Virtual Staging using Adobe Fireworks
I have ventured into some virtual staging these days. Mostly out of necessity.
It's either the case where it is a completely vacant property, OR my staging accessories and furniture will not be available until after the photoshoot.
In either case, I've learn to virtually stage both interior and exterior shots so that the photos showing on the MLS give the best possible potential for the property, and provides a good example for a potential buyer of how the room or area can be used.
Let's face it, some people just need a little help envisioning things.
I used Adobe Fireworks, and used the different skewing tools so that the angles and light/shadows make sense. All of the different cropping and skewing tools also help with size proportion. One thing I can't stand are ridiculous virtual staging photos that are out of proportion and make now sense.
Here is a sample of a before and after photo of a vacant bedroom:
The cool part about this particular photo series and property is that the items you see added in the picture are ACTUAL items I have in our staging inventory.
As you can see, most of the lighting of the objects makes somewhat sense as well as the shadows. Adobe Fireworks also has a drop shadow function that you can configure just about any way, so that helps quite a bit.