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"Telecaster Cutout"

  • Date:
    November 2014
  • Client:
    Portfolio work
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  • Type:
    Photo Retouching, Photoshop Composition

The challenge

I seen a similar image online showing a guitar cut out of a dining table so wanted to see if I could emulate it myself in Photoshop. It turned out to be a lot harder than it looks perhaps. I had to use a ton of layers and techniques.

The solution

There are only two elements, the table and the Fender Telecaster. Both stock images of similar angles I found online. I placed the guitar on the table and selected the outline of its body and deleted it from the table to leave a guitar shaped hole. I then moved the guitar aside to reveal the hole and manually drwew in the cut depth, texture & shadows. I applied the cutout piece to the guitar body and sides, masking out the knobs & strings etc.. Finally I drew in the guitar strings and added the guitar shadow manually.

  • Telecaster Cutout