Re: Equipment illustrations; was: Re: How do hiring companies view TW resumes?

Subject: Re: Equipment illustrations; was: Re: How do hiring companies view TW resumes?
From: Paul Goble <pgcommunication -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2010 08:50:17 -0500

Gene wrote:
> photos usually require so much post-processing to remove superfluous and
> distracting items that it is often easier and faster to create line art

This is a good opportunity to mention a neat trick I've been using to
eliminate distracting backgrounds in 90% of my photos.  Total cost:
$1.99.

These days it's easy to implement something similar to the chroma key
("green screen") backgrounds used by TV weathercasters.  I've been
draping a bright red plastic tablecloth behind the product.  Then in
Photoshop, I use the color range selection tool to create a selection
from anything red.  The selection then becomes the mask for a gradient
fill layer, instantly replacing the red with a background of my
choice. This masking process is very quick, even when the tablecloth
is wrinkled and unevenly lit.

If room lighting is poor, a bounce flash, using a Styrofoam cup as a
diffuser, is often sufficient.

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Paul Goble
Omaha, Nebraska
pgcommunication -at- gmail -dot- com
www.pgcommunication.com



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Omaha, Nebraska
pgcommunication -at- gmail -dot- com
www.pgcommunication.com
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RE: Equipment illustrations; was: Re: How do hiring companies view TW resumes?: From: Jon Leer
Re: Equipment illustrations; was: Re: How do hiring companies view TW resumes?: From: Gene Kim-Eng

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