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Creative 52: Weekly Projects to Invigorate Your Photography Portfolio by Lindsay Adler

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Challenge 45. Play with Cutouts

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When you were a kid, you may have played with cutout dolls or shapes, configuring them to create scenes and compositions. Why not do the same now? Cut your subject from the background, and get creative. You can create montages, color or texture overlays, cool shadows, special background effects, duplicates, and more. Cut out only certain pieces to create an abstract. Apply textures and patterns to the background. Add colored shapes and overlays. Put your subject on a textured background, and add dramatic light and shadows in Photoshop. Cut someone out from a background to play with scale—shrink them down to fit on the petal of a flower, or enlarge them to the size of a tree; in a scene with consistent ...

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