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      09-15-2012, 08:05 AM   #1
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How to add wall paper effects to photos on Photo Shop CS5?

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I wonder if somebody can point me in the right direction.
I hardly get time to play with CS5, but I would like to know how do you apply filters or what you do in order to change a photo to wallpaper?


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I use CS3 a lot, there's not much difference

I don't understand what you're trying to achieve, can you elaborate?

filters are easy, always create a new layer then Image>apply image before hand so you can delete the layer if you don't like the effect, or lower opacity if it's too strong, or click the eye to switch before & after, it's a good habit to get into!
what sort of filters do you want to learn ?
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I use CS3 a lot, there's not much difference

I don't understand what you're trying to achieve, can you elaborate?

filters are easy, always create a new layer then Image>apply image before hand so you can delete the layer if you don't like the effect, or lower opacity if it's too strong, or click the eye to switch before & after, it's a good habit to get into!
what sort of filters do you want to learn ?
Thanks mate.
You know when photographers give photo a wall paper look with certain settings.
One example is standard photo with dslr and then they make few changes to look like wall paper.
I am after that.
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I have no idea what you mean. Do you actually mean like wallpaper you would have at home or wallpaper as in a computer desktop background?

Either way I don't get it as neither have a single style.

More info I could probably help. I've spent on average 6 hours per day in front of PS for the last 6 years so would probably be called an expert.
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That explains why I couldn't google it.

If I can't explain it, I can't search it.

Here is an example




Now this photo is edited. I wonder do you apply filters on normal photos to give this sort of wall paper look?
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ahh ok, there's not really a set of filters you use, it would be different for every photo

the image you posted just looks like it's taken with a good SLR
possibly a bit of smoothing to the car bodywork so it looks immaculate

just get some pics of yours and play about

try out; curves, levels, brightness & contrast, gradient map, hue & saturation and selective colour, they are my favourites, just play with all the adjustables and see if you like the look

image > adjustments > should be a range of adjustment layers to play with

here's some of mine, these are all quick edits

http://imageshack.us/a/img827/6297/acleanibiza2.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img15/756/vx220photo1.jpg

BEFORE
http://imageshack.us/a/img209/3147/dsc00014cq.jpg
AFTER
http://imageshack.us/a/img840/2706/aibizainterior.jpg
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Not sure that car is real in that harbour pic. Look at the shadow under the car, very dark and sharp compared to other shadows in the scene.

Looks like a composite to me, or heavily photoshopped.

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Not sure that car is real in that harbour pic. Look at the shadow under the car, very dark and sharp compared to other shadows in the scene.

Looks like a composite to me, or heavily photoshopped.

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+1

It's lit from the offside and the boats aren't. Also it looks a bit too small I think
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It's lit from the offside and the boats aren't. Also it looks a bit too small I think
Exactly. I tried a small composition using my E92 3D model. I tried to match the photo. Quick attempt below.

You need a HUGE light source off the rear left, and the size and the perspective in the original image are a little off. The size of the tiles looks a bit large in comparison to the car. Something about the M side grill doesn't sit right either.

I reckon the car being bigger would be more correct to the photo, but not so nice from a balance of the subjects. 2nd image shows a quick play with scale.

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Exactly. I tried a small composition using my E92 3D model. I tried to match the photo. Quick attempt below.

You need a HUGE light source off the rear left, and the size and the perspective in the original image are a little off. The size of the tiles looks a bit large in comparison to the car. Something about the M side grill doesn't sit right either.

I reckon the car being bigger would be more correct to the photo, but not so nice from a balance of the subjects. 2nd image shows a quick play with scale.

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Awsome mate. I wish I had the skills to do it.

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ahh ok, there's not really a set of filters you use, it would be different for every photo

the image you posted just looks like it's taken with a good SLR
possibly a bit of smoothing to the car bodywork so it looks immaculate

just get some pics of yours and play about

try out; curves, levels, brightness & contrast, gradient map, hue & saturation and selective colour, they are my favourites, just play with all the adjustables and see if you like the look

image > adjustments > should be a range of adjustment layers to play with

here's some of mine, these are all quick edits

Thanks mate. I am going to play with those settings.
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The pic you posted is definitely a composite using either a 3D model or more likely a car that has been shot in a studio using all kinds of slave flashes to create a smooth non reflective light on all the surfaces including the ones that should be in shade.

The sky is the limit with PS really. The package contains so much that the way to approach something like this if you aren't seasoned user is to search for tutorials on photo retouching. You should start to pick things up and at least know what tools to play with.

You can get goods results that don't look ridiculously overdone with just a few simple steps. Here is a shot of one of my old cars where I adjusted the levels and contract to make the colours more vivid, added a slight mid foreground blur and finally a light gradient overlay (top gear use filters on their cameras that do this so it always looks good on car shots)

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Way too big a subject to give advice on - every photo is different and needs treating as such. You may be interested in this though http://www.carphototutorials.com/
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Way too big a subject to give advice on - every photo is different and needs treating as such. You may be interested in this though http://www.carphototutorials.com/
Thanks Paul. Very useful website.
I have to spend sometime sitting and going through it to lear.

Thanks a lot
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