How To Create a Realistic Backdrop In Photoshop

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This is a quick and fairly straight-forward tutorial on how to create a backdrop in Photoshop.

It doesn’t go into how to select/remove the original background, but there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube for that part of the process.

Source: How To Create a Realistic Backdrop In Photoshop

SL Tutorial: Background removal with layer masks – YouTube

Another fabulous tutorial from Daeberethwen Arbenlow – how to remove backgrounds using layer masks.

This technique is a useful option when using a traditional green screen isn’t the best choice.

I can’t wait to try this one out!

Using Photoshop Art Brush To Make A ‘Painted On’ Effect

I saw this brush technique tutorial and decided to try it out with a LOTD photo that I was having trouble finding inspiration for.

You know, those photos where you work/play around editing for hours, and it just doesn’t seem to come together?

After letting this one sit for a few days, I decided to try this technique using the photo.  I haven’t spent a lot of time playing around with brushes and making my own, so it was nice to refresh my memory about some of the settings.

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Not quite the same effect as in the tutorial, but I was using a different kind of photo. 🙂

It was fun to play around and see how the different brush settings created different effects as I worked on the layer masks.

Give it a try and see how you like it.

Source: Using Photoshop Art Brush To Make A ‘Painted On’ Effect

Fantastic Second Life Lighting Tutorial

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I came across this tutorial video from Brookston Holiday about creating lights in Second Life.

Graphic resources are always an issue with Second Life – some are lucky to have super-computers that can handle anything SL throws at them.  Some are not so lucky and can find themselves slogging through mud (lag) sometimes.

The tutorial shows a great way to create fabulous lighting effects while minimizing the graphics resources needed to see the effects.

If you can’t see the embedded video, click here for the link.

He does a terrific job of explaining how the different light settings work and the affect they have on your lighting in-world.

The tutorial is only 20 minutes long, and it will have you itching to try your own hand at creating better lighting!

I know I will be trying out some of this when creating my sets for dances, and making sure that my set lighting is exactly how I want it. 😀

Best of all, there is he provides a link to his Marketplace store, where you can pick up some of the scene lights he shows for FREE!!

Go watch it now!!! 😀

Tutorial: Creating and using light projectors with textures | honeyjunkies

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Another great tutorial from Daeberethwen Arbenlow on using light projectors for in-world photography.

I used this tutorial to take my last LOTD photo – Be Still.

Try it for yourself – lots of possibilities with this technique!

Source: Tutorial: Creating and using light projectors with textures | honeyjunkies

Tutorial: Fixing hard hair edges for Second Life photos | honeyjunkies

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I know I’ve raved about the tutorials from Daeberethwen Arbenlow, but really, they are fantastic. 😛

This is a quick method for getting rid of some of those hard hairline edges in your SL photography.

I’m too lazy to spend time searching for a matching hairbase, so this tip is one I know I will be using a lot!

Source: Tutorial: Fixing hard hair edges for Second Life photos | honeyjunkies

Tutorial: Blending Modes and Blur + Blending Mode effects | honeyjunkies

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Yet another fantastic video from Daeberethwen Arbenlow with more tips and tricks for Photoshop.

This tutorial is on using blending modes and blur to achieve different effects on your photos.

I’ve tried out all of the things she’s shown in her videos and I am thrilled with the things I’ve been able to achieve with my own photos. 😀

Source: Tutorial: Blending Modes and Blur + Blending Mode effects | honeyjunkies

Tutorial: Creating drop shadow effects on greenscreen photos – for Second Life – YouTube

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This is a great tutorial on how to create drop shadow effects on your green screen photos.

I’ve used this method successfully on several different photos now, and it’s completely opened up new ways of doing my photography in SL.

Rather than trying to create complete scenes in SL itself, I can take a few green screen photos and create effects using the skills I’ve learned from these tutorials.

Especially helpful for those who might not have the ability to run Ultra graphics with all the fancy shadows in SL.  😀

Tutorial: Shooting props separate from photos to use in photography | honeyjunkies

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Another fantastic tutorial from Daeberethwen Arbenlow!

I buy so many things thinking that I will use them in a photo or a set and then promptly lose them in my black hole of an inventory.

I’ve decided one of my goals for the coming year is to take some green screen photos of items so that I will have them to use in my photos.

Plus, I will have a visual record of what the item is, which means I may be more likely to remember that I own it! 😛

Source: Tutorial: Shooting props separate from photos to use in photography | honeyjunkies

Tutorial: Using blending modes and blur tools to create softer and more ethereal photos | honeyjunkies

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Another fabulous tutorial from Daeberethwen Arbelow on using Photoshop.

Learn how to use blending modes and blur tools to create gorgeous soft effects on your photos.

Source: Tutorial: Using blending modes and blur tools to create softer and more ethereal photos | honeyjunkies