2.3 Foreground Grass
It’s time to import the grass to build up the foreground. You’ll be adjusting the levels and hue to create a darker shadow, before creating a slight depth of field.
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
2.3 Foreground Grass
Hey this is Gavin from Tuts+. Welcome back, and in this lesson what I'd like to do is add the next layer, main layer to the image, which would be the grass. So we can build up our composition. So I'm just gonna go ahead and choose the grass layer which is this one here. So let's just drag that image across onto the canvas, double click. Again it's a smart object, so I'm just gonna go right click and rasterize the layer. And the next thing we'll need to do is to get rid of the white background, and the quickest way to do that for this image would be to have a. Perfect. So what I'd normally do is choose multiply which takes away the white. Any option in this panel will work differently, so, you can choose color burn and dark color depending on what you want. But multiply is good in this case. So I'm just gonna drag the grass down. And let's leave it about there. I'm just gonna press Command or Control + T. I'm just gonna play with the height and the width of the grass. Now in this case it's okay to kind of manipulate the height and the width in this way cuz the grass will still hold its shape. So it doesn't have to be in proportion. So I'm just gonna leave that round about there. I'm going to hold down the Alt key. Let's open the layers panel. I'm gonna go ahead, and with the Alt held down, just drag to duplicate the layer. Let's just put that there. Then I'm going to go ahead and hold down the Shift key. Right click and merge the layers together. Now as you can see that's put back the white, so let's just go back and add the layer blend. Use multiply. Next thing we're gonna do is hold down the Command or Control + L option which gives us our levels so we can play with the shading. Alternatively you can go to Image > Adjustments > Levels, and I'm going to bring this right down. Let's just bring it right down on both sides and see how it looks. Okay, let's close that panel for now. Let's zoom in slightly with Command or Control +. Now some of the grass is slightly lost, so let's go back and see if we can have an option which brings it more clarity. I think linear burn might actually give us a little bit more clarity on the edges of the grass. So let's leave it on linear burn for now. And let's just play with the positioning again. Just think it's not too bad there. And let's just go back to our layers panel. Go to the shade option. And let's just play with that to see how it looks. Okay. So if I bring the opacity of that layer down just slightly. It brings out some of the grass on the left and the right, which is good. Let's just rename this layer. Let's just call it grass. Let's close that down. And then let's change the hue saturation of this grass layer. Now let's add an adjustment layer there. And what I'm gonna do is hold down the Alt key, and I'm just going to make sure that the cursor is just on that line. And when I click, it makes the adjustment layer only applicable to the grass which is the layer directly below it. I'm just gonna bring down the saturation of the grass because there's quite a lot of green in there I'd like to take out. Let's bring it right down to about minus 68, which is good. And let's close that, and that panel there. And let's just go back to the selection tool and bring the grass down slightly, just ever so slightly, round about there which is just fine. Okay. So, in our next lesson what we're going to do is add some more elements to the foreground and build it up. And we're gonna take out one or two elements from the main background image. And begin to build the composition forward with the main image which will be centered in the composition.