Adding Atmospheric Elements
I think that's pretty good for the dodge and burn. I mean we can spend tons and tons of time on that too but no point in beating it up too much. So next thing I'm gonna do is I'm gonna start adding some atmospheric elements. I like doing this, I do this a lot in a lot of my images. I'm gonna go to the supply stuff and these are all images that I've photographed on that beach, so I like to keep things consistent. I'm just gonna double-click this guy, this looks like it might be interesting, so I'm gonna go Open Image. Select All, Copy and Paste. Gonna put it over top of my burn layer. I'm gonna try putting this on multiplier, this is obviously gonna be too dark here around her face. I can go CTRL + T and I can flip it horizontally, see what that's gonna do. Maybe I could stamp some of the stuff out, I could also stretch it a bit because it doesn't really matter. Because I'm gonna blur it anyways, right? So we have a little bit covering her face, which I don't really want. I could also s...
ee about rotating this thing. If I go to the corner here, that little arrow shows up and I can spin it. That's looking a lot better. Let's stretch it out this way. Ka-pow. There we go. So, pixels are properly stretched right now, so I'm going to Filter and Blur that stuff, Gaussian Blur. Probably two pixels or so is good. But I don't like this dark spot here that's coming across her dress, so I'm gonna grab my Stamp tool and I'm actually still using that textured brush which is gonna work nicely, but here remember we're set to All Layers, so I wanna set this to Current Layer. Gonna sample from the brighter area and bring this over here. The reason why I'm still using a textured brush, wow, I used that way too far. Wait for that to settle down. Go back, all right. If we're really curious what we're doing, we just go Normal and this dark area here is what's screwing up, so I'm gonna click here and I'm gonna click there, click here and click there. Now I'm gonna bring that down a little bit because we already blurred it beyond oblivion. We already know that our noise is kind of messed with. Multiply. Awesome and so it's still a little bit too dark around her face, so I'm gonna create a layer mask. Gonna go to my brush and I'm going to just loosely mask her out a little bit. I did all that work dodge and burning that dress and I just wanna have some of that back. So how we feeling about that, guys? Yes, question?
I was wondering if you could just go back to the part where you added the hair to the masked layer?
And you applied it. Do you have to re-mask that?
Because I don't see it now on her.
The hair, the hair is there. It should be there because I applied it. Yep, the hair is still there. You can see all the little drawing lines. So what I did with it, so yeah, what I did was I merged it down. I'll turn off this Curves layer, okay? So let's duplicate this and we're gonna pretend that we didn't do that. This is the hair layer, right? So what I did, I'm gonna un-clip that, I went here and I went CTRL + E which is merge down. So the underlying layer has a layer mask, so I wanted to apply the layer mask and go Preserve and go there, so that's what happened. The reason why we saw a duplicate there was because I have, when I duplicated this layer, then we get double stacked. Actually though to be fair, you might have a good point in this because... Yeah, sometimes this happens. I am not infallible. So what happened here, and actually you bring up a good point, I love this, when people point this out because I am a human. So I did actually draw out this hair but what happened here is that we have the layer mask that because I preserved the layer mask, I didn't say hey, get rid of the layer mask, we'll mash it all together, because I preserved the layer mask, it hid some of the hair we were drawing. So I will totally eat crow on this one, absolutely because yeah, that's exactly what happened. So we turn this on, bring this down, I'm gonna un-clip it, I'm gonna go CTRL + E, I'm gonna go Apply and there we go, now we have her hair. Good catch, that's a super good catch. Everyone on the internet is like "Fail, kKick her off CreativeLive, "she has no idea what she's doing!" Thank you for catching that, that's awesome. Okay, so back into the atmospheric stuff. So this is where we're sitting at right now, before and after by adding that little bit of cloud layer. I like to add in clouds, I mean I just like it. I don't know, it works for me. You can manually dodge and burn this stuff all day long if you want to. I also just find cloud layers work quite nicely. This is looking pretty good. There's a little bit of halo here going on from the sky. I'm gonna really lowly bleed this over just a little bit because it's bugging me. I can see it when I'm zoomed out. There we go. Sweet, okay. There we go.