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3.3 Creating Roots

In this lesson we add some roots underneath our mask to make it appear as if it is attached to the ground.

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3.3 Creating Roots

Hello, welcome back to lesson five of creating this real scene with photo manipulation. So in the last lesson we added in our mask as well as the shadow underneath, so in this lesson we're gonna be focusing on adding some roots to the bottom of the face mask as well as the ground to make it integrate more with the scene. So it looks like it's just pulled up from the Earth and it's starting to rise. Okay, so first of all, before we do anything else I think the mask is a bit too bright. So instead of just going to the levels, we're just going to add in a brightness and contrast layer just above it to bring down the brightness to a more reasonable level. So something like that. And add a bit of contrast as well. A bit brighter. So set it about there. Want it quite dark, so about there, that's fine. Okay and now we're going to actually add in some roots now. So underneath the mask, the face mask and above the shadow, make a new layer. Get your brush. Now we're going to use a lot of these roots here. So first of all, I've got this one nice here. So number 22 is pretty good. So use a black brush, bit smaller. I'm using the brackets on my keyboard to make the brush bigger and smaller, so a bit of a quick tip there. So I'm just gonna click once, click again over here. Now you can actually rotate it on CC. I'm not sure if you can rotate it on Photoshop CS 6 or not. If you can, then of course use it. I don't worry about all the flying off bits, I'm just gonna do it roughly for now, and make it a bit bigger than that as well. This one right there. Let's use a different brush. That's a bit too big, that one. What about that, a bit too horrible that one as well. That's quite nice. Let's rotate it. Like that, a bit smaller, a bit bigger. Okay, I used my brackets as well, like that. A bit big. Another one. It's the same one I used before, but that's, again anyway. Another one. And another one. Just keep going until you think it looks good. Okay, And another one. This left hand side needs a bit of work cuz there's not much on there. Add quite a bit to this. You want a lot of roots. And over here as well, so I guess more. A bit bigger, rotate again. Okay. Then maybe even a bit more, this big one here, that's a lot better there, a bit darker. Okay that's looking really good. Okay, now a bit more flying off into this, into the front of the image as well. But I want to just be contained underneath. Okay, bit more over there. Rotate that a bit. Okay, that's looking good. Okay, so when you're happy with what you've done with the roots. Obviously, you get rid of all the stray bits. So, this up here, you can see, just over there, a bit there. That's why we use a hard brush. You didn't get any of the bits you want to keep. There, just one over here. And this big large one as well. Don't have any like large pieces because it looks a bit off. Like that. This one here. And some of these stray areas over here as well. Okay, it looks pretty good. Okay. So now we've got that. We're gonna do is actually do the same but to the mask or the face mask, so on the actual mask itself of the face mask, and this is getting really confusing. What we'll do, get the brush, let's find out which one it is. I believe it's number 40. There we go. It's number 40. I'm just going to actually add in some more using the black brush to get rid of and the white to reveal,just to make a little bit more gaps in between. Zoom in a bit if you want. See what it's doing there? It's adding a bit of holes into the, like a bit of cracks basically. Okay, just do that all the way along the bottom of the face mask. You can change the brush now and again to a different type of root so you've got holes in the actual mask itself. Just like quite small though, don't want it too big. Not like that size. Let's change the brush here and there. I just want it to look like it's got roots coming through at the bottom as well. Okay, over here. A few more. All right, big, that's a better one. There, so you've got a little bit going through, but not too much. That's definitely not the right one, too big. That one as well, okay, that's looking pretty good. Okay, so that's good but I want it to be a bit more subtle, because it's a bit in your face at the moment. The roots are too big, so Ctrl+T, I'm just gonna make this a lot smaller and drag it up. Bring it down. I just want it to look like, just come out the bottom slightly, not too much though. So that looks a bit better, yeah that's fine. Then just get rid of anything that comes out the sides there, the back, you can see it a little bit there, and there. Perhaps we leave that side there so it looks like it's coming down and interacting with the floor. So on the right hand side need a few more here. Okay, my thing's gone weird. Okay, a bit more roots on the right hand side. So let's add a few more. Okay, so I'm actually gonna add a texture to the roots, cuz obviously roots won't be just completely black. So open up this texture here which is gonna be the soil cracked. Ctrl + C, and I'm gonna bring it into here. Attach it to the roots holding alt between the two layers. Make it a little bit bigger, like that. Okay and then to this I want to add a brightness and contrast first. Attach it. Change this. Bringing the brightness right down, something like that. Bringing out the contrast, about there is fine. Add a levels, attach it. Bring up the mid tones. Bring down the actual, the blacks, bring out the highlights. Bring down the shadows. And let's see what it looks like. So it's not looking too bad. Add another exposure there this time. We can play around with the exposure, good adjustment layer. So bring down the exposure. It's basically like the brightness and contrast but you've got a little more control over the gamma. So bring that right down and add in some gamma. It's like brightness and contrast, but the gamma acts a little bit differently. If there's something like that, that's fine. Let's have a look. Okay, that looks a bit more like root, so I'm happy with that. Okay, so now what we're gonna do is actually add some texture to the bottom of our mask. Let's actually group this into roots. We can probably play around with it a little bit more later on. So, on the mask itself you need to add in another texture to this. Okay, it's gonna be this one here. Concrete floor. Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V. And it's underneath the actual adjustment layers, I actually want that, and underneath the texture of what we added to the mask as well, that's good. Okay so Control+T, resize this to the bottom. Now I'm just gonna, see what we did before? Hold alt, drag it across. I'm just gonna make a few copies at the bottom here to get the whole bottom of the half of the mask, like so. Group this together, Ctrl + E, and you've got one texture. Obviously now it's gonna have quite a repeated pattern, so we're gonna have to zoom in a little bit and just fix this hard edge. So I'll use the actual cleanse stamp tool. If you haven't used this before, it basically just cleans the texture. So flow 100%, we can copy certain texture points and just basically go over that line like so. That's pretty easy to do. Just find where the other one joins, it's there. Again just hold ALT, click on that section you want to copy, and just copy it. There we go, looks good and there's another one here I can see, and it's gone. Easy as that, okay, there's one there as well. There we go, so now we need to actually make it blend in with our mask. So first of all, right click and go to blending options. This is quite a really good technique to use. So I can sit here, so that underlying layer. So what that means is the underlying layer is the face mask. So if you actually get rid of the blacks, the blacks of the face mask will come through the texture. Does that make sense? So I'll show you what it does. So hold alt on your keyboard first of all. So if I just drag it here, you can see it brings through the darkness of the mask. If I actually hold alt, I click on this right hand little corner, you can see parts of the mask start to come through, especially the dark curves. Let's do that, so just bring it through a little bit, not too much. Let some of the master show through. Like that, that's fine, click the tick. And that is looking really good. So also we need to get rid of this harsh line at the top here. So I'm actually gonna add a mask the gradient from black to transparent. And just go down at the top, and you could get rid of that quite easily. I use a brush now just to do a bit more refinement. So a soft brush, a flow down to about 30% and just get rid of a bit more on the top there. Now I really like what this has done, but I also want to add it again. But a bit more, without the actual blending options. So control j, duplicate, we attach it. So you might have to reattach it again, there we go. Get rid of the blending options, to do that easily just right click and then clear layer style. You can see it's done that. Put this below the other texture. This one here. Let's hide that one for now. Bring it down quite a lot. Rotate it slightly. I want this to come through nicely. If you want the texture to be completely different than the one above, you can actually flip it. Transform then flip horizontal just to make sure it's a little bit different. Like that. That looks good. I'm gonna warp this right-hand edge so it wraps right around the side like that, and maybe on this side as well like that. Okay and actually going to reveal the upper texture now as well, just above. And control out on this bottom one, and just make it a little bit darker. As you see, it's made the cracks even more evident. Not too much though. We want just a bit less than that. Okay, it looks good. Looking a bit too much at the top there. Let's drag that one down and drag this one down as well. Just want to really start at the bottom. Something like that. That looks good. Now they're a bit too bright, you can see. So I'm going to actually change that. So let's add a brightness and contrast. Let's just darken that down to about there. Let's actually invert the map. We don't want to actually affect the actual face mask itself. So Ctrl+i, now with it, the gradient tool. This time I'm gonna use white cuz white reveals and black conceals on the mask. Hit x on your keyboard, drag up, as you can see it's just done it on the texture now. That's what we wanted. Okay, perfect, okay now I wanna actually change the mask again, just a little bit. I think it's too big again. So I always do this, I always change it. So I go to liquefy again, just the mask. Now the beauty of having a smart object, you just click it and change it. So I'm just gonna drag this down even more. I just want it a little bit smaller. Cuz it's a bit too big at the moment. Okay, something like that, okay. See that. So I've made a bit more bigger the nose. So if I can actually unlink the layer, Ctrl+T. So I make it a bit smaller, I just want it a bit smaller, like that. There you go. That's a bit better. Do a bit bigger than that. Something like that, that's fine. Let's relink it. Okay, cool. So now I'm actually going to add in a bit of darkness to the bottom of the mask to this side cuz obviously the Sun's behind him. Behind the mask, the face mask is gonna be darker on this side. So all above, all the layers, new layer, attach it with the gradient from black to transparent. Make sure it's on that. It's on white at the moment, so let's actually invert it, so hold x and it will change back to black. And just make basically a shadow at the bottom here, like that. Change the multiply and layer opacity. Let's bring it up until it looks good, so it's good. I want to duplicate this a bit, so duplicate it, attach it again and this time change to soft light. Just adds a bit more contrastiness into it. Let's do the same to the roots, obviously the roots are looking a bit more bright now. So the roots here. Just add in the same thing. This time go from the top down. Like that. Okay, and lower the opacity to let the texture come through a bit more. Maybe change this to overlay and just darken that a little bit. Like that. Looks fine. Okay. Now the shadow underneath the actual mask, I'm going to move that a bit down more, so something like that. Let's use the keys on the actual keypad. Like that. There we go. Okay, I'm going to actually add another shadow as well. This time I'm actually going to use a pencil. So, new layer, pencil and so just try and cover the mask's edges. So, doesn't matter if you're not quite right. And make sure you can see the bottom of the shadow underneath our character. So I actually want to see it. Okay then right click, make selection and shift+F5 or edit fill, fill with black. Okay, now we've got this. Now go to fill opacity to zero. Right-click, blending options. And add in an inner shadow. Bring down the size to zero, and the distance, and the choke. Bring out the distance. You can see the shadow's coming free now. So I wanna make it look like it's come out of the ground. Something like that. So like that. A bit more, it tends to multiple I believe. Yeah that's better, a bit of the choke as well. A bit more size. Something like that okay? So it's good this is come out the ground a bit. Now right click rust rise, or, yeah that rust rise, then go to filter blur, motion blur, and we're going to do the same that we did to the original shadow. Just a bit on the width there, it looks a bit too fake at the moment. Like that. Do the same to the other direction, so upwards and not too much. I still want to see where it's come out. Something like that. Then layer the passes zero. Then bring it up until it looks like it's sort of coming out of the ground. Something like that. Okay, so that's the end of this lesson. We've done quite a bit on this one. So next lesson we're gonna be continuing doing the mask, and making it look a little bit better.

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