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Jagdpanther
04-30-2008, 11:35 AM
Hi just wondering, is there anywhere where I can find out more about integrating 3D and 2D elements in photoshop.

I want to try and composite a 2D photo subject into a 3D scene.

Should I be looking at using stuff like shake and digital fusion instead or will photoshop do the job?

thanks

kraal
04-30-2008, 01:07 PM
for a still image look into learning about channels and selections

suztv
04-30-2008, 02:34 PM
If it is just a still or printed image that you are creating - there would be no reason to use a 3D application other than to render out elements seperately to comp in photoshop. A lot of the digital art you see on this site and others (Deviant Art, Renderosity, Content Paradise, 3dtotal, etc.) are composite pieces. The most important thing to pay attention to is the lighting and making sure that the lighting of your character (or what you're drawing) matches the surroundings - the rest is just details.

If you are really interested in this here are a few links to some tutorials:

http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/tutorials/index.cfm?featureID=1677
http://www.gfxartist.com/features/tutorials
http://www.alfoart.com/mysterious_lightning_1.html
http://www.digitalarttutorials.com/
http://www.3dtotal.com/
http://browse.deviantart.com/resources/tutorials/

Ballistic publishing and Gnoman tutorials would also be a good place to get information - I would also peruse the digital matte painting forum here as what they do is very similar in technique to what you need.

It doesn't matter what program you use - you could just use Photoshop, or a combination of Photoshop and whatever 3D package you have. It all depends on the amount of skill, talent and time that you have to do it. I'm sure that you've heard that before - it is trite, but there is a reason it's said over and over....

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