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Making of Feeding the Dragon
Under Photo Effect, Photoshop Tutorial
In this tutorial, it will show you how to create a dragon image emerging from the table. This is quite a good idea about images combination. Finally, the author also make the scene showing on an old texture paper.
Most of special scenes can be made of different common images. Simple old carriage, bones plus one or two natural scenes can form a nice piece of special carriage scene using photo manipulation. This is mainly made using photo cut and paste plus color adjustment afterwards.
High quality of photo needs real expensive of camera plus techniques to make or shoot for. However, it is not necessary to have these in order to make some nice photos. Color adjustment can turn your image to be completely different using simple Photoshop techniques.
If you find your pictures to be too boring, you can have a try to add some simple lightings and pick a green background for your image. It is very simple and easy to do, it just requires you to have basic photoshop skills.
Here’s a little Photoshop guide to mimic the 300 style. The effects could also be applied to video in After Effects with a similar setup. Obviously there was a lot more in the compositing of each scene in 300, but I think this presents the basic elements. You can see the layering in an actual 300 shot on this page of the VFX article in this tutorial.