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2.2 Background Settings

In this lesson, you’ll be adjusting the tone, shadows and highlights of the background image, before adding the foreground elements.

2.2 Background Settings

Hey, this is Gavin from Tutsplus. Welcome back, and in this lesson, I'm going to add some color to the image and some depth using some additional layers. So I'm gonna go ahead and open the layers panel, and the first thing I will do is delete layer one as we don't actually need that. What I'm going to do is close the last panel, pressing B for brush, or if you have your panels open, you can open the Brush panel just here. Just gonna move that across so you can see. So there we have our Brush panel. And I'm gonna open the Layers panel and let's create a new layer. And let's just put it above the Adjust button layer here so we can add our brush effects. So let's go to the brush. Let's take off the smoothing, and let's scroll up and choose a default brush here and make the size slightly bigger. Let's close that panel down, and let's experiment. Okay. So to increase the size of the brush, I'm just gonna press the right bracket key or the left one to make it smaller. Let's bring out to about there. Let's choose the color palette. I'm going to go for a pink. So I'm just going to choose a color right about here. Let's press OK and see how it looks. And before I go ahead and add, let's just make sure that we have the right opacity. So I'm going to keep around 30 or 40 and just see how it looks. Okay. I'm just gonna add pink tint to the sky at the top, not too much. So let's go back to our selection tool and soften the layer palette and its opacity of the layer right down. Okay. What I'm gonna do is add a mask to the layer. And I'm going to make sure I've got the brush tool selected again, And to make sure that we've got black and white selected which we need for a mask, just press D for default and it'll give you the default colors there. And then press X to rotate between the foreground and background. Now, I need to make sure that black is the foreground color, because black hides and white reveals. So if we make sure that we have our mosque option selected, and then we can then paint out what we don't want from the image just to keep this square slight pink tint now, which is good. Then I'm gonna go back to the layer's panel and open up another layer. But let's make sure that we name this one, so I'm just going to call that pink tint and let's bring that across. Now I'm going to close that down and go to the Gradient option. Open the Gradient panel, and I'm going to make sure that we've got one, two, three options available, but the middle one I'm going to make it, let's make it white. Let's make this one black. Let's experiment by adding some more depth. So I'm gonna hold down the Shift key to get a straight line. I'm gonna drag it right across like that. Press the V tool and then I'm gonna open the layers panel. Let's have the layer blend. Let's try overlay and see how it looks. That's actually not quite too bad at all. Soft light, overlay, I normally experiment between the layers to see what effect works best. Screen, I think overlay is good. So if I close that down and lets just have a look, okay. So I like to open and close these layers to see the difference in depth that we have on the left and the right. And I often duplicate the layers like that as well to see how much or how far it can go. That's probably too much. So let's delete that. Keep that there as it is, and let's call that Shade One. And let's close that panel down. Zoom out with Command or Control minus. As you can see here, we've got a nice, purple tint to the sky where the light comes in. And we've got some nice depth, which is a good foundation for the rest of the composition. In our next lesson, I'll begin to add some foreground elements such as the grass, and we'll be extracting that to build on layers for the rest of the composition.

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