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Using Particle Shop

Lesson 57 from: Creating Your Reality with Composite Photography

Renée Robyn

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57. Using Particle Shop


Class Trailer

Class Introduction


Why You Should Sketch Your Composite


What to Look for in Your Background


Posing Your Model


Communicate with Your Team


Elements of Compositing


Learning from Failure & Criticism


On-Location Safety Tips


How to Nail the Right Perspective for Your Composite Photo


Gauging Light & Exposure On-Location


On-Location Posing


Cliff Shoot Location Final Thoughts


Tips for Culling Images


Culling Images Q&A


Preparing Your Image for Composite


Composite Image Cleanup


Adding Background Image to Composite


The Difference Between Flow & Opacity


Composite Sky Elements


Using Curves to Color Match


Adding Atmospheric Depth to Image


Using Color Efex Pro to Manipulate Color


Using the Liquify Tool


Color Theory & Monitor Calibration


Adding Smoke Layer to Image


Selective Sharpening


Crop Your Image


Goal Setting for Digital Artists


Review of Location Composite


Understand Angle & Height for Your Base Plate Image


Base Plate Focus Point


Base Plate Lighting Tips


How to Use a Stand-In for Base Plate Image


Capture On-Location Base Plate Image


Student Positioning Demo


Base Plate Sketching


On-Location Sky Capture


What to Look for in a Base Plate Model


Building Composite Model Lighting


Composite Model Test Shots for Angle Matching


Composite Model Shoot: The Art of Fabric Throwing


Composite Model Shoot: Working with Hair


Composite Model Shoot: Posing Techniques


Composite Test with Final Shot


Lighting Setup Overview


Culling Model Shoot Images


Adjusting Skintone Colors


Merging Background with Model


How to Mask Hair


Creating a Layer Mask with the Brush Tool


Creating Shadow Layers


Removing Visual Distractions with Stamp Tool


Replacing Sky with Layer Mask


Drawing Hair Strands and Atmospheric Depth


Creating Contrast in Your Composite


Adding Atmospheric Elements


Using Particle Shop


Selective Color Adjustments


Cropping, Sharpening, & Final Touches


Closing Thoughts


Lesson Info

Using Particle Shop

Now I do like adding little glow-y, sparkly stuff there is that plugin that I kind of enjoy. If everyone knows what it is. But I'm gonna run it again, so I just created a merge layer, alt control shift E, which creates this merge layer up on top here. Gonna select all, copy and then I'm gonna go over here to this layer 'cause it's random, paste it. I'm gonna make sure that I'm converted from my image mode into eight-bit channel instead of 16-bit channel. Because Particle Shop doesn't work on 16-bit channel so I'm gonna go to Painter, Particle Shop. I'm gonna add some stuff that's gonna flap around in the sky because I think it's pretty. That's it. (laughs) Lots of stuff. Wait for it to load. Okay for those of you who weren't watching yesterday, recommend you create a copy of the selected layer or object or image before you paint in Particle Shop. Well I have my layer already made so I'm gonna say Launch. So I'll slide through some of these. Let's see what this looks like. This one's fu...

