3.4 Making Flying Rocks!
In this lesson we will use a rock brush to create amazing flying rocks around our main subject area.
1.Introduction1 lesson, 01:18
2.Source Images1 lesson, 04:13
3.Creating the Composition4 lessons, 59:53
4.Creating Atmosphere3 lessons, 46:49
5.Colour Correction2 lessons, 24:17
6.Conclusion1 lesson, 01:52
3.4 Making Flying Rocks!
Hello, welcome back to lesson six, of creating a surreal scene with photo manipulation. During this lesson it'll be focusing on the floor this time, as well as the mask a little bit. So, first we're gonna be making the crack in the ground. So, what we're gonna do first, is actually move down the mask, is a bit to, up too much so we need a bit more with the sky coming through anyway. So for the bottom layer to the top, not including the background, just drag it down, hold Shift like so. So about level with the mountains that are back there. So about there, that's fine. And open up this crack I gave you on the download, so this here. What we're gonna do, go into our quick selection. And literally it should be quite easy cuz it's quite dark compared to the surrounding floor. Just try and select all of this crack area. Like I said, you don't need all of the top there, just this front section. Or you could just get it anyway just in case you might need it. There was some of that anyway, so like that. Okay, Ctrl+C and then Ctrl+V. Make sure it's placed underneath everything though. So underneath the roots and underneath the shadows like so. And add it in there, see how we did that bit there like that, I went and did a little bit like that, so that's fine. So about there looks good to me. Now that white part there's a bit too light for me. So I'm gonna go down and then go to the Burn Tool. Get a soft brush, change this to Midtones, or actually change it to Highlights. We never do the Highlights on this image. And then just on the image itself, there right about using the adjustments, I'm just gonna get rid of some of the highlights there. And then with midtones, gonna get rid of a lot of it, so just a bit too rough there. So something like that, that's a bit darker now. Okay, so on this layer we're actually going to add a photo filter, attach it to the cracks, let's zoom in a bit here so we can see what we're doing as well. I'm holding the Ctrl on the bracket key and I'll zoom in for you, to bring out the density of this orange filter. Change like a brown something like that, that's fine. Bring it right up. Okay, just send it around there and add a brightness and contrast, attach it and then let's bring that brightness right down like that, and just attach it. Now again, it's already attached, that's fine. Okay, now gonna invert the mass. I just want to put it onto that area here, basically. Cuz it's way too light. Okay, I'll move it here in the corner and the back there. Okay, so let's go out to the photo filter, see if we can increase this slightly. They're about preserving the luminosity. Make this a bit brighter. Okay, that looks good. And then, on the edges of the mask, let's get a mask onto the actual cracks. And get a soft brush. A really low flow, so somewhere around 18%. I'm just gonna go over the edge to make it a lot more softer. Just because I see a hard edge like this. They've got like pebbles everywhere. This is not gonna be really hard edge, is it? Now we've got over here, because obviously we've got a little bit of a grass section here. So we need to make sure we get rid of that or just make sure that it looks reasonable realistic cuz obviously there's a quite sharp edged there. So let's say a bigger brush on the soft and then bring that back. And that'll be fine like that, that's no problem. Okay, looks good, so we got a nice little crack going on in there. Okay, so what we're gonna do now is add some rocks out the front. So, first of all, let's get a brush. So let's make sure we group all these layers correctly. Let's call this crack, or crack in floor. There you go, and then above overlayers. Above the mask, just close the mask group. So we can get a bit more neater here. Let's change these to shadow. Say mask shadow, all neat and nice. Okay, so a new layer above. I want to get like a cream color. So let's select from the sky first of all to make it easier to get to that color range. I went out about something like that, a nice cream, or a goldy cream. I'll go down to our flame stains brush. So these here they've provided for you. Okay, what we're gonna do, flail 100%. Just click at the bottom, so a few areas. So there, there, let's rotate the brush as well, a little bit. So there, a bit bigger. And sent there. A little bit smaller, actually. So there, there, there, just rotate it again. There, there, there, there you go. It's got some nice flying rocks there. Okay, do a new brush as well, try and get a few more rocks in here. So, maybe a bit smaller. Create a bit of distinction, a bit different. Okay so you can see obviously they're completely wrong color, these rocks, but that's no problem, we're going to fix that. A little something like that okay, looks good. Okay, now we're gonna open up what we used before, not these textures here, we want the textures we used on the actual face itself. That's gonna be either this one, or the bark one. This one'll do, that's fine. Okay, Ctrl+A, Ctrl+V, same as before. That's quite, it looks quite like rock actually. This bark's a good one to use, the bark one. Join the two up, hold Alt+Ctrl+E to join, merge them. Hold Alt, and then click between the two layers and you've got some rock texture. As you can see, I zoom in here it does actually look like rock, this part. So make sure yeah, make sure you use the bark texture I provided for you. Okay now add in a bright to contrast, attach it. Let's make this more reasonable, more like the other rocks. Just something like that. Make sure it doesn't look like it's just joined with the face so we need a bit of distinction here. Add saturation cuz it's a bit too orange. Like that, that's good. Okay, now on the actual round number layer, attach it. I'm actually going draw the shadows myself onto the different rocks. So get a softer round brush, a really low pastel flow or just flow. And just go over it like the sides of the rocks. You can see as I zoom in here. You don't obviously have to do all of them, but just the big ones, just so it looks a bit more realistic, because they're looking a bit flat. Then maybe change the size of the brush, so just really roughly. You have to take your time on doing this, we're going to be blurring them in a minute, making a little bit of a motion around there. A little bit more freely like now. Okay, this one here looks a bit rough there. And this one here, this one here, this one