Step-by-step: Il­lus­trate re­al­is­tic-look­ing cob­bles quickly

ImagineFX - - Imaginenation Artist Q&a -

1I create a new layer and paint the cob­bled path with a brush I specif­i­cally cre­ated for this project. To avoid hav­ing the cob­bles look too sim­i­lar, I vary the shapes and forms of the stones us­ing the Eraser tool. Then I go to the Edit menu and select the Trans­form tool. I choose Dis­tort and ad­just the layer so it matches the per­spec­tive of the im­age.

2In the Layer pal­ette I re­duce the value of the Fill op­tion to zero, which re­moves the cob­bles tem­po­rar­ily. Next, I dou­ble- click the layer to ac­cess the Layer Styles menu. I select Bevel and Em­boss, and the cob­ble­stone reap­pear with an em­bossed ef­fect. Among the var­i­ous op­tions, I choose a di­rec­tion and colour for the lights and shad­ows.

3The path is al­most fin­ished. Now I add some more de­tails, such as tufts of grass that grow be­tween cob­bles, cracks, im­per­fec­tions and grit. As a fin­ish­ing touch I select a soft Round brush and choose a light grey. Then I en­hance the at­mo­spheric per­spec­tive with small brush­strokes, re­duc­ing the Opac­ity to 50 per cent where the path dis­ap­pears from view.

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