Category photography

Quick Production Backdrop

One challenge that designers have is how to showcase their companies product in a simple but effective way. This is a great way to quickly create a dynamic stage for your products to be showcased.

Find a good ground image

Start with a good looking section of ground… it can be whatever you want from concrete to grass to dirt… it is up to you and what you want to show.

cut out the ground

Now simply cut out the ground from the rest of the image and leave it on its own layer.

find a background

Find a suitable background image to be the setting for the product… Iconic skylines from around the world is a great way to give your product an international flavor.

place background

Drop the background into the document...

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Let is snow

 

create new document

You will want to start out with a new document… size it according to your needs… I tend to make them fairly large so for this one 2400 x 2400… If you forget to fill the Background with white like I do… then file it with white using the Fill dialogue Shift + Delete.

Make a selection

Use your rectangular Marquee tool (M) and drag out a rectangle about half the height of the document. Command-J (PC Ctrl-J) will copy the white section from the background onto a new layer

convert into Smart Object

Convert that new layer from the selection into a Smart Object. This will be the base for all the legs of the snowflake. Double click on the new Smart Object layer to open up the .psb file.

In the Smart Object window… use Fleur de Lis shape

Now grab the Fluer de Lis from ...

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Dodging and Burning

One off the key factors in making a believable composite is to handle how the light falls on your elements. One of the best ways to wrangle the light is through dodging and burning.

Here is a recent composite that I created.

We are just going to focus on the Ent creature on the right side. Here is what he originally looked like when downloaded from pixelsquid.com and the following one is what he looks like after dodging and burning.

The original element is pretty good, but the contrast and shadowing are not quite right

Here is the same element after dodging and burning

Hopefully you can see the difference in the original and the final result. This allows the viewers eyes to accept the element into the scene more readily. So how do you know where to dodge and burn?

Once you place an ob...

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A little compositing inspiration

In case you didn’t read last weeks post about PixelSquid, I thought I would entice you with a little composite I put together today. Everything is from PixelSquid except for the background. It is so easy to bring things in and manipulate them into place when you add the PixelSquid plug-in into Photoshop. Couple of things to know about the plug-in… anything that you check to add to Photoshop will load into the Windows>Extension>PixelSquid library and hold up to one hundred objects in the Library at a time. Any new objects past one hundred picked will replace the oldest objects… so you can’t download all 4000 plus images into your library. What you can do as a way to get access to as many images as possible is download any and all of the images as either a .psd or a .png onto your harddrive...

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Easy Slime Text Effect

This tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop’s layer styles and some simple textures to create an easy, detailed slime text effect.

Tutorial Assets
1- Double Feature font.
2- Ice Texture 4 by CageyResources.
3- Black Mamba Pattern by Federica Pelzel.
4- PS Patterns – Of all things fleshy by halmtier.
5- You’ll also need to load a default Photoshop Contours set. So go to Edit Presets Preset Manager, and choose Contours from the Preset Type drop down menu. Then click the little arrow to the right of the Preset Type drop-down menu, and click Contours near the bottom of the pop-up menu. When the dialog box appears after that, just click Append, and you’ll get the Contours set.

Step 1

Create a new 850 x 550 px document, place the Ice Texture 4 texture on top of the Background layer...

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Check out Pixel Squid

If you haven’t checked out PixelSquid, today may be a great day to do so. Why? Because pixelsquid.com is in beta testing right now and all of there stock imagery is free. Now when I say stock imagery, don’t think of this as normal stock imagery… this is super-stock imagery in that you can rotate any of there objects 360 degrees and get the angle you need for your composite and then download a PSD (yes I said .psd file) with the object isolated and a shadow layer along with other lighting/selection goodies. So if you have known the angst of founding that great stock image, but you couldn’t use it because the angle was just a touch off… now you can be angst free. When I showed this to be buddy and amazing graphic designer Margie, she called this a “game changer...

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Quick Bloody Text Effect

This tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop’s layer styles, a simple texture, and a couple of brush tips to create a quick, vibrant bloody text effect.

Tutorial Assets
1- Shlop Regular font.
2- 4 HD Flesh Textures by ThatSavior.
3- Choc68 by jojo22.
4- PS Patterns – Of all things fleshy by halmtier.
5- Ink drops by darkdana666.
6- You’ll also need to load a default Photoshop Contours set. So go to Edit Presets Preset Manager, and choose Contours from the Preset Type drop down menu. Then click the little arrow to the right of the Preset Type drop-down menu, and click Contours near the bottom of the pop-up menu. When the dialog box appears after that, just click Append, and you’ll get the Contours set.

Step 1
Open image 2 from the 4 HD Flesh Textures images, then go to Edit D...

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Announcing a NEW book from Scott Kelby!

Check out this quick video where Scott Kelby tells you all about his NEW book, The Best of the Digital Photography Book Series.

Scott, the #1 top-selling author of photography techniques books for the past five years straight, has hand-picked nothing but the best, most helpful, most “oh, so that’s how you do it” techniques from his ground-breaking The Digital Photography Book series and compiled them into this “greatest hits collection.”

This series of books is the all-time best-selling series on digital photography in history and that’s because Scott has a gift for making the hard stuff simple; for making you totally “get” techniques that you thought were beyond your reach; and for telling you, just like he’d tell a friend, exactly which button to push, which settings t...

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Creating a Compelling Photo Composite in Adobe Photoshop CC

Creating a compelling photo composite is as much about finding the right assets as it is about the process of blending them together. If you’re unable to capture your own assets, stock image sites are treasure chests for images, as well as inspiration. While hunting for the images used in this issue’s tutorial, I encountered dozens of stock photos that sparked ideas. When I finally stumbled across the images we’ll use, I was so captivated by the brilliant colors and dynamic shapes that I couldn’t wait to begin exploring the possibilities. This level of enthusiasm is key to crafting a composite that stops viewers in their tracks and elicits an emotional response.

Our goal is to blend the leaping dancer with the prismatic powder so it appears as though she is actually inside the expl...

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Create Repeating Segments with the Mixer Brush in Photoshop CC

One of the secret powers of the Mixer Brush is that it can sample multiple colors or even pixels to use for its stroke. This is great for creating color-rich strokes to simulate painting with a real brush, but for this project we’re going to use an image as the paint source to create repeating segments that can be used for anything from robot arms to your very own superworm.

Step One: Start with an image of a sphere. (You’ll probably want to try a lot of different types of images after this, but let’s start simple.) If you’re using a stock image, use the Elliptical marquee tool (nested under the Rectangular Marquee tool [M] in the Toolbox) to make a selection around the sphere. (Tip: As you’re drawing the selection, you can press-and-hold the Spacebar to reposition the selection...

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