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3.2 Adding the Face Mask

In this lesson we add our main element, the face mask in the centre, and blend it with the scene.

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3.2 Adding the Face Mask

Hello, and welcome back to Lesson 4 of Creating a Surreal Scene Without Manipulation. So in this lesson, we're going to be finishing off the sky from our last lesson, adding a bit of vignette and bringing in our main mask element and start with the piece in earnest. Okay, so I'll start with the vignette. So what I'm gonna do is make a new guide first, so bring back the guides using the Ctrl + : on your keyboard. I've already made the guide. I want it directly at center here. So if you didn't have that, View > New Guide. And on the vertical line this time, go to 50% and the same for vertical, if you haven't already. Go to 50%, like so. I've already done that, of course. That's why I've got it directly in the center. So now, we get to our Elliptical Marquee Tool like we did before. Hold Alt + Shift on your keyboard from the center and drag it out. As you can see, it's made a perfect circle in the middle of our page, so I can get rid of those guys. Now I don't need them anymore. Then you click on the quick mask moon in the corner here. And you might be wondering why we're doing this. What it is basically, we can refine our mask by doing this. Now you can use the brush tool as well in this mode. It means we got more patrol over what we're doing and what we're doing with the mask. We're not just blindly going onto the mask using a brush and just drawing over it on your page, you've got more control. So what we're going to do in this mode still, we're going to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. And that just sorta brings up so as you can see, we can see what this mask is gonna do and how feathered it's gonna be. So if you just did apply and that looks like this. And of course that's awful cuz it would have a really harsh edge. So you want, as I said before, something like, let's say something like that. So fringe 385, something like that. You wanna copy that. Click OK. Now we've got this. We wanna get off the selection now in the quick mask mode. And I've got the selection. So as you can see it, to you it just looks like a circle. But actually on the mask it's not. It's feathered. So now I'm gonna click one of the adjustment layers. I'm gonna use curves. Now, we want it, this one's got the mask in the center, so I'll just see if I can bring it down, it will do the center. And we want one like this, and then one inverted. So let's actually just duplicate this and then hide the top one. This one here, let's work on that one first. Okay. Then we want to invert the mask on this one, so Ctrl + i on your keyboard or Cmd + i. And so I darken the edges as you can see. So something like that that's fine. And on this one I want it to stay as it is the masks on the center. We'll sorta darken it with a little bit, but brighten it at the same time. So you wanna darken the colors. Now, I wanna brighten up the center as well. As you can see like that. So its added a bit more sun effect to the surrounding sky. Okay, that's fine. Let's just leave it like that. So, I'm gonna bring on our last element for the sky, which is going to be this one here. So it's cool that how the west was won stock 23, got this nice little sun here. And we are going to make a selection, I don't need it all anyway so it's something like that. Ctrl+C, we'll go back to our screen here and Ctrl+V, then we want to bring this below the curves adjustment like that. Now on this one I'm actually going to invert the mask, I don't need all this. Now with the brush, the wide brush just bring back the sun there. That's all I want to do really, just really subtle, just add in the sun again and get rid of the bottom again here. That's quite a sharp edge at the bottom. Okay, now that's our sun. Let's make sure it's in the center of our screen, like we did before. It's not, so make sure it is. So something like that, not sure where to put it. So top bit's a bit too orange, a bit too harsh. Let's get rid of that. We like what we've got already, so like that. So it's just a little bit of a point of focus, so maybe brighten up a bit, Ctrl+L. It's on the mask, make sure such in the image. Okay, darken and then lighten, something like that. All right, awesome. So I'm gonna do one more thing just to make this blend in a little bit more, and add a gradient map. Then change the layer style to overlay. All I've got now is quite good already. So I'm gonna show you what these colors are. As you see, if I turn this off and on, you see what that's done? It's just blended the layers here a bit more, a little bit more orange. So if you want the colors. So this one here, the grey is 808080. And this color here is that one there, if you wanna copy that you can do. And then what we're gonna do, add another one, so Ctrl+J. This time we'll change the colors to quite severely. So, let's change this to a sorta like a blue, dark blue and this one click orange to something like that. Okay maybe a little bit lighter, so something around there. Okay that's fine also looks horrible at the moment, bring the opacity rate down to zero and let's just bring it up slightly just to add a bit more contrast to the scene and we'll change it to soft light instead that was a bit harsh. Now something like that, that's fine. Okay now I'm actually going to make the sky a little bit stretched at the top cuz we've got a lot of blue at the top there. So I wanna make sure that it reaches over the mask that we're gonna be putting in which is gonna be like around here. Let's drag in bottom background sky layer just above so we're all in the same area just for now. Then grab all of the sky layer, so there. There about the actual curves or any adjustment there, zoom out and just drag out the top until this area here is about there, that's fine. Like that, looks good. Drag back down the bottom sky layer just to below the landscape. There we go, fixed. Okay, that's a lot better. We've got a lot more sky area at the top here. Okay, so now we're going to do the mask. So I open up the masks stock two we go here, so I've cut out myself already, but I will show you how to cut this one out. Just the one time, so if we've got anything else we need to cut out later in the course, you can do it yourselves. Okay, so what I'm gonna do is just to duplicate this first, I've got the mask ready anyway. Delete the mask, and I'm show you what I did. So because this is the main large element in our scene, you might want to use the pen tool, cuz it's