The Glass House – a Photoshop Tutorial
Brent Adrian Balasbas, based in the Philippines and studying Architecture, has kindly shared his latest tutorial on his Photoshop techniques with us. He uses a V-Ray rendered output image of a SketchUp model (original subject, Glass House by Philip Johnson). Brent places the image in a new background, editing it to the extent whereby he ends up with a very convincing final creation.
1. This my output render of a SketchUp model, the Glass House by Philip Cortelyou Johnson. Its a PNG file. Open the file in Photoshop.
2. After sourcing a suitable background image, lets start work on it. Use Polygonal Lasso Tool to select and cutout the area that isn’t needed. Right click and select Inverse.
3. Duplicate the Layer. The image below shows how it will look. Next Delete the original Background Layer (the locked one).
4. Erase the selected surface with the Eraser Tool.
5. Erase the outline using the Quick Selection Tool.
6. Expand the sky , using Clone Stamp Tool + click (ALT) then select the sky. Do the same thing on the trees, Clone Stamp Tool + click (ALT) select the trees.
7. Try this link to download some brushes. You can use it as a Clone Stamp Tool brush for the trees to make it more realistic.
8. Now erase the grass from the image, using the Eraser Tool.
9. Now place the glass house into the background image.
10. Resize the glass house using the Rectangular Marquee Tool , right click Free Transform to make it more proportional to the image. Erase the outline (Step 5).
11. Erase the unnecessary light.
12. Insert the next sourced image to build up the scene.
13. Resize the image, change the Opacity to about 88%. Warp the image to make it proportional and fit in nicely (Edit >Transform >Warp ).
14. Erase the area highlighted by the red line.
15. This is how the image looks so far after erasing unnecessary parts.
16. Next some image adjustments. These are the settings that were used: Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask, Amount: 38%, Radius 31.1 Pixels and Treshold: 109.
17. Next the road was edited (removed some of the grass and fixed the edge on the left) using the Clone Stamp Tool.
18. Go back to the other image used (Step 12), flip it horizontally by going to Image > Rotate Canvas > Flip Canvas Horizontal. The result below.
19. Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to make an outline as shown in the image below, then cut it (use the Move Tool).
20. Paste the cutout into the image or drag and drop it in.
21. Place the layer on top of the Layer stack, resize (Step 13) and warp by going to Edit >Transform >Warp. Finally erase the outline.
22. Use Clone Stamp Tool to edit the road and grass as done before in Step 17.
These are some examples of the brushes used.
23. After that, create a new Layer, then click ‘Create new fill or adjustment layer’ and then Solid Color. The Pick a solid color selection panel will appear.
24. Set the blending mode from Normal to Overlay and it’s Opacity to 25%.
25. For further enhancement, use the Brush Tool and add some fog effect. Settings used: Opacity:4%, Blur Tool Strength 37%.
Tip: don’t add too much fog!
26. Save the image as a JPEG file, then open it again in Photoshop to add some lighting effects to the image, I used the Knoll Light Factory plug-in. You can try it out for free if you wish.
Thanks for reading this tutorial. Hopefully you will be able to use some aspects my techniques in your very own creations.