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Old 01-21-2002, 10:18 PM
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3 Steps to a Perfect Studio Backdrop

Finally I found out how to make those soft cloudy studio backgrounds and it's incredible how easy it is. Here's what you do:

1. On the image of your choice apply a radial gradient in the default colors to create a light center to dark edges. You can off set the light spot depending on where you start the gradient point

2. Choose 2 colors of your choice and preferably a noticable contrast in light to dark hues. Choose filter > render > clouds

3. Go to edit > fade clouds and adjust the slider to lessen the effect of the clouds to the desired effect.

Here's what you should get. I could fade it even more to get a lighter center and even softer cloud look.

Enjoy
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Old 01-22-2002, 10:15 AM
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Here's another file showing each step.
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Old 01-24-2002, 12:50 PM
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Thank you so much for this tip, Wow! Is this something you learned from going to your class? Or just fiddling around yourself? This will be great to use, thanks again!
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Old 01-24-2002, 01:07 PM
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It was something I got in class. Not even a part of the class but some extra tip. I jumped on it because I knew I wanted to create these myself and I remember the subject came up in this forum by other members who asked how to do this too.

I just can't get over how easy it was to do. And you can apply any color combo as long as they are different in contrast and the highlight can be shifted anywhere depending on where you set the center of your radial blur. Actually, they used a regular gradient in the class but I thought the radial a better choice.

Glad you liked it Jill.
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Old 05-24-2002, 04:02 PM
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Hi DJ!

Thank you very much for this tip!
Backgrounds don't come easy to me...but, with your help, now they will!!!
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Old 05-24-2002, 04:05 PM
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Glad you like it Flora. I had the same problem and found this simple solution. You can even set an action to create it for you.
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Old 05-24-2002, 04:22 PM
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Brilliant idea!

The whole procedure is so easy... the results are really striking....and the flexibilty...enormous.....

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Old 05-24-2002, 04:44 PM
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I would love to say I thought this one up myself but I didn't. It was a little trick Scott Kelby from the NNAP seminar I attended threw in as an interesting little bonus tidbit. Little did he realize it was a gold mine to me since I had been struggling with trying to make those type backgrounds myself with no luck.
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Old 05-24-2002, 05:22 PM
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DJ,

Thanks for the tip!

I agree with you; I can't believe how simple it is.

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Old 05-24-2002, 05:40 PM
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You're welcome Gene. Yeah, it made me feel real dumb after all the things I tried that didn't work.
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