What sort of sorcery is that this ?
Okay, individuals often don’t say it that approach, however whereas posting my photos for the TS4 Edit Problem, a obtained some messages asking me how I do this.. Each image is completely different, however more often than not, the primary steps are actually related. For the second, we are going to deal with that !
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I take advantage of Photoshop, so a few of the instruments I take advantage of might be particular to this software program. However most of my ideas might be performed on different packages.I’ll attempt my finest to clarify all the pieces, however in case you are not acquainted with a graphic editor software program, this can be too sophisticated.
For every complicated perform in Photoshop, I’ll attempt to offer you a hyperlink to the official assist web page, in case you want extra informations.
However as you possibly can think about, earlier than enhancing one thing, you want some screenshots out of your sport ! I’ll start with this, however earlier than that, I would like to clarify a few of the technics I take advantage of, so you possibly can perceive why I take my screens on this approach.
For this tutorial, I’ll solely deal with technical stuff.
One thing usefull if you wish to create a illustration in portrait format. The photographs you soak up sport are in panorama format, and often sufficiently big should you hold this orientation.
It’s simpler to work on a much bigger base image : if you scale it down, the imperfections might be much less seen, the outcome might be sharper. However if you wish to create an image in portrait format, it’s possible you’ll be restricted by your laptop display screen peak, if you take your display screen in sport.
Luckily, le Photomerge device in photoshop permit you to merge two photos mechanically. It really works this fashion :
To entry the device, go to File > Automate > Photomerge. Extra informations on the Adobe official web page.
As you see, to make use of this device, you’ll need to take extra screens in sport.
- Separated layers
And… it’s not the one cause why I take a lot of screens when engaged on an image ! The title says all of it : I work with completely different layers in photoshop : for exemple my background and my character should not on the identical layer, permitting me to edit them individually, extra easely. So I have to take screens of the completely different components individually in sport.
Nothing extra to clarify, for the second, simply hold that in thoughts for the following step.
For this step, there’s three important mods I’ll use :
- Pose Participant, and poses I created/downloaded. Take a look on the matter for extra clarification.
- Teleport Any Sims, to position my sims exactly.
- MasteController, with the Dresser module, to alter my sims outfit whereas she might be posing.
For this tutorial, I’ll create a easy image : a not too complicated background, a single sims, carrying a gown. To elucidate a trick I usually use, this gown might be composed of two completely different clothes from the sport.
To start with, I simply lay the foundations of the decor, after which, I place a teleporter statue to outline the place my sims might be. I would like outline the placement of my digicam earlier than ending the setting. When you’ll go in purchase/construct mode to complete the background, the sims posing might be reseted and you’ll need to position one other statue, so don’t neglect the place you positioned it on the first place (you possibly can place a small object on flooring to mark the placement).
Now it’s time to teleport my sims, and make her pose (I gained’t element find out how to use the mods right here).
Press TAB to go in digicam mode, and select your view. To save lots of your digicam setting, merely press Ctrl and one quantity between 5 and 9 (not on the numeric keypad). Then, should you press the quantity you chosen (with out Ctrl), the digicam will return to the saved state.
As I’ll use the photomerging device for this exemple, it’s essential to save two digicam states, like this :
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You’ll be able to already take two screenshots, to check the photomerging (it’s essential to have sufficient widespread areas between the 2 screenshots for the device to work). If it doesn’t work positive, redefine your digicam states.
These screenshots will even assist you decide the zones it’s essential to fill in you background. Time to complete your setting, and don’t neglect to position a teleporter statue once more.
When it’s performed, you possibly can take your ultimate screenshots. Fast be aware, you possibly can transfer your objects within the background, if some areas nonetheless appear too empty. Your sims might be reseted once more, and you’ll need a brand new statue to switch her.
The scene now takes place later within the night, as I needed to make use of candles. Don’t neglect to decide on the colour and depth of every of your mild sources, it might probably assist creating an environment.
When all is prepared, save your sport, in case it’s essential to make some modifications, or take some new screenshots. The digicam states are mechanically saved if you give up the sport.
I take two screenshots with the primary gown. Then, I take advantage of the Grasp Controler (click on in your sims, MC Command Cender > MC Dresser > Change Outfit) to alter her outfit, and display screen her with the second gown. When it’s performed, I make my sims cease posing and go away, to take a display screen of my background with out the sims.
I now have 6 screenshots to work with :
Working with layers.
At first, I use the Photomerge device to mix my differents screens (I checked perspective, for my exemple). I now have three completely different photos. I Put the in the identical Photoshop file. If I attempt to superpose them, the panorama might not match completely, as Photoshop by no means assemble your photos precisely the identical approach.
However it’s not an issue : I’m going to separate my sims from the background. I’ll solely hold the center a part of the second gown, to masks the belt, so I put this on apart for the second !
You’ll be able to already crop your display screen at this step, to maintain solely the zone you need. I gained’t talk about composition guidelines this time, however they’re the identical as in images.
I added a strong shade under my sims layer, to see the outcome when I’ll lower her out of the background.
