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PRO Tutorial: A Giant Ego
PRO Texture: Distressed Paper
Creating a Believable Illusion
Rollover the image below to see a before and after with the room. Looking at the before image you can clearly see that it looks like a normal sized room. Creating these illusions will allow you to place any subject in any environment you can imagine!
Every Little Detail
You would not guess from looking at this frame that the girl was originally photographed sitting in a small plywood box. We go through special lengths and techniques to make sure that every detail is taken care of so the image will remain true at any scale. Here you can see that each and every hair is accounted for and they all glow with light from behind, just as though they were lit with the chandelier. Even though that is impossible.
Make Amazing Hair Selections
You are going to be amazed when you learn how we make the selection for our subject’s hair. This is an exact representation of the layer mask used to cut out the girl from her background. You can see every single hair is accounted for!
Not only do we cover how to make this composite believable but we also go over stylizing the image using techniques such as adding light glows. We also include bonus textures that you can use to add flare to any image!
One of the hardest things to get right when making a composite image is reflections. In this image we are taking into account not only the reflections of the wall onto the floor but also from the heel of her shoe. We go over a unique method of combining and blending layers that will make pulling this sort of thing off much easier!
Making Perfect Selections
In order for this composite to come across as realistic, the girl had to be cut out of her background perfectly. We cover in depth some great techniques on how to do this from the pen tool to making custom brushes. You can see here how important every little detail is in making these composites come to life.
Creating Interaction Between Subject and Environment
One of the big things that will help to make a composite more believable is to create some sort of interaction between the subject and their environment. In this image we use the table on the left side of the frame as a place for the subject to rest her arm. We go over what is important in making this interaction seamless.
Matching Color and Light
There are millions and millions of colors that are made up of hue, saturation and value. It can be very hard to match color ranges from one image to another, especially when you are creating a composite like this. A slight change in either hue, saturation or value can make the difference between a good and great image. We don’t like to leave that sort of thing to chance, so we have developed a special action that will help you to analyze color in a new way and allow to you make more believable composites!
We take special care in matching lighting during a photo shoot because it makes the compositing job a bit easier as well as makes it more believable. You don’t always get it perfect, and that is where photoshop comes in. We go over a great technique for taking care of your edges to make sure they match the rest of the scene.