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How to Cheat in Photoshop CS4 by Steve Caplin

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Saddam Hussein under interrogation: a montage for The Independent newspaper. In the version above, all the elements are crisp and well lit; but everything’s clamoring for attention, and there’s little focus to the piece. The addition of some visible light and shadows, right, makes the picture come to life.

7Light and shade

SHADOWS ARE THE KEY to placing people and objects within the scene. Without shadows, images can look dull and unconvincing; even the hint of a shadow can make a montage come to life. First, we’ll look at some of the ways ...

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