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How to create a burning skull Photoshop composite.

teacher avatar Adrian Scheff

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Lessons in This Class

37 Lessons (58m)
    • 1. Intro

      1:12
    • 2. Stock Images

      0:27
    • 3. Prepare Background

      1:09
    • 4. Exercise

      2:25
    • 5. Save Your Document

      0:33
    • 6. Quiz

      0:42
    • 7. Document Organization

      0:59
    • 8. Quiz

      0:47
    • 9. Make a selection of the skull

      1:02
    • 10. Exercise

      1:50
    • 11. Bring Skull into composition

      0:54
    • 12. Quiz

      0:48
    • 13. Resize Skull

      1:10
    • 14. Exercise

      1:42
    • 15. Color Correct Skull

      1:09
    • 16. Quiz

      0:42
    • 17. Darken Eyes Skull

      2:14
    • 18. Exercise

      1:42
    • 19. Bring Fire Into Composition

      1:18
    • 20. Exercise

      1:12
    • 21. Fire on skull sides

      3:29
    • 22. Quiz

      0:52
    • 23. Fire On Lower Skull Sides

      1:33
    • 24. Exercise

      1:32
    • 25. Fire on Upper Skull

      1:50
    • 26. Exercise

      1:30
    • 27. Add Shadow

      3:40
    • 28. Quiz

      0:39
    • 29. Add Rain

      5:13
    • 30. Quiz

      0:51
    • 31. Add Fog

      2:17
    • 32. Quiz

      1:14
    • 33. Post Processing 1

      2:26
    • 34. Exercise

      1:23
    • 35. Post Processing 2

      2:52
    • 36. Quiz

      1:08
    • 37. Course Finish

      1:16
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1. Intro: Adrian chef teaches Photoshop. My fellow artist, I made VHF. And in this course, I'll teach you the absolute basics of photo compositing and manipulation. After finishing this course, you will be able to create water compositing and manipulation all on your own. The lessons are short and easy to understand and super-easy to follow. Between lessons, we'll have some interesting quizzes and some hands-on exercises that we'll test and solidify your newly acquired knowledge. During this course. You will have, but I promise you. But not only that, we will also learn some powerful tips and techniques that will make you a better, smarter, and a more confident Photoshop user. As a Photoshop instructor with Dan blasts, years of experience, I taught hundreds of thousands of people how to become better and more efficient at using Photoshop. Showing me this force. And let's create some beautiful art. You and me together. 2. Stock Images: Hello my fellow artists. In this lesson, we are going to take a look at the stock images. Here are the three images that will make up our final composition. We have a nice, creepy go, some hot fire and somewhat foggy, but interesting forests. We will use these images to create a nice photo manipulation. 3. Prepare Background: Hello beautiful people. In this lesson, we are going to prepare the background of our composition. Let's begin. Let's prepare this image for the future photo manipulation so that it will look nice, dark and creepy. The first thing we are going to do these two dark then the image of it. By creating a Curves Adjustment Layer and dragging this little white point down, we are decreasing the luminosity. And also we have decreasing the contrast, which is a good thing because this is night and there is not a lot of conscious going on. Now, let's create a color balance layer. And let's change the overall colours of this image so that it looks a bit more widening. I'm going to go with a nice magenta. Maybe something like that. Yes, this looks quite nice. It's going to be a good atmosphere for our future. Composition. 4. Exercise: Hey fellow artists, it's time for a little exercise to solidify and test your knowledge. Open the file exercise 02. Now you can see here we have an atmosphere color balance adjustment layer. Now your task for this exercise is to create a spooky atmosphere, scary atmosphere. Using these sliders here, I want this effect to be pronounced and spooky. Or maybe happy if that is your desire, but make it really stand out. Pause the video and complete the exercise. Them, unpause the video and see if you completed the exercise correctly. Hey, good to see you again, fellow artists. Now let's see if you have done the exercise correctly. Now, there is no absolute correct answer. Might, for example, we could achieve a nice read, a serious look like. So you see magenta, maybe a little bit of yellow. Now this is strong, this is red. And it is a bit scary and maybe a bit too exaggerated, but we can tone it down just a bit. Or maybe you could've used a nice intense green, like so. And this is again a bit code, a bit avian also looks good. And why not? Even an intense blue like so to say that, hey, this is neither dangerous. All these answers are good answers. Back. Let's say for example, you went to saddle, maybe something like that. That is not a good atmosphere for automatic relation. Well, this could work for a photo adjustment where you want to be saddled with your changes. But in a photo manipulation, we want to deliver a strong message. We want to say, hey, look, this is what my image transmits. So if you have achieved a similar effect to mine by going wild with the colors, Congratulations, good job. If not, no big a, you will learn how to do so in time. 5. Save Your Document: Hello, my friend. In this lesson, we are going to save our document. Let's begin. As soon as you have some work down, it's a good idea to save your composition. So let's go and save. Press control shift s To Save As. And let's give it a name. I'm going to call mine scope because I know there's going to be as calling the composition and save it as a say. Ok, and we are done. 6. Quiz: It's time for a quiz. In what format should you save your Photoshop work file, a, JPEG, PNG, and see tiff. Pause the video and give me your answer them, and pause the video and see if your answer was correct. The answer is C. If your answer is correct, Dan, congratulations. It seems you have a really paid attention to the lessons. 7. Document Organization: Hello, my fellow artist. In this lesson, we are going to learn a bit about document organization. Let's begin. Now. It would be tempting to just leave these layers just as they are without going through the bother of giving them proper names back, that would be a bad idea. Let's properly named this layers. And let's say this is going to be dark him. And this is going to be atmosphere. Now, let's group these layers together. Click on the first shift, click on the signal norm, and click this little icon. Double-click, and let's give it a nice name. Let's say color. Adjust. It is important to keep your document nicely organized. 8. Quiz: It's time for a quiz. How can you keep your documents organized? A, by not changing the names of the layers at all. B, by giving layers proper names in grouping them. And c, by using the brush tool. Pause the video and give me your answer. Then, and pause the video and see if your answer was correct. The answer is B, by giving layers proper names and grouping them. If your answer is correct, Dan, congratulations. It seems you have a really paid attention to the lessons. 9. Make a selection of the skull: Hello my beautiful friend. In this lesson, we are going to create a selection of the scope. Let's begin. Open the skull image and let's greet the selection of disco. Choose quick selection tool. Drag over Disco. Like I'm doing here, to make a nice selection of it. Just like so. And we have made a nice selection of the scalp. And just in case you make a wrong selection, let's say something like that. Hold the old key and drag again over the area where you have made a mistake. Now, this doesn't have to be perfect. We can get away with having some rough edges because this is a scholar after all, and scholars are known to have rough edges. 10. Exercise: Hey fellow artists, it's time for a little exercise to solidify and test your knowledge. Open the file exercise five. In this exercise is to create a selection of this shell. You can use the selection method you just saw in our previous lesson. This election doesn't have to be perfect, but you should select roughly the whole shell without selecting any of this ground. Pause the video and complete the exercise them, and pause the video and see if you completed the exercise correctly. Hey fellow artists to welcome back. Now here's a way of solving this exercise. Select the Quick Selection Tool. And with the brush. And we'll medium size, start dragging over Bush shell, like so. Go over all the shell. And if you by mistake have selected some ground as I did here, just hold the old key and click and drag over that selected round. The same thing here. And go and inspect your selection. And we can see we have done a pretty good job. And we have selected this shell. If your results are similar to mine, Dan, congratulations, you're really paid attention to the lessons. If not no big E, you will get the hang of this eventually. 11. Bring Skull into composition: Hello you hard-working person. In this lesson, we are going to bring the scout into our composition. Let's begin. Let's import this selection of a scowl into our composition. Copy. Go back to our composition by clicking here base. And let's rename this scope. And before we do any kind of transforms or resizing, let's convert this to a smart object by right-clicking on the layer and choosing from work smart object. Now, it's a good idea to save. So go ahead and save your document and will continue in the next lesson. 12. Quiz: It's time for a quiz. How often should you save your document? A. Never be. Only after you finish all your work. See as often as possible, preferably after every major change. Pause the video and give me your answer. Then, and pause the video and see if your answer was correct. The answer is C, as often as possible, preferably after every major change. If your answer is correct, then congratulations. It seems you have a really paid attention to the lessons. 13. Resize Skull: Hello, beautiful person. In this lesson, we are going to resize and position this come. Let's begin. Let's resize this skull because right now it looks a little bit too big. Cell go to Edit and choose transform, scale, resize, discount so that it looks just a bit smaller. Hold the Shift key while dragging this points to keep the proportions of Bill, you should note that in some versions of Photoshop, in newer versions, holding the shift key will have the opposite effect. Mint and see how this works. You hold the Shift key and if he doesn't keep his proportions, then don't call the Shift key. Let's position the skull just above the road or something like that. Maybe a bit lower. And when you're done, just press Enter and don't forget. As always, do save your document. 