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Chapter 12. PHOTOREALISTIC COMPOSITING > SHAPING IMAGE ELEMENTS

SHAPING IMAGE ELEMENTS

We live in a three-dimensional world that, in its driest terms, can be described by height (y axis), width (x axis), and depth (z axis). Photographs inherently lack the capability to capture the z-axis. To add dimension to images using Photoshop, we can enhance light, shadow, and texture to insinuate shape, value, and volume. To add true dimensional realism versus faux effects, Photoshop images can also be combined with images or image elements in 3D applications (discussed more fully near the end of this chapter).

Adding Reflections

Reflective surfaces such as glass, water, marble, and windows have different reflective properties that depend upon the light, weather conditions, the angle at which they are photographed, and the curvature of the surface itself (figure 12.114).


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