I am very happy to announce that we are releasing 4 more Image Manipulation packages today. Some by popular demand and some we decided to make on our own, but basically you said jump and we said how high.
Hey, just a really quick gloss over the basics of how to create three dimensional space in your composites.
I’m going to show you how to take your image from a boring 2D image like this, and turn it into a totally awesome 3D one like this (slide to see the impact of going the 3D and depth route)
You know those photos where you throw flour or pigments at models? I know you do, because we just featured some the other day. While those are a lot of fun to make, dealing with flour on the floor is definitely not an easy task. Benjamin von Wong who did this a few years back said it took a few hours to clean.
Well, we got smart and did it in Photoshop :) Not as fun, but definitely faster and easier and no post-shoot-cleaning. We used premade dust from out dust II package which has a large collection of high res dust
Everyone loves a good look. Lightroom makes it really easy to apply looks with presets, but if you want your look inside Photoshop, you are looking at one of two options: Apply a look in lightroom after the final export or take the time and effort to apply the look in Photoshop. Sadly, what only takes a click or two in Lightroom is world of pain in Photoshop.*
But Photoshop as a very powerful tool call Look Up Tables (or LUT for short – here is our collection) that you can apply as an adjustment layer. Those LUTs are similar to presets in the sense that they apply a look. But they are far stronger because unlike presets, they almost cause no quality loss.
With all my years as a photographer I’ve learned one thing. Nothing makes people happier than Glitter. Seriously, If you want to make a photo glamours, happy or just give it a sparkling tone, you can use some Glitter to make that happen.
Of course, shooting Glitter is a whole other story. We took the opportunity to write a short tutorial on how we actually shot it.
A great way to give a photo some character is to place it in an interesting location, say a deserted warehouse or an Film Noir detective office. You hint those with light coming in though a fan or some blinds. They act as GOBOs. (Go Betweens). Sadly fans and blinds are not always available. If you have the time, you can create some paper cutouts like Alex did, but not everyone has the time or means to get it in camera. (we always prefer in camera of course!)
So, our solution for this was to create a package with textures that resemble industrial or film noir-ish scenes. This is just what we wanted to give you with this package. We used a secret weapon to create a set of images to mimic just that atmosphere. OK…. our secret weapon was actually a cut out cardboard…. Here is what it looks like:
Time to dust up on your Color Balance Adjustment Layer. Here’s a quick Photoshop trick that will add some more magic (or magical fire and ice) to your composites.
This technique works wonders using dust particles shot against a back background. You can shoot this yourself or use a pre-made dust resource if you don’t have the energies to vacuum all the mess such a shoot creates.
When Chris Sebastian contacted me about creating cover art for his debut album ‘The Good Old Days‘, I initially wasn’t sure how the scenario would work. Chris was in Sydney, I was in Melbourne, and his photoshoot was happening in Sydney within the week. I admit, I’m a bit of a control freak… In order to create a cohesive composite cover art piece, I normally would shoot every element myself. I need to have control of the light and the perspective to ensure everything fits together.
I asked Chris if I could liase directly with the photographer and art direct the project remotely. I wasn’t sure how the collaboration would work, but I was willing to give it a try.
We know that you are itching to know what kind of things we have in each and every package. I mean, it is one thing seeing the samples on the web, and another thing to experience a fabric file at 36MP resolution or a gorgeous decay back-plate shot with a medium format camera.
This is why we created the CC-BY sampler package. It has over 7 gigs of high-res, fully usable, non-scaled files taken from all our packages. It is one or two files from each package and it absolutely rocks.
Wait we are making it better! This is Name You Price package so you can decide how much you think all this awesomeness is worth. Think it is super awesome like we do, we recommend a $5 price.
Better? Once you’ve bought it for $5, you will get a $5 coupon to spend in the store. How cool is that!
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your sampler pack and go create something awesome!