Helping Your 3D Dinosaur from PixelSquid Escape to the Big City

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke takes our PixelSquid 3D dinosaur out of the “natural” environment we created for him last week, and gives him a night on the town in San Francisco.

During which, for compositional reasons, Deke changes the direction of the Golden Gate bridge, which, in real life might cause some major traffic headaches as well as making it very hard to find Sausalito.

So sure, those San Franciscans familiar with the Bay Area in real life might take exception with Deke’s casual repositioning of the Pacific Ocean—-but in dekeLife, there’s a dinosaur on the loose, so dekeAnciscans have bigger problems than geographic chaos.

Ultimately, giving our dino dude a night out in The City is primarily a matter of changing the color details for the new environment—by adjusting the existing layers from last week’s project. So, gone are the greens and yellows of his previously primordial landscape, replaced by the appropriately orange and purples of a nighttime metro skyline.

Additionally, the depth-of-field effect that Deke created last week (once again facilitated by the the built-in masking layers provided by PixelSquid) can be repurposed as well, with a few minor adjustments to the blur filter and layer mask.

Deke’s Techniques, making sure even dinosaurs get a glamorous night out once in a while.

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