14. Exercise: Hey fellow artists, it's time for a little exercise to solidify and test your knowledge. Open the file. Exercise seven. In this exercise, your desk is to take this night and resize him and place him in this area as indicated by this outline. Hint. Use the transform command. Pause the video and complete the exercise VM, and pause the video and see if you completed the exercise correctly. Hey fellow artist. Welcome back. Now let me show you a way of solving this exercise. Click under night layer. Go to edit, transform, scale. And first, let's position this layer approximately over this outline. Let's make him a bit smaller. Like so. Maybe a bit more, drag him into position. And we can see now that this night fits almost perfectly. The outline. Click enter. And this is it. If your results are similar to mine. Congratulations, It seems you really paid attention to the lessons. If not, no problem, you will get the hang of this. Eventually. 15. Color Correct Skull: Hello Photoshop user. In this lesson we are going to color correct the skull. Let's begin. We now that we want to make this skull on fire. But right now, the colors of the skull, Arabic to desaturated and a bit too green. Let's make this go look a bit more hot. Creates the color balance adjustment layer. Clip it to discount by holding the ALT key. And let's rename this color, correct? And let's add some yellow. Maybe a bit the thread. And why not just a touch of magenta? Play a bit with the slider so that it will look good. Let's see how it looks without this color adjustment layer. Width. Yeah, this is a better change. The scale is going to look just fine when we are going to add some cool fire to it. 16. Quiz: It's time for a quiz. One adjustment layer can you use to color correct? And layer a, posture, eyes, be pattern, see color balance. Pause the video and give me your answer. Then. And pause the video and see if your answer was correct. The answer is C, color balance. If your answer is correct, then congratulations. It seems you have a really paid attention to the lessons. 17. Darken Eyes Skull: Hello, beautiful person. In this lesson, we are going to darken the eyes of this code. Let's begin. The eyes and the nose look just a bit too light for my taste. I think it would be a good idea to make them just a bit darker so that it is a nice contrast between this cout and the dark holes in his structure. So let's create a new layer by clicking on this little button. Let's rename this dark m. Choose the brush tool. Magnitude brush a little bit bigger. And choose the soft round brush. You can always resize the brush by holding deal key and right clicking and dragging left or right. And now we'd black as foreground color. Let's bend in the holes. But first let's lower the opacity of it. Let's make it 50%. And now let's paint faint inside the eyes, band inside the nose. Zoom out. You can always zoom out by holding Control and space and clicking and dragging left or right. That's sad, a bit more black. We want this to look really creepy and real spooky. And let's change this blending mode to multiply. And I think this looks quite nice. Now the skull looks a bit more creepy. Let's see how we can locally before, without and with. Yes, you can see the difference. It is much better in this case, saved. And let's continue. 18. Exercise: Hey fellow artists, it's time for a little exercise to solidify and test your knowledge. Open the file exercise 09. In this exercise, your task is to select the brush tool and then resize it and make it as big as this whole image like so. Now, you should resize it by using a V key and the mouse, not this panel here. And not by right-clicking and choosing resize. Just use the shortcut I just taught you in a previous lesson with Turkey and the mouse. A fellow artist. Welcome back. Now to resize this brush, simply hold the old key, right-click and drag left or right to make the brush smaller or bigger. If your results are similar to my, congratulations, you really paid attention to the lessons. If not, no problem, you will get the hang of this venture. 19. Bring Fire Into Composition: Hello you crazy artist. In this lesson, we are going to bring some fire into our composition. Let's begin. Open the fire image in Photoshop. Select all by pressing control a, copy it. Go back to our composition. You can see it is a little bit too big. Lets resize it just a bit. You can use Transform to resize. Let's make it just a live cell breast center. Let's name is fire. And let's convert it to a smart object. Because in the future we are going to resize it may be warp it and we want to retain that pixel information. Right-click Convert to Smart Object. And the final step is to get rid of this ugly black background. And the trick here is to just change the Blending Mode to screen. And just like that, we have a nice fire going down and we don't have that ugly black background. 