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

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Project 2: Alley Man

This project was conceived with the idea of mixing creative lighting techniques and Lens Blur techniques to create an image that had the feel both of a real street scene and of a scene in miniature—almost as if you were looking at a movie set. This project had only two source images, and most of the work revolved around creating accurate masks for the various light sources and drop-off points for the blurring effects. I also spent some time working on the man’s shadow so that it fit the time of night and light sources. Don’t worry, though; if you meet this cat in the alley, he’s harmless!—Scott

Step 1: Match the Tonality and Color

Once I brought these images together (both started as JPEGs, so no ACR processing was needed ...

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