I'm an experienced user of photoshop but need to do something I've not done before.
I am designing a piece of public sculpture for outdoors. I have photographs of the location and photographs of my little model. I now need to insert the photograph of the little model into the location photographs and make it look like it belongs there. So I need the inserted model to adopt the environmental effects of it's surroundings.
I can obviously do this the long manual way in photoshop or take the 3D modelling and rendering route, but I just wondered if there is a specific tool/command in photoshop that is designed for such a thing?
I don't need it to look perfect. I just don't want it to look like its been "imported" in from nowhere.
Oh and I'm using CS5.5
Seems like it would make your life easier if you photographed the model in the same light as the pictures. Shadows and lighting can really make an object look out of place if it does not mirror the shadows of the picture.
Hi Curt Y
Thanks for the tip but I didn't take the location pics and the location is the other side of the world so I can't go there and put the model in the environment. Hence my situations.
Yes, but you can see then angle and intensity of the sun by looking at the shadows where the picture was shot, then try to duplicate that with the model. Whether it was shot at noon under a blazing sun, gray overcast with rain, or sunset makes a huge diffenrece. And of course you have to figure out how the model is oriented with the landscape.
Ok yes. This is the long route I was talking about. I can do all that stuff. I was just wondering if photoshop has a command set that is designed specifically for such a thing.
I know there is the sun/shadows etc. Thats all fine but the sculpture/little model is metallic and relatively shiny so adopting its surrounding image is important.
OK, probably no such easy way. Here is a link to tutorial to put a shiny object in your image and get realistic reflections. http://9tutorials.com/2007/08/24/add-a-shiny-metal-object-into-your-im age-realistic-reflection.html
Hope this helps.
Also, don't forget the little touches; if the sculpture is on a lawn, clone a little of the grass on a layer in front of the base, so it seems to sit down in the lawn. I have even gone so far as to put some small item (a waste bin, or some such) in the picture on a layer "in front of" the sculpture (not dead center, just on an edge). Again, to set it down in the scene and make it look like it belongs.
Small things like that may take a little time, but can make all the difference in a presentation.