20. Exercise: Hey fellow artists, it's time for a little exercise to solidify and test your knowledge. Opened the file exercise ten. In this exercise, your task is to get rid of this black background of the fire layer. By setting the fire layer to a certain blending mode. Pause the video and complete the exercise. Vm, unpause the video and see if you completed the exercise correctly. Hey, my favorite artist. Welcome back. Now, here's a way of solving this exercise. Click on the file layer and said the Blending Mode to screen. And you can see we have got rid of the black background and we have just the fire showing up nicely. If your results are similar to mine. Congratulations. It seems you really paid attention to the lessons and f naught, no problem. You will get the hang of this. Eventually. 21. Fire on skull sides: My friend. In this lesson, we are going to add some fire on the sides of this column. Let's begin. We are going to resize this fire layer and place it around the skull multiple times. So we are just going to use this original file layer as a source and we are going to duplicate it and then position it around the skull as we see fit. First, let's turn off the visibility by clicking on this icon. And now delegated by pressing control Jay, Sean backbone with visibility. And we did move to select it. Let's move it around. We want to put this to the side, something like that. Let's resize it a bit. We the transform, its place. It may be something like that. Let's modify the shape of this fire by warping that fire. A right-click and choose work. Now, if you are to drag on a point, you can see that you were the fire. You modify its shape slightly and you can make it to fit the scope just a bit better. Play around a bit so that it shapes nicely the curve of disco. I think this is good enough. And once you're done, just press enter. Now, as you can see, we have ugly black edges here and we have some extra fire here that we don't like, and we want to get rid of it. So in order to do so, we are going to use the later mass. Let's add the Layer Mask by clicking on this icon. Shows the brush tool. Resize it, hold the old key, and right-click and drag with the mouse. Choose black ass foreground color. And let's set the opacity all the way to 100%. Let's make it just a bit smaller. And let's paint in the later mouse. Makes sure you have clicked on the Layer Mask birth, and paint, and hide this ugly fire bars and the ugly edges. Maybe let's move the fire, just submit inside the skull. We didn't move too. And a bit outside. And this looks quite nice. We want to have the fire and the other side of the skull cell. Let's replicate this fire by pressing control j movie to the move tool a bit to the right and go to edit, transform, flip, horizontal. Move it again so that it fits nicely. Let's see how it looks. And this is how we create some fire on the sides of this skull. 22. Quiz: It's time for a quiz. How can you modify the sheep over layer in a detailed manner? A, just use the transform command, be used to transform command and then use the warp Command C. You can modify the shape of a layer in a detailed manner. Pause the video and give me your answer, then. Unpause the video and see if your answer was correct. The answer is B. Just use the transform command and then use the warp command. If your answer is correct, then congratulations, it seems you have a really paid attention to the lessons. 23. Fire On Lower Skull Sides: Hello, my friend. In this lesson, we are going to continue adding Fire and the lower sides of this cup. Let's begin. We went to add some fire to the lower parts of the skull signs. Let's replicate this original fire layer. Turn on the visibility. Make it just a bit smaller. Place it around the jaw. Press enter. And let's add a later mass. Clicking on this little icon, click on the layer mask, select a brush tool and paint with black to hide the edges. And also down wanted fire, likes. So let's zoom out, let's zoom in. It looks interesting. I like it. They like it too. I hope you do. And now let's duplicate this layer. We did move to, move it to the right. And let's flip it horizontally and go to edit, transform. Click horizontal. And let's position this maybe just a bit lower on the job and a bit to the right. And then this is going to do it. We have added fire to both sides of the skull base. 24. Exercise: Hey fellow artists, it's time for a little exercise to solidify and test your knowledge. Opened the file exercise 12. And this exercise, your task is to hide the head of the night in a non-destructive way. You should not use the eraser tool, but instead use another method that allows us to high selectively parts of a layer. Pause the video and complete the exercise. Them, unpause the video and see if you completed the exercise correctly. Hey fellow artist. Welcome back. Now, here's how we can hide the head of this. First week, click on the nightmare. Then we create a Layer Mask. Select the brush tool. And we'd black. At 100% opacity. We paint over the head. And just like that, we have hidden the head of the night. And we have done so in a non destructive way. If your results are similar to mine, congratulations, It seems you really have paid attention to the lessons. But if not, don't fret, you will get the hang of it. Eventually. 