The wacky and wonderful world of specialized Photoshop brushes! Free Photoshop Brushes!

One of the best tools you can use solve “compositing problems” are specialized brushes. A lot of times, when artists are first learning Photoshop they tend to stick with the standard round brush. Which can be SO frustrating. One of the tricks to mastering compositing is learning about the world of specialized brushes. If you are still using the little round brush … Continue reading The wacky and wonderful world of specialized Photoshop brushes! Free Photoshop Brushes!

How to “shift” an object’s surface shadow so it matches your light source…

When compositing images, you may have noticed, getting the highlights and shadows to match throughout your image can make an artist cross-eyed and weary. It’s an important step. I am constantly on the lookout for Photoshop tricks which will save me time when I need to create them. This next little trick I use a lot. Of coarse, PS … Continue reading How to “shift” an object’s surface shadow so it matches your light source…

Using Photoshop’s default action to create cast shadows…

Breaking it down… For this blog post I want to focus on one more technique for creating cast shadows. There will be times when your light source is very close to your object and that will require the objects shape to be reflected in its shadow. In those instances, where you need that detailed shape, having an action set for it would be … Continue reading Using Photoshop’s default action to create cast shadows…

How to select objects with their shadows intact…

Have you ever wished you could select an object’s shadow from one image and drag into another one? But you don’t know how to just grab the shadow without grabbing the background? Well… where there is a will, there is a way!! For this “Creating Shadows” post, I’m going to share a really neat method for grabbing an object’s cast shadow … Continue reading How to select objects with their shadows intact…

The point of contact…

As promised, today is a continuation of my blog series on compositing shadows.  I believe lighting and shadows are the most important components in creating cohesive and beautiful compositions. If something in the image looks “off” it will distract the viewer take away from your story line. If you have not had the opportunity to read the first two blog posts you may review them here. Lesson 1: It’s in … Continue reading The point of contact…

Pick a color palette, any color palette… (A trick for making all the colors in your composite match.)

This is possibly the single biggest question I get, outside of how to draw realistic shadows. How do I make the colors, on the different elements of my composite, match? This happens for a number of reasons: light source and white balance settings are the most common. If you are not able to photograph all the pieces … Continue reading Pick a color palette, any color palette… (A trick for making all the colors in your composite match.)