Category: Effects

Create Real Reflections and Dramatic Backgrounds

  You’ll often see a reflection appear below a product, and while you can add these reflections after the fact in Photoshop, it’s easier to just have real reflections. The easy way to get those reflections is to shoot your product on some plexiglass (either clear or white frosted). Just put a rectangular sheet of plexi right over your background (you can pick up these small sheets of plexiglass at your local Home Depot or Lowe’s for around $15) and it does the rest. If you want to go for a dramatic look for your product shots, try this:...

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New In Town Composite
By Scott Valentine

How do you write a big story? By writing it in small parts and putting it all together! In Scott Valentine’s regular “Photoshop Proving Ground” column for Photoshop User magazine, he spends a lot of time getting you familiar with Photoshop’s tools so you can use them to build big things from small. In this tutorial, he’ll show how to combine a few tools he’s written about in the past to take on bigger challenges by tackling the smaller ones first. In this way, you get to tell bigger and bigger stories.

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Tip Tuesday: Create a Quick Spotlight Effect in Adobe Camera Raw

There are two ways to do this, and the one I use most often is this (which we also looked at in Chapter 4): Go under the Filter menu and choose Camera Raw Filter. Click on the last tool in the toolbar at the top—that’s the Radial Filter (J). In the Radial Filter panel on the right side of the window, click on the – (minus sign) button to the left of the Exposure slider four times. This resets all the other sliders to zero, but lowers (darkens) the Exposure to –2.00. At the bottom of the panel, make...

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