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How to Create a Surreal Photo Collage
By Terri Stone – When you composite photos, you usually don’t want the result to look like a composite. Even if the final scene is fantastical, your aim is to transport viewers into another world. Filip Hodas, a 24-year-old freelance artist from Prague, has been creating convincing digital realities for years. Now he’’ agreed to share his process.

To make the otherworldly landscape featured here, Hodas relied heavily on Adobe Photoshop CC layer masks. He placed each source image on its own layer and then used layer masks to hide and reveal parts of each. He also used layer masks to adjust color and add highlights and shadows.

Next came a Color Balance adjustment layer, which he added to the background images so their colors would be a better match. Trees on the right side of the horizon image were distracting, so he removed them with the Clone Stamp tool.

Hodas knows that small details can have a big impact on a composite’s overall look, so his next step was to refine the foreground image’s mask. That softened jagged edges a little and removed a slight yellow outline. more> https://goo.gl/7jat2c

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Is Adobe’s Bold Move Setting It Up To Be Disrupted?

By Steve Denning – Instead of forking out up to $2,600 for Creative Suite, its flagship design package, on a disc, customers can now use its Creative Cloud service, which offers the same applications (plus a few additional ones) online, with a 12-month subscription costing $50 a month, or a month-by-month fee of $75.

While it’s heartening to see Wall Street for once not totally obsessed by the short-term, one can also ask: is this a bold, creative customer-friendly management decision, as The Economist suggests?

Or could it be a desperation move MOVE -1.15% in the form of a financial gadget that is aimed at covering up a lack of innovation? more> http://tinyurl.com/ooknzwf

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Fun with Adobe Photoshop layer management

If you spend a great deal of time working with multilayered Photoshop files, you don’t need me to tell you that keeping track of all those layers can be confusing. Happily, Adobe Photoshop is chock-full of features that help with the layer-wrangling process. And by taming all those layers, you can take advantage of the creative power that well-managed layers confer.

Layer styles let you create completely editable effects that can replace meticulous (tedious) trial-and-error painting. As I mentioned, this creature comprises mostly shape layers, to which I’ve applied a complex cocktail of layer styles. Despite his volumetric transformation, I almost never had to use the Brush tool. more> http://tinyurl.com/njldykn

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