I've been talking about the second new business The Attic [link]
over the past few months and recently I've been working on the photos for the website products that will be for sale soon. Many of you have asked me in private messages, comments etc on my FB page what my backfrounds look like and what do I use to create them? Here you are, an explanation on how you too can create something similar to this background for your own personal use at home
Today I've uploaded an image of one of my favorite backgrounds I put together in minutes using some raw material I have in my fabric closet, a few dark wood boxes, various sizes of vintage texts and novels and some brass/woodwork products that will be sold on TheAttic website [link]
This photo showcases the following products:
~2 sextants (one gold and one brass)
~foldable golden compass
~white handle magnifying lens
~3 telescopes of various sizes
~3 binoculars of various sizes and type
~black lace fan
The material I used is a soft pastel green peachskin (cotton/poly blend material also works too) and a rich chocolate brown crushed velvet for some texture behind the woodframe showcaseing the black lace fan.
Cool thing about that frame, its made up of all recycled materials! The cork background was cut out from an old corkboard and inserted into a used old oval frame, both things I picked up at my local flea market for 5 bucks. (You should head to your local flea market, it's an awesome place!)
Anouther idea to try at home,similar to this frame thing, is purchasing some old serving trays and laying in some cork along the bottom for an instantly cool corkboard or tray to pin neat things too
Before I set up my shiney accessories etc, I pushed back my dinning room table up against the wall, moved all the chairs off to the side and made sure my hubby was okay with me pinning things to the walls.
I took my raw material and pinned it along the edge where the wall and the ceiling meet to ensure the holes I'm making dont show as bad as they would if I pinned everything in the middle of my wall.
The velvet material was pinned flat and the peackskin pastel material I pinned up with some gentle folds and drapped the material slightly to the side to create a nice curvey drape effect.
Next I grabbed a layer of raw leather (also from my material closet) and layed it down on my dinning table allowing half of it to stay on the table and the rest to drap off the side. This creates some nice angles when the sun hits it!
Speaking of sun, this photo was taken in the early afternoon unsing only natural light but for a similar effect you can also take great images with lots of natural light early in the morning.
To get the same aged look, I opened up my image in Adobe Photoshop, clicked onImage > Adjustments > Variations >darker >more yellow. Installed the company logo and voila, saved and uploaded!
Alright, you've pinned up your fabric onto the wall, laid out your table leather and now we get to stage our props!
An important part of background staging is how well things build up to a single point, or the 'peak'. In this image, my peak is the end of my telescope next to my lace fan in the frame. These are my highest points and everything should cascade outwards from there for a nice, balanced image.
The widest points should be on either end of the peak point. In this image, the corner of my open book (right) and the handle on my opera glasses (left) are the 'corners' that mark the widest points moving outwards from the peak. The rest of the items were laid out in between the peak and the widest points in a nice way that clearly shows what the item is and, if possible, what the item may do. (IE: magnifying glass on a book)
Thats it folks! Have fun creating your own Steampunk background at home using the tips and tricks mentioned in this description and if you post an image of your results to DA using these tricks etc, tag MonkeyNoC! I'd love to see your results
If your curious to learn more about TheAttic [link]
and its products, check out the website and add it to your favs to keep tabs on its debute day and to learn more about the custom brass and woodwork products you see in this image.
Hope ya'll like me image and I'll see you at the Attic
Photo (C) TheAttic 2012-2014