The next step in our background efficiency mini-series has us making detail elements.  In the last video we created a few placeholders (as smart objects), which we'll turn into hand-painted ladders.  Though I use a ladder in this example, keep in mind that the technique can be used for any repeated object in your scene.  Telephone poles?  Mailboxes?  Consider using a smart object.

Mini-Series Videos 

  1. Part 1
  2. Part 2
  3. Part 3
  4. Part 4

Techniques used in this video

  1. Scale and Proportion

  2. Clipping Masks

AuthorMatt Kohr