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I’ll try in this quick tutorial to discuss the key concept, not the actual Photoshop details, now select some people from your library and let’s begin.
- Align all heads to the horizon line.
Always use an eye-level camera, find the horizon line and line up all the heads; legs could go anywhere
- Match verticality.
Go to EDIT>Free transform,
Find the nearest vertical line to the figure and match that angel
- Match the light level
Go to Image>adjustments>levels,
Match the light level around the figure as much as you can.
Adjusting the output level only will give you the best result.
- Add Soft shadows
Use a 10% opacity black brush, change it to ellipse shape and paint shadows on a layer below the figure. This is crucial to make it look like its standing on the ground.
Hard shadow is optional according to your scene.
- Match the color tone.
Go to image>adjustments>color balance
Match the image overall color tone to your figure. For example, I have an overall bluish rendering that needs to be matched
- Add some motion blur
Use the smudge tool to add life to your figures
- Add reflection
Duplicate the figure layer, mirror it, then go to Filter>Blur>motion Blur
Change the layer opacity to 30% and the layer mode to soft light
That’s it… super effective techniques to apply, you can try it yourself or use a ready-made library with shadows and reflection like I do.
I’m using here a drag and drop Arab people collection from www.cutoutshop.com, with readymade layers of soft shadows, hard shadows, and reflection.
It has also ready-made groups of people for a super quick and professional production.
I highly recommend you to download it to get a professional result. I’ll put the link in the description for you.
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