Inside Photoshop

Set the stage for an artistic illusion

Inside Photoshop

by Amy Palermo

When you create an artistic illusion in Photoshop, the images you choose to work with are crucial to the success of your final piece. You can spend hours searching for just the right piece of stock photography that fits your needs-with fruitless results. Or, you can simply take your own photos.

To photograph your own subject for an artistic illusion, the first thing you need to do is find a willing candidate for a photo shoot. This can be your best friend, your neighbor, your boss, whoever is willing and able. Benefits to taking your own photos are:

  • It’s free. If you’re still using film, you’ll have to pay for developing. However, the average cost of film processing is still cheaper than most stock art.
  • It’s tailored to your needs. You can choose the person, the clothes, and the stance to match your original vision. When you use stock art, you usually have to settle for what you can find.

Strike a pose

Once you find a willing candidate, have them bend, jump, reach, or whatever you need them to do, so you can incorporate them into the effect. As you prepare to photograph, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Photograph your subject[…]

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