Covering up

Students are working with layer masks in Photoshop to conceal areas of an image and create subtle effects – like reflections and trailing shadows.

This project started with collecting this stunning piece of plastic dress-up jewelry from an instructor’s child, then shooting a couple quick photos in the studio with the students.

After downloading the images, the students worked as a group, with the instructor, to remove the background and create the reflection. Most of the work was accomplished with simple layer masks. Plastic jewelry has never looked so good.

With the right Photoshop techniques, this 25-cent ring looks like it could easily be worth one dollar.

With the right Photoshop techniques, this 25-cent ring looks like it could easily be worth a dollar.