the most accurate tool in Photoshop. Now you can do the quick selection and just try to get that. But as you can see and it only gets certain part of the mask, not all of it. So I did on the pen tool. Now it's quite a tricky tool to the use at the start if you're new to Photoshop, but this is an advanced course so you we're warned [LAUGH]. And so, with the pen tool, what I'm gonna do click one, so the top here. And drag down where you think the curves going to meet, so I think right there would be a good point. Then, drag down following the line of our mask. And you see, it's made a nice perfect curve. Again, so around here, I could probably get away with and drag that down. Until it gets the slightly same curvature of the mask again and again speed up a bit more now. Okay, so I lot of you I've seen like when I teach people before they go like that, and then they go like that and they're like well why'd it do that for. Just got to do it really subtly. The points have got to match your mask, you can't just put the points there like that, it ain't gonna work. So just cover the mask here. So don't worry about this blurred area here. So what we'll do is just go inside of the mask, so about right there, like so. Just follow the nose and follow the rest of the mask, like that. Right click, make selection and when you make the selection, click on the Mask Tool in the corner there. Obviously, I've already done the mask. Like that, okay. So let's drag this into our scene. Okay, and let's place this obviously at the top of our layers. Now this is not in the background now. This is actually gonna be for our foreground elements. But you can change this to just mask, so Ctrl+g. And then rename this to mask. Make it simple as possible. Now as you can see, it's looking quite stupid at the moment. It's not matching our scene at all. So right-click > Convert to Smart Object. We're just going to use the Warp Tool, if I get it a bit smaller. Right there. And Edit > Transform > Warp. We're just gonna try and warp out the face a little bit more. Make it so it fits in with our scene. Make it look like its actually the perspective as well as the similar. We can get it, nose way too big. So let's lower that down. Get in there with the down. Okay, so make sure you don't make this look really stupid. Cuz it can get like that, I've done that before, so try make it look quite realistic. I have to draw out the points, make sure the texture runs smoothly. Like that. That's not looking too bad. Okay, I'm happy with that. Okay, click the tick. Okay, now we're gonna get rid of the bottom of the mask so add a mask in here. Now we're using the name is a mask and we're using mask so it might get quite confusing. So maybe I should call this I'll call it a face mask from now on, hopefully. Ctrl + D, I hit D on the keyboard to go after black and white on your colors. I'm going to do with a hard round brush, pick out the size, just get rid of the bottom of the mask. They're a bit wider, like that. Looking better. Okay, I'm actually going to go on to Liquefy as well. We are going to use the brackets on my keyboard to bring down the size of the brush and I'm going to increase the height of the nose slightly. Nice Roman nose. And we're going to make sure this sections a bit bigger, a bit more of a forehead. And then this one as well. So just play around with it. Do what you want to do with this section. I wanna make the lip bigger as well. Make that more evident, not too evident. Something like that. Now it's looking a bit more like its got shape back, bring out the edge there. Click OK, that's fine. I'm a lot happier with that. Maybe that forehead is a little bit too big, we can make it a bit smaller. Like that. Okay perfect. Okay? But it is a bit too dark, the texture. So let's add in a levels. Actually it's not done of the levels because it will actually effect the mask. So let's just use it directly onto the texture, Ctrl+L. Bring down the black point. You get a bit lighter as you'll see. Not as harsh. Bring up the highlights and then bring down the shadow slightly. It's a little bit on the highlights again. Just something like that, maybe bring down the levels a bit more on the darks like that. Now I wanna get rid of some of the blacks in the actual texture of the mask itself. So below the actual texture add a levels. And again, just lower down the black, so bring back more of the face something like that. Okay so, I'm actually gonna use the brushes I gave you to download on the mask of the face mask. Gonna get a brush right-click and then go down to our roots. So if you haven't installed it already so do that. Okay, so it's gonna be these roots brushes, a little bit smaller. This one is pretty good. First, let's just get rid of the bottom of the mask really roughly. Okay, just make sure you get the hard edges away. We're not looking for any it doesn't really matter at the moment. Something like that would be fine. Okay, so now we're going to add a shadow underneath our mask here, our face mask. Okay, so make a new layer above the background just below the mask layer, the face mask layer. Let's actually go to the Lasso Tool this time, might it a little bit of a rough shadow, it's easy to do. Okay and basically just draw below the shape of the mask, as well as you can. Don't worry if you've got it wrong, its a shadow, it'll be pretty fine. Something like that, and join that like that. Get your Gradient Tool, change it to black to transparent. If you don't go some black, don't worry about changing the colors, just hit D on your keyboard, which will go back to default, which is black and white, okay? Now with the Gradient Tool, just drag up from this side and it'll make a nice shadow. Maybe drag this down a little bit more, make a bit more of a height. So it looks the mask is sorta levitating. So we're first of all going to add a Motion Blur, Blur > Motion Blur. And add it, the size, let's go with 93 a bit more naturally and just make sure that the angles on zero and just make it a bit more blurred on the edge there. Okay, brilliant, do the same but the other way, so motion blur that way. You could just do a Gaussian Blur, but I think the Motion Blur makes it a little bit better. Something like that. That looks pretty good. I'll move it down a bit more, there you go. Okay, so that is the end of this lesson. So in this lesson, we added our mask, the texture. I've got the shadow work going on here. So in the next lesson, we're going to be adding in our roots, and making it look like it's actually joined to the landscape. So please join me in the next lesson to continue this course.

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