Quickly create a city scene using textures
I take the main element out of its original background. You can use any selection tool that you feel happy with. The Lasso and Extract tools can isolate the relevant elements. You can also combine two selection methods, which often works for me: I mask the rough part first, then select the details with the Lasso tool. This approach gives me much more control.
For adding complexity to the cityscape texture, I take a crane element from another photo and combine it with my art. Its shape is clearly recognisable, and it makes the scale easier to read for both the viewers and the production artists such as modellers or level artists. I’m always thinking about the needs from other artistic departments to speed up the production process.
Now that the preparation stage is complete, the Photoshop fun begins! Select the texture, press M and then right- click your mouse. From the pop- up menu that appears select the Make Work Path… option. To achieve a precise path type 0.5 in the Pixel Tolerance box, but be sure to try out different tolerance settings to generate a range of path results.
Go to the Edit tab, click Define Custom Shape... and give a name to your shape. You can manage your custom shapes the same way as you manage your brushes. Now if you pick the Shape tool, you can see your shapes in the drop- down menu. Select any of them and then start to drop and drag freely on your canvas to create your fantasy compositions!