Quickly cre­ate a city scene us­ing tex­tures

ImagineFX - - Imagine Nation | Artist Q&A -


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!

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