Photoshop Tip:  How To Create a Foreground From Scratch March 13 2016

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION: 

Today I am going to show you how to make a foreground from scratch in Photoshop using edit, transform, and warp with a texture.  And when I look at my images, and I don’t care where I go, I create a lot of near far relationships using textures or rocks or what have you to make my foreground.  And I want to show you how I did that if you will look right here.  I am just going to come over to here and grab this texture.  Now I have already got that selected so I am just going to go Control + C to copy it.  Then I am going to come over here and you can see that I have a blank 8 x 10 canvas at 300 dpi.  So I am going to grab my gradient.  And this is one of the few times that I use the foreground to background color.  In this case we are going to do it this way and make black the background.  So I am going to bring it to about right here and up to right here.  Boom.  And we are going to look at that.  Nah, I am going to make it a little higher up.  Boom.  Good.  And now I am going to do control + V and I am going to paste that texture into here.  And that texture is much bigger than 8 x 10 so let me resize it.  So we are just going to bring this over and I am going to look at this.  Now I want it to fill the whole space so we will make it fill it.  So there it is, good.  Boom.  So now I am going to hit enter.  

Now this is the part, now I am going to go to the move tool and line that up.  So I am going to go to the v tool and just move it over a bit.  Now this is the part that I want you to learn.  So I am going to go to Edit, I am going to come down to transform, and I am going to come down to distort.  And what I am going to do is I am going to bring this foreground way down, to about right in there.  And we are going to do the same thing right here.  And we are going to get it so it has a horizontal line.  Now I am going to take the bottom ones though, and now I am really going to stretch them out.  I am just going to stretch them out.  Look at that.  And now we’re going to hit enter.  Boom.  So there is my foreground.  

Now if I take my little lasso tool over here, and I am just going to draw this in.  What the hell, we’ll do it to right there and we will bring this all the over and lock that in.   Good.  And now I am going to create a new layer for that.  I am going to switch my swatches to black and I am going to hit alt + delete.  And then we are going to look at that.  I am going to do Control + D.  And that is looking pretty good.  Let’s make it a little bit higher up on our foreground.  So we are going to go to here, about right there. Maybe a little bit higher just to get a little more peak in the back.  Good.  Look at that.  Now let’s go to our texture, let’s go to Control + U.  And people I’m sorry, once I start this I can’t quit.  Now we are going to bring that into a blue, juts into a blue.  Look at that?! Wow, that is pretty cool.  

Let’s go to that texture again.  Let’s do edit, transform, distort, and then do distort again.  I am just going to bring this to the side and get rid of that hot spot in there.  Good.  Now let’s bring this one over. Boom.  Good.  Look at that.  

And that’s how, it’s just making a foreground.  Now I can come over here, you know, and just start bringing in my flags, rocks, and some sky, some atom bomb explosions, and whatever I want to do here.  You know that is the premise or the foundation of the image.  And this looks a little spunky, I should have taken that out.  It is a little harsh.  And I can.  I am just going to come over here and I am just going to hit delete.  Control + D.  Good.  And so there you go.  

There is your photoshop tip of the week.  Don’t be afraid to play with Edit, Transform, and warp.  You can do some really cool things.  It you have some textures, you can make some great foregrounds.  I hope that you can see how you can apply that to your own photography.  So until next week shoot from the heart and shoot with passion and we will see you here at the Photoshop Tip of the Week.