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Creating Fantasy Landscapes

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Collecting Source Images

Bret Malley

Creating Fantasy Landscapes

Bret Malley

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2. Collecting Source Images

Lesson Info

Collecting Source Images

you can come from anywhere. Uh, I didn't shoot profit a large longest time with the that one. If I go back a little bit, too, with a swan, right that that picture all J pigs. And even with J pegs, just because you're not shooting and raw doesn't mean you throw it away and it's not work. There's so much information, especially when I'm compositing piece by piece doesn't mean you need this huge image. We're adjusting the highlights and all that. You really just need to work with some pixels and you're really painting in pixels. Your photos are more of a photo palette in which you're taking sources from and drawing those into where they should be. So you have to think beyond just photographic like I always have to be raw always has to be this even phone images special if they're used in certain ways, that technology has just gone to such huge leaps. It's pretty inspiring. It's awesome, so always take advantage of that. I'm always shooting with my texts in my phone, shooting textures Every...

where I go, Mike office would be great for this, right? So always keep your I o S o J peg is not necessarily the enemy. I'll see in generally, I'm gonna convert everybody to be Ah, digital quarter like I am, right? Never throw away your shots. Just get bigger. Hard drives, memories cheap, right. Memories so cheap. So get larger hard drives when you can afford it. Get backups of things because you might use it for something. If you're really interested in this kind of work, hold onto everything, even shots that well, that has some poll there in a telephone line. Yeah, but that tree was amazing, right? That tree just had the light at the right angle. You might use that. So, you know, try to think beyond just the literal photograph and the photographic elements that you're seeing. Look at the objects in the lighting on then. Yeah, build your own archive from there, right? Always be building it again. Memories cheap. So start adding to it. I'll talk about how use bridge to build. An archive will just sort of, ah, show a demo version of what I have here. But it is good them or you can bring together and tag things. Whatever you're using. Light room or bridge. Just make sure you have an organized way, and you're always flushing out in building it. And you can find the images that you need, right? It's no good if you can't find them. So always be keeping that in mind as well. So as far a source images for this one for that. That one with the, you know, explosively. All have explosives, guys. But the one with that statue, that lady Nike in the middle, this is again trip to Europe. These are just some of the images here, Mike. Okay. This this could be something. Yep. So those are the some of the pieces that are there in there, and those were most of them were shot with a little power shot. You know, point shoot camera somewhere shot with my canon. A lot of them are not right. You can mix and match as long as you're using your adjustments, right?

Class Description

Most photographers have a ton of landscape images stashed away on various hard drives from vacations, hikes, or from actually pursuing landscape photography. These images are just a starting palette for our own imagination as we composite the impossible in Photoshop. Bret Malley will show how you can evolve landscape images into a new fantasy landscape of your making using custom brushes, textures and, other tools within this magical program.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2017

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Timary Lee

This is a great class. Bret is a terrific teacher and speaker. This is fast paced, however, and he does move quickly through things but that is actually a pro instead of a con to me. I absolutely loved his thoughts about creating your own gallery of 'stock' images, background and textures. I feel inspired by this class and capable of creating my own fantasy landscapes. Thank you!

a Creativelive Student

Very clear, practical and easy to understand tips that make significant and amazing changes in what otherwise will be regarded as a normal photograph - he brings normal to extraordinaire in a very clear and organized set of steps. Very well organized workflow. I loved this class.


This was very good. I know Bret knew what he was doing when he was zooming through his layers, but I found it very hard to follow and really understand everything he was doing. I nice chap and good class.