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!

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…

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…