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.)

Stock Photography: Should you use it? Where to find it…

Is using stock photography cheating? I would like to start out this post by saying, the use of stock photography is somewhat of a controversial topic. Some camps feel you don’t really create your artwork if other people shot everything in the image for you. Some camps think it’s okay to use stock for small segments of your … Continue reading Stock Photography: Should you use it? Where to find it…