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Create The Cover tutorial preview: Cinematic techniques

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Magazine previews, by Adam Smith

Composite your photo stock to create perspective and explosive effects in an action-packed image

The following tutorial is for Photoshop enthusiasts looking to take their compositing skill to the next level.

Some of these effects may seem daunting at first, but with a firm grasp of Photoshop and a big dollop of perseverance you’ll be creating commercial effects in no time.

In this tutorial you will learn how to build and layer photo stock before you even start adding any type of effect. The majority of your time will be spent on understanding how to create and incorporate shards of glass, producing dramatic perspective in your images. We’ll also show you how to complement this effect further by transforming your background into a window reflection.

The biggest issue when compositing an image with a lot of elements is figuring out how to place all the different pieces authentically, so your viewer doesn’t lose interest. Relighting these using Photoshop adjustment layers helps with integration and enhancing a sense of realism.

We’ll also explore how to dodge and burn creatively, match light with colour casts and ultimately create a dynamic atmosphere. By the end of this tutorial you will understand the process of placing objects in a scene, telling your compelling story completely.

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Create The Cover tutorial preview: Cinematic techniques

  • Awesome!! 🙂
    I´ll try for this…