TUTORIAL- Cutting in a track path in Photoshop

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TUTORIAL- Cutting in a track path in Photoshop

Postby checkerz » Sat Jul 17, 2010 4:50 am

A quick easy way to cut a track path into a base terrain in photoshop.

At some point, I'd like to supplement this with images for those not familiar with PS, but for now here goes...

1. You have your base terrain with random hills on a flattened layer. (If it's multiple layers see step 1a.)
1a. To create a flattened image out of your terrain, hit CTRL+A (select all) and then SHIFT+CTRL+C (copy visible) CTRL+V (Paste)
2. Create your track path with the pen tool as a solid black or white path to the width you want to smooth (you can always cut this away layer to narrow it up or smudge it out to widen it, so you want the average)
3. CTRL+Click on your track path layer to make a selection of your track path
4. Turn off your track path layer (keeping your selection)
5. Select your flattened base terrain layer
6. With the marquee tool selected, right click on your image and select "Copy as New Layer"
7. Paste as the top layer in your PSD
8. On your new track path layer, Lock Transparent Pixels (above the layer list, below blend modes, it's the first icon beside lock... checkered board)
9. This is the "tunable" step depending on what you want. With your Lock Transparent Pixels locked on your track path layer, BLUR 25px (or 10px twice, or play around and find what works best).
10. Turn off LOCK TRANSPARENT PIXELS.

You now have a track path cut into your terrain and ready for tweaking as a great base to start with.

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Re: TUTORIAL- Cutting in a track path in Photoshop

Postby Wings » Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:24 am

Thanks for this tutorial checkerz. i always wondered how u get nice flat track path on a hilly terrain. Thanks man

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Re: TUTORIAL- Cutting in a track path in Photoshop

Postby checkerz » Sat Jul 17, 2010 7:09 am

Keegan M wrote:Thanks for this tutorial checkerz. i always wondered how u get nice flat track path on a hilly terrain. Thanks man


I actually just was taught this method. The way all my previous tracks were done was using gradients and the warp tool to go around my track path and smooth it in to the heights I wanted and then off track was blended to match the track path afterwards. This technique saves a good 4 or 5 hours on a hilly track!

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Re: TUTORIAL- Cutting in a track path in Photoshop

Postby Wings » Sat Jul 17, 2010 9:30 am

Yer definatley again thanks bro

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Re: TUTORIAL- Cutting in a track path in Photoshop

Postby Duckstream » Sat Jul 17, 2010 9:38 am

your 2 days late :(

well i make another one :D (since my hill track sucks IMO, the new ones too short and enduro is enduro)

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Re: TUTORIAL- Cutting in a track path in Photoshop

Postby ShackAttack12 » Sat Jul 17, 2010 4:30 pm

Checkerz448 wrote:
Keegan M wrote:Thanks for this tutorial checkerz. i always wondered how u get nice flat track path on a hilly terrain. Thanks man


I actually just was taught this method. The way all my previous tracks were done was using gradients and the warp tool to go around my track path and smooth it in to the heights I wanted and then off track was blended to match the track path afterwards. This technique saves a good 4 or 5 hours on a hilly track!


I used to do this too.... this method you describe is MUCH easier and saves a ton of time. Thanks a lot!
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Re: TUTORIAL- Cutting in a track path in Photoshop

Postby mxbiker » Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:13 pm

Checkerz448 wrote:At some point, I'd like to supplement this with images for those not familiar with PS, but for now here goes...

i would like it if you did that, cause im new using a photshop programm besides gimp.
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Re: TUTORIAL- Cutting in a track path in Photoshop

Postby staydown » Sat Jul 24, 2010 6:09 pm

thanks for the tutorial, works perfect, much appreciated

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Re: TUTORIAL- Cutting in a track path in Photoshop

Postby MotoRockstar777 » Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:22 am

you should make a video of this just showing what you click on because i cant figure some of this out.

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Re: TUTORIAL- Cutting in a track path in Photoshop

Postby LucMx23 » Sun Apr 29, 2012 5:31 pm

MotoRockstar777 wrote:you should make a video of this just showing what you click on because i cant figure some of this out.

that would be really the best and save you alot of time ;) it takes much longer to write something done than recording something :lol:
a video would be awesome!


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