Australian CG and retouching luminaries Cream Studios share their top 5 production tips plus much more in issue 135 of Advanced Photoshop, on sale from 14th May 2015. Purchase a print copy from our online store during May 2015 and you’ll get 10% off to celebrate Imagine Publishing’s 10th birthday! You can also purchase the magazine digitally from GreatDigitalMags.com.
Here are Cream Studios’ top 5 tips:
■ Image library
Always keep an eye out for great images or textures that are difficult to replicate. Nature is random, and computer-generated material is rarely random enough to look real.
Take the time to think and research at the start of each project and pay attention to detail. An abundance of reference material from the get-go can often save a lot of headaches down the line, and create a better final image.
■ Get outside
If possible, take advantage of a break at some point during the day to get outside and readjust your eyes. Constantly staring at pixels for hours on end can really have a negative effect on productivity, as well as creativity.
■ Keep it real
It’s very difficult to fool the eye; you’ve got years’ worth of images stored in your head as reference. Sometimes the best way to create torn paper is to go and shoot some torn paper.
■ File organisation
Always try to organise your files with others in mind. If someone else (more often a client these days) needs your layered file, a complicated layering or non-existent naming system helps no one. Delete nothing.
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