Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2015

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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96 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 4 5 into the perspective by clicking and dragging it onto the working photo. Change the scale of plants using transform (control+T) to display the distance between plants in the foreground and background. 3. Use the 'Image and Adjustments' function to modify the transparency, saturation and hues. The adjustments enrich the look of the plants and avoid making all the plants look the same. 4. Add shadows to the plants and boardwalk for greater realism. (Fig. 5) Make sure the shadows are transparent instead of just black blocks. This is easily achieved by adding drop shadows found under 'Layer Style'. For more intricate shadows, duplicate the layer, and under 'Adjustments and Brightness and Contrast' (check to use legacy), adjust the sliders to the left to get a black silhouette of the tree. Use transform (control +T) and 'Skew' or 'Distort' to pinch and drag the shadow to the ground. Change the layer opacity to lighten the shadow. The last step (Fig. 6) is adding human figures to give clients a visual sense of scale of the space. There are four steps to add human figure to the perspective: 1. Choose figures with different gestures. In Photoshop, use the 'Brightness and Contrast' parameters to get rid of the color in the human images, keeping the silhouette simple. (Fig. 6) 2. Change the opacity of the figure to make it grey. 3. Put different figures in different positions of the perspective. Make sure the figures interact with the design and each other well. Above Add human figures to give clients a visual sense of scale of the space. Choose figures with different gestures. In Photoshop, use the 'Brightness and Contrast' parameters to get rid of the color in the human images, keeping the silhouette simple. Put different figures in different positions of the perspective. Make sure the figures interact with the design and each other. To complete this perspective view, details such as birds enrich the visual effects and the reality of the perspective. (Continued from page 18) t e c h n o l o g y Fig. 6

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