First, by realistic I mean believable, ones that look like pictures and not a few images stitched hastily in photoshop. Composite photography and photoshop manipulations are a great fun, but they require patience, artistic sense, and knowledge of photoshop and other programs used for creating digital art. However there is more to it that this. So what are the key elements of great composite art or photoshop manipulations, then?
5. technical skills
6. database of images
Optional but helpful (in my opinion essential):
8. pen pressure tablet
9. calibrated monitor
You need to have a vision of what you wish to create, the scene, the story, the composition. Concept art and photoshop manipulations are all about expressing yourself through imagery that does not exist or never took a place. It is all about what you want to portray. Next, if the perspective, camera angle and focal length of the lens do not match, it will be a very fake looking image and even though viewer may not be able to pin the issue down, the brain will notice that something is off. Now this is very much linked with the skills and knowledge of the software that you are using for creating composites, and the need for database of images. If you are impatient and want to create great art, then you can forget it. It is all about hard work and attention to details. The devil is in details, never forget that! If you want to have insane control use pen pressure tablet or drawing monitors like Cintiq by Wacom. A calibrated monitor will ensure quality in print. Also remember that all professionals use such monitors, so if you send any of your artwork or your folio to someone in hope of employment, then make sure your colors, contrast and black and white levels are spot on. If you would prefer private photoshop workshops via skype desktop sharing then contact me directly.
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