Posts Tagged ‘tutorial’

Create Rain

Posted on: December 1st, 2009 1

…and learn how to make surfaces look wet!

In this screencast we look at how to create realistic-looking rain. It turns out that it’s a lot easier than you might think! The thing is, once I figured out how to do that, I realized that if the surfaces in the image to which I added rain didn’t look wet, then the whole illusion is ruined. In my case, I needed to make a street and sidewalk look wet, so I discovered a way to do that….again……not as difficult as I first thought. Plus, this technique should easily translate for any image that has flat surfaces.


Extracting a Glass from a Photo

Posted on: November 4th, 2009 2

In one of my “Alpha Channel” vids I mentioned I’d cover this topic. Well, I finally got around to it. Turns out I needed to do this for a real-world situation. I was designing a website for a client and wound up needing to extract a glass from one photo and place it in another photo. Along the way I fell in love with Content Aware Scale, then just as quickly fell out of love. I’m so fickle.


Alpha Channels – Part 4

Posted on: September 14th, 2009 0

In this screencast we explore 4 different ways to extract hair from an image in order to composite it into a different background. Once again, Alpha Channels play a major role, but we also explore some Blending options in order to achieve great results. I contend that there is no one “best” way to mask hair, but if you have an arsenal of different techniques at your disposal you can usually wind up with a successful result employing one or several of the techniques I explore here. This screencast assumes a fairly advanced level of Photoshop knowledge, as I don’t spend a lot of time explaining functions that I think an advanced Photoshop user would know.


Alpha Channels – Part 3

Posted on: August 11th, 2009 0

More info on Alpha Channels, and we use Color Range to begin a complex selection process. In the end we wind up with 2 different Alpha Channels for separate selections and combine them into one selection from which we make our layer mask. Powerful goodness!


Alpha Channels – Part 2

Posted on: July 24th, 2009 0

In this screencast I give some practical application to this whole concept of selections and masking using Alpha Channels in Photoshop. We look at 2 different images and 2 different approaches of creating a mask to knock out an object from the background.