here, definitely that one. Just go around, any rocks that stand out makes them not stand out by adding a bit of shadow to them, like so. There's definitely not one there, bigger brush there. Okay, and that site there, that site there, that site there. This really quickly here, and that looks good. That needs some shadows there, down there. Okay, looks good. Okay, so now what I'm gonna do is add a few stones, which are actually cut out for us. So some realistic stones as well, not just some brushes with a bit of texture on it. So let's bring in these rocks here. So I'm gonna bring all of them in. Above everything, so there, there, and there. I'm finding this in the course, some really nice rocks and already precut for us on textures.com. We can make them all really small, we will be using this later on about that size, zoom in, and just place them about so. That's one a bit big so this may not have been smaller than that one. Okay so just, I really like this rock here. It's a really good one. Probably duplicate that one, hold Alt, rotate it, resize it. But again, this rock's one of the best ones. Okay that one there, and just do another one with the other rock so let's find those. And that's a good one as well. Okay, that one, resize it, place it somewhere else. Leave that one there. Another one here. This one's a bit too square, I'm going to delete that one. This one, I'm going to make it really small and place it on the floor. Okay, that looks good. Let's do a few more other ones, so this one here as well. And let's do some of the other ones as well. Makes it feel a bit smaller. Place them out on the side here on the wings. Okay, bit smaller, let's duplicate that one. Okay, so it's getting a bit more realistic, but first we have to change the brightness of these a little bit. Stuck static there at the moment. Okay, so we've got some of these rocks here, and this one's a bit bigger, like that. Bit more in your face. Maybe even a really big one here. What do you think, no. We'll do that later on if we have to. I don't want to play with that yet. Okay, that's a different, that's a less, that's a depth of field lesson. Okay, so we've got all of these now, that's fine. Now, merge all these into one layer, we don't need to keep all the layers. Okay, and then right click, create a smart object like before, go to Brightness and Contrast, add that. And lower down the Brightness. Now it's matching, all good. And, add a bit of contrast, not too much though. Yeah something like that, is good. And on the rocky, mossy, is what I called, or the rocks, I'll change that to rocks, actually. And add Animation Blur again, so Filter Blur, Motion Blur. We don't see much on these ones, so unless you wanna see that they're actually rocks, real rocks. You wanna mix in fake rocks with real rocks, which is a good idea so you can't really differentiate. Okay, that's good. And then now what we're gonna do is just go in and then ash out the certain parts of the rock. So that we did before in the other rocks. Get a black brush. Soft brush, and just add any shadows you need. So lower the opacity or the flow, either one. And just go over the rocks and add a bit of shadow here and there. I left it on the floor here on this one. And this one here, that one there. If you have to, you can add some of the highlights. This rock over here has got a bit dark. Maybe we need to just affect the mask. Let's do that, on the mask of the brightness and contrast, let's actually get rid of some of the. On that one there, that's good. Add a bit more shadow to this rock. And we're looking really good. Okay, so I'm gonna add a little bit of shadow just next to that rock on the floor. It's looking a bit strange there. So, I'm gonna make a new layer. Black brush, low flow. Let's add a bit of shadow there. It looks like it's on the floor, like so. Go to Opacity, to about 50x10. Okay, so it looks like it's on the floor now. So, I'm not really liking this rock in the corner here. It's just like if you squint your eyes, all you can see is this rock here in the corner, so I'm going to delete that one. So I can just add a mask, and delete that one, because I just didn't like it. Make sure the flow's 100% so you don't leave any trace of it behind. And it's gone. Okay, so what we're gonna do now is add some of our own cracks to the face. Just make sure we group all these layers together, make sure they're all looking good. So all rock summations are grouped together. You can easily lose yourself in your layers if you don't actually organize. So it looks pretty good there at the moment. So on the actual mask itself, let's open that group. I'm gonna add some mask into this. So make a new layer above everything, attach it though to the mask. Now you might need to work on tablet for this part, because this is quite a difficult part. We're gonna be drawing the lines of some cracks into the face. Okay, hard round brush. If you want you could use like, I was trying to find the brush which we could use instead. You could use like one of the mud brushes maybe. I could use that instead to make these cracks like that. Let's do that instead, cuz I'll show you what I was going to do anyway but this might be a better option for us. Do that pretty good, these mud cracks. Just rotating it. Putting cracks at different heights, also different sizes as well. Make sure we change that, like that. Double-click on that one to make it a bit more evident. There's some smaller ones as well. Like that. That is looking, that's basically what I wanted to do anyway but I'll show you want I was gonna do. There's a few more, just ones we got here, we got another one there, that's good. Let's change that as well, rotate it. So I included these in the brushes so make sure you find them. They're all nicely named so mud, and the other mud one, like that. We've got some more cracks at the bottom there. So what I was going to show you what I was going to do, make a new layer. Let's hide that one I just did, all I was going to do is just get a hard brush and basically just, go around with and, do it yourself basically, the cracks like that. I'm using the mouse at the moment but I would normally use my whack them tablet just to create your own cracks like that. Various, instances, of if you're already a good drawer, or you could draw, then obviously this will be pretty easy for you. I'm not a drawer myself, so, I do struggle with these. Okay, so that's what I was gonna show you to do, and I was gonna change to multiply and lower the opacity slightly. Something like that. But we've done it now with the mud brushes, that's fine. Leave it like that. Okay, so that's the end of this lesson. So if you could please join me in the next lesson, we continue doing this course.