On my last post I talked about my backup workflow, but I am probably more known for my editing style. So this time I decided to break down a photo. A question I get asked a lot when I showing my portfolio is how I make images like the one above (This one is featuring the wonderful Renee Robyn, click here for a bigger version). With all the organic shapes and details in there, it seems like a non trivial edit. With this tutorial I’m going to show the basics of the effect, which should give you an insight into the creation of such images.
The process itself is fairly simple, the impact comes when you put in the hard hours to produce the image. It’s basically a repetition of the same steps. But if you put in the time and attention, the work will pay off.
The “secret” is using the Clipping Mask effect in Photoshop. Clipping masks is where two layers form a relation to each other. The bottom layer defines the shape and the top layer holds the color information.
Next to that you’ll use the drop shadow effect to give the impression of depth and form
Enjoy the video and hop I can inspire you!
The first part of the tutorial is step by step walkthrough on the technique. Then the second step is a high-speed capture on creating the lead image with Renee Robyn.