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Trying to make accessories look realistic

Nov 18, 2012 11:47 PM

How can I make these accessories look more believeable?

Obviously they aren't but is there a way to make them look so they are not that fake?

I tried using a drop shadow but that only helped a little.

I have other images where I need to add jewelry to real models so it would help to learn how to do this.


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    Nov 19, 2012 12:01 AM   in reply to EYElene

    The direction of the Drop Shadow is important.

    And sometimes a simple Drop Shadow is just not good enough because the structure being shadowed by an object may be much more complex than a flat surface.


    In this case I would recommend to

    • adjust the color of the objects with the appropriate Adjustment Layers to fit better into the background image,

    • clip individual strands of hair from the background (or paint some) to partially overlap the edges of the objects and

    • in the case of the hat to create fake shadows and lights (on separate Clipping Masked Layers) to simulate the lighting of the background image.

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    Nov 19, 2012 12:20 AM   in reply to EYElene

    Just add a black Solid Color Layer above the Layer with the hat, fill its Layer Mask with black, use Layer > Create Clipping Mask and then paint in a light shadow on the left side.

    Instead of a Solid Color Layer Curves, Levels or other Adjustment Layers can also be used.

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