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28 August 2007 @ 03:05 am
#25 Creating space guide no.2  
Creating space guide no.2 (in ps cs3)
Not beginner-friendly.
Also, not for impatient bitches. :p

Things I'm NOT gonna tell you:

- What a layer mask is and how to create one
- What fill layers are
- How to use the eyedropper tool
- How to use the shape tools
- How to create/use layer groups

If you don't already know these things, this guide probably doesn't fit your experience level.
You may want to consult google and your version of ps and do some more exploring. :)

From to .

I'm gonna try to demonstrate a different method than last time that's especially useful for caps with really busy, complex backgrounds.

I'm starting off with this cap. (Provided by killmotion)
The only things I actually want on the image in the end are the boys and the table they're sitting at, everything else needs to go.

First comes the usual brightening, sharpening, coloring etc. This is what I get. (psd. for those interested in the coloring.)
Now I can start the actual work.

I open a new color fill layer (with a layer mask attached) and flood fill it with a color from the background. The color looks kind of meh but I'm gonna tweak that later anyway. The only thing that's important now is that it suits the overall color scheme and brightness of the background I want to replace.

I invert the layer mask, so that the layer isn't actually visible at all. Lookit.

Now I start making parts of the layer visible again using the rectangle tool. You can, of course, use other tools for this, too....
I still steer clear from the difficult areas around the boys and the table. I now have this.

Now the fun part! (For me, anyway...)

The hard round default brush gets some action.
I work on the areas where the edges are more defined, like the outlines of their shoulders, the top of Sammy's head, etc.
I'm still working with an image that's scaled down to 33%, so still not going into too much detail....
Like so.

As for the more problematic areas: I'm using both the hard and the soft round default brush in various sizes, zoom into the image and fix everything up as good as I can, it doesn't have to be absolutely perfect. Yes, this step might seem boring and forever-taking to some people. Get over it. :p
I end up with this.

I'm almost done. I duplicate the fill layer and blur the layer mask just a bit, then I change the layer mode to screen, lower the opacity to 60% and group the two layers together. To be seen here and here..

I'm still not sure about the background color, so I take the whole group and drag it between some of the coloring-layers. I get quite a few results that seem acceptable, depending on the position of the layers and the opacity of the screen layer: 1, 2, 3, 4, and so on....

I just take my pick, add some light effects and I'm done! :)

I definitely don't claim that it's the fastest or most efficient way to do this, it's just my way.
Feel free to tell me what methods you are using in the comments, I'm always curious. :)

Coming up tomorrow: fresh icon post. God it's good to have net back.
Jcariprin on August 28th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
I'll definately look more into this. ;)
J: isolationedcariprin on August 28th, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
and thanks! usually when I do this, I use the magic pen tool and cut what I want out and put it on a bg color of my choice.
ex_spirits2 on August 28th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC)
ohmygah :O +mems, downloading .psd & trying this (obviously). ♥
all naked and drunk on heart and lazythisisironic on August 28th, 2007 01:20 am (UTC)
awesome, memming!
ishallbelieve_x on August 28th, 2007 07:03 am (UTC)
This is awesome! Thanks!
Anna: Mean Girls | reginashoqolad on August 28th, 2007 08:59 am (UTC)
Thank you for doing this! Very helpful :D
Sarah!: [DW] Turn to dust.killmotion on August 28th, 2007 11:54 am (UTC)

tigermaus: milo cutenesstigermaus on August 28th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
You have CS3 - I just saw a tutorial and info DVD about it and now I am jealous as hell!

Anyway, I love to see how other people do stuff. Very interesting.
Thanks for sharing.

McLovin: ACTRESSES - kate w.rainyrainydays on August 28th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
Lol, I even have the EXTENDED version! :P
tigermaus: GA - Redheadtigermaus on August 30th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
I guess have have to hate you!
strangleheart on August 29th, 2007 08:52 am (UTC)
You are made of AWESOME, you know that? You, and all your icons.
loose lips sink ships: fnl: literally for the winaimtomiss on September 2nd, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
you are going to have to come over to my house and show me all of your amazing photoshop ways. No? Ok, this tutorial will do for now then.

Amazing! Thanks for sharing! I do something similar with the whole getting really close with the brushes, but your way with the extra steps seems like it might give me better results. You are so awesome!
toiletseatgirl: Futurama_toiletseatgirl on September 5th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
I'm liking this, I'm going to save it to my mems.

I just zoom in and hard round brush it all the way. Sometimes the soft brush comes out for those tiny crevices. The edges never come out quite as clean as I'd like them, so I think I may try this. Thanks! :)
Hang22_8miles on September 9th, 2007 08:44 am (UTC)
memming! a great tutorial! thanks a lot.
C.: didn't you hang that shelf?thecolorbetween on October 18th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC)
This is a great tutorial; thanks for posting it!
Kelly: dr. chasechenonceau on January 7th, 2008 09:20 am (UTC)
Cool tutorial. Adding to my memories. :) Thank you!
hang the blessed dj!: spn: deangummishiip on January 30th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
Wow, your edges are so clean and smooth! I will definitely look into this, thanks. ♥