3.1 Building the Island
Now you can build the island using cutouts from a hill. Then you will play with the shadows and highlights to fit the layers with the direction of the light in the image.
1.Introduction1 lesson, 01:36
2.Setting Up the Document and Background3 lessons, 16:08
3.Constructing the Island7 lessons, 1:00:20
4.Adding Light, Color, and Depth5 lessons, 44:25
5.Conclusion1 lesson, 00:28
3.1 Building the Island
Hey this is Gavin from Tuts+, and in this lesson we'll be adding the central part of the composition, which would be the mountain, which will seat the perfume bottle. So I'm gonna ahead and bring in the image that we're gonna use for the mountain. I'm gonna drag this image across onto the canvas, and as you can see, then we've got the layer. I'm gonna go ahead and right click and rasterize the layer. Let's close that down. Now I'm gonna press the P for pen tool, or it's located right here, and what I'm gonna do is zoom in to the image, hold down the Space Bar to navigate, and I'm gonna cut out the central part of this image. So I'm just gonna zoom in further there. And I'm just going to go round the edges of this image. Now, bear in mind it doesn't have to be perfect, But it does need to Be quite tight, so we can get The edges of the leaves to be quite realistic when we zoom back out of the image. So I'm gonna ignore this building here, and just go around the edge. Just there, very quick tapping to create this path. Again, we don't have to be super accurate, but we do want the jagged edges, so it looks as if there are leaves from a distance. Let's just cut underneath there, and go around. And back down. Also, bear in mind that we are going to be adding layers behind what we're cutting out. So, that's why, again, I wouldn't worry too much about how accurate the edges are at the moment. Let's go down and around again, above those houses there. Let's just go straight across. And let's find the beginning point, which is right there. And I'm gonna zoom out. And as you can see there's our path. I'm gonna right-click, make a selection, and I'm going to press Command or CTRL+J. I'm gonna hide the first layer. So here we have The mountain that we've extracted. I'm gonna resize that. Command or CTRL+T, hold down the Shift key. So we do it in proportion, then I'm gonna stick that somewhere in the middle there. Like that, and I'm gonna zoom back in. It's quite rough at the moment, but we will make some alterations to this. I'm going to open the levels panel. I'm gonna drag it right down to take out the highlight, cuz we're assuming the light's coming from the other side, so what we're looking at will be quite dark. Gonna bring that down And press OK. Then I'm gonna open the hue saturation panel and bring down the saturation. Let's just take out a lot of that green. Like that. Let's go back to the levels panel and play with that again. Let's just maybe bring it up slightly, like that. And let's zoom into this right corner. Let's press P for pen tool again, and let's just take off this corner here by creating a quick selection, pressing okay, and then press Command or CTRL+X to cut that out. Okay, again, it's quite rough, But it's okay for now. Zoom back in. And what I'm going to do is create another selection from this area right here and I'm going to cut that out, create a new layer, and just bring it over this area here. And just resize it slightly. And bring it across just to hide that element there. Like that. It's good. Let's open the layers panel and let's select both the layers and merge them together. We can keep this layer as is for now, just in case we need elements from that in later lessons. So, I'm gonna go ahead and close that down. Now, let's make sure that this mountain that we have is actually in the right area and the right place. Let's bring it down so it's actually behind the grass, as you can see now we've changed the shadows on the image. Let's bring it down again so it's actually behind the grass. Just in case that overlaps. And I'm gonna just edit the shadows again let's just bring it down slowly. Right about there, and again, hue saturation, let's bring it down, take out some of the green, and let's zoom back out. Now this might take some back and forth, but I'm just trying to add a little bit of light. Not too much. I think we'll leave it there for now. We'll zoom back in. But I think we're good to go on that. I'm just gonna right click on the background, the main background image here. Let's zoom right in and I'd like to take out this boat here. So to do that, what we can do is choose one of these healing brushes or patch tools. And if I choose that one there and create a circle, and then drag it, keeping it in proportion. As you can see, that almost gave us a good result. Let's go back again. Let's try it the other way. That's better. I just got rid of that. That's good for now. So, there we have the basis for the perfume bottle we're gonna put on top. In our next lesson, we're gonna add some background and some more elements to the mountain. We're gonna smooth it off and blend it in and give it some more depth so that we can have a good foundation for the perfume bottle to be added in later lessons.