25. Fire on Upper Skull : Hello Photoshop user. In this lesson, we are going to add some fire and the upper side of this cup. Let's begin. We have just one more place where we want to add some wire, and that is at the top of the skull. Click on the original layer here, obligated to Ananda visibility. And let's move it on the top of the skull. Maybe let's make it just about smaller. And why not? Let's make it a bit wider. And maybe a bit smaller again. Maybe something like that looks nice. Recenter. Add a Layer Mask. And with the brush tool, let's hide away miserably hard edges, black as foreground color, 100% opacity. And let's make him look like the top of his skull is on fire. This looks nice. I like it doesn't look how bad. And before we start doing anything else, let's group all these layers together so that we'll have our document nice and organized. And again, the first layer, shift Clay. I'm the last Fire layer. This bottom two group and name this file. We don't need this original fire layer, so you can safely that they did press the delete key on your keyboard. And that's it. Save your document. And let's continue. 26. Exercise: Hey fellow artists, it's time for a little exercise to solidify and test your knowledge. Or wonder file exercise 13. We have all these nights standing nicely in our composition. But looking in Urbana, we can see there are a lot of layers and this document is going to get messy pretty greatly. Cell. In this exercise, your task is to create a group in the layer panel of all these layers and place them in a group called nights. Pause the video and complete the exercise them, and pause the video and see if you completed the exercise correctly. Hey fellow artist. Welcome back. Now, here is a way of completing this exercise. Click on the first layer and the last layer and click on this button here. This will create a group now named is group nights. If your results are similar to mine, Congratulations. It seems you have a really paid attention to the lessons. If not, no problem, you will get the hang of this eventually. 27. Add Shadow: Hello, nice person. In this lesson, we are going to add some shadow below our skull so that it doesn't look fake. Let's begin. Now. Let's add some shadow below our skull. Because right now, if you look at our composition, we can see that it looks a bit. I mean, we have disco, but where is his shadow? It doesn't look very real at all. So let's just create a nicely though shadow. Click on the color just grew. Then click on this button to create a new layer. We do this so that this layer is positioned just below the skull layer you can see here. And let's rename this shadow. Select the brush tool. And with black S foreground color. Let's first make the brush just a bit smaller. And now let's bring some shadow. Below our scope. You don't have to be very precise. Just something like I'm painting here. Not too big, not too small. Let's lower the opacity to 50%, and let's add some variation. Just a bit like that. Now, in order to make this shadow look more realistic, let's add a Gaussian Blur. Go to filter blur, Tumblr. And let's play around with the settings. Let's say something like that. This will look very nice. Rest, okay? Change the Blending Mode to multiply. And let's lower the opacity. Let's see how it looks. Maybe a bit more, maybe even a bit more. Nice. And now here is one little trick I like to do to make the shadow more believable. Forced, bake this shadow layer, transform it, and make it just a bit longer than this scope, like so. Press enter, now duplicated again and make it a bit smaller, then the skull. And also a bit less doll. You could say this is the core of the shadow, whereas this layer below is the fringe. Recenter. Capacity may be a bit more, maybe a bit more. Click on this force shadow layer and let's lower the opacity some more. And I think our shadow looks decent. That's play just a bit more in the opacity. It's not perfect, but they think it looks nice. Let's group these two layers together. Click on the first layer. Should click on this second layer. Press this little icon here. And let's name this shadow. That's it. Save your document and let's continue. 28. Quiz: It's time for a quiz. What's a good blending mode for a shadow layer? A difference. Be screen. See, multiply. Pause the video and give me your answer. Then. Unpause the video and see if your answer was correct. The answer is C. Multiply. If your answer is correct, then congratulations. It seems you have a really paid attention to the lessons. 