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One of the biggest things that is probably missing from your composite is shadows. It’s the biggest thing that will show your viewers that your image is manipulated. Here is a demonstration that will show you a couple of methods of manufacturing shadows:



Here is a demo where I cover the use of Layer Adjustments:



In this demonstration, I show you how to use Adjustment Layers and Layer Masks to change the color of the paint on a car, and then I also give it racing stripes. Many people would just hand-paint the colors on the car, but that would not help you when it comes to reflections and other things that would be covered up by the paint. This method works so much better!



Easy Layer Masks for Complicated Objects

For Review:


Finding High-Resolution Images Online

Just a reminder…



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Your sketchbook assignment for next week is a 1-point perspective drawing of your house. You should look at your house so that the front is flat and facing you, but you can still see some of at least one side of your house. This will likely mean that you have to stand slightly off-center, and a bit further away from your house so that you can see the walls that are moving away from you.

As I state in the directions (on the sketchbook handout that I gave you at the beginning of the quarter), if it’s too cold to stay outside and draw from real life, then you can take a picture of your house and draw from that. HOWEVER, you must print the picture out on a full-size piece of paper – do NOT try and draw it from your little iPhone screen (even if you have a big phone) – you will not be able to see enough detail and your sketch will be lacking.

Below is a video on how 1-point perspective works. I plan on doing a demonstration of this on Monday, but if you want to do your sketchbook this weekend, this will be pretty close to what we’re going to do on Monday. The biggest thing to keep in mind is that 1 point perspective means that the front wall of the house is facing you flat and square-on. If you are standing too far to the corner of your house, then you will be moving into 2-point perspective, and that’s a completely different set of rules.



Also, here are some examples of buildings drawing in 1-point perspective. Note how the front wall of the house is flat and facing the viewer. This is essential when drawing in 1-point perspective! Also, some of these examples don’t have any shading at all – Remember – you must shade your sketches so the objects have the appearance of a 3-dimensional form!


Here is the “official” handout for our current project…


Here are a couple of demonstrations on how to get rid of the backgrounds from your images.  The first one deals with simple backgrounds (like a green screen), and the second one deals with more complicated backgrounds.




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Here are some examples of your sketchbook assignment that is due next week!  If you want my advice, stay away from metal/glass objects so that you don’t have to deal with the reflections.