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Saturday, December 31, 2011
Shooting For Post
Text And Photography By Glenn Rand
Advanced Camera Technique
Assembling The Image In Photoshop
This screen grab shows the image structure without the lighting effects. Since this image will be the background, the light level of the background was adjusted using Curves.
The second image is then copied as a new layer. To accomplish this, the colored area of the calendar is selected and pasted over the base. This layer used the Lighten blending option to affect only the orange part.
The area around the MoMA logo and the day indicators were worked on to increase the contrast and lighten the logo while darkening the day notations.
Light reflecting from the top of the calendar was taken from the third image and layered into the composite. The highlight was given a slight Gaussian blur to smooth the highlight reflection.
To prepare this layer, the orange was first selected in the image and deleted. This left the black circles with white numbers. The contrast of the black circles was increased to enhance the numbers. With both light and dark portions of this layer, this is applied as a normal layer.
Last, the blush of light for the front face was copied to the composite. Although the highlight was selected, it was copied into the composite as a Lighten blending option and adjusted to 83% opacity. After this layering, the image was first saved as a layered TIFF. It was cropped, flattened and saved again under a different name.
The final image.
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