PHOTOBASH FOR A REALISTIC ANIMAL STUDY
tony camehl teaches us how he uses Zbrush 4r8 and Photoshop to create a quick red cardinal
01 Zbrush to Photoshop plugin In Zbrush 4R8, we have that great new plugin called Zbrush to Photoshop, which is perfect for quickly sending basic renders to Photoshop in no time. It is a great time-saver and is excellent for showing quick concepts or, in this case, to quickly have our polypainted red cardinal crest available in Photoshop. 02 Find a interesting spot Finding an interesting spot is kind of tricky. There are a few different methods out there, like the golden circle or the rule of thirds. We will use the rule of thirds to get an interesting composition. It is important that we don’t place our selling point, the bird’s head, in the very centre or on one of the crossing lines. We will play around and see what fits best for this particular composition. 03 Photobashing starts now After we sent the polypaint model via the plugin to Photoshop and find an interesting composition, we now can start gathering high-definition images from the internet and cutting out the pieces we really need to lay on top of our base. Photobashing feels like a doing a jigsaw where we have to find matching pieces in order to continue. We have to keep the perspective and size in mind while searching for good photos of red-crested cardinals. 04 use your intuition Looking at the current stage of our final red-crested cardinal concept, something feels wrong. Sometimes it helps to just trust your intuition, which will tell us that the image feels empty. So to fix this we have many different options and now we will go with the least time-consuming one. We just go and place more branches in the background to populate it a bit more. Now it feels more balanced and right.