Creating a Sense of Space in Photoshop
This project starts with an historical examination of the principals of aerial perspective or the tendency of things to fade as they recede into the distance. This idea is then developed as it pertains to photographs and we look at a number of examples showing the application of "faux" aerial perspective in Photoshop. These examples explore the concepts of:
- 3D effects in photography are created by the contrast of lights against darks
- Foreground areas have more contrast
- background areas have less contrast
- Aerial perspective is the application of a "fade into the distance" effect
Finally, a project image is assembled that teaches how to use:
- Shadows/Highlights adjustment
- the pen tool to make paths and selections
- a High Pass Overlay technique for enhanced 3D contrast
- the Clouds filter to simulate dust
- a screen layer to create light beams.
The original image, as well as the finished Photoshop document with layers are included with the work files. Also, for your convenience, the path for selecting the subject is included.
Lee Varis is a photo-illustrator now working in the Boston area. He has been involved in commercial photography for the last 35 years. He started working with computer imaging about 23 years ago and currently works with digital as well as conventional photography in conjunction with computer graphics to create images for use in print advertising.
Lee’s work has been featured on movie posters, video box covers, CD covers, numerous brochures and catalogs. He is responsible for the moth on the "Silence of the Lambs" movie poster! His creative imaging has been featured in National Geographic, Newsweek and Fortune magazines as well as trade journals like PDN, New Media, Micro Publishing News, Rangefinder and Photo Electronic Imaging. Most of Lee’s work starts off as photography that is manipulated in the computer using a wide variety of imaging software. Images are often re-combined with digital painting and effects or with additional photo elements to create digital images that transcend the original source materials.
Clients, art directors and fellow artists look for inspiration at Lee’s web site:
There he displays recent imaging work and updates on his numerous classes and workshops, as well as links to his blog and book websites. You can learn more about Lee's extensive career as an imaging artist from his presentation at Adobe:
Lee has also been involved with consulting and training activities for numerous corporate clients. He did two series of imaging seminars for Apple Computers that took him around the country to most of the major metropolitan areas and is currently active in seminar programs with APA, PPA, ASMP, and Julia Dean Photographic Workshops as well as a touring Creative Production Photoshop roadshow with Mogomedia. You can purchase a video download of a 3-day workshop he conducted at creativeLIVE here:
Lee’s first book was "Digital Photography for Creative Professionals" with Rockport Publishers 2003. This is an examination of professional applications of digital photography for commercial graphic artists and art directors concentrating on workflow issues and creative solutions for graphics workgroups. His best know book is the best seller: “Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies” Wiley Publishing 2006 & a 2nd edition in 2010. This book has become a must-have reference for every portrait and fashion photographer. His latest book is "Mastering Exposure and the Zone System for Digital Photographers, Cengage, 2010—an detailed examination of calibrating and shooting for ideal quality in digital captures. He has written numerous articles for Design Graphics, PEI, PC Photo, Rangefinder and Digital Photo Pro.