another way... -
11-06-2007, 09:43 AM
another way is to set the reference in the background... Most 3d apps let you have a reference photo in the background... If you are just working in 2d/photoshop, set the reference as your bottom and topmost layer, and slide the transparency on it to zero when you don't want to see it, and to 50% or so when you want to look at both it and the layer you are working on. Good to have it as both the upper and lower layers so you can use lower one as a basic starting point and guide, and the upper one as a sort of before and after thing by sliding layer transparency back and forth.
Also, you can cut and paste the reference in to a different file in Photoshop and use that as the base image that you then copy in to your background layer(s), copy in to new reference images by resizing it's image size, scaling it, distorting it by resizing without contraints, rotating, applying filters etc. I work with Phtotoshop 5 LE, so don't have the power of multiple undos. When you work like that you remember to save a lot as you make changes, and you remember to think about the steps you take and how to go backwards without an undo. Using a second file as the base file and then copying it and playing with filters or whatever in the copies is the way to go... and if you like the results and want the results as a new reference, you can just put it in a new layer on the top of the stack, etc.