As a digital artist, I create images that are optical illusions, interesting concepts, and fantasy worlds. For this, I have to have tools to achieve my visions and this is where my retouching background comes into play.
I have been using Photoshop for over 20 years and I know plenty of tricks and tips on how to achieve needed things to produce images just to the way I want.
I wanted to show you my before-and-after images so you can see what is made in post-production and what kind of raw images I started out with. In addition to what you see here, every project includes plenty of planning and sketching, so the process of creating this kind of imagery is often long.
I try to shoot all the elements myself, but quite often I need to rely on stock images (and sometimes 3D elements). I typically use Adobe Stock as my stock image source, as it is integrated inside of Photoshop and this makes the process of testing out different elements in my pictures so much faster and easier.
P.S. If you want to learn how I do my images check out my online workshops.
About the author: Antti Karppinen is a photographer, digital artist, and retoucher based in Finland. He is an internationally award-winning commercial and portrait photographer. You can find more of his work over on his website and blog. This article was also published here.