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Easy Background Integration for Water Scenes

Author: Jenn A

Tools Needed

  • Adobe Photoshop 7
  • Flaming Pear Flood Filter
  • A background image

Introduction

Hey all…we all want to do those fabulous water scenes where you don't know where the poser part of the image starts…with the Flaming Pear Flood Filter this is completely possible…I hope you enjoy the same results as I do. As an aside it's always good to have great backgrounds. The background I used for this tutorial is by Linda White aka linwhite at Renderosity.

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Step 1 - Arranging Your Scene

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First you have to pick a background that suits your image. I saved my image as a PNG. as a PNG your image is already transparent so you don't have to extract the alpha channel but you can always save your poser image as a .PSD or .tif so that you can use the alpha channel. To use the alpha channel you go to the channel tab and the last one should say Alpha. Then you hit Ctrl + click with you mouse…it's very important that you do this together. Then when you go back to your layers tab everything except for the gray part of your poser image should be highlighted. Then you go to Edit- > Copy or Ctrl+C and the go to File- > New or Ctrl+N and then go to Edit- > Paste or Ctrl+V.

Step 2 - Putting Together Your Scene

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Next just drag your background into your PNG poser image. Then switch layers so that your background is behind your poser image.

Step 3 - Flood Tool

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Next adjust the position of your image until it looks right to you then go to Filter- > Flaming Pear- > Flood. Depending on your computer this may take a while to load. You can use the settings below but it is best to adjust it to your satisfaction. The Flood tool shows you a view of the layer you are working on so you always know what it will look like. A thing to remember about the settings is the higher the horizon the lower the water level. The lower the level the higher the water.

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The final result should be something like this.

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Step 4 - Postwork then Resize

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You don't have to merge the layers if you don't want to…just do all the postwork you are going to do and then resize. (For info on how to get your image to look soft and colorful check out my Glow tutorial also in the tutorial arcana) My images are typically 2000*1500 to begin with and after I do postwork I generally resize to 1024*768 (desktop size). This image is 800*600 so that it won't take up your whole screen… :) Now wasn't that easy… :) after you'resize it should look seamless…like the image above…if it doesn't then it's time to break out the blur tool and just blur where the water and poser image connect

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I hope this works for you and if you have any question feel free to email me, Jenai21@yahoo.com