This Saturday on October 30th, Doug Nelson of RetouchPRO is hosting me in another live Photoshop web presentation. This time, I’ll make a beautiful woman morbid and creepifying (maybe even corpsified!) using some new and classic tools in Photoshop CS5 Extended. Much of the effect can be done in earlier versions, but the new tools will make some of the tasks quite a bit easier.
The cost for the show is $10US, but here’s a bonus for you: Daz3D has given me a couple of discounts to pass along to show attendees! They are kicking in a $10 voucher, good for tons of stuff on their site, and even better, they are giving you a 50% off coupon for Daz|Studio 3 Advanced. How cool is that?? D|S Advanced is usually $149, and is currently on sale for Platinum Club members. If you sign up for the Platinum Club (PC), you can stack up the coupons to get another 50% off the discounted price! Yes – you can get a great 3D package for under $25 ($15 if you use the voucher).
Alternatively, you can just grab the free version of Studio and use the $10 for models. The PC membership is about $30 to start and around $8/month (your first month is covered in the startup fee). After three years, I can tell you it’s a fantastic deal for getting good quality, low-price 3D elements for posing and adding to your scenes. Look for an article next week from me on this topic.
As for my show on Saturday, I’ll use Daz|Studio to pose and light a 3D skeleton and bring the results into Photoshop as a flat render (due to performance issues with the webcast software, I can’t bring the OBJ file into PS). Once there, you can see me take a couple of different approaches to compositing the render and the original photo, as well as how I create the skin textures and lighting effects.
This live demo will use tools that are new to Photoshop CS5, and take advantage of some features in the Extended version. However, I will cover alternate methods so folks with earlier or standard versions can still accomplish the look. I’ll use Smart Objects, 3D, Puppet Warp, Content-Aware Fill, Channel Operations (ChOps), and standard layer effects. Along the way I’ll point out some work flow options that should help in your every day tasks, and talk about how I make choices at what point of the project that help influence the final product.
At the end, I hope to leave enough time for questions and answers. You’ll have to tune in for the discounts, which I’ll provide during the show 🙂