You've all seen those spectacular photo compositions showing subjects in settings that just seems too perfect to be true. Of course, they were photo composed! In this presentation Rick Valasek will show you an overview of how today's best image manipulators have achieved these results. Starting with methodical planning and then employing masking as selection techniques you too can achieve whatever results you can imagine. These techniques are used by such digital artists as Joel Grimes, Cory Barker, Pete Collins and many more. With the advancements in Photoshop CC masking around fly-away hair, and other "impossible" subjects is a task which takes minutes (instead of hours). Rick will also show you how the final "finishing" effects can blend any subject "into" the scene.
The presentation on Wednesday night will also give you a preview of the 4-hour, hands-on workshop which will be offer at the Center of the Digital Arts on June 15 (next day).
This is a "hands-on" workshop. All digital "work" images will be provided, however you need to bring your own laptop computer. We will begin with the "concept" and planning stage and describe how to set-up the subject photo shoot to achieve optimum results. Next we'll go through the shooting and/or selection of the background setting and elements to insure that the final results are believable. Along the way, we'll go through the best way to use various tools in Photoshop (yes, you must have Photoshop on your computer) to mask around hair and other difficult areas. While getting all the elements into a composite image is important the difference between good and great is insuring that the lighting and other factors are in balance so that the "illusion" is believable - and that is where split-toning and other filter come into play. We'll go through a number of techniques to insure that you get an image that is polished!