Working with Layers in Photoshop 7: Part 4
By Gary David Bouton
Meet the New Duck
A new duck, with his own beverage, thank you (no getting into the keg for this boy), needs to be added to the scene. To make it easy on you, the duck has been pre-sized and even has a shadow of the correct opacity attached to his tailfeathers, so moving the duck into the picnic picture is the bulk of the task ahead. Ready? Duck!
Copying and Moving a Picture Element into Position
The bumble bee, for your amusement, is a photo of a child's toy I picked up at Pier 1 Imports. Much of the picnic image, however, consists of rendered models, such as the keg, and I worked very hard to match angle and lighting for the photos versus the models. One thing I didn't particularly care for was that the bumbler came with wheels but no wings. I modeled the wings in trueSpace, complete with some alpha channel transparency, and the two wings and the bumble bee seem to work, artistically. What doesn't work, however, is that if the picnic is supposed to be a photo (in my dreams), the wings would not be clearly defined as they flutter. And yet the bumble bee seems happy sauspended in space without exerting any energy.We're going to change all that here and now.
Unpacking the Insect and Adding Wings
Gary David Bouton is an author and artist who is largely responsible for the book "Inside Adobe Photoshop 7" and wouldn't mind at all if you bought a copy . Gary hosts a thread on the Photoshop Gurus site and is the moderator of a 3D modeling forum. His guide to Caligari's free trueSpace 3D app is available online. Besides being an educator/artist/all-around-nice-guy, Gary is still wondering why it is in America that you put a $50,000 car in the driveway to rust and then lock all your junk in the garage.