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In this workshop author Steve Caplin teaches a range of techniques to change the background image in a photomontage, from time shifting to creating rain and water effects, from building complex reflections to lighting up windows. See how to use Adobe Photoshop filters like Motion Blur and Plastic Wrap to create a wide range of liquid and weather effects, how to add convincing shadows, and how to use dramatic lighting effects to bring a dull image to life.
Hi. I'm Steve Caplin and I'm a freelance digital artist. I'm also the author of the bestselling, How To Teach in Photoshop series as well as several other books on Photoshop and Digital Illustration. Most of my freelance illustration work is for national or international newspapers and magazines. And this means, I often have to produce high quality, finished artwork in a matter of hours. Over the years, I've developed a range of techniques that allow me to work faster, more accurately, and more efficiently.
To start our image off, we first need to remove the original sky. By what's the best way of doing this? There are two key methods that I use with both the Background Eraser and the Automatic Color-based Layer Masking introduced in Photoshop CS4. We'll look at both these techniques so you can master them and choose which is the most appropriate for your own work. To create the basic day for night effect, we'll use an Adjustment Layer to darken and tint the scene. And that's because an Adjustment Layer gives us the flexibility to alter the settings later, and also because it allows us to hide parts of the effect selectively.
For example, to let the windows shine with light. We'll go on to add some rain, a damp road, and some running water, as well as a human figure, who will cloth in a plastic raincoat. And of course, we'll draw all these elements directly in Photoshop. This should be an informative and entertaining workshop, and I'm sure you'll get some real value from it.
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