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

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Working with Light

One of the first things viewers notice in composite images is consistency in the quality of light. Open a magazine with glamour photos, and you will see photographs with an ethereal quality; these shots are often lit with a mix of softboxes, reflectors, and strobe lights. Even images with a fill flash in the foreground and natural light in the background can draw attention to the contrast, especially when the color temperature differs. This can be desirable in situations where you want your subject to appear separated from its surroundings.

Lighting can be a difficult thing to control when integrating multiple images, as many subtle cues can tip the viewer off that something isn’t quite right. The most common culprits include ...

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