n, look at that blue stuff. No I don't want blue. So this is why this brush thing is kind of fun because I can't make a brush do that in Photoshop. So it's kind of fun. (laughs) I like it. But if I'm making stuff that's just gonna be brush strokes, right? Then I know that I can manipulate this afterwards in post-production, I can even change the color to my heart's content. So I'm gonna kinda just play with this a little bit here and I might make something that's like nice and small and a little bit blurry. Do-da-doo. And something here. I'm probably gonna hack these things up and then like move them around a little bit more. This little ember brush confuses the crap out of me, I never know what to do with it. (laughs) Like in my mind it should be awesome but I just get so confused by it. Let's pick something a little bit lighter. (hums) Blur all the things after, it's like I said one of the problems with these brushes is that they're super super super sharp. So they have to be blurred afterwards 'cause otherwise they just make a mess of things. And I know I'm gonna hack these guys up and move them around so let's just pretend that we're kinda happy with these guys here just the way that they are. I'm gonna hit save. And here it says merge brush strokes of source content, which means it's gonna flatten everything into one image which means I can't move things around but if I have it saved here, save only brush strokes, it means that only my brush strokes that are on here are going to be saved. So this is gonna turn into transparent layer and now I have this. So control A, control C. Control shift V. And now I have this. and we have this transparent layer called Particle Shop. And I'm gonna grab the marquee tool and select this little guy here. Hit the move tool and just shove it around. Twist it. Haven't really decided, I was like, "something would be interesting," but I don't know what to do with it. I do that a lot too where I'm just like, "ah, let's just, I don't know, try stuff," so I've actually made entire backgrounds out of these little Particle Shop things, kind of fun. So make it nice and small maybe. Oh I know what I can do. Idea! Let's put something in her hands. (laughs) Because why not. Now this means that I'm gonna have to like edit and color around her hands, I'm okay with that. So I can take the marquee tool here, take this guy. Like that. Move tool. Move this here. Control T, transform, gonna make it a little bit smaller. And, actually before I do that, I'm gonna move that over there. I'm gonna duplicate that little dude, there we go. So now I can erase this guy. And then I have this guy here. Because I duplicated, I highlighted only that one Particle Shop layer, right? That one little brush spot and I duplicated only that, I hit control J on my highlighted area. So that means that I duplicated just this little brush stroke. So then I erased it off the other template which has everything else on it 'cause I don't want it, I wanna manipulate this differently because I wanna change the opacity of this a whole bunch. So I'm gonna change this blending mode here to soft light. Gonna make this a little bit smaller. I'm gonna turn down the brightness of it a little bit. I go Filter, Blur, Gaussian Blur. Two pixels seems like it'll be enough. So that's kinda pretty. (laughs) If I had done this thinking ahead that I was gonna put something in her hands I probably would've put like an orange light source, so we'd have an orange glow on her chin. Now I have to paint it in which is fine. So for the rest of the stuff here I'm still gonna blur these this Particle Shop layer, Filter, blurring it the same. And I can always highlight these guys and move them around to my hearts content. So I can grab this guy here, highlight it, move. Let's shove him here. Marquee, move, so highlighting this, going to my move tool. Hack this thing up and let's put it here. Marquee tool, move. Of course you can make things like bigger and smaller, right? Because we're working with selections. So I can add this little like movement of stuff around her. If I feel so inclined. I can even make them a little bit bigger if I want to. I can twist it around a little bit. Yeah. Let's move that blending mode to overlay. That looks not too bad. So I play a lot of blending modes, I do a lot of selections, lots of sliding things around, and being like, "oh, that's a cool idea, well that's a terrible idea, that worked, that didn't." So using my marquee tool a lot, move the things, deselect the things. We've got kinda like a V going on here. So I'm gonna try to get rid of that. Not too bad. I have this harsh line here so I can probably just grab my eraser tool, one of the few times that I'm totally cool to use the eraser tool. (laughs) You know what? Even that I don't like doing it. Brush, mask, glow. Why are you creating a black layer? Hey, I invert you. So I'm always checking to make sure that I don't have any straight vertical lines in here as well because I was cutting things up and moving them around. 'Cause sometimes that can happen. So we have one right here by her head. Gonna get rid of that. This kind of stuff. Let's turn it down a little bit. I like these things to be subtle enough that they're not like bam in your face. So like the orange thing in her hands, yellow whatever, it's gonna be a little obvious. So I'm gonna create a new layer. Gonna call this glow. Gonna put the blending mode on soft light. Sample that color. Just gonna zoom in here a little bit under her chin. 'Cause she would catch a little bit of light underneath here if something was glowing. How does that look on your guys screen, does that look okay? Everybody's sleeping, they're just like nope. Okay so I kinda wanna have something a little bit brighter here, something a little bit more than just yellow. So what I can probably do is I could create a new, let's see, new layer. Thing-y. Whenever I'm doing something really weird and I'm not sure if it's gonna work out, I give it a name that really stands out away from everything else, that has nothing to do with it. And I just wanna see if I can add something here. Maybe we can throw onto like a dodge layer or something? Go dodge, there we go. Probably better if that was yellow though, so let's do that. Put this layer onto Dodge. So it's like she's holding something precious, I don't know whatever. (laughs) So if we had something yellow here there would be a little bit of yellow glow on the top of that dress. Just a little bit. That's looking not too bad. What do you guys think? Not bad. If I'm adding like magic-y things and stuff like that, this is another thing I can spend a long time on. 'Cause then I get a whole bunch of different brushes and I'm like, "let's add sparkles and glitter and signs and little circle-y stuff." And so I'll like open up a whole new document that I'm like just drawing sparkly magic-y crap and I'm like mashing it down and like layering it up. So there's the picture where I'm holding the mage book where there's like all the sparkly stuff, that was forever. That was so much time of just like layering and layering and layering and layering stuff until I was like, "eh, looks busy enough," so. (laughs)

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Texture Sample Pack
Layered Beach PSD Composite
Layered Cliff PSD Composite

Ratings and Reviews

Dino Maez

i have to say, the class was AMAZING! in every way from the tricks and technique's of mastering this art form to the personalized attention given by Renee. through the class you are able to learn information that would normally take the average person years of trial and error. Renee gives you the gift of benefitting from her her experiences and what she has learned THE HARD WAY! Renee is an outstanding instructor full of passion for what she does, and with a strong desire to not only improve the art, but more importantly, pay it forward, by sharing her knowledge with others. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the event in person, truly a once in a lifetime experience for me, the staff at creative live were THE BEST! they are helpful in every way and really made this event something special, i can't say enough about the experience i had and would highly recommend that anyone who has the opportunity to go down for a class, it will be an experience that you will never forget. but the best part of creative live is that wether you are there in person or wether you are watching from the comfort of your own home, you are involved in the class in REAL TIME, you have the ear and attention of the skilled artist giving the instruction, being there myself i can tell you that Renee was regularly given questions and comments from the viewers via the creative live staff and she would respond to them as they came, in that way you are very much apart of the class you are never left without getting that personalized attention of an amazing artist or that specific question you have answered, and even better you have the option to purchase the class and have it as a constant resource in your tool kit that you can refer back to at any point that you need a refresher or want to recall that special technique that was demonstrated. thank you thank you to renee and all the staff at creative live you have a life long member in me. and i would recomend that everyone take advantage of this valuable resource dino maez

stephen lenman

I have completed many creative courses. This is by far the best so far. Quite the most amazing and inspiring presenter with a true passion for their craft. The core information is excellent, but the thing i liked most were her subtle tangents, dropping incredible information completely on the fly. A complete real world honest view of business and practical side of the industry. Especially her advice on how she started to her business. Saving up enough in her day job so she could pay the rent, and do photography for 3-6 months.

Sheldon Carvalho

Awesome class. I've been following Renee for a very long time. I love her work and to finally see her work and get an image done from start to finish was quite something.. I love the way she sees things and the way she treats her work and all fellow creative. I would recommend this to everyone interested in getting into composting. Looking forward to creating and making my own art work. But it now :) Have fun creating. :)

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