Walkthrough: Black Dog, Black Background

Some of our members are creating beautiful images of dogs on black backgrounds and so I thought I'd post up some of the techniques we use here to make the process both effective and efficient. It's about half an hour long and takes us through the process from the original rough image through to the finished PSD and covers:
  • Prepping the file and the importance of the blacks
  • The lighting patterns used
  • The Photoshop techniques to clean it up including layers,

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amacken
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Thank you Paul, very well explained and very useful.

David Llewellyn-Jones
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David Llewellyn-Jones

Very useful Paul. Especially the part about creating paths. Never knew about that. Now I just have to wait for a black dog to come in. Our maybe just go and grab one from the street as I’ve been dying to photograph a black dog on a black background for ages.

dmacias
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dmacias

OMG that was such a great explanation and the last tip about the printing, wow, that is great. Thank you.