For this step, I take advantage of… the polygonal lasso device (1) ! Utilizing the pen device could be extra exact, however it might probably takes extra time, particularly in case you are not acquainted with this device.
Once I’m performed choosing my sims with the lasso, I create a masks utilizing the choice, by cliquing on this icon, within the layer panel (2).
If it’s essential to edit your choice, merely click on on the masks (3), and paint in black (to erase) and white (to point out) to make corrections. Extra informations about find out how to use layer masks right here.
After that, I did the identical factor with the center of the gown (I didn’t trouble with the face and shoulders this time, as I gained’t hold them on this layer). Then, I edited the masks to create a pleasant transition between the 2 clothes.
I take advantage of this trick very often, if I would like to mix to garments or hairstyles, add a jacket on a selected prime, or make the pores and skin seen on some areas. For exemple, in my FULL BODY image, I take advantage of this tip to make the legs and the ear seen.
Once I’m happy with the outcome, I duplicate the 2 layers (my sims, and the underside of the gown) and mix them. Choose the 2 layers within the layer panel, proper click on on them, and use Duplicate Layers. Then, choose the copies, proper click on on them once more, and choose Merge Layers. I hold the unique ones simply in case I have to edit my masks (you’ll have to do all this once more), I merely cover them.
Some random ideas.
I’m now able to work on my image, in the most effective situations. These steps are widespread to all my photos, however the next ones are differents for every image. However I nonetheless have some helpful tricks to share !
Most of them concern nondestructive enhancing : it means that you can revert or modify the consequences you apply in your image at each second.
- Convert to good object
As I wish to focus the image on my sims (like in my LIGHT image), I’ll blur the background layer a bit. Should you merely apply a Gaussian Blur filter, after which proceed your work, will probably be unimaginable to revert or change the depth later.
Besides in case your layer is a good object. Choose your layer, proper click on on it and choose Convert to good object. The unique state of your layer might be saved, and it is possible for you to to edit or delete every filter you applyied on it, at each second, by double clicking on the filter identify.
- Ajustement Layer
Should you go within the Picture > Changes menu, there’s many solution to alter the distinction and colours of your photos. However these modifications are damaging, because the straight change your picture, and might’t be edited/deleted later.
Thats the rationale why I take advantage of adjustment layer as a substitute. Within the Layer panel, click on right here (1) to create an adjustment layer. And place this newly created layer on the prime (2), above all of your layers, to make it have an effect on the entire image.
You’ll be able to even change the mixing mode of those layers (3), to acquire completely different results. In a earlier ideas submit, I already speak in regards to the Gradient Map layer, in Smooth Gentle mode, so as to add distinction and alter the ambiance of my image. Strive, experiment, there’s a massive number of results you possibly can create that approach 😉
You may also attempt to add a Coloration Lookup layer, and check out the completely different choices !
You’ll be able to edit your adjustment layer parameters within the Properties panel (4). If you’ll find it, within the menu, go to Window, discover Properties within the listing, and click on.
One final thing : as you possibly can see, adjustment layer include a masks. It’s fully white by default (it have an effect on the entire image), however you possibly can alter the place and with which depth it’s utilized, by portray on the masks.
- Create Clipping Masks
If you wish to apply your layer adjustment layer solely on one exact layer, as a substitute of the entire image, transfer it above this layer, proper click on on it, and choose Create Clipping Masks.
This ideas additionally work with a traditional layer. On my photos, I at all times right or redraw some elements of my sims face, not on the unique layer (as I keep away from any damaging modicitaion), however on a brand new layer, applyed solely on the bottom layer.
On a earlier ideas submit, I spoke about my fundamental enhancing course of, together with how I manually alter the shadows on my sims (I’m not going to rexplain the entire precess right here, take a look on the submit). I paint my shadows and lightweight on a gray layer on Smooth Gentle mode. If I don’t use the clipping masks, it would additionally have an effect on the background.
With out and with clipping masks
One other use of the clipping masks, to conclude with this. Afterwards, I made a decision so as to add some transparency to the gown. I reopened my sport, take two screens of my sims with out clothes (and photomeged them), and added this new layer simply above my Sims layer, utilizing the clipping masks. Then, I added a masks on this layer, turned it black, and paint some areas with a white brush with low opacity to make the pores and skin seen.
The Ultimate Image.
And right here is the outcome ! Once more, I gained’t clarify all the pieces, as I already spoke about a few of these issues on this earlier tutorial submit. In case you are curious to see my layer panel on the finish, click on right here.
Right here is the ultimate image.
Base Image – Ultimate image in full measurement
Voilà ! I believe it’s the primary time a submit this lengthy in english. I hope all the pieces is comprehensible. 😉
Don’t hesitate to tag me should you create photos utilizing the following pointers ! The identical goes for my Sims Creation Suggestions, you possibly can tag me too should you create sims utilizing it.
In case you are wanting on extra ideas (not solely about photoshop), don’t neglect to take a look at my Suggestions tag. To see my different illustrations created with the sims, merely click on right here !
And should you like this tutorial, or my creations for the Sims, be happy to purchase me a espresso (and a croissant if you would like :D)