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Thisisthersttutorialofaminiseriesofarclesaboutphoto manipulaontechniques.InthisseriesIwillshowyoutheenre manipulaonworkowandtechniqueswithpraccalexamples.I wanttomakeitclearthattherearemanywaysofdoingthingswith PhotoshopandIwillshowyoumine.Youcandevelopyourownstyle oradoptmineifyouwant. Theminiserieswillhave6parts:

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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Part1Choosingtherightstockimages Part2Colorandcontrastadjustments Part3Shadingandlights Part4DodgeandBurning Part5Generaladjustments&posteding Part6Finalproduconexport

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Theorderofthispartsisnotrandom,whatImeanisthatwhenIstart kindofmanipulaonIwanttomake,rstIstartlookingforthe suitablestockimagesandfollowthestepsindicatedabove.

Choosingtherightstockimagesforyour manipulations
Beforestarngtolookforstockimagesyoumustrsthaveafewbasic ideaofwhatyournalworkshouldlooklike,whatstyleof manipulaonyouwillmake,etc.Youmustalsoestablishwhatwillbe thedominantcolor(s)onyourwork.Itookafewexamplesfrom deviantArttoshowyousomeexamples.Seehowallofthemhavea dominantcolor.

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Youcanchooseanycolorthatyouwant,itsirrelevantonthestock searchprocess.Inotherwords,youcanchooseanystockimagethat youlike,aslongasyourstockimagesarenotblackandwhite.Evenso, youcouldcolorizethembutitwouldtakeyoulonger. So,whatyoushouldstartsearchingrst,thebackground,themodel? Actuallyitdoesntreallyma erbutyoushoulddenitelystartfrom

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here.Youdontwanttostartlookingforsmalldetails,rstyouneedto createabasicscene. Forexample,ifyoundagreatmodelwithanicemedievaldress,you

4 willthenstartlookingforabackgroundimagethattstheouitofthe
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inconsideraon.Inmycase,thelighngofthebackgroundstock imageworkasaguidewhenchoosingtherestofthestockimages.In realityitsquitehardtondstockimagesthattperfectlybutdont worryyoucancreatelightsandshadowslater.Justchooseimagesthat matchmoreorless. Forfantasymanipulaons,choosingstockimagesisnotaverydicult task,generallyspeakingbutitalsodependsonhowcomplexyouwant tomakeyourartwork. Downloadmulpleimagesandthantrycombinaons.Justbecauseof stockimagelooksgreat,itdoesntmeanitwilllookcoolonceyou combineitwithanotheroneinPhotoshop.So,makesureyou downloadmulpleimagesandthenopentheminPhotoshopand makeroughcutsandposionthemtoseeiftheycouldttogether. Alwaystrytoworkwithhigherresoluonimages.

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WheretolookforStockimages
Therearemanywebsitesthatprovidegoodstockimages.Iusetotake mystockimagesfromdeviantArtandsxc.hubuttherearealotof othergoodsites.Asyouprobablyknow,therearealsopaidstocksites, somearemoreexpensivelikeshu erstockandsomearecheaperlike depositphotos.Anyways,youmustgivecredittotheauthorsand alwaysmakesureyoureadtheirrules,speciallyifyoutakethemfrom deviantArt.

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ThisiswhatIdowhatIstartanewproject.Irstcreateanewfolder whereIsaveallthestockimagesthatIwilldownload.Then,Istart browsingforthestockimagesthatIconsiderwouldlooknicetogether.

4 Ialwaysdownloadalotofimagesrst.
AerthatIopenastockthatIthinkcouldbeagoodbackgroundand
4 thenImakecombinaonswiththeotherstockstoseewhichones DiggDigg

lookgoodtogether.Alsodonthesitatetousethewarptoolordistort toolsifsomethingdoesntlineupcorrectly. AerIseewhichimagescouldworktogether,Idiscardtheotherones andstartworking. Thiswasjustanintroducontothisseriesbutsomeofyoumaybe ndsituseful.OnthesecondpartIwilltalkaboutcolorsandhowto blendstockimagesusinggradientmapsandadjusngthecontrast usingapraccalexample.


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#1wri enbyBrandon about9monthsago

IcantwaittoseethisminiseriesbecauseImalways confusedbyhowtoblendinthestockphotowith everythingelse.

#2wri enbyBert about9monthsago

Imalsoveryinterested.Ivealreadylearnedalotby readingtheexamples,butnowitsmetakeacon.

#3wri enbyAndrei

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