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TIPS & TRICKS TO MAKE GREAT COMPOSITE PHOTOGRAPHY. HOW TO AVOID THE MOST COMMON MISTAKES.
Creating a composite photograph is not difficult, but there are certain details to which special attention should be paid if we want our final work to be credible. This small but useful set of tips and tricks collects the things that we should not forget when creating a composite.
- CUTTING - Be careful cutting the model, try not to lose any pixel and catch as much hair as possible.
- SIZE AND POSITION - Unless it is a fantasy work, try to be as realistic as possible when you change the size of the model. If there is an animal in the composite, look for an image in which there is a model next to a similar animal to use as a reference, (for example a child next to a horse is not alwys easy without seeing the reference).
- ATTENTION AFTER ADJUSTING THE SIZE! Sometimes the proportions are not preserved after changing the size, so it is always advisable to click on the "link button" (located in the top bar of Photoshop when we use "free transformation") to conserve the proportion.
- IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO MATCH COLORS. Sometimes the photo of the model has been taken under a cold light, and in the digital background the warm light predominates. If we do not try to match the tones of both, the result will never be credible. It does not matter if you use the "Color Balance", or "Adjustments - Color Match", or any other method, but never forget to do it.
- PAY ATTENTION TO THE INTENSITY OF THE LIGHT. Most of the time I see models that are too illuminated, adjust the exposure of your model to the intensity of the light in the digital background, both intensities must be similar.
- THE SHADOWS ARE VERY IMPORTANT! Never forget that where there is a light there is always a shadow, this is very important if you want your composite sea credible.
- DO NOT FORGET THAT THE COLOR OF AN OBJECT IS REFLECTED IN THE OBJECTS THAT HAVE TO THE SIDE. This is an important principle when creating paintings and also when integrating images that at the beginning were not together. The goal is the same, to create a credible scene.
- TRICK for better blending the model in the digital background: use the tool "water drop" along the contour of the model, this will blur this part a little, helping to create the visual effect that the images are truly together.
- COMPLETE THE WORK BY ADDING TEXTURES OR GRADIENTS OF COLOR IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA! This is a help to even the tones and lights even more!
- PLAYING WITH THE FUSION MODES CAN GIVE US RESULTS SO PRECIOUS AS UNEXPECTED. Do not stop improvising!
I hope all the tips helps you get great results! :)
If you have not yet seen the "Watch me edit" section on my website, I invite you to do so. It's completely FREE!
In the video you can see the basic way to make a Composite, this is, how to include a model in a digital background step by step. (English interface. No voice recorder but you can easily follow every action I make).
You have to know well the basic tools of Photoshop and how to work with them.
My best wishes for you and your art! :)