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Chapter 15. Collage > Closing Thoughts

Closing Thoughts

I hope that you get as much of a kick out of creating collages as I do. It's one of those things that never gets old; I can always count on another surprise waiting for me around the corner. If you want to create truly realistic-looking collages, then you should keep the following ideas in mind:

  • When combining images that were shot under different lighting conditions, be sure to color correct the images individually before turning them into a collage; otherwise, each one will have a different colorcast.

  • If you're basing a collage on an image that has a desirable colorcast (such as candlelight, fireplace, sunrise, sunset), then use the techniques mentioned in Chapter 10, “Color Manipulation,” to infuse all the images with the same desirable colorcast.

  • When combining images, make sure that the direction the light is coming from in each image is consistent; otherwise, your viewers' eyes will pick up on the fact that the image is a fake, although they might not be able to pinpoint exactly why they think that.

  • The direction the light is coming from in your image should also dictate the direction in which shadows fall. Shadows should fall directly opposite of where the light is coming from.

  • When placing objects in a scene, think about where each object appears in 3D space and make sure it has the appropriate focus compared to its surroundings.

  • The film grain that shows up in an image is usually consistent across the image, so either use the noise removal techniques covered in Sharpening (Chapter 12) on each image, or apply the Filter > Noise > Add Noise filter to images to make sure each one has the same amount of grain.



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