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4.3 Vector Birds

Now you can import the vector bird layers and position them carefully so they appear to look realistically deep within the background of the image.

4.3 Vector Birds

Hey this is Gavin from tuts+ and in this lesson I would like to continue the composition by adding some birds to the sky. Some vector birds that we've got as part of our assets and I'd like to add another image of a man in a boat and just put him in the In between the grass and the mountain. Now bear in mind when we add some, when we brought down the hue on the grass layer in the last lesson, what tends to happen if we mess about with layers or repair an existing adjustment layer is it lost its connection. So it's here, but it's not actually connected to the grass. So just to reconnect that, hold down the out key and reconnect it. As you can see there, we brought back the colors as we reconnected the adjustment layer with the grass. Just to bear in mind there, it's easily done. But good to stay on top of these things. So what I'd like to do now, is close down that. Let's navigate across to our. JPEG layer that we've cropped, please vector birds. Let's bring it in and bring it to the top. Now our shortcut for that would be Shift+Cmd or Ctrl+End right bracket to bring it right to the top. Or Shift+Cmd+Ctrl left bracket to bring it to the bottom. So it's top layer, and right click and rasterize that. Now, I'm just going to pick out a few birds that we I think suitable for the image and one way of doing that is just to get the magic wand, click on the ones that you want. So, I'm just going to click one, two, three. Four. Let's go back, four. And then I'm gonna press Cmd or Ctrl+J. Put him on a new layer, let's hide that layer for now. I'm gonna press M for marquee. I'm just going to zoom in their, select this one and I'm gonna press Shift + Cmd or Ctrl + J to cut that bird out from this layer. Then I'm going to selected, Cmd or Ctrl + T, right-click. And let's change his direction there. And let's press L, Shift+L, in fact let's leave it a L. Press L for this selection tool. And draw around this one. Same thing again, Shift, Cmd or Ctrl+J. And lets make sure that they're right there, selected. Let's try that, again, and I'm just gonna turn him around. And let's see how that looks like. We right-click on that one, let's put him up there. Let's create a group, let's call them birds, let's stick this right inside there, and let's call this group Butterflies. Part of our birds group. Let's zoom out slightly, just here we have the bird group. Let's bring it right down. To there. Let's zoom in, and let's change direction, horizontal. Let's bring it down again. There we go. Zooming back out. And let's zoom back in again and maybe take one of the birds. Make him higher. Let's make this guy higher. Put him up there. Maybe here. Yeah, that will do. So let's close down that, there. So we've got our first set of birds. So let's go back to the birds image that we had. And let's delete that, cuz that's now too small. As we reduced the size of the group. And if we drag it back in again, close that down. And what I'm gonna do is press L again for this selection tool. Going to draw around this set of birds here, and Cmd or Ctrl + J to hide that layer. And what we can do to get rid of the white If we can just multiply that as a layer blend. And then let's bring it right down. Enter and let's put that there. But let's add some opacity to that cuz realistically it's gonna be kinda faded out so. Let's just bring it down to about 45, which is good. Cuz now those birds are further away than these birds. In fact let's delete this layer now and put this layer in the birds group. Select these birds and bring their opacity to about 70, which is fine. Let's bring that across. And then let's find our other element. What we are going to do here is the man in the boat, which is this image here. Let's drag him across and let's bring the size right down. So, again, right click, roster rise, let us take him out of the birds' group. Close that down. Zoom in. And let's create a mask. B for brush. Let's put it on 100% to make sure it's all black and let's just get rid off the excess around the image. Right there. Which is good. It doesn't have to be perfect, cuz we're gonna add some adjustment layers later, so you won't 100% notice the roughness of this cut out so I'm just going to take a little bit more off. I'm not gonna to go around him 100%. I'm going to leave it like that. Let's take a little bit more out there, 30%. We're good, okay. So I'm gonna play with the positioning of this man, and I think I might put him. Let's bring him right down. Let's bring him down again. Let's try him there. Let's bring him down to below the grass. And leave him in the middle there. I think that's good. And what I'm going to do is add an adjustment layer. Let's do it on the image rather than add it on top. So I'm just gonna press Cmd or Ctrl+U. Go to Color Rise and add a green tint to the man so that he blends in with the water. I'd say on colorize options, I was all on color, 70, 80, 90 is about right, let's close that down, so I think he's willing to grate it there the water, what we'll do in our next lesson is begin to add the adjustment layer color effects to completely transform the image and really add some more depth before we finalize it with the text.

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