I experimented with trying out the the coat scans as a background for my letters.
It was Not working:
This letter is cut from a photograph of it being arranged on tiled paper^
I tried what cutting the clothes from on top of a carpet would look like (I had made the letter directly on the carpet – hence the wonky type):
I felt like it looked less photoshopped (or maybe it was a psychological thing)
Either way, I was able to establish that the ‘suitcase’ background was not going to work. Not only did it look unconvincing, the fact that there was a huge ‘BOSS’ throughout the fabric was distracting. It had no reason to be there, made no sense and would be distracting.
I felt like I could simply work with a carpet background (like someone arranging their packing). I couldn’t figure a way to photoshop the letter without making it look photoshopped.
My professor showed me a way that involved using the pen tool to precisely outline the letter, turn the path into a selection and blur the edge to remove the ‘clipping mask’ look.
I decided to ask him how to make a shadowwy look like there is in this photograph:
It involved the motion blur Filter ****Shadow effect****: