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

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The Scene

Typically, the first step in creating your composite image is to define the setting. You need to determine the backdrop and general context of your final image. Very often the message your imagery communicates will be rooted in the background imagery you use. Before we go further, we’d like to make one point clear: Ultimately, composite image making is an art form. As such, there are no “rules” other than following the guidelines and schedule you set and the applicable laws related to the photographing or use of your source images. You can find more information about copyrights in Chapter 4, “Using Stock Images.”

You may think the backdrop is going to be incidental to your final image, for whatever reason. That’s fine, but it is still ...

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