29. Add Rain: Hello from the underworld into his lesson, we are going to out somewhere and make everything look a bit more spook here. Let's be good. This is a spooky scene, right? What is a spooky scene without some nice array? And now it's raining, it's dark, it's dangerous. I think rain is going to make this look just fine. So we will create the array directly in Photoshop. First, create a new layer. Click on this button. Name it rain. And now I'm going to teach you how to greet, rein in Photoshop. First, press D to set the colors to default, or click on this little icon. And now press backspace. We have filled this layer with the foreground color. Now let's add some noise. Go TO filter noise. Add noise. This value looks alright. Maybe like this, maybe a 60% press OK. Now, if we zoom in real close, we can see that this noise, it's too detailed. We want to make it a little more. Course. Let's blur it just a bit. Go to filter blur, Gaussian Blur. And let's supply 1.5. So Blur rests. Okay, again, now go to image adjustments, curves. We want to darken the black areas and only keep a few specks of light. Drag this slider. And you can see we got rid of some of those black areas. Drag this point all the way to the left and a bit to the right. Maybe like so. And you can see it looks like we have some kind of white dirt press. Okay. And now here's the secret part. We are going to transform this into rain by using a motion blur filter. Go to filter blur, motion blur, and play around with the angle. Let's say something like that. Minus 60. You can see this already starts to look like drops of rain falling real fast. Play around with the distance. You don't want it to be too much because that will make the rain look way too exaggerated. Something like 64 pixels, maybe a touch lower. Maybe. Let's say 40 pixels. Press okay. And for the piece de resistance, change the blending mode on the rain to screen. And here you have it. You can see we have added some rain door composition. But before we pat ourselves on the back, let's take a look at these edges here. You can see that this doesn't look very natural at all or very nice. We want to get rid of this white areas at the edges, at the layer mask the rain. Select the brush tool, set the opacity to 100%, and paint at the edges. Now, this looks a bit better. But you know what, I don't like, this rain is a bit too subtle. I can't see it at all. So I'd like to make the rain obeyed more Brighton. Let's create the curves adjustment to apply it only to the rain in the earlier panel. And let's name this layer. Now, let's drag this little slider here. To the left. You can see that we increase the brightness of our array. Now, I think this looks quite nice. You don't wanna go all the way here because it will look strange. Or maybe just a touch more. This looks quite nice. I like it. Let's save the document and let's continue. 30. Quiz: It's time for a quiz. What adjustment layer can we use to increase the brightness of a layer? Hand? We use it to increase the rains brightness. A, a Black and White Adjustment Layer. B, a treshold adjustment, layer. C. A Curves Adjustment Layer. Pause the video and give me your answer. Then, and pause the video and see if your answer was correct. The answer is C, a Curves Adjustment Layer. If your answer is correct, then congratulations. It seems you have a really paid attention to the lessons. 31. Add Fog: Hey, whoa, my fellow artist. In this lesson, we are going to add some fog in our composition and make it look a bit more mysterious. Let's begin with a spooky horror scene. Be without some nice. Let's add some fog. First, creates a new layer. Then press this little ICA to set the default colors. Now press Alt backspace, and this layer is going to be filled with black. Now let's go to Filter Render and let's create some clouds. Right, that's nice. Now, let's also name this layer fog. Change the Blending Mode to screen. And let's lower the opacity all the way to a nicer value. Maybe something like that, like 10%. But one thing I really don't like is that our fog is wide. I think should be a little more magenta so that it will fit better in the overall composition. So right-click on this plug layer, go to Blending Options. Go to color, Overlay. Click on this little icon, and let's sample a color from our composition may be a nice little magenta. Let's make it a bit more color. We could also maybe use a different color, maybe like a yellow or a red. But I think magenta will do just fine. Click OK. Click OK again. Let's see without this layer. With this layer, Yep, it looks just a bit more varied, a bit more creepy. 32. Quiz: It's time for a quiz. How can we add a color overlay to a layer a? We can't be, we use Layer Styles by right-clicking layer and choosing Blending Options. Then we use a color overlay style with the blending mode set to dissolve c. We use Layer Styles by right-clicking layer in choosing Blending Options. Then we use a color overlay style with the blending mode set to color. Pause the video and give me your answer. Then, and pause the video and see if your answer was correct. The answer is C. We use Layer Styles by right-clicking layer and choosing Blending Options. Then we use a color overlay style with the blending mode set to color. If your answer is correct, then congratulations, it seems you have a really paid attention to the lessons. 