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Old 04-08-2012, 07:43 AM
murimurano murimurano is offline
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matching surroundings

Hi,
i have a product image of a red cup that was shot on a dark background that needs to be placed on a white background. However, once cut out and placed on a white background, it looks like it doesn't belong on the white background. I believe the reason for this is that when an object is shot on a white background, there are certain reflections projected on the object that ties it together with the environment. This is missing since it was shot on the dark background.
Any suggestions on how to fix this in photoshop? I know a shadow will be needed which i know how to do but i was talking more about reflecting the environment somehow.

Also, this particular product was shot using front lighting which makes it look flat. Typically a product such as this one would be shot from the side, behind the product. This would give it a lighter glow towards the edges and give it better shape. Would D&B work well here to give it some shape? how about some fake "glare" as you would see used on a product shot of a tv or laptop where some fake glare was added for dimension (see laptop image file attached)?

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Thanks
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:31 AM
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Re: matching surroundings

Try lightening the shadows and put a bit of added light at the edges.

http://edgework.tripod.com/mug.jpg
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Old 04-08-2012, 11:30 AM
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Re: matching surroundings

with the cup try adding a layer filled with white over the cup.
and blend it use "Soft Light" mode set to about 50% opacity.
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Old 04-08-2012, 03:46 PM
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Re: matching surroundings

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I did this in 5 minutes, but you can't expect for things to be taken from one surrounding into a completely different one and look in place, lighting has to match as well as the perspective. I mean you could force it to perfection ,but even the simplest thing will take hours in order to look natural.
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Old 04-08-2012, 06:27 PM
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Re: matching surroundings

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I did this in 5 minutes, but you can't expect for things to be taken from one surrounding into a completely different one and look in place, lighting has to match as well as the perspective. I mean you could force it to perfection ,but even the simplest thing will take hours in order to look natural.
the laptop i just put to give an example of the "fake" glare i was writing about in my opening post.

I just need the cup to look like it belongs on a white background and was trying to give ideas i came up with what might work. If anybody has other methods of how to make it look like it belongs, please post. Thanks.
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