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Real World Compositing with Adobe Photoshop CS4 by Scott Valentine, Dan Moughamian

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Project 1: Blue Moon

For this example, I wanted to use an early morning shot of the New Orleans skyline that I had captured as the basis for a fun and futuristic-looking composite that included photographs, vector art, and 3D content. The source images for this project are the skyline shot, a shot of a full lunar eclipse, an Adobe Illustrator CS4 “orb,” a 3D “orb” generated only with Photoshop, and a background image (the starry sky) from NASA. The idea was just to let the imagination go; sometimes compositing is just about having fun, so don’t be afraid to experiment!—Dan

Step 1: Process the Raw Source Image

Figure A.1 shows some of the settings that were applied to the lunar eclipse shot to make it stand out more, including tonal corrections ...

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