Author: Jessica Maldonado

Photography for Composites
By Glyn Dewis

In this article Glyn Dewis gives you some insight into what is, without question, the most important part of compositing—the photography. Whether your goal is to create a realistic or maybe even a surrealistic picture, having the right starting image with the correct perspective and lighting is vital to a successful composite. The best possible starting image will make the creation of your composites much easier, freeing you up so your time in Photoshop can be creative as opposed to corrective.

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Creating a Romantic Soft-Focus Portrait Effect
By Kirk Nelson

On the flipside of creating images that are tack sharp is the idea of embracing the beauty of a softer focus. Instead of being dismissed as a technical flaw, soft-focus projects can have a romantic, dreamy look. This idea matches well with a high-key approach that’s common in glamour photography. While this is typically accomplished in-camera, it can also be simulated easily in Photoshop with a variety of techniques. This tutorial steps through several techniques that individually can produce a soft-focus effect, but when used together they create a beautiful result that can be quite stunning!

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