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Chapter 5. I Want Candy: Photoshop iCandy > Photographic Chrome Reflections

Photographic Chrome Reflections

It was the new logo for BVD briefs that got me interested in figuring out how to do this effect. In the past, to get a photographic chrome-like look, you'd have to use displacement maps and jump through a lot of hoops, but when I gave that BVD logo a good look I started to wonder if there wasn't an easier way. Luckily, there is, and in this logo project, you'll learn how to get that photo-chrome look the easy way.

Quick Tip: Extracting people on hard-to-extract backgrounds

If you've ever tried to extract someone wearing a dark blue coat from a dark-colored background, you know it's just about impossible. That's because there's not enough contrast between the colors to let Extract know where one color ends and the next begins. But in Photoshop CS you have a new trick up your sleeve. In the Extract dialog box, you can turn on the Textured Image checkbox, and now instead of just extracting by finding contrasting color, Extract will also consider texture changes between the two areas, giving you a better chance of getting the right extraction.



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