How to Mix Glamour and Water - Part 1

Welcome to a 10-part series about ways to composite swimsuit models into scenes with water. An image of a model wearing a swimsuit that was captured in a studio environment can lead to many exciting possibilities during post processing. Once the seamless studio background has been masked out, a number of different backgrounds that have no water in them can be placed behind the model. These types of composites are outside the scope of this series, however. Generally speaking, swimsuits are near water. A scene with water in it can be placed behind the model:

Model: Marketa Havlinova.

Model: Marketa Havlinova.

These can be great, but are relatively easy to do. Once the difficult part of masking out the studio background has been done, it is often a simple matter of adjusting the coloration to make the model appear as she was really there in the scene.

A different challenge is to put the model in water - or something that looks like water. The goal here is to achieve some degree of realism, but not complete realism, as complete realism can be somewhat boring:

Model: Anecia Jones.

Model: Anecia Jones.

If a realistic image is desired, then I suggest a location shoot with the model actually in water. But through the magic of compositing with Photoshop, we can achieve dramatic, unusual, and even surreal results.

Part 2 will be a discussion all about backgrounds.