33. Post Processing 1: Well, hello there. In this lesson, we are going to start adding some post-processing effects. Let's begin looking at our masterpiece. We can see that it's a bit washed out. Now, in order to get rid of this ugly, bland atmosphere, We are going to use a Curves Adjustment Layer. Let's create one. And right now we have two directions. We could go in. We could either darken the whole composition and make it look a bit creepier, a bit, I don't know, maybe sadder or we could lighten it up and make it look a bit more vibrant. You now a bit more full of intensity and color. Now, me personally, I like this second option better. So let's play around with the controls and make this look more intense, more bright. And by dragging these little sliders left and right, you can see that we also increase the contrast. So let's not exaggerate. Let's see, this is dark and this light. I think this looks quite nice. Let's see how it looks without and with. Yep, we can see there was a difference. I'm quite happy with this. Let's leave it like this. And let's name this boost. Mr. boost. Now, another thing that I think our composition is lacking is a bit of vibrance. Me, I live colors and I like making all my composition nice and full of color. So let's create a vibrance adjustment layer. Let's name it, boosts T2. And let's boost up the vibrance. Oh yes. And how this is nice. I like it very much. It's nice and colorful and vibrant. I love it. And I think you'll love it too. 34. Exercise: Hey fellow artists, it's time for a little exercise to solidify and test your knowledge. Ok, we'll do File exercise 16. In this exercise, you're goal is to use an adjustment layer that you can find here to increase the saturation and the vibrance of this image. Pause the video and complete the exercise. Vm. Unpause the video and see if you completed the exercise correctly. My fellow artists to welcome back. Now here is a simple way of solving this exercise. We go here and we create a vibrance Adjustment layer. And we simply boost the vibrance like So. Another way would be, let's read this first. Another way would be to create a hue and saturation adjustment layer and boost the saturation. If your results are similar to mine. Congratulations, It seems you really paid attention to the lessons. If not, no problem, you will get the hang of this. 35. Post Processing 2: Hello, hello, my beautiful friend. In this lesson, we are going to finish adding post-processing to our composition. Let's begin. I have two more tricks or down my sleeve that I wanted to share with you. One of my favorite tricks is to create a new layer from mobile visible layers. And now said the Blending Mode to stoplight and add some blur. The Auto Filter Blur, Gaussian Blur. Let's boost up the blur just a bit. And you can see here in the preview that it makes the image look a bit more dreamy. It gives it a nice dream light effect. Press OK. And let's lower the opacity. Let's say we don't want it to be too exaggerated. Something like a 64% will do. Let's name this dreamlike. And let's create again a new layer from all the visible layers. And let's add a sharpened effect. Filter, sharpen unsharp mask. Let's play around with the settings. This looks nice. Press OK. This looks quite good. Let's rename this layer, sharpen. Now, let's add a nice vignette to our composition. Create a new layer. Feed it with white by pressing control backspace. And first, make sure you have the default colors. If you don't, just click on this button here. Now, go to Filter, Lens Correction, custom video, and add a little vignette. Let's see, this looks quite nice. I like it. Press OK and change the blending mode to multiply. Let's see how it looks without it makes the image look just a bit better. Name this vignette. Save. And this is it. We have our nice little composition and everything looks fine and fiery and intense, and maybe just a bit creepy. 36. Quiz: It's time for a quiz. How can we achieve a dream like post-processing effect? A, we create a new layer from all visible layers. We said the blending mode two difference. We apply a 50 pixel garage Tumblr B. We create a new layer from all visible layers. We said the Blending Mode to soft light. We apply a 50 pixel Gaussian blur. See, we use the invert Adjustment Layer. Pause the video and give me your answer, then. Unpause the video and see if your answer was correct. The answer is B. We create a new layer from all visible layers. We said the blending mode to Soft Light. We apply a 50 pixel garage Tumblr. If your answer is correct, then congratulations, it seems you have a really paid attention to the lessons. 37. Course Finish: Adrian chef teaches Photoshop. Very good job. My fellow artists here, phi1 is discourse. I wanted to congratulate you for sticking with me through this learning journey and getting to the end. Now, you should be able to create water manipulations and photo compositing all on your own. Is this the end of the journey? Not at all. The learning and experimental never stops. Speaking of which, I have a final homework for you. Wanna Pixabay or a similar site where you can find stocky images and download and background for an animal. The fire. Use these three photos to create a similar photo composition as we did in this course. If you want to further improve your already mad Photoshop skills, check out some of ladder courses. They will have you become a more powerful publisher of user and F key artist. That being said, my fellow artists, it's been an honor teaching you. And I can't wait to see you again in my next courses.