Manic Academy 7: Post-production AtmosphereArticle by Aegis-Illustration
Post-production is one of the key points on producing an image. You can spend hours finding the right model, atrezzo, composition, mixing everything up... But if you forget about giving the right atmosphere to your artworks, you're missing one of the key points: to give an atmosphere to what you are creating.
Creating atmospheres is something very personal and each one of us have a way to achieve that, but there are some basic techniques I'd like to share with you all. I encourage you to take them as a starting point and then discover your own depending on your personal style. Here we go!
This is the base image with no post-production.
Basic Post- Production Refinements
1) Lighting range
Lighting is the key point in photo manipulation. You must avoid absolute blacks and whites and find the middle value (unless it's your intention to do so for an expressive purpose) and get a more balanced and eye-friendly ima
Manip Academy 6 : How to adjust a fire's colorThis trick will help you blend a fire stock to fit the colors and the atmosphere of your photomanipulation.
To do so, we are going to use Alpha Channels and Adjustment Layers.
To understand this tip you should already know how to create layers and how to use masks.
The first step will be to remove the black background that comes with most fire stocks you will find.
Some of you may already know you can apply blending modes to your layer to make that black background disappear.
It's the easiest and fastest way to blend a fire... but with this technique, you won't be able to modify your fire's aspect (or your background will re-appear) ! So your result won't always look very realistic.
That's why I'll tell you how to cut (softly) that black background, using the Alpha Channels :
First, display your fire stock layer only (so the rest of your image won't bother you) and search for your "Channels" window (in Photoshop CS6, there is a "Channel" tab right next to your "Layers" tab).
Manip Academy 2: Soft effects in PhotomanipulationToday's Manip Academy article was written by Cinnamoncandy. I am posting it for her, but the full credit for the tutorial should go to her. Please take a moment to share some love and gratitude on her page!
In today’s Manip Academy blog I’m going to teach you how to achieve a softening effect with your photomanipulations. This is a trick that I often use, especially for fantasy and emotional style pieces.
NOTE: When I do this technique it is usually my finishing step, so my image is duplicated and my layers are already merged.
Step One: Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. I usually set the Radius at 3.0 pixels; however, you can adjust it to your liking. Click okay.
Step Two: Go to Edit>Fade Gaussian Blur. Set the opacity. Again, you can adjust it to your liking. I often use 25 to 30%. Set the mode to Soft Light. Click OK.
I`m Mocarro and I going to tell a lil` about myself
I`m 23 yrs old, Hungarian girl. I adore rats, I have 2 fancy rats. I always loved (and love) art, trying to draw for a long time.... after all I have to accept the fact I cannot draw, so I give it up, but I still want to create fabulous pictures. How can I do that if I cannot draw, paint anything? I choose the Photoshop and the digital art like photomanipulating, making stamps, making web desings. I love to do this kind of art, because, a girl like me who hasn`t got a big talent in drawing, painting can make nice pictures even high quality works too. So I just love it. But sometimes (okay, always) I feel myself an outsider, because Devart has so many great drawer and painter girls and boys and they`ve such a big talent. But no, I don`t leave because of that
Most of all I`m:
I`m a self - taugth artist (if I can call myself an artist)
I`m Hungarian, Hungarian language is my first language so I often do grammar mistakes, forgive me please (It`s hard to thinking like an English person or an American person for example. The Hungarian thinking is very different from them I think.)
I`m strange. I really can be happy for some new friends, but other people often do not understand my opinion about things.
I`m really happy if you write a comment one of my pics, but you not have to do that just in case if you want. But I`m really glad for the comments, and answering them friendly.
OMG I LOVE rats!!!!!
And most of all: I love to be here, love your artstyle and you`re very welcomed on my page