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Architectural Natural environment introducing atmosphere

BuildTutorial Tutorials Sep 24, 2012

Architectural Natural environment introducing atmosphere. On this tutorial we'll discuss the strategies required to add atmosphere to a architectural environment in Photoshop. We'll utilize an atmospheric sunset in a urban environment to provide this architectural visualisation a more stylised effect.

 Architectural Natural environment introducing atmosphere

To start with I'm going to begin with this base render from 3D Studio Max and also have added a couple of textures for the road and various areas that didn't render in addition.

For additional tutorials on rendering in 3ds max try 3D Max tutorials There's also good quality basic Photoshop tutorials here if you don't understand each one of these steps.

 Architectural Natural environment introducing atmosphere

Next I added this subtle sunset image for the render. We used this picture once i was keen so as to add these tones for the image; giving a warm evening feel on the place.

 Architectural Natural environment introducing atmosphere

I then placed the sky layer beneath the rendered layer.

 Architectural Natural environment introducing atmosphere

As being the sky lacked any detail Then i added a picture of some clouds I liked and felt would look in the actual visual.

 Architectural Natural environment introducing atmosphere

Next I masked out your sections of unwanted cloud utilizing a soft brush on the layer mask for the cloud layer. As you can tell most I removed lots of cloud, just leaving enough to destroy on the flatness on the sunset.

 Architectural Natural environment introducing atmosphere

At this stage I'm nearly proud of the night sky, I added an exposure adjustment to modify the whole sky, the sunset and also the clouds, to create out your gamma and slightly improve the exposure.

 Architectural Natural environment introducing atmosphere

Because the whole area is underdevelopment there was all kinds of other visuals available on the net with the surrounding buildings. Then i chop up these visuals and stretched them into the wireframe I'd from your original render. I preferred to perform these surrounding buildings in Photoshop since it allowed me to operate a lot more quickly, however i could of modelled them from reference in 3ds max if I had had additional time available.

 Architectural Natural environment introducing atmosphere

As you have seen I wasn't too concered about being completely accurate as the focus in the image could be elsewhere from the image and that i could always hide mistakes like that along with other objects to populate the scene.

 Architectural Natural environment introducing atmosphere

Whenever I had selected in which the source of light could be originating from I want to to darken regions of the rendered image. To begin this We used a really soft brush with low opacity and drew on the shaded areas on the new layer called 'shadows'.

 Architectural Natural environment introducing atmosphere

Here you can see the result of that darkening

 Architectural Natural environment introducing atmosphere

To protect the bodged background Then i added a picture of the London bus on the new layer. This remove bus can be obtained free in your remove cars portion of resources. To find the blurred effect I made use of a motion blur with one of these properties. If you'd like less of a blur simply decrease the distance. Simple, yet effective.

 Architectural Natural environment introducing atmosphere

Next I began to make the actual setting sun. To do this I selected the colour of the brightest point of my existing sunset with the colour picker and using a starburst brush, which I found on http://www.brusheezy.com/search/light, drew a sunbrust.

 Architectural Natural environment introducing atmosphere

I then chose some more areas where the sun would reflect and drew more sun bursts with a soft brush at low opacity.

 Architectural Natural environment introducing atmosphere

Next to add the orange glow on the sun's rays I made use of the identical stock image I made use of during my previous tutorial and stretched it to match on the whole image.

 Architectural Natural environment introducing atmosphere

I then masked out the areas I would like to show, which was where the sun was reflecting.

 Architectural Natural environment introducing atmosphere

As you can see it is worth going to some detail with this stage, even picking out individual window panes.

 Architectural Natural environment introducing atmosphere

 Architectural Natural environment introducing atmosphere

I then set the layer to 'Overlay' to really make the suns effect more vibrant.

 

Here you can see the result of that overlay

 Architectural Natural environment introducing atmosphere

To frame the image and focus the viewer on my building I used a tree branch which can be found in our cut out trees resources category. I hope you all found this useful and will continue to share your images with the community in the showcase.

 Architectural Natural environment introducing atmosphere

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