's looking a little bit harsh so I'm going to make the opacity go down a bit. Like so to about 20% and then maybe make it a bit bigger so it fills up more of that screen there. So that's the background, and another thing that you can do, is just play about with these options. Color it in a little bit more and another thing that I like to do as well, is use the Gradient tool. So just clicking and holding the fill button here, then clicking on the Gradient tool. Create a new layer. And I'm just going to go from bottom up like so and again, playing about with the colors. The options on this drop down menu so you can put that to screen or linear Dodge Add. I'm actually going to put this to the top like that. And then, maybe opacity down, bring the opacity down a little bit like so. So that's how you create your background. All we have to do from here is just click on File, Save As and create your new JPEG. In the next lesson, we're going to go through how we can create different options using the same image and creating different colors out of it. So we have loads and loads of different colored low-poly backgrounds to use for our designs. See you guys there.

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