Category: Effects

Create Your Own 360° Panoramic Animation
By Kirk Nelson

One of the most exciting new technologies is the advent of 360° video. These videos present a full wrap-around panorama that can be explored interactively with the correct viewer. Facebook includes an easy way to use this viewer simply by marking a video as 360°. It allows viewers to physically turn around and explore the video with their mobile device, as if their phone was able to let them see into a separate virtual realm that surrounds them!

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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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