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3.4 Create Variant Backgrounds

Having created one graphic, let’s look at alternative ways to create different types of backgrounds using the techniques you’ve learned. We will look at things such as how to change the colour, shapes, and lighting of the background.

3.4 Create Variant Backgrounds

Hey guys, and welcome back to the Low Poly Backgrounds course. So in the previous lesson, we went through how to import our rendered image into Adobe Photoshop. And then just going through several ways to manipulate that background using adjustment layers and simple painting techniques, to make it look pretty. In this lesson, we're going to go through how to create more versions of the background so that we have lots of different variations to use for our designs. So the first way that we could do this, obviously, is to go back into Cinema 4D and just create a new material. So with that, you can see that I've created a new material here, which you can drag and drop into our landscape. And to do this, what we're going to do, so if I just get rid of that one. What you do is you select your raw material, hold Ctrl on the keyboard and then left-click and drag. And then you can see that your mouse cursor changes into this sort of plus and arrow icon here. Once you release, you've duplicated the material. And then all you have to do from here is double-click, and then change the colors exactly the same way as what you did in the previous lesson. So double-clicking on the gradient, let's change the colors. So I'm going to go with a nice warm orange color here, like that, so yellowy orange. And with this one, let's go with a deep red. So now we've got this nice orange to red gradient. And then once you're happy with that, close the material editor down. And then, exactly the same as before, drag that material with the left mouse button either onto your object or onto your object here. So let's do that, and then you can see straightaway, the mountain color has changed. And it's also overwritten our previous material. So we can easily just select our previous material if you wanted and then hit Del. And then all we need to do from here, just to make it varied a little bit, is to either select your landscape once again and just go through a few different landscape options. So let's go with this, and I'm just zooming in and then finding a new view for your background. So this looks quite interesting, so I'm going to go with this. And then before you hit Render, I would highly recommend you go back into Edit Render Settings and just changing the file name of your background, just in case you overwrite your previous file. So what I've done here is I've just added a number in front of my previous file so I know which one was the first and which one is the second. Once you've done that, close Render Settings and than just hit the Render button. So that's going to create our new background. Once this is going on, whilst this is going on, let's just head back into Adobe Photoshop to see how we can create a different variation of our previous background, which is this one. So this is the background that we ended up with in our previous lesson. And what I'm going to do here, so you just saw that I've got two different variations. I've got this variation here and another variation. And the way that I change the color is if I go into our first layer, I'm going to duplicate it. So right-click and Duplicate Layer. I'm gonna rename this into new color. And then all we have to do from here is go to Image > Adjustments > Hue and Saturation. And then just use the slider here to choose a new color. So I've got a few nice autumn colors that we had before over here. So I'm going to slide that along here, and then have a nice cool color here, like that. You can also change the saturation here if it's a bit too much. So I'm going to put the saturation down, adjust the lightness here as well, and then once you're happy with the result, click OK. So that's a very easy way to manipulate or change the previous background that we had here. So you can easily make different colors like so. So I've got one, two, and three. Or you can create a new background, which is rendering here, using the techniques that we did in the beginning of the class. Then once this is finished, we can manipulate it even further by going back into Photoshop and doing exactly the same things as what we did before. So this is a slightly different background, you can see that it's still using the same landscape. So let's go ahead and import this new one into our Photoshop file. So the way we do this is if I close that down, is we go back to File > Open, and we're going to choose the new background. So that would be this one. Open that up and I'm going to hit Ctrl+A on the keyboard, which selects the whole thing, then Ctrl+C to copy it. And then all I'm going to do from here is I'm going to drop it into our Photoshop file by pressing Ctrl+Shift+V on the keyboard, which will paste it into place. So now that we've got our new background in our Photoshop file, we can rename this new background. And you can see, we're already making use of all these adjustment layers here. So if we take these out, okay, it looks like this. And then if we add these back in again, here we are, using our adjustment layer. So that's one of the reasons why I'm importing that file straight into our Photoshop file, just to make use of our adjustment layers. We can also manipulate this and change this a little bit further so that it's more different from our previous backgrounds here like that. So you can see here that's it got this little space here. So let's go and fill that up. So one way we can do that is create a new layer, use the brush tool, and just select a color. So I'm just going to select a color from the background itself. And the way I'm doing that is holding Alt while I've got the brush tool selected and clicking on a color here. And then I’m just going to fill that in using the brush tool like so, okay. Actually, that doesn’t look quite right, cuz I’m using the adjustment layer. So let’s switch all those adjustment layers off for now, and I’m going to delete this. So let’s erase that using the Eraser tool. So I'm gonna get rid of that. And now let's go through that again. So I'm going to select that color, and now you can see it's filled that up. So when we put our adjustment layers back on, it looks a little bit more natural. Now another thing that I'm going to do is I'm going to remove the white light here. In fact, I'm not gonna remove it, I'm going to move it further this way, cuz you can see naturally from our background, the light is going from left to right. So it only makes sense for the white light to go that way as well. And one thing that I'm going to do from here, cuz this is quite a nice warm orange background. I'm going to add little bit of contrasting colors to this corner of the background. So the way we do that is exactly the same as what we did before with this warmth layer. Let's make a cooling layer. So double-click on that, cooling, and I'm just going to select a nice cool color. So let's go with blue. I'm going to dab that on like so. Ctrl+T, make that nice and big. And then once you're happy with that, Accept. And I'm going to make that into Overlay. And then once you've got an overlay layer, let's put that opacity down. In fact, not Overlay, let's go with Linear Dodge Add. Whoops. And then, just put that opacity down a little bit like so, and that gives us a little bit of contrast with the colors. So you can play about with those sort of techniques and layers and create different variations of your low poly background. Then once you've done that, you should have a few different variations of your background which you can save. So that's it for this lesson. In the next video, we'll go through what we've learned over the course of this project. And also, my final thoughts on the process of creating a low poly background in Cinema 4D. We'll also go through how you can expand on this technique for future designs and projects. See you guys there.

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