Using Photoshop Layer Opacity to Create a Sense of Motion for your Digital Assets by Matt Anderson

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Self Closing Door
Here is one of my clients high quality pieces of furniture. My task was to take this digital asset and create a sense of motion for the self closing door feature. Accomplishing this task required digital media management of three separate exposures. The door is strategically placed in various positions. Using photoshop, I digitally sampled the opacities to 55%. Color correction and color retouching had to be performed identically to each layer.

The first layer represents the slightly open door at 100%.
The second layer I have added a slight ghost of the door in it's closed position.
The third layer I have placed the door in it's 2/3 closed position at 55% opacity.
The fourth layer I have placed the door in it's 1/3 closed position at 55% opacity.
The final layer I masked off the door in it's original position, allowing the motion portion to be seen underneath. When done correctly, the color manipulation will yield a natural looking temporal scenario for the auto close feature.

Keywords: Color Retouching, Color Manipulation, Color Management, Digital Media Management

Topics: Creative

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