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PRO Tutorial: Going Home
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PRO Photoshop Tutorial
In this advanced Photoshop Tutorial, we focus on compositing images together to form a full body. As you can imagine, it is pretty tough to capture a photo like this straight out of camera. In fact, I have no idea how you would do it. That is where Photoshop comes in.
This photo shoot involved digging a ditch and placing the model in it. We didn’t dig 6 feet deep, and a bit of pre planning helped in making less work for everyone. Basically, we needed to decide ahead of time where the “cut point” was going to be. It is fairly obvious that the ground line is the best place in this image. What that means, is that we can photograph what is under the ground, and what is above the ground separately.
In this tutorial we go into depth to explain how the photos were taken, and how they will be best composited together. We do cover advanced skin retouching as well, on a zoomed out scale. There are different types of skin retouching. One involves getting very close to every pore of the subject and making the details perfect. We do teach this method in the Phlearn PRO Skin Retouch tutorial. For this tutorial, we are making sure that the subject’s skin looks great from viewing distance. While small details are still important, the overall color and light levels make more of a difference here.
This tutorial also covers color theory, and how to use colors to your advantage. There are many things to think about when creating an image, and color is a big one. I suggest using a color wheel to figure out your color palette ahead of time if possible. If not, you can always change colors in Photoshop.
We cover great techniques for making advanced selections in Photoshop. Using those selections to cut our subject out of her background is necessary, especially because we are using a different sky.
Sometimes the best way to create something in Photoshop is to paint it with the paint brush. There are some great tricks when you are doing this sort of thing. First off, using customized brushes will make anything you paint look more organic.